Series: Hudson Valley #2
Author: Alice Clayton
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 12, 2016
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Related Books: Rusty Nailed, Screwdrivered, Wallbanger (Audiobook), Nuts, Roman Crazy, Buns
About Cream of the Crop: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?
Cream of the Crop Review:
Ugh, I was so excited to read this on vacation and post it release day. But then I got sick on vacation and couldn’t read, and then I was in the hospital and wanted this book soooo damn bad but of course the tote bag it was sitting in wasn’t the one I had with me when I ended up there unexpectedly. #booknerdproblems
But I finally got out and got it read when spending time in bed. Which is good, because I cannot read Alice Clayton books for the first time in public anyway. Too much loud guffawing – loud enough to startle the dude I’m crammed up against on the subway.
So yes, time for the review.
Alice, girl, how you do what you do. I love you I do.
Every character she writes manages to tap into SUCH a part of me. Even though her heroines across books and series are nothing alike, I always relate to them soooo hard and I’m pretty sure my dream Girl’s Night Out is with Alice Clayton, Christina Lauren, and their girl characters. #squadgoals (I know that’s over, but I had to.)
And this series has also managed to make #farmlife actually appealing to me, which I did not think was possible.
That’s one way I related to Natalie.
Another way is our total Manhattan love affair.🏙
I’ve wanted to move here since I was about 10 years old. Maybe even sooner, because I can imagine loving it as soon as I saw Annie. I just started planning for it when I was 10.
Now I’m on the Upper East Side and I’ll be damned if I’m leaving this island anytime soon.
Even though Natalie doesn’t actually spend much time in the city in the book, her words about it were still my favorite:
“Anyone who thought New York was endless blocks of cement and concrete high-rises had never spent any time downtown. Or in Midtown for that matter. Or the Upper West Side. Or the Upper East Side. Regardless of where you plunk yourself down on my island, I can guarantee you that you’re within a few blocks of a park.”
Yes! Favorite thing about the city, aside from the fact that you can get pretty much anything delivered when you don’t want to change out of your onesie on a lazy Sunday. I’m a block and a half from gorgeous sprawling grass, peaceful walkways, and the East River at Carl Schurz park.
But I’ll try to get back to the book and not let this turn into an NYC tourism ad…
So yes, loved those things. And the small town feel. Despite never wanting to live in a small town, I’m obsessed with movies, TV shows, and books that take place in them. I call it Star’s Hallow Syndrome. My Netflix queue is my version of Natalie’s kitchen pantry/closet.
And of course, as with all Alice’s leads, I related and just “got” the sense of humor so much. It’s my brand, you could say.
Plus, we all know how I feel about characters that work in marketing.
So a marketer working in NYC who likes to head upstate for the weekend like a classy motherfucker? I is she. She is me. We are one.
Then, Alice managed to get me hot for Oscar, who possessed very few of the characteristics I usually love most in my books’ heroes, and several that normally annoy me.
But damn, I wanted some of that.
I couldn’t stop staring at the cover as it’s sat in my apartment. Thinking back, the same thing happened with Nuts. Maybe if healthy food was always served like that, I’d eat it…
Ugh, can I just pleeeeeease be BFFs with Alice and we can pay people to act like her characters and hang out with us? I’m pretty sure I just combined several scenarios from several Criminal Minds episodes, but what the hell.
About Alice Clayton:
New York Times Best Selling author 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 has finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.
Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.
People Magazine says of Alice:
Clayton is a master at balancing heart, humor and plenty of action between the sheets.