Gitte: No doubt Jenny…funniest book I have read in a very long time. Again, one of those that needs to come with the warning of: “You will make a fool of yourself in public when you pee yourself from laughing”! I knew it probably would be from the start, as The Redhead Series by Alice had me in absolute *swoony stitches*. Alice writes characters that are cheeky, funny, unassuming, clever and sexy. There are no excessive frills, which is actually rather refreshing as it makes the characters that much more down to earth, lovable and attainable. Got to say though that ‘Clive the cat’ deserves to grace the cover on this one, as to me, he stole the show so many times!
Jenny: Haha! You’re so right Gitte, this should definitely come with some sort of warning LOL. There were parts of this book where I had to put my kindle down and wipe tears away from crying with laughter. It was hilarious. I’m sure it’s because Alice somehow manages to exaggerate real life situation and you can relate to them so well – she gets us to see the funny side of life and it’s such a joy to read her books. The Redhead Series was one of my fave reads this year and I knew this one would rate up there as well, what I didn’t expect was for a cat called Clive to steal the show! Funniest thing ever! I’m not a cat person, but I was considering buying myself one the next day! 😉
Gitte: I loved our main characters; Simon and Caroline. Simon was LUSH, I fell in lust and love…I mean he is the wallbanger!! He had me in stitches, he was yummy and he came across real! Oh and he had this weird addiction to baked goods which was beyond odd yet hilarious!
“I’m in BA. Bakers Anonymous over at the bakery on Pine….There’s a better one over on Market, but I can’t go to that one anymore. I got in trouble for fondling buns” – Simon
“Thif if mine righ?” – Simon spraying crumbs everywhere
“How do you function in normal society?” – Caroline
Caroline was sweet, so funny and I adored her. Again, written so brilliantly that I really connected with her character.
“And for the record, I’d rather staple my head to the wall than make magic with you again” – Caroline
The whole KitchenAid porn thing Caroline had going was hilarious…and I don’t cook nor do I know my way round kitchen appliances but I kind of want one now!!
Jenny: Me too! What great characters! All of them! Right down to Clive! I just adore Alice’s witty humour – it floors me. This was such a light, fun read. It’s the little quips of Alice’s that you always promise yourself you’ll remember in her books – she always has such warm, funny and sexy characters.
“Pushing thoughts of spanking Simon from my mind –
“ – “Spanking Simon….great name for a band”
Seriously Gitte, what’s not to love about Simon? Mr Wallbanger is simply D.I.V.I.N.E! Strong jaw, lick able lips, messy hair, tall, good looking and ummmm yeah, great between the sheets yes siree, our leading man was delectable alright.
I absolutely connected with Caroline. She was such a wonderful, funny, sweet character that you couldn’t help but love.
Gitte: The story line was light, funny and sexy. Caroline has just moved into a new apartment with her cat Clive. She soon discovers that her bed is up against the bedroom wall of her very noisy neighbour…His bedroom antics earning him the nickname Wallbanger.
Caroline is sexually frustrated to say the least. She lost her “O” to a ‘knob’ named Cory and the fact that she has to listen to Wallbanger every night with Clive the cat does not make Caroline a happy bunny!! Neither does it make Clive a very happy ummm cat…
Clive the cat: “He stalked the room, pacing back and forth in front of the wall playing it cool. When Purina began her meows he couldn’t contain himself. He launched towards the wall…..he serenaded her with some weird kind of kitty Barry White”
Caroline is of course intrigued as to what Wallbanger looks like, yet never seems to catch him in person.
“Have you seen this guy yet?” – Mimi
“Nope. My peephole is getting a workout though” – Caroline
“Glad to hear at least one hole is getting some round here” – Sophia
During one classic scene they come face to face under a funny circumstance and the journey of Wallbanger and Pink Nightie girl begins.
The “Did someone order Pad Thai?” scene had me laughing so hard I had to stop, tears running down my face!! Oh and Clive the cat…he really did throw himself right in between Simon and Caroline with hilarious consequences!
“Huh that’s weird” – Simon (Simon unfolding his sweatshirt)
“What’s weird?” – Caroline
“It’s wet?” – Simon
“Oh no…Clive you little shit…..I’m so sorry he has this thing about marking his territory…so sorry” – Caroline
“If you say sorry one more time I’m gonna go find something of yours and pee on it, I swear” – Simon
“Okay that’s just gross” – Caroline
The sexual tension between Simon and Caroline stretched almost that little bit too far for me and more than once I thought ‘oh come the eff on, just get it on already’. But… and this is a huge but…it actually worked!
“I like that we’re taking things slow. You give good woo” – Caroline
Jenny: I think you’ve covered it all there Gitte. The story centres around Caroline who is in desperate search of her “O” which is missing in action and her journey to discover it again provides some good laughs along the way.
“I decided to treat Lower Caroline to a nice long session of self-love, accented by everyone’s favourite fantasy lover, Geroge Clooney aka Dr Ross”
Her inner thoughts just cracked me up – on Clive the cat after a hilarious incident “If Clive could have put on a mini smoking jacket, he would have”
Gitte: I loved every single character in this story…even Purina, The Giggler and Spanks! The whole group of friends that were so funny and relatable, I wanted to be part of it….actually I felt like I was part of it! The highlight for me was Clive the cat, the text messages and the inner monologue of everyone in the car in Chapter 14…I had trouble breathing from laughing so much! I actually had to re-read it all more than once and yeah highlighted the whole thing cause that was without doubt one of the funniest scenes EVER!!
Jenny: I really did feel like I was part of this story – especially during the Lake Tahoe drive! Seriously, THAT scene had me in fits! I had to pull myself up once or twice because I was laughing so loud reading it in my lunch-break – people were looking at me like I’d lost the plot. The inner dialogue between the characters during this scene was hilarious and was made even funnier because it felt real and you could imaging just sitting there witnessing it.
I really did love this book, the only thing that held me back from a slightly higher star rating is I felt the sexual tension just went on a little too long – I kept thinking it was going to happen and it didn’t. It in no way ruined my enjoyment of the book but there were times I just wanted it to be done.
There were so many highlights in this book, my Kindle highlighting function was working overtime!
The last scene had me literally doubled over laughing…..and I totally agree with you Gitte on this one – definitely one of the funniest scenes I’ve read in a long time. What a fun, enjoyable read. This one definitely has to have a spot on your TBR’s folks! My face was sore from smiling like an idiot throughout the book.
Arc supplied by Alice Clayton and Omnific Publishing for a fair and honest review.
THE COCKTAIL SERIES by ALICE CLAYTON