Book Review & Giveaway ✭ Nuts by Alice Clayton

Title: Nuts
Author: Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley, #1
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance,
Published date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster
Pages: 320
Format: eARC // Paperback
Source: Nina Bocci of BocciPR (eARC) // Paperback via XOXO After Dark

From New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton, the first in a brand-new romance series telling the humorously sexy tale of Roxie, a private chef who gets a taste of love—but is it to stay, or to go?

After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. 

Once she's back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. 

Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?

Alice Clayton has created yet another hilarious and sweet story to kick off what I’ve no doubt will be another hit series
My favorite thing about Clayton’s writing is the way she delivers her heroine’s inner dialogue. They’re clever and quirky all on their own. It’s that aspect of her style that always pulls me in and gives me an immediate connection to the character.

In Nuts, Roxie Callahan has been building her career as a professional chef in L.A., but a disastrous whipped cream debacle causes her dream to crumble.
A timely call from her mom has her returning to her hometown of Bailey Falls. Running the family diner was never something Roxie aspired to, but knowing she’ll be returning to California soon keeps her spirits high. 

Upon arriving, Roxie has a run-in (I mean that quite literally) with one of the sexiest farmers I’ve ever read about. Seriously, I want to move to farmland and find myself one. Anyways back to delectable Leo Maxwell. He’s stunning in just about every single way. He wasn’t at all what she perceived him to be, but quickly found that he was passionate about his work and driven to excel in it.
Wanting to start up a casual fling—the only kind she does—she proposes a beneficial relationship to Leo. The more time she spends with him, the more he has her reevaluating her stance on returning to chef life in California. She begins to question whether or not Leo and his nuts are worth staying for…

The story progressed slowly at first, but at that point I had already come to adore Roxie and was invested in her as a person. The romance certainly didn’t come into play until half way through or so, but a solid storyline was being put in place that kept me engaged. 
A good portion of the story really focused on descriptions of food, cooking, and farming, which to me was fascinating, but some people might feel overwhelmed or even annoyed by it. Don’t fret though, the wait is worth it because once you get to Roxie and Leo, you’ll be salivating for a whole other reason.

Roxie was a great, strong character. She knew what she wanted and took but a moment to deliberate before just going for it. She had her quirks that made her relatable and fun to read. Leo was an intelligent and charming character that easily made him irresistible. In short, he was a dream boat that showed Roxie that her hometown wasn’t all that bad after all.
The supporting characters were also nicely mixed in and presented with enough information to have us salivating for their own stories. There was one set of characters in particular that were shown stirring their own chemistry up. I’m hoping we get their story next. 

As per usual, I kept waiting for the the big bang of the story. That WOW moment that would cement my five star rating. When the big surprise plot twist did arrive, it was all too predictable and didn’t really serve the story in a positive way. It wasn’t just the way it was introduced, but the twist itself didn’t seem natural for the story. So again, not really a positive nor a negative, it was just there. That was really the only “negative” comment I had with the book, but still really enjoyed it.

Alice Clayton fans will surely appreciate and enjoy this latest release. Readers will get plenty of romance and a crate full of comedic moments. 

Make sure you don’t read this one on an empty stomach though. At the very least, have some sweets on hand.
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ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

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