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- Book 1 of 3 in The Hudson Valley Series
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“Small towns are filled with different personalities and Nuts is simply that, chock-full of so many special nuts you won’t want to leave.”
(—Heroes and Heartbreakers)
“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 )
About the Author
- Publisher : Gallery Books (October 20, 2015)
- ASIN : B00UDCHYCM
- Publication date : October 20, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
- File size : 3766 KB
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #97,451 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Roxie is a chef to the stars in LA. She loves her job, it’s exactly what she wants to be doing. When her mom calls her with a request to run the family’s diner for the summer, Roxie does it, even though it’s the last thing she wants to do. Her first week there, she runs into a man who makes her look twice. Roxie knows there is something special about Leo, but the thing is, she doesn’t do love.
Roxie is also not planning on staying in this small New York town forever. Leo is a farmer in her town, and isn’t planning on going anywhere. They have the summer together. When they’re together, sparks fly. Their chemistry is palpable. You can tell when their attraction starts to shift into something more. Something that scares Roxie. Her plan is and has always been to help her mom out, run the diner for the summer, then go back to California. Now things are changing. She’s got all kinds of small town ideas. She sees possibilities. Is this change in her life something she’s willing to risk? Or is going back to California the path she’ll take…
Roxie is a character I think most of us can relate to. She struggles with doing what she wants to do with her life and following her dreams. When her dreams become something she least expected, it takes her a minute to embrace that change. Change can be scary, but it can also be a great thing. Leo is a great man. As much as I love both characters separately, together is where they really shine. Leo and Roxie together are a hoot. Clayton always writes the most naturally funny characters. No one is trying too hard, there is no slap stick humor, it’s just all around genuinely funny.
Alice Clayton’s writing style is always fun and fantastic. After reading Wallbanger, I had such high expectations I felt as though nothing she's written since really lived up to that book… Until I read Nuts. This is my new favorite book by her. It made me laugh, it made me smile, and just left me in an all around good mood. If you’re looking for a fun book with a feisty heroine, great hero and a charming storyline, pick this one up!
I have never laughed so hard while reading a book until Nuts. My poor husband was afraid to come into the bedroom because I could not stop laughing at one particular scene in the book. I ended up laughing so hard that my stomach hurt me afterward. My husband thought I was crazy, and it didn’t help when he gave me his ‘crazy’ eyes, and I ended up laughing even harder. I love my husband because he deals with my crazy laughing fits at night and still loves me for me. 🙂
Female Protagonist: Roxie Callahan is a private chef for some wealthy Hollywood wives in California. She’s one female protagonist that I felt connected within the story because she says what is on her mind. Sometimes she ended up getting in trouble for speaking her mind, but there were several times that she was witty. She knows how to handle herself, and I loved that about her. She has some past issues she gets dealing with, but it doesn’t stop her from being a successful chef. She may be one of my favorite female protagonists in a Contemporary Romance story, and I hope I get to read more about her in the next upcoming Hudson Valley book that I’ll need to make time to read.
Male Protagonist: Leo Maxwell is summed up as a Millionaire/Billionaire and sexy Farmer, who I fell hard for in the book. He’s not a playboy, and he doesn’t come off as being a rich boy in the story. You’ll learn though he has a backstory to him, and it’s heartbreaking. I loved how he was devoted to his farm and everyone in the Hudson Valley community. He never expected to find someone like Roxie, and it changed him a bit with opening up more.
Storyline: Roxie ends up moving back home to Hudson Valley (upstate New York), where she has to run her mother’s diner. Her mom and her sister (Roxie’s Aunt) are going to be on the show ‘The Amazing Race.’ Roxie doesn’t want to be back in her hometown because it’s small, and everyone knows everybody. She has no choice, though, after getting fired by one of the wealthy Hollywood wives that make her life difficult in California. She’s only in Hudson Valley for the summer, and she doesn’t do relationships because of what happened to her mother and her relationships. Unfortunately, Roxie is going to change her mind, once she meets the sexy farmer that brings the diner nuts and vegetables from his farm. She considers him perfect for a summer fling until everyone tells her, he keeps to himself and hasn’t been seen with everyone. The minute Roxie meets Leo, though, it’s an instant attraction for both of them. There are quite a bit of funny scenes between the two since Roxie speaks her mind with Leo. There are a couple of times she thinks it’s to herself, but it’s not. Roxie may have trouble keeping to just a summer fling when it comes to Leo until she starts finding out some things about Leo that may have running away. I could go on and on about the storyline, but don’t want to give anything away.
Steaminess: Steamy! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Yes, this book gets very steamy. Roxie + Leo = HOTNESS!
Trope: Small Town Romance
Standalone or Series: It’s part of series, but each follows a new couple. You do not have to read in order.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, definitely!! If you are a fan of Contemporary Romances and Romantic Comedies, then this book is for you. Be prepared ahead of time because there are some hilarious moments in this book. My favorite scene will always be the time Roxie gets confronted with bees, and she ends up climbing up Leo. This was the scene that had me laughing so hard that my stomach hurt. There were also many other scenes, but you’ll have to read the book to find them out.
Top reviews from other countries
My love for Alice Clayton continues to grow with each book she publishes. Seriously only Alice could make peas sound sexy ;)
Roxie has worked hard to distance herself from her small town roots, reinventing herself from the awkward daughter of the towns colourful diner owner to a sophistacated chef to the stars. However, all her hard work comes crashing down after one single moment of a lapse in concentration and BUTTER!!!
Finding herself in a precarious situation, Roxie returns to her hometown, Bailey Falls, to help look after the diner while her mother takes off on an adventure. Although the move is a temporary transition for Roxie she soon realises her perception of Bailey Falls has been clouded by the negativity of her teenage years. The town itself has undergone its own transformation during Roxie's absence; now a thriving community centred around food and farming. Responsibly sourced products, farmers markets and specialty food stores are now a major draw to the town. Not to mention a certain hottie that runs an organic farm - FARMER LEO!!!!
I adored watching Roxie fall in love with her hometown as an adult, contrasting the lifestyle in Bailey Falls to California also helped her comes to terms with who she is as an individual, no longer under the shadow of her hippie mother but a woman and an individual in her own right. Stamping her own mark on her family's diner as well as Farmer Leo ;)
The lifestyle portrayed within Nuts had me longing to escape to Bailey Falls, do you think they need a librarian ;) I may have also looked up all the cakes mentioned within the narrative on Pinterest for the recipes, although I don't think I could do them as much justice as Roxie.
The attraction between Roxie and Leo is instant and electric; what starts out as a temporary arrangement soon becomes so much more. However, there are a lot of revelations throwing a few spanners in the works. Especially Roxie's constant reminders of the temporary nature of their relationship.
The stage has been set for the other books in the series with the introduction of the other characters as Roxie and Leo's friends. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for them all.
Nuts is wonderfully PUN-A-LICIOUS!!!
When Roxie has to return home to help her mom, she is thrown into running her diner for her for the summer. Soon she is acquainted with Leo Maxwell the local hot farmer ( did I mention he is hot?). This is their story of summer lovin!
My only complaint - due to the detailed colourful descriptions of Roxies recipes - I spent most of the time hungry!