Happy review Sunday!
I hope your weekend has been going well. Mine has been great! St Johnstone won the Scottish Cup Final so that was a great way to start my Saturday, then I saw one of my friends for an early birthday, then I went to a family friends dinner thing and then I had a late night video chat with some of my book friends so it was a very very busy but amazing day for me. Anway…
As always this is a Spoiler Free review.
I saw this on Kindle Unlimited so I picked it up.
Let’s jump into the review.
Author: Alice Clayton
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Enemies to Lovers
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Publication Date: November 27th 2012
Pages: 384 pages
When I Read It: April 18th 2021
Goodreads Rating: 4.03 Stars
Goodreads Description: ~
The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…
My Favourite Quote:
This was hard to pick because I loved the writing style and I liked a lot of moments where the speaker addressed the reader, or just deviated from the traditional prose form. This is a pretty tame example by the books standards but I still loved it.
Are you really entertaining the idea of a…gulp…relationship? And why the fuck did I actually think the word “gulp”?”
I really enjoyed this. It was a quick and sweet read. I loved the concept of the neighbours situation with the whole same friend group situation. I loved the subplot of the other guys in the group too. The writing is really what sold this book to me though. Not only was it super funny, like laugh out loud funny, but it was unlike anything I had read before. Almost the entire books was in first-person POV from Caroline’s viewpoint. But then there was a couple of chapters where you saw into everyone’s thoughts and I loved that weird shift and I thought it worked into the story so well. I also loved that the book ended on Clive’s POV. Also, I loved how self-aware the writing was, it made the changes feel so much more normal and fitting with the flow of the story.
I thought the pacing was odd in the story but that’s not exactly bad. Usually in romances the couple either get together and then are ripped apart only to come together again at the end, or they don’t get together for ages and then finally realise their love right at the end of the book. This book sat in a weird middle ground between the two that felt ridiculously realistic to a real life relationship, but it meant the tension in the story was kind of lost and the ending felt a little less satisfying than in your typical romance, like there was something missing. But again, it wasn’t bad, it was just different to what I expected and what is typical to the genre so it was odd.
Overall, I really enjoyed this. The characters were fun and I liked their banter. The plot was a fun concept and I loved the writing style – the pacing was good too – just the unusual way the end was written let it down a little for me.
Overall Score = 8/10
Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
That’s all for today’s review folks. I hope you enjoyed this. It definitely is a really interestingly written story, kind of mundane in plot but the writing style was just so fun and different. I really recommend! Anyway, I hope you enjoy your weekend and I will see you tomorrow ❤
2 thoughts on “Wallbanger Review”
It’s been a long time since I read this but remember loving it!
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It was a great read!
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