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Publisher Description

The New York Times bestselling author of Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed is back with Nuts, the first in a series set in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?

Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful.

October 20
Gallery Books

Customer Reviews

LisaHines711 ,

Review: Hudson Valley 1: Nuts

Nuts by Alice Clayton is the first book in her brand new Hudson Valley series. It is an absolutely HILARIOUS sexy romp through diner living and farm to table humping. Did I mean to say humping? Yes, yes I did. Roxie and Leo are a spectacular duo. Roxie doesn't date - she is more of a wham bam kinda girl. She has zero time for feelings. Leo is the sexy hot farmer in her hometown that she has recently moved back to and the can't stop falling over each other. Literally. It seems like Roxie and Leo circle each other - her stating "Only For The Summer!" and Leo being all like, "okay" but when she discovers a secret he has been {hiding} not sharing with her, things change - they get real in a way way Roxie is NOT ready for, and she is about to question everything she had laid out for herself.

kathyesf ,


I just absolutely love Alice Clayton books. These books are so feel good, the characters all have a sense of humor and they are not afraid to make fun of themselves. This was a great read! The characters developed slowly as the did the relationships, nothing was hurried. We got to meet an entire town of people who are all connected in someway and they care about each other. Roxie and Leo are scorching hot together. Oh and lets not forget about the laughs :) there are plenty of them throughout the book. It is really nice sometimes to read a book and smile the entire time. This one has a hiccup or two that I won't mention so as not to spoil anything but they are good hiccups that just make the story better. Hmm I wonder if we will be getting a dose of Oscar and Natalie in book, maybe some triple cream :)

Bex @ NightOwlReader ,

The perfect recipe for a rom-com!

I have a confession: I’m a sucker for a well-written romantic comedy filled with double-entendres and innuendos. Bring on the food-related euphemisms and I am a happy girl. I loved Nuts because it is chock-full of all of that--and so much more. Actually, Nuts has the perfect recipe for an impeccable romantic comedy:

Take one Hot Farmer plus one Saucy Heroine, and stir in the following ingredients:
• A bunch of awkward encounters
• A heavy dose of witty banter
• A drizzle of instant attraction
• Oodles of sizzling chemistry
• A relationship with a short expiration date
• Liberal use of adorable pet names
• A generous helping of steamy scenes
• A hilarious assortment of secondary characters
• A small town where everyone knows your name…and your business
Throw in a plot twist you don’t see coming, and you have Nuts--slow-cooked and seasoned to perfection, with just the right combination of sweet and spicy.

Growing up, Roxie (the saucy heroine) is an endearingly awkward, small-town girl who wants nothing more than to reinvent herself. After high school, she strikes out on her own, finds success as a personal chef in LA, and then loses everything she has worked for in a matter of days. This leads to Roxie driving across the country to Bailey Falls, New York to help run her mother’s diner for the summer. To say she is unhappy about the situation is an understatement…until she meets Leo, that is. He’s a charming (and hot!) local farmer and the town’s Most Eligible Bachelor.
From the moment they meet, their attraction is undeniable, and I truly loved Roxie and Leo together. I enjoyed the awkward first meeting, the butterflies of the getting-to-know-you stage, and every single phase after. Their relationship takes time to grow and it feels completely organic. I found myself rooting for them through all of the ups and downs they faced.

I also enjoyed the secondary characters immensely. They were hilarious and added more depth of flavor to the story. I found myself laughing out loud several times, especially at Roxie's free-spirited mom. She's a trip, to say the least.

In a nutshell, Nuts is fun, flirty, and wickedly witty. It left me with a hankering for a yummy farmer (and cake), and I can’t wait to read the next book, Cream.

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