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

SYNOPSIS

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!

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*****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…

COVER REVEAL – BUNS (Hudson Valley #3) by Alice Clayton

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Release Date: June 1, 2017

SYNOPSIS

The third in the hilarious yet sizzling hot Hudson Valley series from New York Time and USA TODAY bestselling author 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.

xoxo

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REVIEW – ROMAN CRAZY (Broads Abroad, #1) by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci

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SYNOPSIS:

Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 “You’re It For Me” Stars!
(ARC provided by authors)

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Avery Bardot attended Boston College with plans to work in the art field & pursue her passions. She marries and her life becomes so structured she loses sight of herself over the years. When her life is thrown into a tailspin & she’s in the process of divorcing, she needs a change of scenery. She leaves Boston & her disaster of a life behind and heads to Rome to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy.

On her first night in Rome, Daisy wants to celebrate & throw her a welcome party with some friends from work. Avery is stunned speechless when she comes face to face with a man from her past. A man she thought she’d never see again, but who was once someone very important to her. This gorgeous Italian man is Marcello Bianchi, & he’s an architect in Rome. Nine years ago, Avery and Marcello had a passionate affair while she was in college, & studying abroad in Spain. Marcello is just as beautiful as she remembered, & one look at him & she still feels that draw towards him, that powerful electricity she could never deny.

Marcello can’t believe he is seeing Avery again after all these years since she disappeared without a trace & left him without any explanation. He’s suddenly furious seeing the one that got away & broke his heart.

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Avery realizes she needs to make amends & apologize to Marcello for the way she handled things in the past. They eventually spend time together, & talk things out. As Avery’s past collides with her present, she has a lot of baggage & begins to wonder if that happiness could include Marcello.

-“I want this. All of you, now.”

-Having seen, touched, and tasted every inch of this man, I knew what I was dealing with. His voice was dark, husky, and goddamn it washed over me in the best possible way.

-I realized just how much of his body I had memorized; there wasn’t an inch I had forgotten.

-Marcello only saw me.

-For the first time in a very long time, I felt treasured.

Avery is newly single & in Rome. She’s adjusting perfectly to the Italian lifestyle & takes advantage of everything Rome has to offer. Suddenly she’s living life to the fullest, & spending her days exploring, & her nights with Marcello. She’s falling in love with Rome & rekindling a love she never thought she’d feel again. She realizes this is her second chance & new start, & decides she’s not going to waste it. At the same time, Avery is learning to focus on herself & rebuild her life & make it the life she’s always wanted. Romance is new again, she has great friends, & is in Rome. Could this really be her life?

I absolutely LOVED this book! I adored everything about it. Let’s start with Marcello. This man was dreamy, Italian, swoony, DELICIOUS perfection!!! He treasured this woman & was the love of her life & her soulmate. They were both just living an average life apart, & together they experienced pure bliss! This book was about friendship, love, food, wine, & Rome. Taking the time to enjoy life & not just let it pass you by. About a city full of color & energy, that is a hypnotic, magical place where they savor everything. I now want to go to Rome, ride a Vespa, & explore this breathtaking city I feel like I now know. I want to eat tiramisu, pasta & pastries and hope to see a few Marcello’s along the way! ;))

 

 

*****Dee’s Review*****

5+++ Just You and Me Stars*****

(ARC Kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review)

Roman Crazy is a vibrant second chance romance that takes us on a lovely adventure around Italy. A novel about finding yourself, and love again after losing it all.  A fabulous dreamy read, and probably my most favorite book I’ve read this year. A book full of happy!!!!

 

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Avery just found her husband doing the secretary; hot and heavy sex on top of the desk she bought for him. Funny thing is that more so than the fact that she found him cheating on her, she’s overwhelmed with sadness to realize that he has more passion for his secretary than he does for her. Sad because she gave up on her career and on her own dreams , to be a wife. She got lost behind the shadow of her husband, and she too has lost all passion for her marriage and for her life in general.

Avery’s best friend Daisy is an architect living abroad, right now she’s in Rome and after hearing about her best friend’s pain, she invites Avery to spend the summer in Italy with her. Maybe in Italy Avery will find her second wind and renew the passion she once felt for life. Little does Avery know, that on her first night in Italy she will encounter the one that got away, many summers ago; Marcello.

 

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Marcello and Avery met when she was doing an internship in Barcelona. As a major in Arts, Avery had been offered a position in a prestigious museum learning about art restoration. Their love was instant, hot and sizzling. By the time it was time for Avery to go back home to the States, she and Marcello had made plans to continue with their torrid love story, but Avery never came to him.

Marcello was deeply hurt by Avery for not coming back like she had promised, but life took them in different directions, yet somehow now, years later, the attraction is just as strong as it used to be. Will Avery give love another chance? Will she allow love to once again distract her from the career she wants? And can Marcello forgive her, and trust that she will not run again?

So many questions and we get all the answers, along with the most beautiful Italian setting, amazing secondary characters in this vibrant story that will make you swoon and fall in love with Roman Crazy.

 

I love books that make me smile and feel happy, and Roman Crazy did so in spades. The beauty and authenticity of the story transported me to Rome, I could feel the love, hear the laughter of the people hanging out in the Piazza, I could smell the delicious food, the feelings all too vivid, making me helpless to the charm of the story. These two authors collaborated in a seamless way, you could feel the camaraderie, and how much fun they had writing it, but I couldn’t tell where one’s words started or the other one’s ended, it was perfection.

Even though this book was an absolute winner for me, I gotta say that what I loved the most was that the story wasn’t just solely focused on the romance. Avery was getting a second chance at friendships, at life, and at love. Re-discovering herself, her friends and love, after having lost direction in her own life. As someone who’s been married for a long time I could relate to her; we lose ourselves in the roles of mother or wife and forget a little bit about what we want and who we are inside. Ever since turning thirty I have spent a lot of time contemplating about this, and making it my goal to regain my sense of identity as a woman, and making sure I devote time to myself, and toward my dreams.

To me, this book was so much more than just an entertaining story, it was a reminder for me to never forget about myself, my friends, my family. A reminder for me to stop and smell the flowers, eat the sweets, buy the shoes, drink the wine, because life is too short, and we should live it, and do it passionately.

So… C’mon hop on that Vespa and allow the colorful and sweet words of this story to take over your heart and make you smile, big. A must read!!!!! A wonderful book not to miss.

My Roman Crazy music playlist:
*Summertime Romance by Johnnyswim
*Barcelona by Giulia Y Los Tellarini
*Lost Star by Adam Levine
*Lucky by Jason Mraz
*When I Was A Boy by Biel Ballester Trio
*You’re the One That I Want by Lo-Fang
*She Makes Me Laugh by The Monkees
*True Love by Coldplay

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 TESORO STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Authors}

Marcello looked every bit like my greatest love and my biggest regret.

 

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ROMAN CRAZY is the debut writing collaboration between Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci, and I do believe these two are off to a great start! This story will whisk you away to one of the most romantic places in the world and once you’ve finished reading, it will leave you yearning to get on the next flight out to beautiful Italy. Rome, itself, is very much a main character in this book and the descriptive writing made this reader feel as if I were actually in Italy experiencing the culture and enjoying all the delicious Italian cuisine. But I must confess all of that took a backseat to the over the topLOVE I felt for Marcello Bianchi!!! OMG!!! I swear he made this book for me!! I want to just pack my bags and my dog and move to Rome in hopes that I can find my very own Marcello!

 

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Avery Bardot is visiting her bestie who has been living in Rome for the past several years. She recently filed for divorce after having caught her husband in the act with his secretary. Avery’s using this time in Rome to relax and to also do some soul searching. She hadn’t been really happy in her marriage for quite some time and she may have even lost a big piece of herself during that relationship. During her first week in Rome, Avery comes face to face with a man she never thought she’d ever see again. Nine years ago while she was studying art in Barcelona, she met and fell in love with one GORGEOUS Italian man – Marcello Bianchi. At the end of their summer study abroad, they made plans to be together. Avery was to go back to the states briefly and then return to Barcelona to be with Marcello, but circumstances arose back home that prevented Avery from going back to Spain. Their first meeting nine years later is definitely a bit strained as we learn that Avery never contacted Marcello to explain why she was not returning. She simply just dropped out of his life and left Marcello with a broken heart.

Avery and Marcello end up reconciling and soon their romance picks right back up where they had left off. They couldn’t get enough of each other and I couldn’t get enough of Marcello! Whenever he was not around I had to fight the urge to skim the pages and when he was front and center, I never wanted the story to end. I was completely enamored of Marcello!!

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Aside from the passionate romance that Avery has rekindled, she also is getting back to her other love–art. She volunteers on a couple of art restoration projects and ends up landing a job which would keep her in Italy. All seems to be going in the right direction for her, but then a chance encounter and a once in a lifetime opportunity could ultimately tear the couple apart just when they’ve found their way back to each other.

 

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By the time I got to the end of this story, I was left wanting so much more. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Marcello and what I wouldn’t give for another book or possibly a novella to give me the HEA that I want for this couple. I am not sure just having them appear in the follow-up books as secondary characters is going to be enough to satisfy me.

I do highly recommend this book as I feel that you all need to meet Mr. Marcello Bianchi!!

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REVIEW – CREAM OF THE CROP (Hudson Valley, #2) by Alice Clayton

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SYNOPSIS:

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton brings her trademark blend of funny and sexy to this second contemporary romance in the brand-new Hudson Valley series!

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 be…love?

*****Dee’s Review*****

5 +++ Tasty Stars*****

(ARC kindly provided by author)

Sweet, nutty and very delicious, are the words that come to mind when trying to describe this book. Like a delectable slice of Camembert cheese, Cream Of The Crop will melt your heart, and maybe even your underpants with a tasty combination of characters, a super fun plot and the highly entertaining signature writing style of Alice Clayton. The Hudson Valley series keeps getting better and better!!!

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Natalie Grayson is a marketing executive in New York City. She is a size eighteen bombshell who can drive any man crazy with just one sultry look. She has a lot of confidence in herself, but that wasn’t always the case. Growing up being the constant target of bullies, she never thought of herself as beautiful until one boy came along and finally made her feel worthy of love, but at what price?

After giving up too much for love, Natalie turned her life around. She’s worked hard to be the best in her field, has a very busy social life, and an adoring family. She’s become so independent, she’s not interested in settling down with any man, she just wants to enjoy life’s pleasures. So why does she become a blubbering mess, unable to utter more than two sentences when she is in the presence of the sexy, dairy farmer Oscar?

Oscar the sexy cheese maker; he is the owner of a beautiful dairy farm in Hudson Valley, New York. Natalie’s best friend lives in the Hudson Valley, and she’s determined to help her bestie make a move on Oscar.

Oscar is a man of very few words, but whenever he speaks, he says all the right things, or does he? He is rugged, manly, and uber sexy, and for a long time, he has been fantasizing about Natalie. But she is a city girl, and he’s just a simple man from the country, can they have a real future together?

Who knew that cheese could be so sexy? Apparently Alice Clayton did because, with this irresistible new series, she is bringing sexy back to the country.

We meet these new characters, Natalie, and Oscar, who are wonderfully complicated together. Their friends, all the characters from the previous book, added to the already witty plot. A story that had me laughing and enjoying myself without regard. So put on your farmer’s boots, and ride the train to Hudson Valley for a delectable, good time. Trust me after only one visit, you’ll never want to leave.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE BRIE? OH.YES. STARS*****
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(BR with Mel)

For two seconds, he thumb stroked me. I held my breath for an eternal two seconds, thumb stroked so good that I saw stars. And when we finally let go, I knew I’d never be the same. If he could make me that stupid with his thumb, what would happen if he–

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The second installment of the Hudson Valley series is destined to be another sure fire hit!! There isn’t a doubt in my mind that Alice Clayton’s writing is ABSOLUTE GOLD!!CREAM OF THE CROP has a beautiful and sassy Heroine who will steal your heart and a sinfully sexy Hero who will leave you swooning and panting for more!! The other character that I must give honorable mention to is the town of Bailey Falls. Alice Clayton’s vivid description of the very scenic and quaint town brings it to life for the reader. All I want to do is plan a weekend getaway to this charming little town and take in the local flavor.

From the moment that we are introduced to Natalie Grayson, I literally fell head over heels in love with this character. This woman is not a waif by any means. She is a woman with CURVES and she is proud of her size eighteen figure. She wears her confidence well!! Strutting her stuff down the city streets of Manhattan, Natalie turns more than a head or two. If she sees a guy that tickles her fancy, it takes only a little wiggle of her behind and the bat of her eyelashes to have him eating out of the palm of her hand. I just really loved the fact that she was so comfortable in her own skin and she rocked at being a super sexy and funny Heroine. She wasn’t always this well put together woman that she is now and we learn about her emotional past as we get deeper into the story. There is just one thing that is kryptonite to her fabulousness and it comes in the form of a beautiful six foot five hunk of man who is a dairy farmer from Bailey Falls – Oscar Mendoza!!! Natalie’s Saturday morning ritual is to stop by the local farmer’s market and get her Brie fix from this beautiful man who makes her tongue tied and giddy as a lovesick teenaged girl!! I must say that I developed the same swoony feelings for this hunky farmer.

Natalie Grayson is a marketing executive for a top advertising agency in NYC. During a department meeting, she learns that one of their new potential clients happens to be the township of Bailey Falls. They’re looking to revive tourism in their area. Natalie jumps at the chance to take on this new client knowing that she’ll ultimately get to cross paths with sexy Oscar!! Her first encounter with Oscar on Leo Maxwell’s farm doesn’t go as smoothly as planned since as I stated earlier, he is her kryptonite and disastrously funny things happen to our poor heroine. But Natalie will get her swagger back and holy smokes was my tongue ever wagging and I may have even felt a little lightheaded from the serious heat that these two generated!!! They wasted no time getting down and dirty in the back of Oscar’s barn and damn this man could lift this woman and hold her in all kinds of positions as if she were a tiny little thing. Oh, the pictures I had in my head!!!!

As things start to heat up between Oscar and Natalie, there will be a few challenges that they’ll be forced to deal with. Oscar loves life on his farm in the country. Although Natalie dreams of settling down someday in the country with her hot farmer, her career is at its peak and she’s not ready to leave her fabulous life in New York City yet. So how will these two be able to make things work when their lives are deeply rooted in two completely different worlds?!

So far I would have to say that Cream of the Crop is my favorite in the Hudson Valley series and even though I did enjoy NUTS, I think I just felt such a deeper connection to Natalie and wished that she and I could be BFFs!! And Oscar just made me melt into a pool of desire the second he walked onto the pages of this story! I wanted to live the lives of these amazing characters, and maybe just for a short while my imagination allowed me to do so!

CREAM OF THE CROP is available now. I seriously recommend that you get to this one as soon as possible because you’re sure to fall in love with this story!!

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*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)
(BR with Patty)

Natalie Grayson is a curvy, confident, outgoing, gorgeous woman who comes from wealth, & was born and raised in New York. She is a city girl through & through. She loves Manhattan & her brownstone in The West Village. She has an amazing job at a huge advertising firm, & friends and family she adores. She also has a love affair with cheese & spends almost every Saturday at her favorite farmer’s market at Union Square.

Another thing Natalie loves is men. She currently is obsessing over a beautiful hot farmer who owns the Bailey Falls Creamery in Hudson Valley, in upstate NY. This tattooed stunning creatures name is Oscar Mendoza aka the cheese man… the milkman… the dairy God. Natalie looked forward to her Saturday’s when she would get a glimpse of this fascinating, exquisite man. She would buy her Brie & their brief encounter was the highlight of her week & also would fuel her lustful fantasies till she got her next Oscar fix. While she was crushing hard on him, she could hardly talk to him. He made her so nervous she couldn’t be her usual man eater self when it came to this man. She had it so bad for him. Eventually their paths cross outside of the farmer’s market & things heat up quickly between them.

-I’d been hit with an instant wave of lust.

-“I just go to pieces around this guy.”

-“When I see him, I literally lose my mind. I can’t talk to him when I see that face, and those eyes, and those lips, and all that gorgeous ink, and those hands.”

-I craved him, simple as that.

-I would kill someone with my bare hands to see him hold his churn.

I loved loved this book! Just fantastic! Oscar is just delicious & I adored Natalie. She is hilarious & I loved her confidence and her vivacious personality. We also get plenty of Leo & Roxie. I really enjoyed this one & hope the next book is Clara & Archie. :))