by Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley #1
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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 love romances filled with wicked banter, humor and food. Nuts by Alice Clayton combines all three with heat delivering a seriously fun romp. Nuts is the first book in the Hudson Valley series and it left me wanting to pack my bags and move to rural upstate New York in search of zucchini.
Coffee dates with Nuts
- First Date: We meet Roxie Callahan as she is preparing food in a trendy upscale Callie home for a silicon bitch. I love the foodie aspect of the tale already. Do not go on this date hungry. We spend a little time getting to know Roxie particularly about her childhood, and her crazy Mom. The next thing you know we are heading to Hudson Valley and her family dinner. Roxie has agreed to take over the business for the summer while her Mom enters the Amazing Race. The tale is full of humor and being inside Roxie’s head is a laugh a minute. I got her, I got what high school was like and the need she feels to reinvent Roxie Callahan.
- Second date: Who knew veggie talk and nuts could get me hot. Its true veggies are sexy by god! Roxie’s summer is about to get interesting when a local farmer carrying a basket of nuts walks into the dinner. From that moment on, I grinned and laughed like a fool. Roxie’s inner dialogue is not to be missed. She is bright, but clumsy. Sex yet she talks too much. Murphy has her number on speed dial. (Murphy’s Law) I adored her! What she does it is sinful. With all the cake and pie talk, I need a bakery now!! Clayton introduced other locals and I fell in love with a handsome couple that has recently escaped New York and are rehabbing an old Victorian. Roxie decides a summer fling will make her summer enjoyable and Leo will make the perfect partner. Summer Loving has never been more fun.
- Third date: Hot, fun, sexy and hilarious is how my third date begins. I love the chemistry between these two! Even if they have not yet admitted it there is more to this relationship than a summer fling. Roxie discovers Leo has not been very forthcoming and she panics. The angst was not overly drawn out and the secret ended up being a delightful addition to the story. Roxie experiences some growing pains and has to find herself. We meet her best friends and get a sneak peek at the next romance. I ended this date grinning like a fool.
Nuts was a delicious start to the Hudson Valley series. Fans of humor, wicked banter, delightful heat and foodie books grab some Nuts!
“Go on. Try it,” he said, offering me the strawberry. “I don’t take candy from strangers.”
“It’s not candy, and we’re not strangers. We painted together. And fell down a few times.”
“Exactly,” he nodded, holding it out once more. “Put this in your mouth.” “That’s exactly what a stranger might say,” I said, but opened up.
He dropped it onto my tongue, his eyes crinkling when I let out the tiniest sigh. “That’s a great fucking strawberry.”;
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