REVIEW – BUNS (Hudson Valley, #3) by Alice Clayton


Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.


*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!


Clara Morgan is a single woman who works in Boston & enjoys running marathons. She loves her life & lives for her career. She grew up in foster care & never felt like she belonged anywhere, so she likes to stay too busy to put down roots anywhere. Her job is rebranding hotels that need new life breathed into them. She was recently hired to work on a hotel in upstate New York, & needs to knock it out of the park so she can hopefully make partner soon.

When Clara arrives at the Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York, she’s stunned by the Victorian beauty & gorgeous views. It’s a bit dated, but still unique & full of opulence. It’s a little run down, and in need of a face lift. She will have to find the perfect balance between old & new to save this hotel. She looks forward to taking this family run hotel into the modern age.


Clara runs into a road block when she encounters the son of the man who hired her. Archie Bryant is all about family & tradition. He’s upset his father has brought in a hotel branding expert to change things. He doesn’t like change. He wants to save & preserve his family’s legacy, but doesn’t like the idea of an outsider coming in & turning things upside down. His family has owned the property for almost 150 years & he will soon take over the hotel.

Clara clashes with the pretentious, snobby, rude hotel boy. All they do is argue, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t notice how insanely hot he is. This man is absolutely delicious, & all that arguing just leads to loads of sexual tension between them. As they work closely together Archie soon begins to realize Clara’s ideas aren’t so bad after all. They work together to try to keep the resort open & bring in new guests.


Clara & Archie become very close & start falling for one another. Clara doesn’t get involved to avoid getting hurt. She protects her heart by not letting anyone get too close. She’s made sure she never needs anyone. No roots, no attachments, & no real home. Just her job & her couple of good friends, so she feels like she’s been hit by a freight train when she realizes how wrapped up she is in Archie. She’s totally gone for him, & it scares her to death. Can she take a chance on love, or will her fear of being left again take over?


-He’s fucking incredible.

-I love when this man loses control and puts his hands on me.

-I’m telling you, it’s always the guys with the freckles and the glasses. They’re the ones you want to set your sights on. They’re the ones who’ll make you forget your name, but get you to say the filthiest things imaginable.

-“I want you, I fucking want you more than I ever thought possible.”


I loved this book so much! It’s my favorite of this series. Archie Bryant was so gorgeous, sexy & sweet. There’s just something about a hot nerdy guy who doesn’t know how irresistible he is. He stole my heart. Really enjoyed this one. Adored Archie & his yummy BUNS!!!




*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

He put his hands on me. He put his lips on me. And it was all I could do to still feel the earth underneath my feet. Because when this man kissed me, I forgot everything

BUNS is the third installment of the Hudson Valley series that centers on the remaining single woman amongst the tight-knit trio of friends in which each story has been focused upon. If you enjoy the ”enemies-to-lovers” trope, then this is one book you’ll surely not want to miss. It was light on the signature Alice Clayton humor that makes her one of my top favorite authors, but the steaminess and heart made up for it in spades. Ladies get ready to fall in love with your next book boyfriend, ‘aka’ Archie Bryant.

Out of the three Heroines, Clara Morgan appears to be the most independent and career driven. She has never had time for serious relationships partially because of her demanding career in Hotel rebranding but mainly due to her deeply seeded fear of abandonment. Clara was separated from her drug-addicted mother at a very young age and grew up in the foster care system. She never experienced what it was like to be a member of a normal loving family, but when she met Roxie and Natalie, they did wind up giving her a little sense of belonging and family. But Clara’s deeply rooted insecurities always ends up making her feel like she’s the outsider in many situations. She’s about to meet the man who will push all of her boundaries and soon she’ll begin to feel the deep pangs of wanting to be a part of her own family.

Archie Bryant is the son of the owner of Bryant Mountain House– the current project that Clara is assigned to. He’s very proper, gorgeous, and just a tad bit standoffish at first. He’s not as open to change as his father is and fights Clara tooth and nail on most of her suggestions for improvement and renovations to his family business. But even with the seeming animosity between them, there’s also an almost instant strong attraction that they each feel for the other. Every interaction gets increasingly tense and heated which results in some seriously HOT steamy encounters for both Clara and Archie.

No matter how hard Clara tries to keep things professional between her and Archie, they ultimately succumb to their blazing hot chemistry. There is more than just physical attraction and as hard as Clara tries to push Archie away, it is apparent early on that her fears are no match for his tenacity. Archie made this book for me! I absolutely loved him. Life might have dealt him serious heartbreak but once he laid eyes on Clara, he knew she was the one for him and his patience and tenderness just about makes him the most swoon-worthy hero in this series!

Along with the rest of the gang from the previous “Hudson Valley” books, we also reunite with some of the beloved characters from the ”Wallbanger” and ”Redhead” series!

BUNS releases on May 23rd! Make sure you one-click! It will definitely have you wanting to take a weekend getaway in the Hudson Valley!



*****Dee’s Review*****

4 Mouthwatering Stars****

This is our third trip to the charming town of Bailey Falls and just like every other time before, I didn’t want to leave. I can’t help but fall in love with Alice Clayton’s stories and once again she’s given us a delicious story that will leave nothing but a sweet taste in your heart.


Clara Morgan loves her job. She goes around the world rebranding hotels. She has a knack for learning about a place and quickly assessing the problems and finding the best plan to breathe new life into these hotels that need help. Clara is super excited that her next project takes her to the town of Bailey Falls because that’s where her two best friends live. Clara is always traveling and doesn’t have a lot of time for relationships, which is fine with her, because she knows first hand that the more you open up your heart to people, the more prone you are to getting hurt, and Clara has had enough disappointment during her years in foster care, when she was a child.

Archie Bryant once loved, and he did it with everything he had but after losing said love and tragically, he’s closed off his heart and these days the only thing that grabs his attention, is working on his family hotel. Bryant Mountain House is where Archie grew up, he always knew that his future was to run this hotel he loves so much. The resort has been losing money, and his father who is still the CEO but is about to retire wants to bring in a hotel specialist that will help the hotel do better before he steps down.

Clara is immediately in love with the place, even though there’s no TV’s in its rooms; she can’t resist the charms of the property and especially of its delicious owner, Archie Bryant. Clara’s plan is to keep the charm the hotel has but to give it a bit of facelift, bring in new and fresh ideas that will compliment the traditions, and that way ensure that the hotel will to continue to thrive and be a desirable destination for travelers.

Archie feels overwhelmed by Clara, he doesn’t deal well with change and everything she represents is starting to rock his world and he doesn’t quite know how to deal with that. Both these characters are stubborn and for about half the story, it is pretty much like a battle of sexes, which makes it very entertaining for us readers.

Little by little Clara and Archie start collaborating in more than one way, and despite their differences, it turns out that they make a wonderful and explosive team, in and out the bedroom. But are they ready to let go of all the hurt from the past and move on into the strange, yet exciting territory that is their love?

This was another terrific addition to this fun series. I love reading about these three friends and about all the trouble they get into when they are together. You gotta love Alice Clayton for always creating these fascinating, independent and strong heroines that make us laugh and most of all, that inspire us. Read this amazing book and enjoy the good, the crazy and the sexy times…

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