Katiebird Reviews Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton


Cream of the Cream (The Hudson Valley Series) by Alice Clayton

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton brings her trademark blend of funny and sexy to this second contemporary romance in the brand-new Hudson Valley series!

Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is…cheese.

Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.

Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be…love?

As usual, Alice does not disappoint. This book has everything that I love about her books. Funny heroine, Hawt guy, UST, and cheese.

Honestly, I know when I get to read a book from Alice Clayton, it’s a given that I will love it. She is amazing at writing about real genuine people. I always feel like her characters could be real.


“It’s more than the f*ucking,” she insisted, hooking a chair over with her foot and sinking down next to me. “It’s the before and the after, you know?”
“Ah yes, the sweet nothings and the afterglow.” I picked a stray yarn on my sweater. “I’m usually wondering when the f*cking will be starting back up again.”
“Oh, the f*cking starts back up again,” she said, her blush deepening. “But there’s just something about sleeping next to him. It’s….” She paused, searching for a word.
“Amazing? Incredible? Out of this world?”
“Nice?” I asked, shaking my head. “That’s all you got, is nice?”
“It is nice. It’s so nice,” she replied with the most perfect sense of peace and contentment I’d ever seen. “I don’t get to sleep with Leo every night; some weeks there’s only one or two nights we can have an actual overnight due to Polly’s schedule. So when we’re together. of course it’s full of slap and tickle, but then, when that’s through, and it’s just him and me and the quiet-that’s the nice.” Her eyes looked right through me; she was in her own world now. “He always drifts off first, of course, so I get this time with him to just…be with him. Watch him sleep, listen to him breathe, listen to him snore, for god’s sake, and just feel this big, warm man next to me, his body wrapped around me, those big callused hands on my hip or on my belly, and it’s honestly the best feeling ever. It’s just…” She trailed off, dreamy and faraway.
“Nice, ” I breathed, understanding. “Yeah,” she replied. 


“What in the world, Natalie? Really, what’s going on?” Roxie asked, and I groaned inside my turtleneck.
“If I knew, I’d tell you. I just go to pieces around this guy.” I pulled down my turtleneck to just above my nose. ” When I see him, I literally lose my mind. I can’t talk to him when I see that face, and those eyes, and those lips, and all that gorgeous ink, and those hands, did you see those hands” And-”
“Okay, I got it. So, what if you couldn’t see him?”
“How can you not see him? How can you not see that face, and those eyes, and those–”
She held up her hand. “I’m not going to sit here while you go through another round of Sexual Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”
“Knees and Toes,” I sang back. Which made her smile, which made me smile. A little. 


Banter. Got to love the banter. Natalie may not be the typical heroine in body type, but she was definitely relatable. I wish I had half of her confidence. She is a city girl who comes to Bailey Falls to check out the small town life, so she can sell it, but instead she falls in love with it. I found Oscar to be a little rough around the edges, but there were moments that I loved that made me warm up to him. In the end, it’s delicious like butter. LOL

While this book is part of a series, I think you could read it on its own. Characters from the first book, Roxie and Leo are definitely secondary characters in this one, but they are no wall flowers.

5 stars 3

I definitely give this book 5 cheesy goodness stars and put it on my “favorite” and “top shelf fantastic reads” shelf on Goodreads.

***I was given an ARC of this book from the publisher for an honest review. The excerpts are from this copy.***

Looking for a great summer read? Even if you’re lactose intolerant, you will love this book!

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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.

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