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(The Hudson Valley Series #1)
By Alice Clayton
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A sexy farmer who delivers his nuts around his community…who wouldn’t be intrigued by that?! This was just the kind of book that I was in the mood for. I craved a witty, clever, fun, sexy read that would keep me entertained from start to finish – and Nuts delivered.
Right from the get-go, I felt this connection to Roxie. No, I’m not a chef, baker or even a mediocre cook, it’s deeper than that - I completely understood her childhood crush on Almanzo Wilder from Little House on the Prairie. Oh, I’ll admit that I pictured myself rocking a bonnet, drinking a sarsaparilla and sitting right there with him on his big wagon…mm hmm. Ahem…aside from that, Roxie is a real woman who has her issues and hang-ups. She’s not perfect and doesn’t pretend to be. It’s impossible not be in her corner and to want her to find her own slice of happiness.
When she returns to her hometown to run her mother’s diner for the summer, she only intends for it to be temporary. She plans on going back to Los Angeles and rebuilding her reputation as a personal chef as soon as she can. When she meets Leo, the local farmer, she begins to think that maybe being back home for a few months might not be that bad after all.
Leo Maxwell is just about perfect. He’s finally found what he is truly passionate about and is making it a success in his community. I enjoyed the pull and the chemistry that he had with Roxie. Their attraction may have been instant, but their relationship didn’t happen overnight. It was a slow burn that sizzled for quite a while before they finally succumbed to their attraction.
Alice Clayton did a fantastic job with her descriptions and setting for this book. I was able to visualize the little Hudson Valley town, the nosy, close-knit residents, the food that was being grown and prepared, and the buzzing bees (and with my own irrational fear, I agree, they are a$$holes). Filled with humor, romance, and quirky characters, Nuts is an addictive first book in a delicious new series.
I am looking forward to the next book in the Hudson Valley Series…and I am really thankful that I’m not lactose intolerant!