Monday, November 2, 2015

Review: Nuts by Alice Clayton


From New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton, the first in a brand-new romance series telling the humorously sexy tale of Roxie, a private chef who gets a taste of love—but is it to stay, or to go?

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.

Review:  4.5 of 5 stars

If you have read an Alice Clayton in the past, you know that she has an impeccable sense of humor!  Get ready to laugh out loud while reading Nuts.  When I read the synopsis, I was a little unsure of how much I was going to love this book.  I was concerned that it would focus more on cooking and bore me, I was so wrong.

Roxie is an interesting character.  I loved how she loses her job in California, it was a crazy reason to fire someone, but I imagine in Hollywood that stranger things have happened.  I was also super happy that we got a brief stint with Grace and Jack (The Redhead series) and it made me want to re-read those books.  Since she is unemployed and her mom is going on The Amazing Race, Roxie reasons that she will go home to Bailey Falls (Upstate NY) and run the family diner for the Summer.  

The one thing she didn't plan on finding in Bailey Falls?  A gorgeous farmer that puts her "no love" mantra in question.  Leo Maxwell is such a great character.  I love that he is passionate about his work and the best part is that he doesn't act like he is wealthy and important.  Roxie calls in Almonzo and I adore the Little House on the Prairie references.  The more Roxie digs her heels in that she is leaving at the end of Summer, the more reasons she finds to stay.

Roxie is someone that can't appreciate the beauty and benefits of a small town until she is gone.  She only remembers the bad things about a small town.  Being from a town where everyone knows everyone can be annoying at times, but it also means that people have your back.  I can totally relate to this part of the book and thought it was very well done.

As I mentioned earlier I was worried the food would be a big deal, which it is, however, it was not boring at all.  In fact, it made me want to go bake a cake.  I love to cook but I didn't think I would enjoy reading about it.  Alice Clayton made me want to go cook an awesome meal for my man and make some crude food references at the same time.  She can really bring humor into any situation flawlessly.

I am happy to report that this book was lighthearted, fun, and just what I needed to read.  I think anyone that enjoys humor and a sweet, sexy story will love this book.  This book is a one clicker for sure.  

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