I hear ya knocking! Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Posted August 7, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 15 Comments

I hear ya knocking! Wallbanger by Alice ClaytonWallbanger by Alice Clayton
Series: Cocktail #1
Narrator: Heather Smith
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 05-13-13
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
Source: Purchased
Audio | Goodreads

The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an - um - 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....

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight...

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I don’t usually jump on books that are so hyped up as Wallbanger has been. I like to let them settle for a while before I give them a try. I kept seeing other bloggers say it was a must read. That it was funny. I was in the mood for a funny contemporary so I decided to listen to Wallbanger.

I thought that Wallbanger was going to be a hard-core erotic romance but it’s not and I was glad it wasn’t. I loved that Caroline and Simon didn’t sleep together until about ¾ of the way into the book. They don’t have an instant-a-love which is really refreshing. Sure there’s an instant-a-lust but they don’t give into it. They become friends then lovers.

Caroline and her group of friends reminded me of a younger Carrie Bradshaw and her gal pals from Sex and the City. They have dating wows that is just plain funny. They have each other’s backs and are quick to “bitch” each other out. They find themselves in a unique place where they are all single at the same time. But poor Caroline has taken herself off the market after losing her “O”. That’s right she’s missing her “O” as in orgasm. And how did she loose it? The last time she had sex was with a guy she calls the machine gun fucker. You know the kind that bang-bang bangs you. Which reminded me of the episode where Carrie (Sex and the City) has sex with the “jack rabbit”. LOL

The way Caroline goes on and on about her missing “O” liked it’s a person and it’s her best friend was so funny. Yeah it sounds cheesy but it really worked the way Alice Clayton wrote it.

So what’s the worst thing ever for a gal that’s lost her “O”? A neighbor that is hanging out “Os” to what seems like a different woman every night right next door. How does Caroline know what her neighbor is up to every night? The apartment walls are really thin. And that’s also how she knows her neighbor’s name is Simon without even meeting him.

Apparently Simon is a god in bed because Caroline hears the women’s screams, giggles and meows. That’s right MEOWS.

“Oh, God.”


I woke up faster this time, because I knew what I was hearing. I sat up in bed, glaring behind me. The bed was still pulled safely away from the wall, so I felt no movement, but there was sure as hell something moving over there.

Then I heard… hissing?

I looked down at Clive, whose tail was at full puff. He arched his back and paced back and forth at the foot of the bed.

“Hey, mister. It’s cool. We just got a noisy neighbor, that’s all,” I soothed, stretching my hand out to him. That’s when I heard it.


I cocked my head sideways, listening more intently. I studied Clive, who looked back as if to say, “T’weren’t me.”

“Meow! Oh, God. Me-yow!”

The girl next door was meowing. What in the world was my neighbor packing to make that happen?

“Oooh yes, just like that, Simon….Mmmm…meow, meow, meow!”

Clive is Caroline’s male cat and the meowing drives him nuts which just adds to the funniness of the situation.

Heather Smith’s narration of Wallbanger adds to the craziness. She does a really good job with Caroline and her inner monologue. Like so many female narrators she wasn’t masculine enough with the guys but still did a good enough job with them. Her narration of “giggles” was really funny. And she did a great job with the few characters that had foreign accents. Smith is definitely suited for Clayton’s writing.

Between Alice Clayton’s writing and Heather Smith’s performance you get a great romance with funny dialogue, engaging characters and one saucy kitty. I already have the next book; Rusty Nailed loaded on my phone to listen to. I can’t wait to see what Simon and Caroline are up to next.




About Alice Clayton

Alice Clayton worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read: laptop). She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her. And she finally got her Bernese Mountain Dog.

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I coexist with my husband of 15 years, our 11-year-old son and two chilled cats in the Deep South.

After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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15 responses to “I hear ya knocking! Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

  1. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost purchased this book. I always put it back for some reason. I think my hesitation has to do with the POV…but I think I’ll need to give it a go.

  2. You made Wallbanger sound even better than I thought, Jennifer! I enjoy erotica, but the fact that Simon and Caroline were able to see past their lust and become friends before they took their relationship further makes me really want to read it!
    Great review 🙂

  3. Patti (@lovesfabromance)

    I’m so glad you liked it – I really enjoy her books. Can’t wait to hear what you think of her Redhead series – I adore it!

  4. I listened to this one too. At first I loved it, but about 50% I just got tired of all the O stuff and it grew cumbersome to finish. Glad you liked it!

    • It was cornball and I think if I was not in the mood for this kind of humor I would not have liked it as much. LOL But it was fun listen and I enjoyed book 2 as well. (My review for it will post this week.)

  5. I also thought this was an erotic romance and at the time it came out I was tired of that genre, this turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
    I’m glad you enjoyed it too 🙂

  6. Krista

    Lol, I really enjoyed this one too and I didn’t think I would. Great post title by the way 😉

  7. ReneeW

    I have this book but have not read it. I look forward to moving it up on TBR pile.

  8. I read this book and adored it. I went on to listen to Alice Clayton’s The Redhead series and it was AMAZING!! Keili Lefkovitz does an awesome job of bringing the characters to life. If you liked this one, you will enjoy The Redhead series as well. 🙂