Series: Hudson Valley Series
Published by Simon and Schuster on October 20th 2015
Genres: Romantic Comedy
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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.
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REVIEW: Oh my, I don’t know where to start with this review. Let’s just begin with Nuts is romantic, silly, funny and unmistakably the most relate-able romantic comedy you will read in 2015/16. Alice Clayton is the author of Wallbanger (Cocktails Series) and I am sure many will agree that she has an knack for creating funny and silly yet romantic and heart felt love stories.
As the story starts we are introduced to Roxie, a native New Yorker who moved to the west in pursue of a dream. Her dream became true, and Roxie became a chef, thought it wasn’t in her plans to be a private chef her life was going well and it had meaning and purpose. Away from home, away from normalcy, away from her mother’s eccentricities. As a private chef Roxie was making a name for herself until things started to take a turn for the worse. Her business as a private chef was crumbling, gossip took over and by the end of the day all her clients but one of them had dump her and she was on the brink of a breakdown.
Not all is lost, she maintains her head and while not sure what she is going to do, she follows her heart and continues to work, that’s when things change and Roxie receives a call from her mother – a call that brings more than dread. Roxie’s mother is a funny character, one of those that one can’t help but compare to one of our own. The funny things she says, and the way in which they are said brought me to laughter more than once.
Nuts is a great funny and romantic story, a story that explores the many possibilities in which one can find love. The story explores the unexpected ways and weird circumstances under which love also funds us. Nuts isn’t set on instant love, or love at first sight, it is however crafted in a way that one can’t help but relate. While life and circumstances took Roxie back home, her mindset was everywhere but on a man who was delivering his nuts (no pun intended). Nuts flows nicely as the story develops and we witness Roxie & Leo’s first meeting. With a bit of humor, sex-appeal and clumsiness the story takes us onto an adventure to discover how love sometimes just simply happens.
I liked Roxie, she is intelligent, independent and all around matured. She knows well what she needs and want in life. She is the epitome of the perfect character, easily relate-able, likable and all around the kind of woman you may find in your best friend, your sister or perhaps on oneself. I think all together Roxie is the girl we wish we were, and the friend we wish we had. She isn’t without a flaw, she is clumsy and at times plain frustrating. But Roxie has something I like in female characters, she trusts her ability to let her heart guide her while at the same time weighting her options.
Leo is a sweet man with much to offer. He is guarded but willing to jump to the fun. He understands commitment, but he is also able to adapt to different situations without being too judgmental or forceful. I think Leo was a fantastic character, he is charming, sexy, intelligent and all around the perfect romantic. Nuts is a great story, one I can’t recommend enough. If you are looking for a sweet, sexy, hot and funny love story then you must pick this one up.