Author: Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley #1
Release Date: October 20, 2015
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?
Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful.
Alice Clayton makes farming sexy in Nuts, the first smart and sassy romantic comedy in the Hudson Valley series. This book serves up Roxie and Leo’s story with all of the author’s usual charm, allowing readers to easily fall head over heels for the clever chef and hunky farmer. From the moment they met in the most hilariously awkward way, Roxie and Leo absolutely sizzled. The chemistry between them was undeniable, making for plenty of heated glances and explosive interludes. As the story progressed, Alice Clayton developed their connection into something deeper and more substantial, ensuring my total investment in this couple’s happily ever after. Roxie and Leo’s journey was heartfelt and humorous, sweet and sarcastic. I once again found myself lost inside Alice Clayton’s words, feeling every emotion and always wanting more. This story was the real deal, making me laugh, blush, and fall in love right alongside Roxie and Leo. It’s clear that Alice Clayton has another sparkling hit on her hands with Nuts.
“What constituted a hipster beard? Is it the length? The shape? The proximity to flannel and Mumford?”
One of the things I love about Alice Clayton’s work is her ability to create distinctive voices for her characters and Roxie was certainly no exception. Her inner monologue was sharp, funny, and delightfully quirky. I was thoroughly impressed by her extensive knowledge of food-based innuendo and her interactions with Leo left me grinning on multiple occasions. I loved how Alice Clayton unraveled this character beyond the front she presented to the world. Her insecurities and vulnerabilities were exposed over time to give Roxie an unexpected emotional depth. Her feelings regarding her mother and their small town evolved, changing my opinion of Roxie’s attitude towards all things Hudson Valley and allowing me to really understand where she was coming from. Sure, there were times when I wanted to yell at her to get it together and open herself up, but still she was easy to connect with. I found myself relating to her feisty, intelligent, and perfectly awkward personality in no time at all and wishing she were here to teach me how to make pickles for the Zombie apocalypse.
“I should have known when he licked my spine that this guy was going to ruin me.”
Leo. What more can I say? He makes farming sexier than being a CEO. Alice Clayton really threw me for a loop with this one and I enjoyed every dirt-covered, pig-wrangling, walnut-picking minute of it. As fun and flirtatious as Leo was, it was his passion and intelligence that really did me in. As Alice Clayton explored this kind, hardworking character, I found myself captivated by his surprising family history and past relationships. Leo’s background made both the man and his career choice all the more intriguing and I just had to know more. I loved the way he lost himself in impassioned speeches about farming and eating local. His know-how and innovative thinking was refreshing in a world where so many leading male characters are content to just be attractive, alpha males. Flannel and beard fantasies aside, Leo had brains and an incredibly big heart, and it was these qualities that left me in a puddle. Alice Clayton definitely had some surprises in store for Leo that me reeling for a moment, but with each layer to this character I only fell harder.
“I feel like so many of our conversations have been nut based.”
I utterly adored the storyline that Alice Clayton has so skillfully brought to life in Nuts. Not only is this novel sexy and hilarious, but also relevant, fresh, and incredibly smart. This story captures the passion of both of our characters’ professions leaving me with a desire to learn more. In addition to stimulating my mind, Alice Clayton stirred my appetite, making my stomach rumble with the delectable descriptive imagery that brought Roxie’s food to life and I swear at times I could practically taste it. Alice Clayton filled Roxie and Leo’s world with a cast of colorful secondary characters that were as outrageously funny as they were easy to love. She even gave readers a quick and mouth-watering taste of the next series couple. Admittedly, there were a few brief moments where the story lulled for longer than I would have liked, but it never significantly detracted from the flow of the story. Overall, I adored Nuts. Roxie is a heroine worth rooting for and Leo is an undeniably delicious book boyfriend that will leave you swooning. Alice Clayton’s writing is as witty and full of heart as ever and Nuts is a novel you’ll definitely want to devour.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Hudson Valley series:
Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #2)
Buns (Hudson Valley #3)