When Caroline moved into her new San Francisco apartment, she never imaged that she would get to know her next door neighbor so intimately. The thin wall between her bedroom and her neighbor's bedroom gives her a front row seat to her neighbor's sexual prowess. Night after night, Caroline is privy to the sounds of ecstasy coming through the wall from a seeming endless parade of women.
On a self-imposed dating hiatus after a string of bad dates has sent Caroline's "O" into exile, her neighbor's antics only fuel the frustration. After several sleepless nights, Caroline charges across the hall (in a pink baby-doll nightie) to confront the man responsible for her lack of sleep, only to find herself face to face with Simon Parker, a devilishly handsome photographer.
Soon after their late night encounter, Simon and Caroline's paths begin to cross more and more. Deciding to call a truce when their friends begin dating, Simon and Caroline find that they have quite a bit in common and a friendship between them develops. The only problem is, they are both fighting their own mutual attraction. As the tension continues to build, the couple gives new meaning to the idea that sometimes what you want and what you need are right in front of you.
Alice Clayton delivers a steamy romance with a slash of humor that makes for a great read. The characters are great and Caroline's narrative had me laughing out loud several times throughout the novel. It was just the blend of romance, sex, and humor. The banter between Caroline and Simon was highly entertaining and I enjoyed watching these two characters come together. There is a sequel scheduled to be released in June and at least two other books planned for this series, and I will be picking them up. The upcoming titles and covers are fantastic (see below) and I can't wait to see what's next for this couple and what other adventures Alice has in store for us.
Coming up in the Cocktail Series...
Book II: Rusty Nailed (June, 2014)In this sequel to Wallbanger, the second book in the Cocktail series, fan favorites Caroline and Simon negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in San Francisco.
Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on her honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy long hours to keep the interior design company running—especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel on Sausalito. So with her hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though! Then Simon decides he’s tired of so much travelling, and he’s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind,” but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?
Book III: Screwdrivered (September, 2014)In the third book in the bestselling Cocktail series, a romantic at heart decides that she will not ever, under any circumstances, fall for the engineer next door.
Viv Franklin is a retired Army captain who now designs software programs. She’s also a romance junkie who longs for a knight in shining armor or a cowboy on a wild stallion or a strapping firefighter to sweep her off her feet. Knowing she’s never going to meet her hero by spending all her time behind her keyboard, she uproots her life to move to California, where she meets an actual cowboy. And—sigh—an engineer. But which man is truly Clark Kent and which is her Superman?
A madcap romantic comedy with unforgettable characters and the promise of true love, Screwdrivered has just what you need.