Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

July 11th, 2016 Kimberly Review 48 Comments

11th Jul
Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton
Cream of the Crop
by Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley #2
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
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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

Humor refreshing ROMANCE smartfunny

Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton is the second book in her deliciously funny and sexy Hudson Valley series. I absolutely loved snarky heroine Natalie Grayson, a size eighteen woman who is comfortable in her own skin. She exudes confidence and sexiness. Her witty, outgoing personality had me laughing aloud and cheering. Cream of the Crop delivered a funny romantic comedy with heart and character growth as city girl meets dairy farmer.

Coffee Dates with Cream of the Crop

  • First Date: We met Natalie and Oscar in Nuts, the first Hudson Valley novel. Natalie is one of Roxie’s best friend and a total city girl. Oscar is a dairy farmer with long locks, and sleeve tattoos who left vibrant and confident Natalie tongue-tied when she encountered him at Union Square market selling her one true weakness CHEESE. She also has a running playlist of songs in her head and when she broke out with Brick House I fell in love with her. Right away, I knew we could be besties. Natalie is still tongue-tied but makes it a point to visit his stall every Saturday morning for Brie. She knows he is interested, but cannot seem to say anything around him but “Yes, Brie.” These encounters are hilarious. Natalie works for a PR firm and when a possible account for Bailey Falls opens up, Natalie jumps at the opportunity.Possible sighting of Oscar in his natural habitat yes please. I cannot wait to see what happens next.
  • Second date: OMG…hilarious moments involving cows, puddles, rubber boots and barns ensue. Oscar is a man of few words and finesse is not a word I would associate with him, but lordy he is fine to look at. Natalie continues to amaze me with her confidence and once she and Oscar kiss her talkative, confident nature returns. Of course, things are not easy for a city girl and a farmer, whose overly friendly ex is not helping things. The chemistry between them is H-O-T and slowly building into something more.
  • Third date: Time spent in New York City, getting to know the characters and shared moments of heat, laughter and time with friends. All of these moments made reading Cream of the Crop enjoyable. We have a little conflict, as Natalie must decide how much she is willing to compromise for love.  Clayton mixes heart, humor and deliciously sexy moments into her stories. It was fun watching all the pieces fall into place as we see them make compromises.

Cream of the Crop was such a fun, refreshing, sweet, sexy and hilarious read. A must read for the beach or poolside.


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About Alice Clayton

Alice Clayton

ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop). She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her. Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog

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48 Responses to “Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Aww I am sorry to hear that Nick. I have had the privilege of knowing two women in my life who embrace their size and own a room when they walk into it.

  1. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I desperately need a romance with little angst and a lot of hilarity. I think I should start with the first book and read them both in a weekend. I really look forward to it. Rubber boots are always funny, I think. 🙂

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I have been eyeing this series since Nuts came out…and yours is the first review I’ve read. I did read a comment from another blogger that wasn’t favorable, but that blogger didn’t really give a reason that would steer me off. So I’m glad to read your review. Now I can tackle this one. Thanks!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am glad. Reviews have been good, although I know some who couldn’t wrap their minds around a strong, confident full figure woman.

  3. Lily

    Ahh I used to love Alice Clayton’s books but i just haven’t gotten around to reading her latest series.. I’m going to have to read NUTS and than jump into this one!

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  4. LeKeisha

    I think Natalie and her confidence is the best thing about this story. There are not many books out there that portray a confident, full figured woman and Clayton did a great job with this character. I loved it because It’s different from what we got with Roxie and Leo (my favorite couple), but it still shined with humor and sexiness. Great review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Angela. I am alive so that counts right? Sadly cold, infection is in my chest and I am struggling. Thanks for asking!

  5. The Bibliophile Babe

    I can’t wait to read this! It sounds like typical Alice Clayton (which is to say, hilarious and sexy), and I’m dying to meet Oscar, despite his less than sexy name.
    Wow, that was shallow, haha!

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  6. Mandy

    Great Review!!!!! I loved the first one and had no idea the second one had came out. I need to add it to my next amazon order. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!

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