BOOK REVIEW: Buns by Alice Clayton

The third in the hilarious yet sizzling hot Hudson Valley series from New York Time and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton.

 unnamedClara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.

Melanie’s 5-star Review:

You know it’s a good book when you look over at the clock to realize that it’s nearing 2:30am. I cracked open Alice Clayton’s Buns and found myself shutting down hours later. I loved and ate up every morsel of Buns. Caffeinated and armed with one heck of a book, my 8 hours of sleep went right out the window. I cannot say enough about the Hudson Valley series itself. A rom-com that will have you nearly peeing your pants at the same time losing them from all the flippin’ hotness that comes with it. Buns for me was love at first bite. It was the perfect addition to this delicious and addictive series.

Clara Morgan is defines the old saying that small things come big packages. A pixie in stature with a big personality, I was immediately drawn to her. I loved how independent she was and admired the life she had made for herself. She’s a total kick ass heroine—intelligent, motivated, and kind hearted. Given with an unfair start to this life—a crap childhood with an even crappier mother, Clara leaves all of that behind and creates a better life for herself. Though she has a great friendship with Roxie and Natalie, Clara has always been one to shy away from planting any real roots afraid that it would all be taken away from her. The further she separates herself—both physically and emotionally from any real relationship, the safer she feels. An assignment to revamp an old hotel/resort takes her into a world that has since stolen her two best friends– Bailey Falls.

Determined to make this her biggest success story yet, Clara walks into Bryant Mountain House with a gritty swagger. But it’s only moments later when Archibald Bryant, aka Archie quickly trumps it all down. Slated to take over ownership once his father retires, Archie is leery about Clara’s intentions and quickly disapproves of everything she recommends changing. I loved the back and forth banter between the both of them because behind their dislike for one another lies appreciation and attraction so strong that it isn’t long before we start to see Clara and Archie fall for one another. Their chemistry was off the chains. Both of them had such a sad past that when they finally find a piece of home in one another, the romance and the sweet just makes them lose control of any semblance of sensibility. I love every moment of it. Archie has got to be one of the sweetest MC ever!!!! He was exactly what Clara needed in her life.

Buns was chalk full of romance and comedy, just as Alice Clayton is so very well known for. There were scenes that had me laughing out loud, waking up my husband who then looked at me funny. Can’t say I blame the guy, after all I was burning that midnight oil. Everything about this was just right. A strong start, an entertaining story line which was closed off so ridiculously well.  I cannot recommend this book enough. Loved, loved it.

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