WallbangerWallbanger by Alice Clayton

Series: Cocktail #1

Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Chick-lit

The Plot
Wallbanger is a light, entertaining and humorous read, following the journey of Caroline who upon moving into a new apartment discovers her neighbour is quite the man! He in fact, is often found making nightly noises (I’m sure your imagination can fulfil the gap for now) with several different women that definitely hits the wall and is heard through the wall since Caroline and the mystery ‘Wallbanger’ share a bedroom wall she is also kept up nightly. The plot unravels from there following the journey of Caroline, her relationship troubles, her neighbour and the novel builds upon the premise of an unlikely relationship forming between her and the ‘Wallbanger’.
The Review
Wallbanger is one of those novels that is light, fluffy and pure entertainment! There is very little that is serious about this novel and it serves to be the perfect escape romance. However I do fear that the novel is very much based upon taste in terms of the humour which is obviously different amongst individuals. Personally I am not a massive chick-lit fan, but I engaged well with Wallbanger and although near the end I had a tendency to skim a little bit, overall I found myself immersed in the story.

Caroline had a solid character and personality that made her almost certainly a likeable character.  She likes to cook and bake, and she’s an interior designer who is proud of her job and this is evident by the hard work she puts in. However I did not really feel like she really brought this into her own home and I felt like we could have sensed more of her personality throughout the novel. There were moments where I felt she also had a tendency to fall into emotional dramatic scenes that were rather unnecessary in my opinion and did frustrate me. In addition to that, I felt like the strength of her character drained a little by the end of the novel and she was not nearly as strong as at the start. This disappointed me a little because I felt like it would have made the last part of the novel much stronger.

The ‘Wallbanger’ himself is quite the enigma and not as he first appears. He was incredibly suave, kind and caring and not at all what you first expect. I actually really liked his character and at moments he found himself floundering with Caroline who refused to give him a chance or hear him out entirely. However his persistence is certainly something that is a strong redeemable quality and maybe a very romance novel based quality!

I fear this novel could not be complete without the trusty pet, the cat, Clive. He certainly makes a strong addition to the humour and I found myself enamoured with him. I feel that novels without animals these days appear to be a little incomplete as they always tend to round character with their unexpected antics and Clive certainly is a pesky little devil, but a loveable one. In addition to this, Caroline was clearly a loveable owner and that showed throughout the novel and this affection is certainly the right way to portray pet owners, so Clayton is given both thumbs up here!

The plot, well it basically centres on the romance of the ‘Wallbanger’ and Caroline, but it does not just appear out of nowhere and that is the strong element of Wallbanger as chick-lit because it creates a friendship and emotional connection between the two that builds up over time. In addition to this, there are several plot strands to the romance that interweave and give it a little more substance.

Overall, Wallbanger is a solid addition to the chick-lit genre, and admittedly it won me over to a genre I don’t usually venture into. I can see that Wallbanger will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I enjoyed it and I am certainly tempted by the future sequel to see where things go even for a novel that is not perfect. If you have a spare few hours, I recommend giving it a chance since you might just find you enjoy it after all!

Favourite Quotes

“No woman has ever done breakfast bread foreplay the way you do.
Ha! When you coming?
Can’t. Drive. Straight.
Can we have one conversation when you’re not twelve?
Sorry, I’ll be there in 30.
Perfect, that will give me time to frost my buns.
Pardon me?”

“The girl next door was meowing. What in the world was my neighbor packing to make that happen?
Clive, at this point, went utterly bonkers and launched himself at the wall. He was literally climbing it, trying to get where the noise was coming from, and adding his own meows to the chorus.”

Rating: 3 / 5 Stars

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Filed under 2012 Publication, 3 Books, Adult, Alice Clayton, Chick-Lit, Contemporary, E-book, Omnific Publishing, Romance

8 responses to “Wallbanger

  1. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I actually love chick lit even if I don’t read it much! Chick lit is just so fun for when you want something light and fluffy! So glad you enjoyed this one even if you don’t really like chick lit. I have this one on my list and I’m waiting for it in my library! Great review! 🙂

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Yeah, I definitely agree with you about chick lit being light and fluffy and I guess that is why I am starting to come around to liking it a lot more! I hope you enjoy this one when you get around to it, I’ll look out for your thoughts!

  2. Cait

    Yay for humorous cats! (They’re definitely the best.) 😉 I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of chick-lit at all…but hey, so long as it’s entertaining then it’s worth it, right?! I’ve got quite a few chick-lit books on my TBR right now that I’m procrastinating…but I shouldn’t judge them. What if they turn out to be real gems?! Glad you enjoyed this one in the end!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Yeah, I have to agree there. Personally I prefer some adventure/fantasy/paranormal novel which fill up most of my shelves, but a chick-lit novel now and again can’t hurt and you are right, they may turn into gems!

  3. I love pets in books, hehe! And good to know I would probably like the main character. A light read can certainly rarely go wrong when in a good mood. 😉 Great review!

  4. Faye M.

    This has been on my list of To-Read for the longest time. I find the cover quite… silly, to be honest, but also eye-catching. It just grabs you, you know? Thankfully the story seems to be as intriguing as it, and I really can’t wait to meet Clive. Ever since I got myself a naughty (but lovely) Boston Terrier, I’ve found myself liking books with pets more as well. They just don’t balance the character, they also give them a certain kind of charm, y’know? In any case, great review!

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Yeah, it is quite a cheeky cover, but I guess it matches the book in the silly, fun nature. Definitely agree about pets adding charm, hope you enjoy when you get around to reading this one.

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