Friday 9 January 2015

Review - Last Call by Alice Clayton

Title: Last Call
Series: Cocktail #4.5
Author: Alice Clayton
Release Date: January 6, 2015

From NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton, known for her “deliciously addictive” (The Book Vixen) novels, this Cocktail series novella reunites readers with Caroline and Simon from the wildly successful Wallbanger.

Simon and Caroline are back for another round of baking, banging, and big life changes. Settling in, but never settling down, Caroline has finally struck a balance between the professional and the personal. As one of the top interior designers in San Francisco, she travels all over Northern California between nook time with Simon.

Perpetual globetrotter Simon has cut his frequent flyer miles in half over the last year, preferring to balance his professional and personal life, as well.

The next step in their lives seems preordained—toasts, veils, and the aisle of rose petals. But when an accident on a photo shoot in Southeast Asia brings Caroline the most terrifying phone call she could ever imagine, she has to ask whether “till death do us part” is a more realistic prospect than faces most couples.

It’s been a grand adventure, and Caroline and Simon wouldn’t go out without the best surprise ending ever. One part sexy, one part laughter, a dash of exotic locales, and one pink nightie, mixed with passion, and you’ve got Last Call. Served with a side of Clive.


OMFG, I was so ridiculously happy to be back with Simon "Wallbanger" Parker and Caroline "Nightie Girl" Reynolds, I may have done a little happy dance when I opened the book. And I don't regret it, because my excitement was well and truly warranted. 

Caroline and Simon are more in love than ever, and with their friends settling down and starting families, it seems like the future is set in stone. Surely it's only a matter of time before they say "I do" and make it official...right?

But when a terrifying phone call proves that the future can change at any minute, Caroline is forced to confront her fears - and decide exactly what she wants, then make it happen. 

I have loved each and every book and couple in the Cocktail series, but Simon and Caroline will always be, in my opinion, the best and the funniest. And Last Call shows exactly why. 

Their playful banter is funny and charming, and had this reviewer chuckling loudly many a time. Their sweet, tender moments are the stuff of fantasy, making my heart beat faster and my smile grow to a mile wide. Their sexy time is um, well, sexy even if it isn't as graphic as some books out there. In fact, the nature of their dirty times is part of what makes it so flippin' good. Their chemistry is off-the-charts, so I don't need every single detail. It just works. 

Alice Clayton rewards readers of this series with glimpses of the other, beloved Cocktail couples. And that's just plain awesome. But the best part of all? Seeing the original couple - the ones that started it all, the ones that connect all these amazing books - grow together, love together and get a perfect HEA... Oh, and having one more chance to get inside the feline mind of the hilarious Clive the cat. That cat is worth the cost of the book alone.

Last Call is book 4.5 in the Cocktail series. It's the continuation of Simon and Caroline's story, so reading books one and two will get you up-to-date. No cliffhanger. 5 stars (plus an extra 5 for Clive's epilogue alone)

~ Review by Beth

Novelist Alice Clayton makes her home in St. Louis where she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up after, and is trying desperately to get her long-time boyfriend to make her an honest woman–and please buy her a Bernese Mountain dog.

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and educator, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career: author. Having never written anything longer than a grocery list, she soon found writing to be the creative outlet she’d been missing since walking away from the theater 10 years before.

She has a great time combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, and she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, the first two installments of The Redhead Series–The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed. Her latest novel Wallbanger is a return to her trademark comedic erotica, or funny smut, that Alice has become known for.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast (check them out on iTunes) and has recently partnered with actor Greg Grunberg, blogger Brittany Gibbons, and actress Keili Lefkovitz on a new travel show that will begin filming in January.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Marys, eight hours of sleep and a good pounding.

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