Monday, October 19, 2015

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

Blurb:

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.

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About the Author:

Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person...

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Review by Yvette:

There are books that I find amusing (although my reaction is mostly internal), books that are funny enough to make me chuckle aloud every now and then, and then there are books that make me grateful that I’m reading in the privacy of my own home each time I read a sentence so hysterical, a snort may or may not escape. Alice Clayton’s books are typically of the third variety, and I’m pleased to say that her newest release, Nuts, is her funniest, most riveting book to date. The pairing of Roxie, the klutzy and adorably quirky personal chef, and Leo, the so-sexy-it’s-unreal (because he’s fictional) farmer, is comedic gold. Their ability to hold entire conversations comprised of food-related sexual innuendos is both impressive and entertaining. Effortlessly humorous and off-the-charts sexy, Nuts is a brilliant beginning to what promises to be another amazing series from Alice Clayton.

There is nothing more refreshing than a narrator whose voice is distinctly his or her own, and Roxie Callahan is nothing if not original. The practical daughter of a free-spirited hippie, Roxie is bold and vibrant with a larger-than-life personality. She doesn't take herself too seriously and tends to say whatever's on her mind, which makes some for hilariously awkward and just plain hilarious interactions between her and pretty much anyone she comes into contact with. Roxie’s unfiltered ramblings take a decidedly dirty turn whenever she’s around her new crush, Leo Maxwell a.k.a. the mysterious, bearded, oh-so-charming farmer she lusts after a.k.a. my new favorite book boyfriend who deserves an entire essay dedicated to his many positive attributes (though I'll restrain myself seeing as how his mysteriousness only lends to his intrigue).

Electric chemistry, flirtatious banter, and majorly steamy, Nuts is exactly my idea of the perfect romantic comedy. The countless Little House on the Prairie references, the protagonists’ ability to use food as code for all things naughty, and the general tone of lightheartedness that invades each page of the story combine to create a story that left a wide smile on my face from chapter one to that extra swoon-worthy epilogue. The fact that book 2, Cream, doesn’t release until July makes me want to cry a bit, especially after a possible romance was teased between two side characters. Nuts is such a memorable start to the Hudson Valley series that I need more like yesterday.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Laugh-Out-Loud Stars

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