Book Reviews

Book Review: Nuts (Hudson Valley #1) by Alice Clayton

I know it’s titled Nuts but all I see are sugar snaps!


25056208Roxie 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.


4 Barn Kitties!!



I know it’s titled Nuts but all I see are sugar snaps!

It had me singing “Summer lovin’ had me a blast, summer lovin’ happened so fast” the whole time.

I loved Alice Clayton’s Wallbanger. It is one of my favorite books. The humor and the wit mixed with some steamy romance was awesome. I was hoping for the same going into this series and I wasn’t disappointed. The first installment of Hudson Valley series, Nuts was a lot of the same!

Roxie is a personal chef just fired for a butter/whipped cream mishap when she receives a call from her mother needing her to come home to look after the diner while she is out of town on the game show “The Amazing Race”. Roxie reluctantly agrees, but couldn’t be more surprised when she has engages in a summer romance with a local farmer, Leo Maxwell. Leo is a down to earth former prep school boy, turned country boy. He loves his land and the slow life of upstate New York. He has his hands full with the witty, clumsy, flirty Roxie Callahan.

This story was just so freaking cute. I love the embarrassing moments Clayton puts in the story. Roxie is so clumsy, mostly around Leo however. 😉 I loved the cooking, farming, natural aspect of it all. All the food she describes sounds positively delicious and you can tell she is passionate about food. The way Leo describes growing food is the same way she describes making it. They are totally made for each other!

This was such a sweet positive read with almost no drama/angst. I will never look at a sugar snap the same again. ♥

“You sure about this, Sugar Snap?”…
“I’m all in, Farmer Boy.”






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