- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 20, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0168SZ41M
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Nuts: The Hudson Valley Series, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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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!
Book #1: Hudson Valley Series
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
Roxie Callahan is living the dream! She doesn’t live near her flakey and totally unreliable mother, she has a sweet job as a high-end personal chef, and when she wants a little temporary loving, she has no problem finding a willing playmate. Living. The. Dream.
Dreams die and Roxie’s dreams all come crashing down in the blink of eye when her aforementioned flakey and totally unreliable mother once again needs Roxie to bail her out. Roxie left her hometown for a variety of reasons including but not limited to her flakey and totally unreliable mother, her need to reinvent herself as something other than Trudy Callahan’s daughter, and her desperate need to do something other than run the family diner. As it turns out, Trudy’s phone call tanked Roxie’s budding business (BUTTER!!) and left with her with no choice but to pack her bags and head back to the Hudson Valley to bail out her mother and run the family diner. But. Only. For. The. Summer.
After days of travel, Roxie finds herself back home in her twin bed with a totally unorganized and seriously out of date diner to run. Callahan’s has been a part of the community for decades and Roxie doesn’t want to change everything but she does want to liven things up a bit. Her culinary training kick in and before long, Roxie is sprucing up the place and reinvigorating the locals’ taste buds. But Roxie isn’t a one-woman show and her delightful delicacies wouldn’t be nearly so delightful without the homegrown produce brought to her courtesy of Maxwell Farms.
Oh, Leo Maxwell. Leo is some sort of man and with a deadline on her stay back home, he is just the sort of man Roxie is looking for to engage in a little summer lovin’. The chemistry between Roxie and Leo is off the effing charts and, so with eyes wide open they dive into a mutually satisfying fling. And by mutually satisfying I totally mean multi-orgasmic and smoking hot. Roxie and Leo just can’t seem to get enough of each other and it becomes apparent to both that their summer fling may have what it takes to go the distance. Except, Roxie has no intention of staying in town (as she keeps telling everyone who will listen!) and Leo has a secret he just hasn’t seen fit to share. Turns out, just when Roxie begins to let down her guard and rethink her decision to run screaming from her hometown at the end of the summer, Leo’s secret speaks for herself and turns everything ass over tea kettle.
The Bottom Line: I am a HUGE fan of Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series and wasn’t sure she would be able to match the awesome that is that series. I am pleased to say, I was totally and completely mistaken Nuts is a truly fantastic read with loads of dirty humor (my favorite), loads of naughty bits (also my favorite), a small town that is full of colorful and crazy personalities (my favorite), and a plot that has so much weirdness I couldn’t help but love it. My only dislike in this read is Trudy Callahan and I found myself cringing every single time I had to read a scene with her. If Trudy was talking, I was cranky. Other than the detestable Trudy Callahan, I was a smitten kitten with every aspect of this read. Even if you don’t like cooking, Clayton has made it fun, funny, sexy, sweet, and totally engaging. She also, in very Clayton-like fashion has set up the second read in the series, Cream, which is due in mid-2016.