BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Nuts by Alice Clayton

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The New York Times bestselling author of Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed is back with Nuts, the first in a brand new 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

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How could I possibly turn down an opportunity to get nutty over Alice Clayton’s upcoming release, Nuts? It was exactly as I had expected; a heated romance with a heavy comedic feel. I love the fact that when I pick up one of this author’s works, I know I’ll be guaranteed an entertaining good time.

Roxie is an awesome heroine, her passion for the culinary arts a true highlight of this book. I found my stomach growling, crying for some of those homemade cakes and my taste buds standing in attention during so many other parts. I thought Alice did an exceptional job with somehow managing to make food a part of most scenes in the book—whether it was in the form of a sexual innuendo or the reason behind a joke. I just kept thinking, “wow that was a clever way to sneak it in there!”  I felt Roxie’s need to be independent and to move away from the small town that she grew up in in order to make a name for herself outside of what was expected of her. I most especially loved her drive for success and for her hunger of re-inventing not only herself but also the delectable food she concocts in the kitchen. In a funny way our hero is also very much like our heroine—Leo Maxwell though a farmer through and through is also a sort of re-invention himself. Born into a wealthy and prestigious family name, he begins to question the direction of his life; deciding to take over his family’s ignored farmland, he finds meaning in the most organic way—pun definitely intended. And when Roxie smashes (quite literally) in his life, a brand new meaning takes over both of theirs.

It’s always so refreshing to pick up a rom/com that  just makes your day a little better and even more, one that has a meaningful message behind the laughs and the swooning. In Nuts, it shows us that coming home isn’t always such a bad thing when someone makes it worthwhile. Life is so full of unexpected moments and those seem to always be the best. With Roxie’s constant battle against the status quo—the expectation to one day run her family’s diner and her hate for small town gossips, she quickly ignores the beauty that her hometown has to offer. Leo quickly changes that and in many ways his decision for change not only changes his for the better but consequently, Roxie’s as well. In Alice Clayton’s, Nuts she wonderfully points out that home is far more than the tangible. Home is the people we are surrounded by; a sense of belonging and contentment. It’s that pleasant and comforting sigh at the end of a long day when wrapped around the arms of those you love. “Home is where the heart is”—and Roxie’s and Leo’s story is a heartfelt reminder of just how true that old saying is.

I really enjoyed this book and I’m so glad I decided to get nutty with one of the best sets of characters this author has ever introduced us to. If you’re in the market for something romantic with a whole lot of giggles to go along with it, then Alice Clayton’s Nuts is just for you.

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Buy Links:

Amazon US- http://amzn.to/1M73mMv

B&N- http://bit.ly/1ZTEOdX

BAM- http://www.booksamillion.com/p/9781501118135

iBooks- http://apple.co/1W3l1nF

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About the Author:

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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.

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