I went to sleep at 3am, because apparently Simon can do that to you -- you know, keep you up all night.
Wallbanger is both a mixture of love at first sight and hate you/love you tropes, although I find that it suited the latter better. The transition from hate to like to friendship to something infinitely more real was so well done that I believed in their romance, and that Caroline was the real deal for Simon.
I was expecting--from the title alone--that Wallbanger was going to be a raunchy novel with no sense to it at all. Oh gosh, it was way beyond just the sex scenes, from the innuendos to the established friendship between the two, to the sizzling tension and revelation of the characters, whom I grew to like and wished I was friends with. You know the type of fun friends you just want to be crazy with and could trust to have your back. I also admired that these women had their thing going on and they knew it. They knew they were pretty and desirable and they didn't shy away from compliments. They accepted compliments gracefully, and I liked that. No simpering misses or false modesty here, which is uncommon in chick lit/women's fiction.
Simon was this alpha who had a soft side and huge love for baked breads, while Caroline was a strong female protagonist whose life was going along well enough, except for the fact that she had gone without the O for months. So of course, with her wall frequently banged on by Simon's sexcapades with different women, she was more than curious as to how this man who can make a woman meeeooow looked like. Hello, hot alpha fantasy with the stubble and six pack and the V. Don't forget the V.
An additional endearing character here was Clive, Caroline's alpha tom, who was such a character. He had his own surprising POV by the end of the book, and his insight was delightful. I couldn't help but laugh at his sentiments on Purina. Poor guy.
Wallbanger was the perfect light and funny book I was looking for, although I feel that the ending was too drawn out and exaggerated Simon's endurance. But if you're looking for a good romance to make you laugh or swoon (yes, some slight swooning was involved especially in Spain), I'd definitely recommend this for you.
Happy Valentine's Day :)