In this sequel to Wallbanger, fan favorites Caroline Reynolds and Simon Parker negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in Sausalito.
Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on an extended 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. And with Simon, her hotshot photographer boyfriend, gallivanting all over the world for his job, the couple is heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. No complaints about the great reunion sex, though!
Then a trip back east to his childhood home has Simon questioning his nomadic lifestyle. He decides to be home more. A lot more. And he wants Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort out their relationship. Sure, more togetherness is a good thing—but does less traveling and working have to mean the other extreme? Apple pie and picket fences? With this second book in the Cocktail series, USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy confection of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!
Have you ever just wanted to read a book that was bubble gum wrapped around candy floss. I do. Sometimes it’s just nice to read a dirty book that’s all butterflies and unicorns. Nothing horrible is going to happen, not so much that it makes you want to pitch your kindle against the wall, because crap on a cracker, the damn characters just aren’t getting it together fast enough. But I digress.
I don’t remember where we last left Caroline and Simon, truthfully I didn’t care. All I knew was that dear sweet, sexy Simon was back again. This book gets a solid 4.5 from me because I what I would have liked is more Simon time. Maybe an entire chapter worth of Simon. I missed him. I wanted to know about all the wonderful things he was up to and what he was going to do to Caroline, but there wasn’t quite enough of it here for me. Don’t get me wrong though, Alice Clayton is still hilarious. She really knows how to make me laugh.
It was the best of times, it was the nakedest of times . . .
and she does give Simon more character development which was lovely, but it was all sandwiched in between a Caroline who isn’t quite the same woman anymore and yet wants to be the same as she was. I know she had to develop as a character, but I think that in parts, it was a little dragged out. Not that I didn’t absorb those pages like a sponge. I did. I’ll be damned I read that thing as quickly as I could, not because I wanted it to be over, but because of the laughter. Oh the laughter.
Trevor and the apostles in tow
Caroline’s best friends, Mimi and Sophia are back and better than ever (Ms Clayton, these two need their own books!). The dialogue between the girls is simply hysterical. I actually wish I had girlfriends just like them. I will even take Sophia’s fucked up love life. I wonder if Alice Clayton actually knows women like this?
If you want a quick, light, fluffy summer read, I HIGHLY recommend this book. Read the other one first if you haven’t because, well, you’re missing out on more Simon.
Oh and if you’re wondering about Clive. I don’t think it will spoil anything if I give you this little snippet:
“Fuck me—he’s got himself a harem,” I swore, and Simon could no longer contain his laughter.
If you’re wondering who the hell Clive is, go read the book!