Published by Gallery Books on 12th July 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humour, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton brings her trademark blend of funny and sexy to this second contemporary romance in the brand-new Hudson Valley series!
Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is...cheese.
Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.
Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be...love?
Reviewed by Shannon
*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a review*
After reading Nuts I was looking forward to reading Cream of the Crop and seeing more of Oscar and Natalie’s interactions. Their first one in Nuts was pretty funny and I was looking forward to that and more. Cream of the Crop definitely didn’t disappoint in that department.
Natalie was a great character to follow. There was a lot of depth to her that I enjoyed exploring. Her personal and professional life were both interesting aspects that brought a lot to the story. And while she was a plus size character, I liked that it wasn’t about her lack in confidence in landing a hot guy like Oscar or her size. Her attitude toward Oscar and lack of ability to speak to him was great. It made it fun to watch and didn’t make me feel sorry for her.
Oscar was a good character as well but it was really all about Natalie. Her and Oscar together was definitely hot. The moments when they did open up to each other and actually have conversations was what I enjoyed though.
Besides Natalie, I think the highlight of the book was Chad and Logan. They were great together and just fun characters to read about. I would love to see their story.
I’ll be honest there is not a lot to say about this book. That doesn’t make it a bad book. It was actually a very good book. It had a great leading character in Natalie and while the story didn’t have much going on was still very interesting. The conflict was pretty apparent and any time I thought it would go into drama territory, it didn’t. That doesn’t mean the book needed the drama. It was actually quite refreshing to see adults acting like adults. Too many times have I read books that turned into a soap opera with misunderstandings and I was so glad this book wasn’t like that. The conflict wasn’t dramatic but still kept me wanting to read it and that makes it a good book in my mind. While it was a good book, it wasn’t a great book. It had funny, hot moments and a story that kept me reading, but it didn’t have that extra edge to make it an outstanding book. It was simply a good book (think I said “good book” enough times ;)) with an interesting setting and characters. It is still a book I would recommend to those who are fans of Alice Clayton or those who love small town stories with hot farmers :).