Book Review – Nuts by Alice Clayton (Hudson Valley #1)

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 nutsslowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?

4 stars

When I saw that Alice Clayton had a new book coming out, I was really excited.  I loved Wallbanger and The Unidentified Redhead – two of the funniest books I read in a long time.

Nuts is the story of Roxie Callahan, a private chef in Los Angeles who is called home to Bailey Falls, NY (sounds like it’s right out of “A Wonderful Life) to run the family diner while her mother is a contestant on the Amazing Race.  Roxie is not at all excited about returning home.  She feels she has been defined as the person she is now while in California.

Upon returning home, she literally falls in the lap of Leo Maxwell, local farmer and beautiful man.  Leo and Roxie’s chemistry is instant – and hysterical.  There are a few more mishaps that involve falling, among other things.  Roxie has no plans to stay in New York once her mother returns, a point she makes abundantly clear throughout the book.  Roxie becomes reacquainted with her high school crush Chad – and his husband Logan.  I really liked them.

Most “small town” books have a lot of cattiness and annoying, gossipy townspeople.  This book did not have that.  This book, to me, had a very slow start.  It was also really detail heavy.  Details that were unnecessary (two pages about walnut groves).  There was a surprise in the book which was really good and I didn’t see coming; it was tastefully written and believable.

Overall, this was fun story and I would recommend it.

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