Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Eliza's Review: NUTS (The Hudson Valley Series, #1) by Alice Clayton

Title: NUTS
Series: The Hudson Valley Series, #1
Author: Alice Clayton
Release date: 20th October, 2015
Cliffhanger: No

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?


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Roxie Callahan is private chef extraordinaire to some of Hollywood's 'It list'. Hazards of the job include bored, calorie-counting housewives, but it affords Roxie the footloose, fancy-free lifestyle she loves. That is, until an unfortunate incident involving whipped cream brings it all to a screeching halt. Blacklisted by La La Land's skinny minnies and summoned by her mother, Roxie returns home to Bailey Falls to temporarily take the helm of her mother's Diner.

When I graduated, I was determined to shed my wallflower persona and redefine who Roxie Callahan was.

To say Roxie is reluctant to return is an understatement, her hilarious exchanges with her mother are testament to that. She's reluctant for a number of reasons, the primary one being: Bailey Falls Roxie isn't cool. She's redefined herself and almost sees going back home as taking a step back figuratively.

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Stepping into her mother's apron strings, she quickly realises there are some perks to being back. Namely one, Leo Maxwell. The gorgeous but aloof farmer supplies her mother's diner with produce from his farm, but our city girl Roxie is more interested in his produce, if you catch my drift.

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Slowly but surely, Roxie rediscovers the beauty of her hometown. The negative memories she has make way for precious new ones and the summer romance she embarks on with Leo looking as though it may take root, until an unearthed secret threatens it all.

Whilst personally I know I wouldn't do well in the country, the imagery and charm of the scenes created are so alluring, it's almost tempting. And yes, if there was the possibility I'd get a hot farmer like Leo out of it, I'd be donning my Hunter wellies faster than you can say "tractor."

There are some authors who can blend romance and comedy so wonderfully and it's clear Alice Clayton is one of them. Nuts is filled with innuendo aplenty. It's a light-hearted, steamy romance which consistently made me laugh... and hungry.

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