ARC Review: Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

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ARC Review: Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton
Cream of the Crop

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: July 12th 2016
Series: Hudson Valley #2
Pages: 384

Recommended Read!

“CREAM OF THE CROP is outrageously fun and sizzling sexy.”
~ Under the Covers

We all know we couldn’t get enough of Oscar after seeing this tall, dark and silent hero brood his way through NUTS.  And even more exciting was to see him with a heroine like Natalie, who is the complete opposite of  him!  Well, mission accomplished Ms. Clayton!  CREAM OF THE CROP delivered in everything we wanted to see.

I went into this expecting to love (and I mean loooooooove) the hero, and even though that still did happen, the big surprise for me was how much I adored Natalie.  She is just plain fun!  I thinks she’s such a strong and independent woman, successful, family and friend oriented, she knows she’s amazing but doesn’t come across as a stuck up bitch.  She’s also very comfortable in her skin.  And she’s hilarious!  I can’t even count the times she made me literally laugh out loud.  And she loves cheese.  A girl after my heart!  She does have a big personality and I can see how some people may be put off some by that.

To me, Natalie was endearing and seeing her turn to goo almost literally in front of sexy man hunk Oscar was a nice contradiction to her character.  He made her soft.  And I can’t say I blame her because I’m not sure I could talk to him either.  Sexy?  That man is to die for!  I need an Oscar of my own.  I think I was left panting for him and he had barely said two words, and they weren’t of the sexy variety.  That’s a skill!

Oscar and Natalie were so different that they were perfect together.  Like opposites attracting.  Natalie was over the top and Oscar was so laid back and at times oblivious to how his very simple actions could be taken.  But they have great chemistry and made for an entertaining couple.  Even when I wanted to throttle their stubborn asses.

But another thing that stands out to me is the setting.  I connected with the beauty of this small town and I think that’s part of the charm of this series.  This is all so new for Natalie, the consummate city girl, that is was charming to see it all take shape through her eyes.  And it made me want to move there!  I swear it has nothing to do with the men.  Nothing at all.

CREAM OF THE CROP is outrageously fun and sizzling sexy.  I think Alice Clayton has a winner with this series. Although I don’t think CREAM OF THE CROP is quite as good for me as NUTS was, it still followed along the light hearted feel of the series and delivered on an entertaining story. There really must be something in the water in Hudson Valley to have such a sexy group of men gathered up there.  Can’t wait to meet more of them.

Favorite quote:

“I’d often wondered if the size of my considerable posterior was directly related to my love of Gorgonzola.”




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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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Sophia Rose

This looks great. I really need this series when I want a pick me up.

Amy R

Looking forward to reading this, thanks for the review.


This looks like such a cute series!!! I hope to start it this weekend. Thanks for the review!


Sounds great!…love the quote

kathy valentine

great review sounds like a good read!


Sounds good…thanks for the review Francesca