Audiobook Reviews: Nuts & Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #1 & #2) by Alice Clayton

Posted September 6, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review | 15 Comments

Audiobook Reviews: Nuts & Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #1 & #2) by Alice ClaytonTitle: Nuts
Series: Hudson Valley #1
Also in Series: Buns
Author: Alice Clayton
Narrator: Shayna Thibodeaux, Sebastian York
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon and Schuster
Publication date: October 20th 2015
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Romance
Length: 8 hours and 56 minutes
Source: Publisher
Format: Audiobook
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

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?

Book Quotes

“Love is messy, painful and emotionally draining. It hardly seems worth it.”

“Over the next few days, every knowing glance and furtive look reminded me how much small towns loved to gossip. My mother delighted me each day by telling me what she’d heard. I’d pushed Leo behind a snap pea display at the farmers’ market and wrestled him to the ground. I’d offered him my bagel repeatedly, refusing to take no for an answer. I’d been seen out behind the market, helping him load up his vegetables and been caught holding his cucumber. That was my favorite.”

My Thoughts

So this is one of those reads that I kept seeing everywhere! And although the premise and the cover didn’t initially appeal to me, after reading so many great reviews I decided to bite the bullet and step a bit outside of my comfort zone with this one!

And boy am I glad that I did. Nuts satisfied so many reading itches. It was well written, charming, funny, heartwarming and the sexy parts just worked!

Seriously folks – Nuts has it all!

I loved the charm of the small town setting and all of the characters! The supporting characters were great and I absolutely adored both Roxie and Leo! A feisty chef and a sexy as all get out farmer? What’s not not love?!

The sexy parts were just the perfect combination of heat, affection and witty and somewhat bawdy banter. I could have listened to these two go at it all day! (Of course I am referring to the banter! ;-p

And the humor…my gosh I literally laughed out loud throughout this whole book! I could not get enough!

I seriously did not want this book to end and I doubt you will either! If you want a read that will leave you will a huge grin and a hit of happy…definitely pick up Nuts by Alice Clayton!

Narration Notes

Shayna Thibodeaux & Sebastian York (who we sadly only got to listen to in the Epilogue) were perfect in their roles and delivered an amazing performance that allowed me to seamlessly enter Clayton’s world.

Cream of the Crop
Audiobook Reviews: Nuts & Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #1 & #2) by Alice ClaytonTitle: Cream of The Crop
Series: Hudson Valley #2
Also in Series: Buns
Author: Alice Clayton
Narrator: Deacon Lee, Olivia Song
Publication date: July 12th 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Length: 9 hours and 55 minutes
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

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

Book Quotes

“Seeing you standing in my line is the second best part of my Saturday,” he said taking another step. “What’s the first best part?” “Watching you walk away.”

“Size-eighteen women were supposed to be timid. Size-eighteen women were supposed to be shy. Size eighteen women were supposed to be grateful for any male attention, and to feel especially honored if a good-looking main paid attention to them.
Fuck all that noise. I took the best looking guy home with me whenever and however I pleased.”

My Thoughts

Well, then 🙁

After my tremendous high with Nuts…I am sad to report that Cream of the Crop really fell short of the mark. I enjoyed it but really was hoping for so much more after how much I adored Nuts

I loved how strong and confident Natalie was…until she wasn’t. I really didn’t get her behavior around Oscar. I am a horridly shy person and I could have done better…

Oscar really didn’t step up to the plate…it was hard to like him…especially with the whole Missy situation.

The relationship seemed to go from 0-100 in no time and it was all very uncomfortable for me. Nuts seemed to have a great mix of affection and bawdy humor. Cream of the Crop seemed to be all insta-lust and not-so-cute sexual humor. It actually turned me off…

I think the bottom line is that everyone likes their romances a little different. I need to feel that connection between the characters and need to really like the guy. Neither of which came through for me in Cream of the Crop.

Narration Notes

Deacon Lee and Olivia Song both did a splendid job. I enjoyed listening to their portrayals of Nat and Oscar.

About Alice Clayton

ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

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15 responses to “Audiobook Reviews: Nuts & Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #1 & #2) by Alice Clayton

    • Melissa

      Had I started with Cream of the Crop it might have been a DNF and I probably would not have ever listened to Nuts!

    • Melissa

      I was as well…by both the titles and covers. These were definitely outside of my comfort zone. I think that the humor and genuine connection and loveable characters helped it work in the 1st while the 2nd sort of lived up to my previous (not so high) expectations of the sub-genre.

  1. Like you, I keep seeing this series being a big hit for people. I want to read them eventually. I like what you’re saying about the humor. Sorry the second one didn’t match up.

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