In this sequel to Wallbanger, the second book in the Cocktail series, fan favorites Caroline and Simon negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in San Francisco.
Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on her 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 on Sausalito. So with her hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though! Then Simon decides he’s tired of so much travelling, and he’s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind,” but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?
USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy cocktail of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!
“It’s not always about that. It can still be amazing, you know? Some nights, being here, being close with you, is all I need.”
I love Alice Clayton; I really do. Ever since her Redhead Series, which I hold in the HIGHEST regard, she’s had my number. I love her smart and witty heroines and her drop dead sexy Heroes. With that said, I think my expectations of her stories are very high. I really liked the first book in the series, Wallbanger, but I didn’t love it; and the same can be said about this one, although this one…not so much.
Simon and Caroline are in love, but no matter how blissful their relationship might be, they lead pretty separate lives. He’s traveling a lot, while Caroline is busy with her career, but they do make it work. Simon is adorable and just simply adores Caroline. However, there were parts of the book where I wanted to smack Caroline for making drama where there really was no need for any of it. Know what I mean?
Overall, I love the dynamic between the two, but I wanted a little more from them. It seemed like some of the focus shifted onto the other characters of the book, which was okay, but I wanted more from our Hero and heroine. Don’t get me wrong, most of you will probably love this book since it’s still Alice being Alice, but for me, it was a far cry from her Redhead Series.
*Complimentary Advanced Review Copy provided by Netgalley & Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review*