Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #2) by Alice Clayton: ARC Review

Blurb:

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?

Releases: July 12, 2016


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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:

I've read and loved all of Alice Clayton's books but the author has truly outdone herself with her Hudson Valley series. I didn't think it was possible for her to top Nuts, yet Cream of the Crop is quite simply hilarious. Not just laugh-out-loud funny but laugh-so-hard-you-cry funny. Seriously, there were actual tears streaming down my face. I lost track of the number of times I dissolved in fits of giggles over something protagonist Natalie Grayson did, said, or thought about doing. Cream of the Crop is an outrageously funny, jaw-droppingly sexy, feel-good romance that had me riveted from start to finish.

Is it strange to want to become best friends with a fictional character? Because I *think* I may have a bit of a girl crush on Natalie Grayson. I mean, what's not to love about a heroine who owns her body and her sexuality? Natalie is the epitome of cool and confident, whether she's nailing pitches at her job as an ad executive, or luring the opposite sex with witty banter and a coquettish bat of her eyelashes. I love how she scoffs at how she should be expected to look and act, flips the bird at said expectations, and proceeds to be her fierce and fabulous self. Despite her overabundance of self-assuredness, there's one man who turns Natalie into a tongue-tied preteen with her first crush. Oscar Mendoza is not only the purveyor of Natalie's greatest weakness (i.e. cheese), but his good looks are her kryptonite. It’s her reaction to Mr. Tall, Dark, and Mysterious that’s comedic gold. One word: cows. I died of laughter. Died.

With Natalie as the sole narrator and Oscar communicating monosyllabically, Oscar is a bit of a mystery, one that I was excited to unravel. While their conversations might not be particularly loquacious (at least in the beginning), their chemistry is off-the-charts. Once Natalie was able to form coherent sentences around the hunky farmer, she turned on the charm, the sass, and the sex appeal, and Oscar responded in kind. Together, these two bring life to the pages of the book. Their flirtatious rapport, their smoldering passion for each other, and the emotional connection that gradually develops between them all combine to make this a truly unforgettable story.

With characters that are lovably quirky and irresistibly charming, a romance that will have you dissolving into a puddle of swoon, and a narrative that’s outrageously funny and gut-wrenchingly emotional, Cream of the Crop is a can’t-miss read. Not only is it my new favorite book by Alice Clayton, but it’s one of my top favorite books of the year. This book will make you laugh, make you blush, and teach you more than you could possibly want to know about cheese. And I loved every minute of it.

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

Rating: 6 Stars

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