REVIEW – THE SCORE (Off Campus, #3) by Elle Kennedy

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SYNOPSIS:

He knows how to score, on and off the ice

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition,girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to befriends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
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Elle Kennedy definitely has another HIT on her hands with this one.  The <i>OFF CAMPUS</i> series delivers the <b>HOTTEST</b> Hockey Players, panty melting scenes, and laugh out loud moments as well. Each guy is pretty cocky and gorgeous, but never do they come off as narcissistic pricks.

 

Dean Di Laurentis is a serious <b>PLAYER</b>. He enjoys sex and is a serious exhibitionist as well.  He also doesn’t have any desire to be in a serious relationship with any woman and he always makes his intentions clear with every girl he hooks up with. The one time he attempted to be in a relationship ended disastrously and several years later he is still haunted by the past.

 

Allie Hayes is Hannah’s best friend and roommate. Hannah is Garrett’s girlfriend and I’m sure none of you have forgotten <i>THE DEAL</i>. That book was on my top ten of 2015 list. Allie has just broken up with her boyfriend of the past three years and is feeling vulnerable. She wants a clean break from him but he isn’t willing to give up on her. So in order to avoid her ex, she spends the night at Garrett’s house, where as luck would have it, Dean happens to be.

 

Allie knows Dean and is fully aware of his reputation, which makes her immune to his charms. She isn’t like any of the girls he hooks up with. But after several shots of tequila and a couple of puffs from a joint, Allie finds herself waking up the next morning naked in Dean’s room, with a serious hangover, and a gloriously naked Dean as well.

 

The sex turned out to be mind-blowing for the both of them and after a ton of resistance from Allie, the two enter into an arrangement. They agree to have sex on a regular basis and to not see other people while doing so. But as they start to spend more time together, feelings begin to develop and pretty soon they question whether there might be something more than just sex between them.

 

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We learn how life has been pretty unfair to Allie and how things aren’t always what they seem where Dean is concerned. He lets people think he’s just a pretty face with a limited vocabulary, but he’s destined for Harvard Law and it’s due to his academic prowess and not his family’s bank account. I found myself comparing Dean to Grayson from <i>The Friend Zone</i>, which only made him that much more lovable to me.

 

There were some angst filled moments, but they were quickly resolved and I wished that they had been drawn out just a bit longer. Expect to laugh your ass off at least a few times, especially during the bath tub scene with Winston.  The steamy scenes were seriously freaking <b>HAWT</b>!! Dean is pretty insatiable and I guarantee that you will either be taking a few cold showers, attacking your man, or spending some quality time with your Winstons.

 

This book releases on Jan 11th and I know you’re all going to fall in love with this story and Dean!!

 

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Allie Hayes is a 22 yr. old college student at Briar University. She is in her senior year & about to graduate with a degree in drama. She is trying to get over a break up, and does something completely out of character. She has rebound sex with the gorgeous sexy hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis. Dean is known as a total manwhore. He’s arrogant, rich, superficial & the biggest flirt ever. She has one of the hottest sexual experiences of her life with Dean, but decides it can only be a one time thing, & nothing more.

-“If you want me, come and get me.”

-Sweet Lord. His gaze contains so much raw, palpable heat it startles a gasp out of me.

-I didn’t expect the intense sexual chemistry between us, but it’s here, and it’s addictive, and I don’t know how I can ever give it up.

-How is it that everything he does makes me smile?

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After their one night together, Dean can’t quit thinking about Allie. He wants her again desperately, but she is the first woman who’s ever been immune to his charms & doesn’t fall at his feet. He just can’t get her out of his system, & pursues her relentlessly. He is used to always getting what he wants, but has met his match in this feisty blonde who turns him on like no one else.

Dean hasn’t ever had anyone pull the “just friends” card on him, so he has to work extra hard to change Allie’s mind about him. She is a relationship kind of girl & just doesn’t really take him seriously, but Dean can be very persuasive! ;)) I really LOVED this book!!! It was my favorite in this series. Dean in love just stole my heart! Adored his sense of humor & there was so much more to him. He’s intelligent, caring, & of course HOT, HOT, HOT!!! I highly recommend this book!!! 😀

 

 

*****Dee’s Review*****

**** 4 You, me, and Winston Stars****

(ARC received in exchange for an honest review)

Another deliciously funny love story by Elle Kennedy. The whole hockey gang is back to deliver even more hilarious antics, and sexy times. This time around it’s Dean De Laurentis’ turn; he is the famous player of the team. His fame is not only due to his notorious power with the hockey puck but because of his magic charm with the ladies. Well, he has found his match in Allie, a sassy girl who’s about to give him a run for his money…

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This page turner will keep you highly entertained and laughing so much your belly will ache.

This couple was the perfect combination of sassy and sweet. Great chemistry and super fun banter.

The Score is a wonderful addition to the Off-Campus series, which is already a favorite amongst romance readers. Elle Kennedy’s writing style is always charming and incredibly entertaining, making this book another hit and one you definitely don’t want to miss.

REVIEW – MY KIND OF WONDERFUL (Cedar Ridge, #2) by Jill Shalvis

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SYNOPSIS:

UNEXPECTED AND UNDENIABLE…

Bailey Moore has an agenda: skiing in the Rockies, exploring castles in Europe, ballroom dancing in Argentina. Now that she has a second lease on life, she’s determined not to miss a thing. What she doesn’t realize is that item #1 comes with a six-foot-one ski god hot enough to melt a polar ice cap. She doesn’t want to miss out on him either, but Hudson Kincaid isn’t the type of guy to love and let go. And as gorgeous as Cedar Ridge is, she’s not planning to stick around.

As head of ski patrol at his family’s resort, Hud thinks he’s seen it all. But never has he run into someone like Bailey. She might look delicate, but her attitude is all firecracker. And her infectious joy touches something deep within him that he’s been missing far too long. Now he’ll just have to convince Bailey to take a chance on her biggest adventure yet . . . something rare and all kinds of wonderful.

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Bailey Moore is a 24 yr. old woman who grew up in a small town south of Denver. She works as a graphic designer, but also enjoys painting on the side. Bailey has had a rough time these last few years, & feels like she has a new lease on life. For so long she never had time for anything but survival, but now she has a list of things she wants to do, & she plans to live life to the fullest!

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Bailey has been commissioned to paint a mural at a family owned ski resort in Cedar Ridge, Colorado up in the Rockies. This is about two hours away from home, but she figures it’s also the perfect opportunity to learn to ski better & also complete some things on her list. What she doesn’t bargain for is the drop dead gorgeous Hudson Kincaid. Hud is the head of ski patrol at his family’s resort, & also a part time Cedar Ridge cop. He’s very close to his siblings & the person everyone can always count on. He gives so much of himself to the people he cares about. So much that there’s nothing left for himself. Between the resort, his jobs & family, there is little time left for down time or dating.

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Hud meets Bailey & they both feel the sparks. There’s something between them, but they decide to keep things casual. Things soon become more complicated when real feelings develop. Hud doesn’t do relationships & Bailey doesn’t let anyone get too close to her, so they both have to come to terms with their feelings. Hud begins to make Bailey feel whole again as they fall hard for one another. They both try to resist, but it’s no use. They are already in over their heads & crazy about each other. I really enjoyed this book & can’t wait for Hud’s twin brother Jacob’s book! Every time I pick up a Jill Shalvis book I know I’m going to just fall in love with the guy & get a fantastic sexy love story that takes me away to a beautiful place & makes me want the next book right away! ;))

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-“When I’m with you…”

-“I feel things. You make me feel things.”

-Everything about him did it for her.

-I know you care about me because I can feel it in every look you give me, in every touch.

LIVE – MY KIND OF WONDERFUL (Cedar Ridge) by Jill Shalvis

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UNEXPECTED AND UNDENIABLE…

Bailey Moore has an agenda: skiing in the Rockies, exploring castles in Europe, ballroom dancing in Argentina. Now that she has a second lease on life, she’s determined not to miss a thing. What she doesn’t realize is that item #1 comes with a six-foot-one ski god hot enough to melt a polar ice cap. She doesn’t want to miss out on him either, but Hudson Kincaid isn’t the type of guy to love and let go. And as gorgeous as Cedar Ridge is, she’s not planning to stick around.

As head of ski patrol at his family’s resort, Hud thinks he’s seen it all. But never has he run into someone like Bailey. She might look delicate, but her attitude is all firecracker. And her infectious joy touches something deep within him that he’s been missing far too long. Now he’ll just have to convince Bailey to take a chance on her biggest adventure yet . . . something rare and all kinds of wonderful.

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COVER REVEAL – JOCKBLOCKED (Gridiron, #2) by Jen Frederick

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She’s always played it safe…

College junior Lucy Washington abides by one rule—avoid risk at all costs. She’s cautious in every aspect of her life, from her health, to her mock trial team, to the boring guys she dates. When a brash, gorgeous jock walks into the campus coffeeshop and turns his flirt on, Lucy is stunned by the force of attraction. For the first time ever, she’s willing to step out of her comfort zone, but can she really trust the guy who’s determined to sweep her off her feet?

He’s always played around…

Entering his last year of college eligibility, linebacker Matthew “Matty” Iverson has the team captaincy in his sights. And it’s his for the taking, if he can convince his quarterback Ace Anderson to give up the starting position. Luckily, Matty already has an edge—the hottie he’s lusting over just happens to be Ace’s childhood best friend. Getting Lucy on his side and in his bed? Hell yeah. Matty is more than confident he can have both, but when he falls hard for Lucy, it’s time for a new game plan: convince the woman of his dreams that she’s not sleeping with the enemy.

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He leans toward me again. “How about this. I’ll take all the risks and you just come along for the ride.”

“Matty, dating isn’t the risk. You’re the risk.” I lay down a few bills for my meal. “I’m not unhappy with how I live now. There’s nothing wrong with making measured decisions and weighing the risks versus the benefits.”

He watches me while I pull on my coat. “You’re right that there’s nothing wrong with how you’re living. I’m not judging that. I’m just saying maybe your life could be happier. And that sometimes taking a risk gives you big rewards.”

“And you’re that big reward?”

He smiles wide. “You won’t know unless you give me a try.”

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COVER REVEAL – ROMAN CRAZY by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci –

Release Date – September 13, 2016

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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—away from home and licking her wounds…and perhaps a gelato or two. But when Daisy, an American expat now living in Rome, throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop. She falls, quite literally, at the feet of a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello is a man from her past—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 the life she once had and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious.

And so is Marcello…

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

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COVER REVEAL & PRE-ORDER LINKS – “THE SCORE” (Off Campus, #3) by Elle Kennedy

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Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

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REVIEW – The Game Plan (Game On, #3) by Kristen Callihan

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Synopsis:

A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now.

Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Dex is looking for a forever girl, but they live vastly different lives in separate cities. Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he’s her forever man.

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*****Dee’s Review*****

****4.5 Dex & Fi Stars*****

(ARC provided in exchange for an honest review)

This book is a great addition to the fantastic Game On series. Kristen Callihan created a gorgeous story with the signature style that we have grown to love about these books, but managed to make it completely different. Very sweet and original, loved Dex and Fi’s story…

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Dexter is big, tattooed, and has piercings in all the right places, but images can be deceiving and the hard exterior of this football super star might not be all there is to him.

Fiona knew Dexter from when he used to play college football with her sister’s husband, but she never really noticed him, and she really doesn’t know why because he is absolutely gorgeous. Fiona had been busy with school, partying and then trying to establish herself in the real world.

What Fiona doesn’t know is that she has been completely lost and looking for the answers in all the wrong places. Until Ethan Dexter comes into her life and very bluntly and deliciously puts everything into perspective for her.

Dex and Fiona finally get together but the timing always feels wrong, plus they live in separate cities. Fiona has issues with being left behind and broken hearted, and Dex is very insecure about his inexperience when it comes to love, but these two will find a way into a future together, or will they?…

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I really enjoyed this book. As a fan of this series I loved being able to get a glimpse into the lives of all my other favorite characters from previous books.

The banter and interactions between Dex and Fi were totally hilarious and I really loved how different they were yet they complemented each other perfectly.

I highly recommend this book, it’s a super fun and romantic read. Perfect for Fall…

“The Game Plan” – Cover Reveal & Excerpt

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SYNOPSIS:

A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now.

Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Dex is looking for a forever girl, but they live vastly different lives in separate cities. Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he’s her forever man.

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EXCERPT:

I grin up at him. “You know, before this, I’d have taken you for a hard rock, or maybe even a bluegrass fan.”

“It’s the beard, isn’t it,” he asks.

“And the man-bun.”

He laughs, a short rumble of sound. “Want me to let it down?”

Yes. Maybe.

“Not necessary. Man-buns are hot. I blame Jason Momoa. There was only so much watching him bang Khaleesi the female population could take before they wanted their own Khal Drogo.”

Shit. I really don’t know what the hell I’m doing. Because it sounds a lot like flirting to me. Instinct tells me flirting with Ethan Dexter isn’t something to do lightly. And there’s the fact that I don’t go for athletes. At all. I don’t care how fit they are. Or how confident. I don’t like sports. Football bores me. Oh, I know tons about the sport—kind of impossible not to in my family—but I don’t want to pretend that I care when I’d rather talk about other things.

Dex’s eyes crinkle again, and he turns toward me, leaning an elbow on the table. “Doesn’t Momoa have a beard?”

I wave my hand. “Who has time to look at his beard when his muscles are on display?”

I most certainly do not look at Dex’s phenomenal arms.

“So your stance on beards is?” His gaze so strong I feel it in my toes.

My breathing picks up. “Don’t particularly like them.”

It’s the truth. And yet I can’t help but look at his. It’s dark, framing his mouth, which should be a turnoff for me. Only it draws all my attention there. To the shape of his mouth—the upper lip a gentle curve, the lower lip fuller, almost a pout. There’s something slightly illicit about the whole effect.

I clear my throat, glance up, and find him watching me through lowered lids. He doesn’t seem particularly put out by my frankness.

“What don’t you like about them?”

Is he serious?

He stares at me.

I guess he is.

Taking a quick sip of my drink, I search for an answer. “They’re just so…fuzzy. Prickly.”

He moves in, not crowding me, but putting himself at arms’ reach. He smells faintly of cloves and oranges. It must be his aftershave or cologne, but it works for me.

I’m distracted by it and almost jump when he speaks again. “Do you know this based on experience, or are you making an assumption?”

My gaze narrows. “Aren’t you the philosopher.”

“You didn’t answer the question.”

“Fine. Assumption.”

His lips quirk. “You should find out if your assumption is true before you condemn the beard.”

“Is this some sort of creepy way to get me to touch your beard?”

A challenge flashes in his eyes. “There are a few guys at the bar sporting beards. You could go ask them. But I figure since we know each other…”

“Not that well.”

“You’d rather ask a stranger?”

“You’re assuming I care enough to ask, Slick.”

His teeth shine white in the shadows of the club. “I know you’re curious. You’re fairly twitching with wanting to know.”

I flatten my hands against the table and glare. Is it just me, or is he closer? Close enough that I can see his eyes are hazel, lighter around his cornea with a starburst pattern. I wish I could see the colors, but he’s painted in shades of blue and gray right now.

And he’s watching me. Patient. Calculating. Tempting.

“It’s always the quiet ones,” I mutter before taking a breath. “Okay, I’ll pet your fuzzy face.”

“Hold up.” Without hesitation, he reaches for my drink and takes a sip. “Liquid courage.”

A strangled laugh leaves me. “Because I’m sooo scary.”

“You have no idea, Cherry.”

I think I growl at him. I definitely want to give his precious beard a good, hard tug. But he simply lifts his brows at me. “Get on with it, then.”

This cheeky bastard is totally playing me. And here I am falling into his trap. Because I cannot look away from his beard now. More specifically, his lips, which are parted just slightly. An invitation. A dare.

Shit. I’ve never been very good at ignoring a dare.

I hate that my hand trembles as I reach up to touch him. He stays perfectly still, his arm casually slung on the edge of the booth behind me, his body turned toward mine. But I don’t miss the way his breathing has kicked up just slightly.

I hesitate, shy almost. Hells bells, I’m only going to touch a bit of facial hair. Why does it feel like we’re two kids tucked in a dark corner, playing a game of “I’ll show you mine”?

Annoyed with myself, I close the distance between us.

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LIVE – Nuts (Hudson Valley, #1) by Alice Clayton

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The New York Times bestselling author of Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed is back with Nuts, the first in a brand new series set in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?

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REVIEWS – “NUTS” (Hudson Valley, #1) by Alice Clayton

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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?

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 Summer Lovin Stars*****
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Another hit from Alice Clayton!!!

Whenever you pick up an Alice Clayton book, there are a few things you are guaranteed – you will laugh your ass off, you’ll have new characters to fall in love with, and you’re in for some incredible STEAM!!! NUTS, delivered and them some!!! I found myself cracking up so hard throughout the book and then needing a couple of cold showers to boot!!

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Roxie Callahan has come back to her hometown of Bailey Falls, New York, in order to run the family diner while her mother goes off to be on the reality show, “The Amazing Race”. She’s not at all happy about being back home as she moved thousands of miles away to Los Angeles to escape the small town life and inevitable destiny of ending up like her hopeless romantic mother. But things aren’t working out with her personal chef biz, so this visit back home couldn’t have come at a better time.

The day she arrives back home, she literally runs into the most gorgeous man in town. Leo Maxwell, is the owner of Maxwell Farms and heir to the Maxwell fortune. This guy oozes sex appeal but also has a very laid back attitude. He was a man of few words at first so I couldn’t really get a read on the kind of person he was, but oh did I enjoy every bit of this sexy farmer. He definitely had poor Roxie panting and tongue tied.

Since Roxie is only in town till the end of summer, she decides to have some summer lovin’ with Leo, and she makes it clear to him that this thing they are starting is only a fling. She will be heading back to Los Angeles once her mom’s back home. But as time goes on, Roxie begins to question whether she will be able to walk away from this amazing man.

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I loved Roxie!! There were things about her quirky personality that I related to. I think this is why Alice is such an amazing writer. She always makes her heroines someone we can connect with. This woman has an extreme fear of bees. It seems they tend to seek her out and terrorize her. She loses all self control and starts running for her life whenever she comes in close contact to a bee. I totally share that fear of bees! Those suckers really are assholes!!

The sexual chemistry between Leo and Roxie was off the charts and Alice doesn’t make us wait too long for the steamy times to commence. Holy hotness was I panting while reading this one. Don’t even get me started on the nickname Leo gave Roxie –Sugar Snap!! I was feeling a little faint just as Roxie was every time he uttered that name. And I was feeling oh so nostalgic when Roxie would use her nickname for Leo – Almonzo. Roxie was a huge “Little House On The Prairie” fan, as I was also. That Almonzo Wilder had a ton of young teenaged girls swooning, back in the day.

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There is a twist that you definitely will not see coming but I absolutely loved because it gives some characters more depth. It was also lovely to get to spend some time with some familiar faces. That really put a smile on my face.

The Hudson Valley series is off to a great start!! Can’t wait to read the next!!

 

 

*****Dee’s Review*****

***** 5 Nuts about Nuts Stars*****

(ARC kindly provided by author)

(BR with Patty and Mel)

(*Insert dreamy sigh) I love this book and absolutely every single thing about it. The small town setting, the complex and hilarious characters and the romance, OMG!!! At this point I can safely say that Alice Clayton can do no wrong in my eyes. I was so enthralled and enamored with this story that I even wanted to cast myself as Roxie when I was doing the casting collages. Leo is currently holding the #1 spot on my fictional boyfriend list. Be ready to swoon, laugh and even get a little hungry while reading Nuts. I was craving to make all the delicious cakes Roxie was baking. Nuts was such a delicious romance, make sure to read it my friends…

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Roxie Callahan is a private chef in LA, she prepares meals for the rich and famous. She’s been living her dream of cooking and having a safe and strictly no-strings attached love life ever since she left her hometown of Hudson Valley. Back home she was always the shy girl, who thought nothing was special about her and who lived behind the shadow of her free-spirited mother.

Roxie’s mother’s latest crazy adventure is forcing her to go back home to run the family’s diner. Roxie is apprehensive at first because she’s tired of having to bail her mother out after every crazy whim she gets, but the timing is right after Roxie has suddenly found herself fired from all her jobs after a silly butter incident. Who knew butter could be evil??? LOL!

Roxie doesn’t want to admit to herself how much she has actually missed the charm and familiarity of her home town, but after meeting the very sexy farmer Leo, she won’t be able to hide her excitement any longer.

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Their mutual passion for food and her always present Bee fear will throw Leo and Roxie together, literally!! A sweet and delicious relationship is born between them but Roxie makes it very clear to Leo that after her mother gets back from her adventure, she’s going to go back to LA and that they should keep just things light and fun for the summer.

These two characters are waaaayyyyy too compatible and this makes it impossible to just have a summer fling but what will happen when after too many sweet kisses they both realize things are actually more serious?

I gotta tell you; never have I ever wanted to reach inside a book and become the main character as much as I did with Nuts. I wanted to be Roxie so freaking bad!!! Not only because I fell madly in love with Leo but her attitude, her friends, her culinary talent, everything about Roxie was awesome.

I loved this book because true to her style, Alice Clayton always brings us a good time. She’s one of my favorite authors because her books always make me happy. Don’t pass up this fabulous book! I’ve already decided that Nuts will be the book I’ll gift to all my book-loving friends in this coming holiday season.

 

 

*****Mel’s Review*****

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Roxie Callahan is a private chef to Hollywood’s elite. She is from a small town called Bailey Falls, New York. She left home for Los Angeles, California, & rarely returns home, until a cooking disaster causes her to lose her job. Her mom needs help at the family diner, & she agrees to return to her hometown for the summer and run things while her mom is away.

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Roxie figures she could use a break from LA, and she will do this for her mom & then head back to California. She is pleasantly surprised when a gorgeous local farmer stops by with a delivery. His name is Leo Maxwell, & his family owns Maxwell Farms. They sell produce to the local restaurants. Sparks fly and Roxie & Leo have instant chemistry. Roxie begins to think maybe the summer will be more fun than she thought.

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Living in the same small town Roxie & Leo run into one another quite a bit. The flirting escalates & they start spending some time together. Things are easy between them & they really enjoy each others company. Roxie likes her relationships uncomplicated with no strings or attachments. She likes to keep things simple with men. No use of the “L” word. Just fantastic hot sex with no expectations or demands. She’s hoping Leo will be interested in a summer fling, & exploring their attraction physically, cause she wants this sexy farmer bad!!!

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-I longed to explore, to taste, to luxuriate in getting to know his body, and how it responded to mine.

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Things really heat up between them & Roxie is suddenly having unwanted real feelings for Leo. She doesn’t want her heart invested & it scares her to death that she’s falling for him. She begins to rethink her future & where she belongs.

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-Whichever way my heart told me to go, I usually ran in the opposite direction.

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This was such a fun, sexy book! I adored this delicious farmer & I was cracking up laughing at all the food innuendos with the nuts & cucumbers. Lol, it was hilarious! I can’t wait to read more in this series & hope we get a book for Oscar next! 😀