Series: The Hudson Valley Series #1
Published by Gallery Books on 20th October 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humour, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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The New York Times bestselling author of Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed is back with Nuts, the first in a brand new series set in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.
Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.
When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?
Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful.
Reviewed by Shannon
*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a review*
I’m a big fan of Alice Clayton and was super excited to see her starting a new series with Nuts. I mean the title alone is brilliant! While it does have her signature humor and sexinesses, I thought it started off a little slow. The awkward situations between Leo and Roxie in the beginning were definitely funny but it didn’t have the same impact as say waking up to the sounds of sex happening in your neighbor’s apartment like in Wallbanger.
The slower beginning though meant we got to know a lot of new characters who I enjoyed for the most part. Roxie’s mom drove me nuts (hehe). She was just so selfish at times that I don’t know how Roxie could stand it. Roxie and Leo I enjoyed. Roxie was a great character and I liked learning her backstory of why she left Hudson Valley and her journey to find a place where she finally felt like she belonged. Leo was just a good guy. He was nice and sweet and hot and good to Roxie. And he really knew how to work with his hands…you know cause he’s a farmer ;). I also really loved Chad and Logan. They were awesome friends to Roxie plus anyone who creates zombie classes has to be fun.
The story between Roxie and Leo was great. I did like the slow burn even though at times I was like “just kiss her already!!” I liked how the relationship developed and the two of them figuring out how they fit into each other’s lives. Plus they were pretty hot together. Made me wish I had a porch sigh. When Leo got down to business he did not mess around and that was hot. Gotta love a man who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid of showing it. It definitely made me swoon over a man with a beard and that has never happened.
With all the baking and cooking and just food in general involved in this book, it really made me hungry and want to learn to make jam haha. Learning or at least getting a glimpse of all the cooking and processes involved in farming was interesting. Definitely made me want to go to a farmer’s market, and no, not because I’m hoping to find a hot farmer…though that wouldn’t be discouraged.
I loved this small town and the people there. I can’t wait to read the next book and based on this book and the title of the next one I’m pretty sure I know who it’s about.