Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Nuts by Alice Clayton & TOUR & GIVEAWAY

Paperback320 pages
Expected publication: October 20th 2015 by Gallery Books

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? 


Roxie escaped her small town when she attended culinary school and never planned to go back, thinking small-town life was for her. She has a mishap with one of her clients in California, causing her to lose most of her clients. Meanwhile, Roxie's mom calls to ask her to come run the family dinner so she can participate in a tv reality show. Roxie reluctantly agrees to help her mom out, but only for the summer.

Roxie arrives back in her hometown and already feels a bit trapped. But she soon meets Leo, a local farmer. There is an instant attraction between Roxie and Leo. Roxie begins making subtle changes at the diner, which are welcomes by the townsfolk. They are especially enamored with her desserts. Roxie is beinning to realize that maybe small-town isn't so bad, but doesn't want to run the family diner. 

I look forward to reading more from this series. Alice Clayton's sense of humor is ever-present and kept me giggling quite a bit.

J. Ho

"4 Smokin Hot Farm Boy stars for Nuts
If there's one thing Alice Clayton never fails to deliver, it's a good old fashioned romantic comedy that offers a nice little entertaining break from real life. Nuts, to me, is very reminiscent of Alice Clayton a la Wallbanger. Funny, quirky and REAL heroine that you can relate to and a hunky piece of man meat as a hero that makes you wish on every shooting star that he is real in the world somewhere.
The characters were all very loveable. Roxie and her weird aversion to going home/dealing with her mom/relationships, her extreme fear of bees (which I personally share that fear with her and have been known to run around flailing about and whacking myself when confronted with them), her love of food and the passion that it causes and carries over in her personal life. She's very down to earth and easy to relate to. I feel like anyone can say "Yeah, I TOTALLY get where she's coming from here!". Her crazy hippie Mom who is flakier than one of Roxie's pie crusts is a trip to read about but thank the Lord it isn't a person I have to deal with because I can understand Roxie's hesitation to deal with her mom... Leo, sweet and sexy Farm Boy Leo... For lack of a better word, he's dreamy.
All in all, this is a great read. Especially when you need to leave the drama behind for a while and escape for a bit. This book is lighthearted, funny and such a sweet story that it's hard to put down once you start it. There isn't really any angst and very minimal drama but nothing close to heavy. This was the perfect end of summer/start of fall read."


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