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Buns (3) (The Hudson Valley Series) Paperback – May 23, 2017
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"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
- Publisher : Gallery Books (May 23, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 150111817X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501118173
- Item Weight : 10.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,453,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Before this story, we see Archie and Clara a few times. But never getting much of either ones story. Both are dealing with things in their past that have shaped the person they are now.
Clara has been brought in to revamp The Bryant Mountain House. The upper class, regal mountain resort that has been in Archie's family for generations, but now is seriously struggling. While Clara wants to keep the feel of the old hotel, while breathing new life into it. Archie is staunchly stuck in the past with old traditions and even older doilies.
I had a hard time connecting with Archie and Clara. Yes we get tons of backstory on both of them, I just didn't get the whole enemies to lovers storyline. It was too fast, one minute they are literally hating each other, the next, they're breaking all of her rules about getting involved with clients. Too fast and not really believable. There was insta-lust between the two, but too quickly turned into love.
I found myself looking forward to scenes that the other couples were in. Roxie, Leo, Natalie, Oscar, Chad and Logan. I loved Chad and Logan, since the first book, they steal every scene they're in.
The other thing I've noticed with this series, is there is no real conclusion to the couples happily ever after. Yes, we see that they are still seeing each other, and obviously happy together. I guess I want the whole story. The ring, the wedding and the whole ever after thing. (Roxie and Leo do get a bit of that in this book, but it's taken three books to get there. I don't want to read an entire series, to find out what's happening with the couple in the first book)
I'm hoping there is at least one more book, to wrap everything up with theses couples.
It wasn't a bad book. It was well written, and edited. I just didn't enjoy it as much as the first one.
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!
This story is another humor laced gem by Alice, with a very specific career for a strong female character. She must spend weeks researching these careers, because they are wonderfully and specifically written. Just enough detail to be interesting, but not so much that the pace of the story lags and you get bored to sleep.
I fell in love with her first book--Wallbanger--and have pre-ordered and devoured everything she's written since. These books are best read in order, of course, to truly understand who the side characters are, but they are also easily read as stand-alone stories.
If you love one, I'm sure you'll love them all. They aren't carbon copies with different names, though. No, no! Each of her leading ladies has a strong personality and life of her own, though some do share some similarities. The stories of their lives intertwine and intersect beautifully, and while the endings are always satisfying, there's always a little thirst for more, too.
Ahh, the magic of Alice's books... they are my own personal "Wonderland"!
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Clara is our heroine in Buns, her career is her life! Her job keeps her moving around, which is exactly the way she likes it as she desperately avoids any kind of personal attachments. She lives and breathes it and not much has room beside it except her two best friends who live in a small town called Bailey Falls. She rebrands and rejuvenates struggling hotels and this time her job sends her to an old luxury resort - the Bryant Mountain House, at you guessed it - New York, Bailey Falls.
Upon arrival she immediately clashes with the owner's son, Archie - he is old-fashioned & very proud of the Bryant traditions and history. Archie and Clara are supposed to work together to rejuvenate the run-down resort but there are many fireworks - of the not good variety! The banter flies thick and fast as Clara and Archie clash over absolutely everything!
“You’re incredibly rude, a know-it-all wrecking-ball girl who is more than a little bossy.”
I laughed in spite of myself. “What lovely things to say, coming from a pretentious, snobby, incredibly rude himself hotel boy who’d rather rattle around spooky hallways and spend time with antiques than listen to reason.”
But underneath it all is a simmering chemistry, and when Clara learns the truth behind his pain... things start to thaw.
By the end I adored Archie, I found he brought something very different to the book which made it feel totally original and nothing like other books in this genre. Clara was very strong and independent. She had layers, and was exactly what Archie needed.
Once again Alice Clayton proves she is a fabulous writer that manages to bring together smart, funny and wonderfully real characters like no other. She always keeps me smiling, rolling my eyes and I swipe at such a fast pace I have no idea how quickly the time goes. If you enjoy the ”enemies-to-lovers” trope, then you will not to miss Buns.
As a bonus there’s time spent with the characters from previous books of the series. If you are a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed, it's exceptional.
If you haven't read previous books in the series you won't miss out but mostly.... you will be delighted and no doubt go back and read the others...