ARC Review: Nuts by Alice Clayton

Posted October 20, 2015 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Nuts by Alice Clayton
by Alice Clayton

4 Stars


Released: October 20th 2015
Series: Hudson Valley #1
Published by Gallery Books
Pages: 320
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

“You will fall head over heels for farmer Leo in all his bearded glory over and over.”
~ Under the Covers

I have a confession to make.  When I first started reading NUTS I was momentarily scared this would read like a bit of a cookbook with the amount of detail the author was giving us on the day to day life and thinking of our heroine Roxie.  But by the time she meets Leo and nuts and sugar snaps go flying (literally) I was charmed.

NUTS is fun and quirky with a small town vibe.   You will fall head over heels for farmer Leo in all his bearded glory over and over.  I can guarantee that.  There are so many layers to the man that I kept thinking he can’t get any better and then he did.  He’s the perfect good guy hero but has just the right amount of spice to keep his woman satisfied.  Charmed, I tell you!

Roxie left her hometown to fulfill her dream of being a chef.  She was the awkward kid back in high school, her mom was the town hippie who owned a diner and was always too in love with love and changing boyfriends like underwear.  She vowed to be everything her mother wasn’t.  And it’s her mother’s free spirit that brings her back to town when she goes off to participate in the Amazing Race and leaves Roxie in charge of the family diner for the summer.

What Roxie thought would just be a summer flight with the sexy and mysterious farmer quickly turns into something deeper.  The chemistry between Roxie and Leo was just perfect and their relationship grew organically just exactly how I wanted to see.  There isn’t any unnecessary drama and angst although there is one hurdle they must overcome that I thought was PERFECTION on Ms. Clayton’s part.  See the falling even more in love with Leo part above.

In classic Clayton fashion, this book has some laugh out loud moments that are a bit over the top and some great banter.  It almost brought me back to the love I had for Wallbanger when I first read that and sort of lost as that series progressed.

I am so excited about this new series and I’m already itching to read the next one, CREAM, although it doesn’t come out until next year.  And I’m seriously hoping it’s about the tall, dark and silent cheese maker 😉  Sounds like I need to move upstate!

Favorite quotes:

“You drive me crazy, Sugar Snap.”

“He didn’t spoon. He ladled.
And I liked it.”

“Let’s be clear,” he murmured, nipping at me a bit. “I wanted to bend you over that barrel out back and shuck you until there was corn silk everywhere.”

“Can you play hooky today?”
He texted back right away, and I snorted out loud.
“Will you be naked? I can only consider naked hooky requests.”





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About Alice Clayton

Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person...


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Looking forward to reading, I’m on the wait list at the library for this.


Thanks for the review Francesca


I cannot wait to read this!