From New York Times best-selling 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?
©2015 Alice Clayton (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
I really struggled reading the first half of this book. Maybe you need to be into baking and food to appreciate it. It seemed to be dragging on and not particularly going anywhere. If I hadn't spent so much money on it I may have abandoned it. I'm so glad I didn't because the second half had me hooked. I fell in love with the characters (characters that I couldn't relate to during the first half). The book basically follows Roxie who moves back to her hometown to manage her mum's diner for a few months. During her stay she meets super duper sexy farmer Leo and they start up a relationship. Roxie has no intention of staying in her hometown and Leo has no desire to return to the big city, but, they didn't take into account the possibility of falling in love. Some funny moments, interesting characters, great chemistry and beautiful writing.
Heart, soul, comedy and a sassy smart female lead...just what I'd been missing. Roxy and Leo's story full of slapstick meetings, cake making, bees and hot chemistry...the start of a new series 'what joy' 🤗
"Fabulous story -- great character interaction"
The plot is about a private chef (Roxie - Chef) moving home and meets Leo (Organic Farmer). Girl meets boy. Okay, but what really stands out is the dialog. Clayton created a conversation style in this novel that sucks you in big time. The dialog goes from charming to funny to endearing to.... There are genuine moments where you can't help from smiling. This is not a spoiler. I found the Bee scene very funny.
The narration in this novel is outstanding from both Thibodeaux and York and makes the work come alive with a heartbeat of its own. Listening is so much more enjoyable than reading it I would think.I have listened to the Cocktail series from Clayton and loved it. I recommend that series as well.
This The Hudson Valley Series is off to a great start. Give it a read. You will not be disappointed.
This book had me laughing out loud before I'd made it through the first chapter. Everything was right about it, my only exception is Shayna Thibodeaux's narration, it's 'nasally' in some ways, and her reading sounds like one huge run-on sentence---8 hours of this, becomes a little much. I love the humor and sass of Alice Clayton books, and this one had it in spades! If you're in the mood for a light-hearted romance, that will probably make you want a snack, NUTS is a great option.
"Laughed so hard!"
This book is hilarious. Great story and romance but the humor really seals the deal. If you haven't listened to any Alice Clayton books before this is still a good intro. They are all great.
Wallbanger. Listen to it. You will love the characters and laugh too. The Redhead series too.
Yep. People driving next to me on my commute were looking at me like I was nuts because I was laughing out loud like a crazy girl while listening to it.
Love, love it!
"5 yesrightexactlythere stars"
"How do you spell relief?
Well, a girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do . . ."
This book is phenomenal. Let me just tell you, I love Wallbanger, hello Simon! But Nuts is making me say skooch over Simon, Leo is here.
"Maybe I was now zoned solely by Leo Maxwell."
I've never really had a thing for farmers, ever. I appreciate their hard work and enjoy their bounty, but I've never wanted to bed one. That's right, bed one. Until I met Leo Maxwell. He handles himself with a cool confidence that cannot be denied. He is completely swoon worthy. I spent 98% of the book swooning.
"I should have known when he licked my spine that this guy was going to ruin me."
It's pretty unusual for me to like the leading female as much as the leading male, but Roxie is awesome. I love her determination and her drive but mostly her sense of humor is unparalleled. She has the ability to take an awkward moment and turn it in into something spectacular. Sometimes it's hard to relate to a chef but she didn't make me feel like a slacker for liking simpler recipes.
The audio version of this book is equally as impressive. The narrator for Roxy is a perfect match. I could not have picked a better voice!
Overall I give Nuts 5 stars! Loved it!
"Really??? Just a little York."
This book was great and I love Shayna Thibodeaux. But other than I love Alice Clayton's books, I really love Sebastian York narrating a book. Never get enough of him.
This story line was good, and the HEA for Leo and Sugar Snaps was the best.
"I was nuts about this story"
I loved this story. Roxie is hilarious - her adventures or mis-adventures! The male lead is fantastic. Mom is a wacked-out hippy and the twist - super story telling. Good secondary characters and potential for more. Buy this one!
"In the Minority"
I usually don't write reviews but I wanted to make the listener aware. This book had more description than story line. Every detail in the book whether it was food,a farm, a kiss, a phone call etc. was described above and beyond. The were so many adjectives and similes that I was put off just wanting to get the story which never seemed to come. The book had a great potentiaI but instead of developing the character and storyline I felt there was mindless chatter. Not worth a credit.
"Love the story!"
I love the story it was really funny and had a good amount of emotional substance.
I can't get over how funny her fear of bees is. It's probably one of the best parts of the whole story.
The narration was okay but it didn't really add anything to the story. I wish Sebastian ' part was longer.
"Sweet, Sexy and Laugh out Loud Funny....."
I usually pick up all of Alice Clayton's books. Some I love (like Wallbanger) some others not so much. This one is spot on and some of her sweetest writing. It's a classic girl goes away, comes home, meets boy, falls in love, and decides to stay story. The characters are unexpected, even a bit ordinary in a good way. The situations are hilarious and the narrator makes them even more funny. Shayna is spot on with the characterization! The banter between the leads is fun and realistic. There is a big HEA at the end, yea.
If you are looking for light and sweet, this is worth the credit. Enjoy your Nuts!
This was my first Alice Clayton book, and I really enjoyed it. I'm so glad I read this one first and not Wallbanger because I thought that one was silly and probably wouldn't have tried another A.C. book.
Good story, good characters, good humor. Win, win, win.
I will definitely get the next in this series.
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