Author: Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley #1
Published by: Gallery Books
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humor, 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?
So, so freaking good! I read Wallbanger a couple years ago and had the best time with it, so I knew Alice Clayton could bring on the sexy and the laughs. The best combo, in my opinion. And Nuts has plenty of both.
I have to give a huge warning: this book will make you salivate! For the food, of course. Oh lordy, I can’t even tell you how many times I wanted to get in the kitchen and start making all the delicious dishes Roxie fixed up. I’m sure mine wouldn’t be nearly as yummy, though. She is a professional chef, after all.
I adore the hell out the characters in Nuts. Roxie had me laughing so much! Then add Leo to the mix and these two were so dang fun together. I just love the ease of their connection and watching them slowly fall for each other. But not only are they adorable, so are the secondary characters. Chad and Logan forever! Great friendships are always a major plus, and those two with Roxie are pure delight.
The small town setting was wonderful. I enjoyed seeing Roxie’s perspective of her hometown change and how she gained a true appreciation for it. It reminds me a lot of where I’m from, so experiencing those feelings through her had me appreciating all mine had to offer even more.
Nuts is just an all-around fun book that kept a perpetual smile on my face. I can’t wait for the second book in the Hudson Valley series, because I know that’s going to be a good time too.