Review: Nuts by Alice Clayton

Posted April 11, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 34 Comments

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Review: Nuts by Alice Clayton
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Series: Hudson Valley #1
Genres: Comedy Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Gallery Books
Released on October 20, 2015
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Alice Clayton’s books came highly recommended, but they should have come with a warning label for the bust a gut humor and the devotion to delicious food with a generous helping of sexy romance.  My first book by the author was a success and I will happily progress through the rest of the Hudson Valley trilogy and its tribute to local grown foods and taste test her others.

Review

Nuts is, indeed, the first of the Hudson Valley series and starts when chef, Roxie Callahan, gets sacked by a demanding California diva and her friends.  Roxie needs a break and her free spirited mother’s need for her to come home and look after the family diner for the summer is her grudging opportunity.  Going back to her small home town in upstate New York smacks of bitter defeat and she doesn’t hesitate to repeat it often that she is out of there as fast as she can be when her stint at the diner is over.  She’s big city now and she wants nothing this town has to offer until…

Leo Maxwell knocks her off her feet.  Okay, no, she knocked him off his feet- more than once.  Leo’s good on the eyes, friendly, kind, and the sexiest farmer she’s ever laid eyes on.  Maybe he’ll be up for a summer fling with a gal who won’t touch love or anything permanent because watching her hopeless romantic mom and trying to be the responsible one took its toll.  Too bad love doesn’t follow Roxie’s rules and the summer is flying by between running the diner, teaching zombie pickle canning, late night meet ups with a certain farmer, building a baking business, fun on the farm with a certain farmer, dreams of how teaching more classes and setting up a food truck at the market for her baked goods, and groan… a life with a certain farmer if she’ll give love a chance.

I enjoyed the author’s easy read style.  It’s light and fun, but not shallow.  The characters are given their own background and stories flaws and strengths while the setting is a charming character all of its own.  There is never an intense moment and yet I suddenly found that I’d read half the book in one sitting.  Okay, well, the hilarious antics, dialogue, and sizzling sexy times do keep one on point.

And, then there is that background of diner cooking, baking, chef-cooked home meals, fresh farmer’s market foods, and the focus on getting back to old-style farming on a larger scale.  I enjoyed that and got me more enthusiastic than ever for summer and fresh foods.  It was a great backdrop and I look forward to the next story with a certain big, silent dairy farmer and a lady mad about her artisan cheeses.

All in all, it was a fab rom-com and I can definitely recommend it.

Challenges Met

Library Love #12
Books N Tunes #23 U-2’s Beautiful Day
Romance-opoly #18 Downtown
OWL’s #4 (Muggle Studies- contemporary)

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Cynthia
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I love the cover, the story line and your review is awesome! I am reading this at some point.

Sophia Rose
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Each cover in this series is whimsical and sexy. She had a good cover artist. Hope you like them if you get the chance, Cynthia. 🙂

Nadene
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This sounds like a fun read. I never heard of this book before. Adding it to my list.

Sophia Rose
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I spotted it a while back when it first came out, but never had the chance and then I had to sit on the library waiting list until my turn. Worth it. 🙂

Melliane
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It’s an author I heard a lot about but I haven’t tried her books yet

Sophia Rose
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I had a good time with this one, Melliane. I think you would, too. 🙂

Carole rae
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Books like this that have some cooking always make me soooo hungry LOL!

Sophia Rose
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Seriously. My stomach was growling a few times. 🙂

Lily
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I heard these are fun :d they look really fun

Sophia Rose
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The rumors are true. Good times were had by all.

Debbie Haupt
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reminds me a little of Laruen Blakely so I think I would really like this Thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
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I haven’t read those, but from what I can tell, you’re probably right. This was a fun one, Debbie.

Mary Kirkland
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I haven’t read this one but the storyline sounds like one that I might enjoy. Thanks for the great review.

Sophia Rose
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It was my first by her, but yes, it was a good time. I think you’d like it, Mary. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart
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I have yet to read this series altho I have read other books of hers. Funny is always a plus.

Sophia Rose
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I’ve heard her Wallbanger series is a hoot, too. I’ll have to get to those eventually.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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I have this one sitting on my kindle waiting for its turn to be read. I am so happy to hear that you liked it. I will have to keep this in mind the next time I am in the mood for a romantic comedy.

Sophia Rose
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It’ll be good when you want a laugh or two. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I started the audio version of this a while back but had to stop because the narrator’s cadence and pausing were so distracting and annoying! I’ve since figured out she’s a no-go for me. She narrates most of Kristan Higgins’ books so I can’t do the audios with her either. I need to just traditionally read this one because it does sound like a lot of fun. Wonderful review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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I have a series that I really enjoy, but the audio version is a no-go for me, too. I feel like I’m listening to a whine for every woman character and exaggerated men’s voices.

Karen
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I read this awhile ago and didn’t love it as much as everyone else did but it was cute.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
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I’ve had that happen a few times. It can feel weird when it feels like I’m the only one who wasn’t wowed. LOL Oh well, no biggie. Glad you thought it was cute and it wasn’t a disappointment.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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Leo sounds like a sweet and fun character! I’m glad that love didn’t follow Roxie’s rules! I also eajoy books with good dialogue and an easy reading style. Thanks for sharing Sophia! Great Review!

Sophia Rose
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He was really a great guy. It was interesting learning his backstory after a while. The banter was so fun. 🙂

herding cats
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I’d heard her books were pretty darn fun. I’ve still not jumped in but sounds like I need to 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Same here. When I needed a one-word title and also a book with abs on the cover for a reading challenge, this one came up. 🙂 Worth it!

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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This looks like a fun read! I love foodie stories 🙂

Sophia Rose
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It was a fun romantic comedy and the food… oh man. 🙂

Lola
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This sounds like a fun read. I saw this book around a lot in the blogosphere a few years ago, but haven’t picked it up myself. The author’s writing style sounds pleasant and that’s definitely a good sign if you’re suddenly halfway through the book. And the cooking and baking sounds like a fun addition to the book.

Sophia Rose
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You said it. When one can get lost in a book like that, its a great thing. This one definitely made me hungry. I look forward to the other two.

Lover of Romance
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Yep this book got me more interested in farmer markets than any other book I have read. Had such a fresh feel to it. Glad you enjoyed it like I did.

Sophia Rose
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It was a great incentive to get out there and get my seedlings ready for planting. 🙂 I have a feeling I’ll be into hitting a dairy farm next after reading Cream of the Crop. LOL

Jen
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Oh… another series I loved. I listened to this one on audiobook and enjoyed it tremendously. If I recall, I think I liked each subsequent book a little more than the previous!

Sophia Rose
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I might have to look up the other books in the series on audio. I definitely want to get our silent huge dairy farmer’s story next. 🙂