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?
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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.
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.****