The Cocktail Series Book 1
by Alice Clayton
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.
First of all, let me get this out of the way - the cover. I cringe at most romance covers and this one...is not subtle. lol I bought the actual book from Barnes and Noble and paid for it...I was like "Whatever Mr. Cashier Person...I'm reading my book anyway". Granted, no one really cares about what I'm reading - but these covers make me blush!
Okay, now the story - I loved it! Clayton is so humorous in her writing and I love that in romance novels. I love them like I love my romantic comedies - sweet and funny with a pang of jealousy/hurt. Caroline is such a put-together character and she has everything going for her except that she has been made to believe that it is pointless to get her to orgasm (her last bf sucked...) and her neighbor is this hot guy who has a different girl come over every night. Oh, and she can hear them through the walls. The writing is deliciously funny and I really enjoyed reading about this strong and independent woman and the guy next door. It's a fun read and I look forward to checking out the other books in the series!