While reading about what the future may hold for the wonderful cast of characters from the Cocktail series, I could not keep from recalling all the hilarious escapades these lively individuals have experienced in the four prior books. The many witty comments spoken by not only Caroline and Simon but all their outgoing friends often left me laughing so hard tears rolled down my face. Some of their antics are priceless and reading these exploits more than once doubled my enjoyment. And who can forget the always perceptive words thought by Clive, their cat who does things his way. Alice Clayton may have begun her series telling about Pink Nightie Girl and her problems with the sexual activities of Wallbanger who lives next door, but the books quickly evolved into so much more. The Cocktail series interweaves friendship, love, hopes and fantasies to create heartwarming stories with an enthusiastic dose of passion plus nonstop hilarity. LAST CALL is enchantingly delightful.
Though Caroline Reynolds and Simon Parker may have gotten a little older since they first met when she moved into his apartment building, they still know how to have a good time, whether it is only the two of them or when friends are involved. Their relationship is going great, plus both of their careers are successfully fulfilling. Her work as an interior designer has earned much recognition, while his skill as a photographer is frequently requested. Before they became close, he traveled a whole lot. But recently Simon has not taken as many job offers, as he would rather not be away from Caroline for such long periods anymore.
When their friends start to change the way they live when a wedding takes place and babies are born, Caroline begins to wonder if anything in her and Simon’s seemingly perfect relationship should also alter. Right before they are finally ready to start a new phase in their life, his latest photo assignment in a faraway country has tragic consequences, and forces Caroline to question what they really should do.
The Cocktail series consistently causes laughter time and again, and LAST CALL adds loads of sidesplitting amusement. One of the writing techniques Alice Clayton does best is to make the ridiculous seem actually real. The visuals I pictured in my mind caused more than one spell of uncontrollable laughing, especially since the way in which the characters plus the scenes are portrayed with such credibility. There are countless moments where I whooped with glee, but there are also a few instances that really touched me because of reactions conveyed with such honesty.
I must say that Simon and Caroline are two of my all-time favorite couples. Their way with words and how they responded to not only each other but those who cross their paths is so captivating, as I was constantly riveted by every single scene where they were featured. From the lusty passion in their relationship to the way they came to support each other to their love of all the cats living with them, these two made me smile plus deeply care for them. There are many other people met during the series, and thankfully all the ones about whom I previously enjoyed reading are back once again to my delight. Alice Clayton makes everything satisfactory in her Cocktail series world as things come to a close, but I really hope some of the characters can sneak their way into future books. LAST CALL is imaginatively clever and causes one laugh after another.
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars
Sensuality Rating: Sultry
Page Count: 162
Author’s Website: aliceclayton.com/
Buy It Link: tinyurl.com/m5bk9kf
Reviewer: Amelia Richard