Review: CREAM OF THE CROP (Hudson Valley) by Alice Clayton @alice_clayton

Review: CREAM OF THE CROP (Hudson Valley) by Alice Clayton @alice_clayton

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Review: CREAM OF THE CROP (Hudson Valley) by Alice Clayton @alice_claytonCream of the Crop by Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley #2
Published by: Gallery Books
on July 12, 2016
Genres: Romantic Comedy
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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton brings her trademark blend of funny and sexy to this second contemporary romance in the brand-new Hudson Valley series!

Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is...cheese.

Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.

Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be...love?

my thoughts

“Remember, Nat, be cool,” 

Be cool? Tell that to my clitoris…

I don’t have to tell you how much I LOVED this book! It’s Alice FUCKING Clayton!

CREAM OF THE CROP is the sexy and hilarious second installment in the Hudson Valley Series and can absolutely be read a standalone. I do, however, recommend the first book in the series NUTS, because this is where Oscar and Natalie first appeared. And NUTS was just freaking genius in its own right! With the perfect blend of sexy, funny, and charm, CREAM OF THE CROP left me with the biggest grin on my face, and a great ache in my stomach from laughing so damn hard. This is the perfect read to take with you in order to escape for a couple of hours and be transported into this world full of hilarity, hot farmers, and hilarious banter. Nothing puts you in a better mood more than an Alice Clayton novel!

“What if, once we start talking, he no longer scrambles my brain? What if, once I get to know him, there’s no grrr behind the golden? What if – and I had to sit down to even say this out loud – what if he’s got a teeny weenie?”

OMG! I freaking adored Natalie Grayson. She is this spunky, curvaceous, outspoken beautiful woman who falls hard for our dairy farmer, Oscar Mendoza. Their little interactions leading up to one BIG interaction was just such a treat to read. I was in stitches during 80% of this book, and most of it was the back and forth hilarious and sexy banter between Natalie and Oscar. Oscar is a man of few words, but when he speaks, god it’s sexy!

“You’re the Brie girl with the great big ass.”

“You want to say that again? To my face?”

“Which part?”

“You know exactly which part.”

“Oh, the part about your great big ass?”

“I can’t believe you have the balls to say that out loud.”

“What, that you’ve got a great ass?”

“Come again?”

LOL! OMG! I could go on and on, putting my favorite quotes down here, but it would take me forever, because I pretty much highlighted the whole damn book. I could also go on and on telling you how fucking gut-busting hilarious this was, but I also want to point out that Oscar and Natalie’s story had a lot of heart too. The heartbreaking past that both of them had to go through, cut me deep. It’s amazing that they turned out to be such strong individuals. In the end, I think Natalie, our heroine, is a woman who a lot of readers will be able to relate to. I know I did. This was a great journey to go on. It was beautiful to see how much life that Natalie breathed into Oscar. Everything about this book just drew me in and never let go. I still think about it often and I can’t wait ’til I can find time to do a re-read, because this is a journey I want to take over and over again!

Cream Of The Crop

series recap

Each book can be read as a standalone!

About Alice Clayton

Novelist Alice Clayton makes her home in St. Louis where she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up after, and is trying desperately to get her long-time boyfriend to make her an honest woman–and please buy her a Bernese Mountain dog.
After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and educator, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career: author. Having never written anything longer than a grocery list, she soon found writing to be the creative outlet she’d been missing since walking away from the theater 10 years before.

She has a great time combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, and she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, the first two installments of The Redhead Series–The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed. Her latest novel Wallbanger is a return to her trademark comedic erotica, or funny smut, that Alice has become known for.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast (check them out on iTunes) and has recently partnered with actor Greg Grunberg, blogger Brittany Gibbons, and actress Keili Lefkovitz on a new travel show that will begin filming in January.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Marys, eight hours of sleep and a good pounding.

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