Series: Hudson Valley,
Published by Gallery Books on October 20th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Women, General
Reading Challenges: COYER Back to Basics
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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.
Alice Clayton’s Nuts is a funny, romantic novel set in New York’s scenic Hudson Valley. Roxie Callahan grew up in a small town, where she didn’t have any friends. Her love of the culinary arts didn’t exactly make her popular, and with her hippie mother being the talk of the town, Roxie wanted nothing more than to flee to the city. Not Manhattan, but Los Angeles, where Roxie studied at a prestigious culinary school. Now graduated, and working as a private Hollywood chef, Roxie winds up back home running her family’s diner.
I loved Roxie as a character. She’s hilarious! Despite wanting to flee small town life, Roxie is still an Eastern girl to a tee. As someone originally from Michigan living in Los Angeles, I could relate to how Roxie viewed the Hollywood wives. So much of it rang true to me, that I couldn’t help but laugh. The difference in food, and grocery shopping (and packaging) was one of the biggest differences I dealt with when I first moved out West. Angelenos may like food, but they are suckers for the latest fad diets and trends, and notorious calorie counters. Manhattanites, on the other hand, love food, and get most of the workout from walking around the city. Having only been to NYC, it was nice seeing how different upstate New York is.
“You didn’t really bring me beets, did you?”…
“I did,” he murmured, his thumbs sliding underneath my T-shirt the tiniest bit. “I brought mad beets.”
“Oh man,” I snorted … “Did you bring me anything else?”
He brought his face back to mine, tinged with the slightest of blush. “I hesitate to say it now.”
“What did you bring?” I asked his shaking shoulders.
He buried his head once again into my neck. “A really big zucchini…”
While working at her family’s diner, Roxie meets gorgeous local farmer, Leo Maxwell. Their “meet cute” was just that – cute. After a series of embarrassing run-ins, these two finally decided to have a proper date. The chemistry between Leo and Roxie was amazing as the food Roxie cooked through the book. I really enjoyed how their relationship developed slowly over the course of the book. While I knew they would end up together, it was nice reading how they got there. Like Roxie, Leo is a great, funny guy, and the two seemed made for each other.
Aside from Roxie and Leo, the novel is full of fun of quirky characters that made the story come alive. From Roxie’s high school crush, to her employees at the diner, and her two best friends, I can’t wait to read more of this series. I would recommend Nuts to fans of romantic comedies. The book will have you laughing from beginning to end, and there’s no way you won’t devour this book in one sitting. The characters are well-written, the world building is perfection, and all the talk of food will have you salivating. Or maybe that’s the hot, hot sex scenes. Either way, Nuts is a must read!