Review: One More Round by Alice Clayton (Cocktail #4.75)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Nina Bocci PR.
Alice Clayton is back and she returns with one of my most beloved fictional couples I've ever had the pleasure of coming across in all my years of reading. Yep, we're talking Caroline and Simon Parker, the wallbanging, lovable couple from Clayton's Cocktail series, Wallbanger. They may have gotten their happy ending back in November of 2012 (when the book was originally published by Omnific Publishing, before it was acquired by Gallery Books and re-released in February of the following year), but they still had quite a bit to divulge with readers. Think of this as the aftermath of their happy ending.
Caroline and Simon Parker are living their happily-ever-after. They have a gorgeous home in Sausalito, California, their professional careers are flourishing, they have a fabulous circle of close-knit friends. Oh, and let's not forget Clive, aka the world's most awesome cat. The one thing that's missing? The pitter-patter of tiny feet (and no, Clive's don't count). They've come pretty close before, but after devastating loss after devastating loss, their hearts could only endure so much. They've accepted their reality, and they're okay with it. But then, just when they think life couldn't surprise them anymore...it does.
I admit; I cried while reading this novella. Simon and Caroline were not the couple that introduced me to Alice Clayton's writing--that was Grace Sheridan and Jack Hamilton, whom I continue to adore!--but these two hold a special place in my romantic comedy-loving heart. I remain emotionally invested in them, and seeing where they were past their HEA was bittersweet. I felt for them and everything they had endured and triumphed over. Of course, there were also laughs, and Clayton's definitely still got that gift for writing fab rom-com. I look forward to even more. Five stars for One More Round.
Release Date: 22 December 2020
Date Read: 18 December 2020
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