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Buns (The Hudson Valley Series) Paperback – May 23, 2017
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"Clayton’s hilarious and sexy Hudson Valley series pulls out all the stops in the latest installment. ... Engaging characters, charming mayhem and delightfully witty banter offers nonstop amusement as this couple fusses, fights and falls madly in love. Once again, Clayton writes a unique and comedic romance whose subtle but serious undertones and boldly flavored sexuality leaves the reader cheering." (--RT (Top Pick))
"Clayton's playful writing style blends silliness with apt observations regarding modern life, love, and self-confidence. A titillating story with plenty of happy endings." (--Library Journal, in a starred review on CREAM OF THE CROP)
“A titillating story with plenty of happy endings.”
(―Library Journal (in a starred review) ON CREAM OF THE CROP)
“Alice Clayton is a genius!”
(―New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emma Chase on MAI TAI'D UP)
“We want to bask in the afterglow: giddy, blushing, and utterly in love with this book.”
(―New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Christina Lauren on RUSTY NAILED)
“An instant classic, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and riveting characters.”
(―Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author of Searching for Perfect on WALLBANGER)
"Recommended for folks seeking a whip-smart erotic romance with nuance and naughtiness. Series fans will not be disappointed." (--Library Journal)
About the Author
Alice Clayton worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read: laptop). She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her. And she finally got her Bernese Mountain Dog.
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We are also reunited with Roxie and Leo and Nathalie and Oscar who appear in Alice Clayton’s earlier books (the fantastic Nuts and the so-so Cream of the Crop) and there are even appearances by some of the other great Cocktail Series characters. There are a few missteps—the “meet cute” was just okay, the racing and chasing a bit overdone and the Fourth of July reunion downright ridiculous. That said, nobody writes a love scene of dirty talk like Clayton—it leaves you feeling super sexy and not like you were witnessing a porn shoot or gynecological exam.
Bottom Line: Alice Clayton is one of my go-to romance authors. Her characters are real—no moody 25-year-old billionaire, big brother’s friend, fake fiancé, surprise baby or angsty virgin in sight. I look forward to the next Clayton read!
While I absolutely loved the first two books in this setting (Nuts and Cream of the Crop), this one fell flat for me. The enemies-to-lovers trope can be done really well, but I felt like this one just didn’t quite make the cut. In the beginning of the story, Clara is pushing Archie and the staff of the Bryant Mountain House to make changes, and he is pushing back. You can feel the tension between them, but it’s a professional tension. Clara is trying to shake things up, bring the hotel into this century and liven it up, but Archie is holding on tightly to traditions. The moment when their relationship turns from completely professional to romantic comes literally out of nowhere. I hadn’t been rooting for them to be together AT ALL, I was still enjoying their banter and watching them try to do their jobs together.
So now they’re together, and Archie isn’t quite as stuck-up as previously thought. He’s actually lovely, and funny, and has a bit of a sarcastic side. But it felt like a real 180 turn from the Archie from the beginning. A lot of his quips and comments almost felt out of character. I had spent the first 40% or so thinking he was one way, and now that he became comfortable with Clara, he’s relaxed, and it was just a little bit distracting for me.
Once they accepted that they liked each other and started not-dating but really dating, the pacing really slowed down to me. I felt like I was skimming a lot of the story. Clara has a troubled backstory, but I never really felt any emotion towards her. I didn’t pity her or her situation, but I also didn’t feel bad for her. I mostly felt annoyed that she was being so stubborn in accepting this man into her life.
While I didn’t really love this story and many aspects of it, I did love the interactions between Clara, Archie, and the rest of our friends from town. I felt like Roxie, Natalie and Clara had a great relationship, and I loved the scenes where the girls and their men were interacting and having a good time. I also really enjoyed all of the details about the actual hotel. It felt like a real hotel in my mind, and I wish it were a real place that I could go visit!
Overall, this was an average read, with average characters in a brilliant setting. I won’t be re-reading this story any time soon, but I hope there are more love stories to be told in Bailey Falls!
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