Series: Hudson Valley #3
Also in Series: Nuts, Cream of The Crop
Author: Alice Clayton
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: May 23rd 2017
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 320 Pages
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Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….
Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.
It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.
“I’ll have to go away one day. And I don’t know what will happen then, which makes me so fucking selfish for saying this, but I’m going to say it anyway. I want you. For as long as I can have you.”
“They say time is elastic. Sometimes an hour passes in an instant while you scratch and cling at every second as they go by, willing them to slow down. Sometimes, an instant stretches out to an hour, when everything runs in super slow-mo, time itself elongated as the edges blue and the colors run.”
Although Buns didn’t wow me as much as Nuts did, it was still a huge improvement over Cream of the Crop…
Yay! for coming back strong in book 3!
I can’t say enough about how well Alice Clayton writes romantic comedy with heart and lots of heat in this series. With Clara’s story we learn a lot more about her past and how that has led her not only to be the most independent of our three heroines but also the most closed off emotionally.
When she is called upon to re-brand a century old family owned hotel, she is met with thinly veiled hostility from the family patriarch’s son who fears that she will toss out all of the hotel’s history and traditions in her effort to improve the bottom line.
A pseudo enemies to lovers trope ensues with all of the heat and passion we’ve come to expect from Clayton. I thoroughly enjoyed this installment and really love the way Clayton develops the setting and the characters in this series. I want to live in Bailey Falls!
If you’ve read Clayton before I am sure that this series will not disappoint…and if you are new to her, I definitely encourage giving The Hudson Valley series a chance. I definitely stepped outside of my comfort zone for these and am quite happy with the results 🙂