Sunday, May 21, 2017

Buns (Hudson Valley #3) by Alice Clayton: ARC Review


The third in the hilarious yet sizzling hot Hudson Valley series from New York Time and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton.

Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.

Releases: May 23, 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 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:

Alice Clayton's heroines are my spirit animals. Each is dynamic, dazzling, and unforgettable in her own way, and each is a large part of why the entire Hudson Valley series needs to be on everyone's TBR list. Buns, the third book in the author’s wildly hilarious romantic comedy series, is just as entertaining, just as heartwarming, and just as sexy as its predecessors. Sweet, romantic, and emotionally gripping, Buns is a story that made me swoon and set my heart aflutter. It definitely made me want to get my hands on some hot cross buns (if you know what I mean…). *insert winking face here*

Part rivals-to-lovers, part office romance (albeit an unconventional office), Buns follows the story of Clara Morgan, a hotel branding expert looking to revive a struggling hotel in Bailey Falls, New York. When the pint-sized but fierce force of nature meets Archie Bryant, the uptight, uncompromising hotel owner, sparks fly, tempers flare, and a begrudging working relationship is formed as the two are forced to work together in close quarters. Two words: sexual tension. Clara and Archie have a bit of an antagonistic rapport, complete with constant bickering and an undercurrent of mutual attraction. Their biting words say "I'm one step away from throttling you" while their heated glances say "I want to rip your clothes off”. The resulting slow-burning romance is both humorous and sensual, igniting an unbridled, lust-fueled passion between Clara and Archie that ignites even brighter with their every interaction.

Our narrator, Clara, has a larger-than-life, inviting personality but she’s also fragile and mysterious – a combination that’s undeniably compelling. She’s a complex character and I loved getting to delve further into her backstory as the narrative progresses. She's not one to open up easily, which makes the process all the more rewarding. Similarly, Archie seems to be Clara’s polar opposite, yet every chapter reveals something new and intriguing about the man behind the tortoise-shell glasses and tailored suits. With a riveting storylines and protagonists that make you want to learn more about them, Buns is lighthearted, funny, and steamy, but it’s also full of heart.

If you’re looking for a book that’ll make you laugh and make you cry (from laughing so hard), Buns is a sure bet. From chapter one to the last sentence of the epilogue, I loved every single word of Clara and Archie’s story and my only complaint was that it ended before I was ready to say goodbye.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I pre-ordered this one! I read Nuts, but need to get to Cream of the Crop before the new one.