Nuts by Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: eARC, 320 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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?
Since I first picked up Wallbanger years ago, I’ve considered myself a big fan of Alice Clayton’s books. She has her own special brand of humor and it shines through in the dialogue – internal and otherwise – of each of her heroines. It’s not often I find books that are genuinely laugh out loud funny. Except, you know, when I’m reading one of her books. I had high hopes for Nuts and I wasn’t disappointed.
I love love loved the rural setting of Nuts. Watching Roxie transition from life in Hollywood to a much slower-paced life in upstate New York was wonderful… and, more often than not, hilarious. It was really fun to watch her come into her own back in her hometown, even if it was “temporary” at the time. I enjoyed reading along as she introduced the residents of Bailey Falls and the patrons of her mom’s diner to new and delicious meals and as she interacted with them. (And, of course, hot farmer Leo.)
The chemistry between Roxie and Leo was apparent from their very first meeting, when – thanks to some rogue sugar snap peas – he ended up facedown in her lap on the floor with his (wal)nuts all over the place. (Which, PS, is one of my absolute favorite scenes in the entire book. I literally laughed out loud. Went back and reread it. Laughed out loud again. Brilliant.) Leo was just what Roxie needed to keep from getting bored during the summer back in her hometown. And, you know, it was just for the summer… so what could go wrong? It was never meant to be anything serious. (*cough*)
Of course, it’s not all fun and games and sexy times (though there are PLENTY of those… and they’re hot). There has to be a little drama to drive the story forward, right? I was honestly 100% surprised by the “twist” introduced in the book. It took me aback for a little while because it was a pretty big secret to keep, but I got over it. And, honestly, I think it even made the whole story that much better once I accepted what was going on.
Nuts was a great start to a smart and sexy new series. The characters were fantastic. I loved the humor. The sexy times were pretty darn hot. There was really only one thing that didn’t sit all that well and that was the heavy handedness of the talk about organic farming. And, honestly, that was more my personal beliefs (as well as growing up with a lot of traditional farmers, and working with them to this day) and not something that was wrong with the book. That said, it still didn’t keep me from thoroughly enjoying the book. The secondary characters were nearly as fantastic as Roxie and Leo. I can’t wait for Cream, the second book in this series. I think Oscar and Natalie will make a fantastic pair and I’m excited to read their story. Oh, backtrack for a second… the epilogue? From Leo’s perspective? 1000% perfection. It might be my favorite chapter in the entire book. I finished this book with a happy heart and a goofy grin.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.