Author: Alice Clayton
Book: Nuts (Hudson Valley #1)
tl;dr recommendation: I didn’t have a farmer fantasy before, but I sure as hell do now.
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?
Sweet, wholesome and delightfully puntastic, Clayton makes us laugh while showing us how to fall in love. I was expecting humor and while sometimes it felt a little too ridiculous, I definitely cracked more than a few smiles. And Roxie cracked a whole lot of nuts…;)
Just when I thought I had figured it all out and I actually became a little complacent, there was a twist that I didn’t see coming. THAT made me smile the most. Roxie is also just so much fun. She’s just a normal girl who has all of those insecurities about falling back into her old home town.
Sometimes going back to the place where you began – the place you fought so hard to break free from – forces you to look at yourself a little differently and face the ghosts that you tried so hard to break. While Roxie goes through these emotions, it’s not a heavy book, NOT AT ALL. There’s so much lightness mixed in, that you forget a little that Roxie is trying to sort through and organize her internal pantry.
And LEO. ohgoodheavens. I didn’t have a farmer fantasy before, but I sure as hell do now. He is home grown perfection. Scorching eyes, rough hands, and a witty mouth have Roxie at the ready to till his soil until the cows come home. Too much? NEVER.
They are perfectly matched and yet imperfectly timed. It’s so sweet to see them try to keep things casual when it’s blatantly obvious to everyone that it’s so much more. If you’re looking for a lot of back and forth banter, awkwardly hilarious scenes and steaming heat, Clayton delivers. This is funny smut wrapped in one of those pretty cupcake boxes. Nuts is delicious and sweet with just the right amount of spice. 4.5 stars!
[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]