Genres: Comedy Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Gallery Books
Released on October 20, 2015
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.
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.
Library Love #12
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