Nuts (Hudson Valley #1) by Alice Clayton
Released: Oct 20, 2015
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Reviewed by Sarah
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?
I was supposed to have read this by the beginning of October. I didn’t because around that time I had been horribly sick with some GI thing which turned out to be a gall boulder well gallstone the size of Texas. Let me just say after all the food porn in this book I’m kind of happy I’m just now getting to it. I would have cried at all the delectable described since the only items I could keep down were bland chicken and rice. So what I’m saying is the first tease you can look forward to is all of the food: grilled cheese, cakes, pasta…be prepared to want a snack. It’s the same as if you’re watching the food channel. You weren’t hungry but then you suddenly are.
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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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.