by Alice Clayton
Hudson Valley series #1
October 20th 2015
Romance / Contemporary / Chick Lit
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?
Rating: A- – Obsessed
Alice Clayton did it again! She is now officially my top auto-buy author when it comes to contemporary romance reads.
What I Liked
The chemistry. I adore the main characters, Roxie Callahan and Leo Maxwell. Their chemistry is electric. I got zapped real quick. I was all in filled with giddiness and I loved it. I love them! Insta-love is a quite no-show here but insta-attraction as always is present. I love how their small talks turned into conversations then into something more – a summer fling to be specific.
Roxie. Roxie is a strong, independent woman. Her character is what I look most forward to in contemporary reads. I can relate to her in some sense which may also be the reason why I like her so much. She was this small town girl living in the big city who’s currently struggling and quite clueless on which step she should be making next to follow her dreams. In fact, she hasn’t even planned out her dreams.
Leo. Leo is a great man. He’s responsible, charming, humble and hardworking farmer and that’s what makes me adore him so much. Did I even mention that he has luscious, green eyes and a hot bod but those are just minor details, right – or not?Seriously, I can date this man for real. I want a Leo for myself!
Food porn. ’Nuff said. Don’t read this book to look for that other kind of porn. Read this book for the food. I’m telling you. Nuts will make you crave for nuts. And I’m talking about Leo’s nuts – real nuts you can actually eat (don’t let your dirty mind wander too much).
The LOL moments. There’s a bunch of funny and sexy scenes but there’s this one particular scene that really stood out for me. It made me cringe for two different reasons. First, I felt embarrassed to death for Roxie. Second, I just found the whole thing funny as hell.
What I Didn’t Like
Nothing major. I know what I’m about to say is really unnecessary but I’m going to mention it anyways. Wallbanger is still better than Nuts. That’s me comparing the first two books in both series. One thing for sure is that I’ll grab the next book in this series. Maybe then, I can really choose between the two series by comparing which story would really progress better. On the side note, I would’ve preferred if Wallbanger was standalone.
Just to be fair, I just want to say that if you don’t really get what’s with contemporary romcom reads and Alice Clayton’s ‘wonders’ then probably it’s just because you don’t find her humor funny or maybe you’re just not into contemporary romance reads in general. It really happens and it’s okay.
This book is overloaded with something sweet, sexy and funny in just one whole mixture. That’s what makes Nuts one hell of a treat.