Alice Clayton
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Gallery Books
Release Date
October 2015
Book 1 of Hudson Valley
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

From New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton, the first in a brand-new romance series telling the humorously sexy tale of Roxie, a private chef who gets a taste of love—but is it to stay, or to go?

After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood's elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she's needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she's back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Dec 11, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
85 people found the following review helpful
When a man winds up face down in a woman's lap and his nuts flying everywhere before introductions are even made, you know it's gonna be a good story.

BUTTER. That's what got Roxie Callahan blackballed as a personal chef in the land of size 0 LA housewives. As she heads back to upstate NY to lick her wounds and help her mother out of a pickle, she finds herself suddenly running the family diner and teaching her HS crush (and his husband) how to actually MAKE pickles. She also finds herself on the receiving end of some sweet summer lovin', courtesy of the VERY sexy farmer Leo Maxwell. Both make it clear that this is a limited time engagement, that Roxie will be back in LA before the leaves start changing, but something weird happens. She begins to actually LOVE her small hometown, the friendly faces…and farmer Leo, all things that she didn't anticipate. Roxie has some tough decisions to make…does she head back to Cali to show the real housewives of LA exactly how she rolls, or does she stick around for a shot at real happiness with a farmer whose zucchini makes her blush?

Why is this the first Alice Clayton book I've read!? This was literally every.single.thing. I love in a romance book: Funny characters, check. Witty dialogue, check. Steamy sex scenes but steamier foreplay scenes, check and check. But the pièce de résistance is the FOOD FACTOR. I absolutely adore kitchen romances, but NUTS delivered so much more than I expected. Typically when I'm reading to review, I'm constantly jotting down notes and working on my own wording as I flip the pages. With NUTS, I couldn't put the book down long enough to even write a sentence. It was so SOOOOO good (cue fangirl squeal!!).

I mean, how hot was Leo!? I too was fanning myself with a piece of romaine at his sheer deliciousness. The hipster farmer vibe didn't come off as pretentious or calculated; instead his character felt organic and genuine despite his poor little rich boy upbringing. And I seriously adored Roxie. She was so independent and strong in so many ways, but inside she was still that shy teenage girl who cared more about gruyère than gym class. The two had crazy combustible chemistry, and I tingled all over with every nibble and caress the pair performed. And even though the story itself wasn't anything that hasn't been done a million times before (i.e. girl reluctantly comes home for a finite period of time, meets boy who makes her want to stay), it FELT fresh with these characters and in this Hudson Valley town by this author.

I seriously loved every page of NUTS and am now officially going to pick up every single book by Ms. Clayton to tide me over until the next Hudson Valley offering…I have a feeling BFF Natalie is going to milk herself a dairy farmer real soon!

Bottom Line: Five big ole' lip smackin' stars for this first novel in the Hudson Valley series. Pick this one up STAT!!
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