Series: Hudson Valley #1
Published by: Gallery Books on October 20, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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?
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: Rusty Nailed, Screwdrivered, Mai Tai'd Up
One Line: A lot of fun to read.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
I’m always in for a good time whenever I read one of Alice’s books. While I didn’t quite love this as much as her Wallbanger series, it was still an all around good read. I love that Clayton mixes humor and romance so well and she’s also able to tell a decent story that revolves around the main character, outside of the romance. I really enjoyed getting to know Roxie and I admired her personality.
Roxie is one of those girls who comes from a small town and has big dreams. She’s a talented chef and she never wanted to be tied down and stuck living the life her mother has. Her mom is a bit of a flake and I didn’t care for her much, but she’s not bad. She felt more like a kooky friend to Roxie than a mother, really. In any case, I really liked Roxie. She’s very motivated and she knows her worth. Despite it being obvious that being back in town is exactly what she needed, I liked the slow build of her rediscovering her passion and realizing where she belongs.
I liked the romance between Roxie and Leo. It was a steady kind of relationship, very slow-build as far as Contemporary Romance goes. There are plenty of hilarious moments strung in there, that’s for sure, but I also liked the mutual respect and intense attraction these two had for each other. There is one aspect that I didn’t care for, or rather, I didn’t like how it was handled. I’m beginning to think I’m just being picky about this topic/plot tool, but maybe that comes with the territory of reading so many books, especially in a particular genre. Aside from that issue, watching them fall in love was great.
All of the characters were fun to get to know and I’m already a fan of Clayton’s writing, so it’s safe to say that I’ll be sticking around for the rest of the series. You can always expect a well-rounded book from her, one that will keep you engaged and entertained from start to finish.