Cream of the Crop

Alice Clayton
Cream of the Crop
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Gallery Books
Release Date
July 2016
Book 2 of Hudson Valley
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Manhattan's It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she's a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She's got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is...cheese.

Natalie's favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer's Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn't stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.

Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Oct 11, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
130 people found the following review helpful
Mmmmmm….cheeeeeeese. The best thing in life, hands down. CREAM OF THE CROP is a close second!

Natalie Grayson is an NYC advertising superstar and lover of all things cheese. She's confident, brazen and unapologetic. But when she sees the cheese dude every week at the farmer's market, she turns into a shy 14 year old girl. Dairy farmer Oscar Mendoza makes her want to taste his cream all.night.long. When she's formally introduced to him by her friend Roxy, sparks fly, and soon the new couple is inseparable. But Natalie is a city girl at heart, and nothing and nobody will get her to move to the sticks, especially not a man! Even if she does kind of love Bailey Falls…and Oscar. Right?

I.Love.This.Series.So.Much. Seriously, Ms. Clayton, where have you been all my life!? First, cheese. The bane of my existence and my reason for living. Next, Natalie. The most fabulous curvy girl character I've ever had the pleasure of reading. She's confident, owns every inch of her skin and attitude and makes no apologies. And Oscar. Inked up dairy farmer Oscar. How do I love thee? Let me count the wheys (see what I did there?). Nnngh. I want to lick every bit of his cream and go back for refills!

I wanted to quote the brilliant first "great big ass" convo, but it was too long (and far too funny to give you just a snippet). Everything about CREAM OF THE CROP just jumped out as funny and sweet and sexy as hell. Ms. Clayton has a natural biting wit that I think most authors would envy, and she seamlessly gets inside the head of Natalie and her balls to the wall, fabulously shoed existence. I need more in this Hudson Valley series, STAT!

Bottom Line: Book 1, Nuts, was awesome. CREAM OF THE CROP was just as fantastic. Do not miss out on this wildly awesome series!
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