Katiebird reviews Nuts (The Hudson Valley series) by Alice Clayton + Giveaway!


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?

After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she’s back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?

The wait is over peeps!! Nuts is now available, so don’t wait. Go. Now. Get this book! You can come back and read my review later…

Essentially, Alice Clayton can do no wrong in my eyes. She is definitely a favorite of mine and I know that I am not alone here at Bookish Temptations in this feeling. There is just something about her writing that just feels good. She has this amazing talent for introducing us to new characters that don’t feel like strangers. Roxie is someone I would like to know and be friends with for sure.

I have always loved cooking, and there have been times when I thought I would maybe change careers just to be able to cook for a living. Not in a restaurant per say, because I’ve worked in one, so I know. I always thought I would maybe be a personal chef, because I love cooking in a home kitchen setting. I love cooking for family, and get great joy from seeing their reaction to good food.

After traveling to Italy and seeing the street markets live with people every day, I would love to be able to shop that way, if I lived near a farmers market. In other words, this book really hit home for me on so many levels.

First, Roxie Callahan, she’s such a great character. She comes home after being manipulated by her mother, to take over the family diner in her hometown, while she travels the world. That doesn’t sound too bad, right? That would depend on whether Roxie feels that she can leave at the end of the summer.


Excerpt from Chapter 4:

“When will you be back?” I repeated.

“It depends on how well I do, how well Aunt Cheryl does, if we’re able to stay in the game until the end, so-“

I used literally every ounce of patience available to me to calmly ask one more time, “When. Will you. Be back?”

“September. Hopefully by Labor Day.”

Three months. I’d be here the entire summer. Wow. Would I have totally morphed back into my high school self by the time she returned?

I sat up tall. I wasn’t that socially awkward girl anymore. I was a graduate of the American Culinary Institute. A private chef in Los Angeles. California Roxie, a chef so talented I once made a spotted dick so good that Jack Hamilton made a face I’m pretty sure only Grace Sheridan usually gets to see. 


I specifically chose that excerpt for the obvious reasons that Jack and Grace are mentioned, and they do make a brief appearance in the beginning. I do love me some Jack and Grace.

Leo Maxwell. Farmer extraordinaire. While I’m not much into facial hair, I definitely didn’t hold that against him, because I admire the way he became a farmer, or actually chose to be a farmer with his family’s land. Everything about his story is interesting and I learned a lot about the whole “farm to table” movement. Alice writes another great Acknowledgment about this aspect of the story also. Leo is the genuine deal, but he does have baggage. It’s how Roxie deals with that and her own issues that make this story unique.

If you’ve read any of Alice’s books, you will not be surprised by the fantastic UST that builds between the two main characters. There is also lots of banter and physical humor because Alice does that so well. The secondary characters are no wallflowers either, and add to the storyline in the best way possible. There isn’t a Clive per say, but there is a bee involved. LOL

Since I know this is book one in the Hudson Valley series, I am looking forward to reading what Alice has got cooking next… If you leave a comment below, you will be entered into a drawing for a printed version of Nuts! THE WINNER HAS BEEN SELECTED BY RANDOM.ORG AND CONTACTED VIA EMAIL.

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I give this book 5 delicious stars and put it on my “books that own me” and “top shelf fantastic reads” shelves on Goodreads.

***I was given an ARC from the publisher and Netgalley for an honest review. The excerpt is from that version.****

Author’s links:



Simon and Schuster


About katiebird

I am a huge reader of young adult, new adult, and paranormal romances. I also have an acute fondness of Robert Thomas Pattinson. I love that I get to share with everyone my love of reading.

18 thoughts on “Katiebird reviews Nuts (The Hudson Valley series) by Alice Clayton + Giveaway!

  1. Aurélie says:

    I love your review :)) I loved Wallbanger so much aha and Alice’s writting. What a cover btw . Have a great day


  2. Sarah Scholz says:

    Really liked your review. It gave just enough of a tease for the book. Cannot wait to read Nuts 🙂 Looking forward to reading all of Alice Clayton’s books. Thank you for the chance 🙂


  3. Tracie M says:

    I am really looking forward to reading this! I love Alice Clayton and her witty banter. So excited for a new series. Great review!


  4. adreaaaang says:

    I lovvvvve Alice Clayton. She is hilarious I can’t wait to read this!


  5. Irma says:

    I’m so excited to read Nuts! It’s been on my TBR list since I first heard about it. I love Alices’s books and would love to win a signed copy. Thank you & Alice for this wonderful chance ❤


  6. mlynpeters says:

    Love me some funny Alice reading!


  7. mmalavec says:

    Thanks so much for the chance!



  8. marijee4 says:

    I love Alice Clayton’s stories! Great humor & fabulous tales! Thanks for the giveaway!!


  9. Nickie Adler says:

    I love all of Alice Clayton’s books! When I met her at the RT Convention in Dallas, I asked her if Wallbanger was from personal experience. She said that it was borrowed from a friend of hers that had such a neighbor. I have read everything she’s published, except Nuts.


  10. kat131 says:

    Thanks for the giveaway, the excerpt and review for Nuts. I can’t wait to read it. I love reading anything by Alice Clayton. Her stories and the characters in them make you FEEL and wish you could dive in and join their world. ♡


  11. Jen says:

    Love Alice Clayton…up next on my TBR…Thx for the giveaway!


  12. evejeann says:

    Great start to a series and can’t wait to read it


  13. evejeann says:

    Great review and can’t wait to read it


  14. Charlene E says:

    Great review and excerpt – thank you!


  15. Great review and excerpt Nuts is one of my most anticipated books of this year thanks for the chance awesome giveaway !!


  16. veRONIca says:

    I love her writing style too! Cant wait to start this new series of Alice’s 🙂


  17. Samantha Newbury says:

    Great review 🙂 I really can not wait to read this book.


  18. Artemis Giote says:

    Alice Clayton is the best. Love her humor!!!! Sounds great read.


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