Released: Oct 20, 2015
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
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?
Now let’s really get into it. I love, LOVE this book. It made me literally laugh out loud. I think there may have even been a snort. Then at one point tension ratchets up and I had two big fat, crocodile tears stream down my face as if I were stung like Roxie. (Damn bees; they’re assholes.) It’s easy reading from the get go. The set up and the temp move back to the Hudson Valley happens quickly so we can get to the development of the relationship.
Roxie is fabulous. Ambitious and driven, she is ready to take on the culinary world in the manner she wants. Men, they’re there for a fun time but nothing serious. We can blame that trait on her mom as she guards her heart in an effort to not repeat her mother’s experiences.
Then there’s Leo…sigh. What’s not to love? He’s a hunky farmer who’s trying to right by the environments, the other people in town, the animals…I mean does it get any better?! Yes. He’s ridiculously wealthy too but with the arrogance. Loving, kind, fun, sweet—it makes me want to find my own farmer stat.
Fortunately for me, I have visited the Hudson Valley where coincidentally my chef friend was working at the Culinary Institute of America so the depiction of the quaint small town is familiar to my experience. If you haven’t been there, you should visit at least once. It truly is beautiful country with fantastic shops and restaurants.
When all is said and done, I can’t gush enough over this one. It could be because I could connect on a variety of levels. Regardless, Clayton does it again by combining humor and love in this memorable read. I would love to see more of Sugar Snap and Farmer Boy.
Rating: 5 Stars
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