Genre: Erotic Romance
Author: Alice Clayton
Publisher: Gallery Books, Feb. 2013
Sexy Rating: 5+
Description from Amazon.com:
Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a Kitchen Aid mixer to die for, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O. Adding insult to O-less, she also has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Every moan, spank, and—was that a meow?—punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has—yep, you guessed it—no O. Enter Simon Parker. When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has…well…mixed results. Because with walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick. A delicious mix of silly and steamy, this is an irresistible tale of exasperation at first sight.
This is very sexy chick-lit. On Amazon this book has, as of this writing, 2,654 reviews, 1,937 five-star reviews and 154 three star reviews and this one makes it 155. ( I changed my mind and only gave it two-stars on Amazon) Why didn’t I like it as well as all those other reviewers? Well, it starts off with a bang, literally, and it seemed like a cute chick-lit premise. But the heroine is so self indulgent and whiny that I found it hard to get to actually like her. The hero on the other hand is handsome and hot as all get out but he is having friends-with-benefits arrangements with three other women. For me this would be a red flag but not for our heroine. Oh yes, she does doubt a bit but hopes that the “harem” will just dissolve. We anxiously wait for this to happen so our dear heroine can get some. Well finally it looks like she will throw caution to the wind and make a move on our hero and he says sorry “no”. Then we wait until the end of the book before these two stop teasing each other ad nauseum and actually do get it on and by this time I don’t care anymore. The humor is forced and the side characters, who are supposed to be adult, act like teenagers. The sex scenes are just boring.
What did I like? Well, the texting between characters was cute and fun.
Note: there is lots of sexual innuendo, “adult” language and sex in this book. If you don’t like that, then you should pass on this one. Pass on it even if you do like that sort of thing.