Friday, June 16, 2017

Reviews by Marina & Jackie: Buns by Alice Clayton


Clara 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.

Get your hands on Archie's #BUNS

Oh my goodness! What a ride this book had me on!
Clara's job is rejuvenating hotels that need some help and ventures into Hudson Valley to the Bryant mountain lodge!
When she gets there under an alias little did she know but Archie knew who she was!
With whimsical banter and some rather tense moments between the two whilst she's learning about the different parts of the hotel, you only have to laugh!
There are cameos from the previous two books and that's hilarious, with innuendoes galore! We also get another cameo that will certainly surprise you!
I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down!
Paperback copy supplied by Simon & Schuster Australia for review.

Book 3 in The Hudson Valley Series and oh what a pleasure it is to be back with characters that feel like family.
Clara Morgan grew up in the foster system and she has never felt like she belonged anywhere enough to call it home, she spends her spare time running marathons and triathlons and for work she travels around renovating hotels and her latest job is helping the new owner Archie Bryant of Moutain House do up the hotel. Is it Archie or the delicious hot cross buns that have her feeling like this could finally be a place to settle in .....
Archie Bryant wants his family's Mountain House Hotel up and running, he wants it to be successful but it's his father who hires Clara and Archie is really not convinced she is the one to put the hotel back to its former glory.
This book is Alice Clayton at her best, it's a emotional driven rom-com that will make you laugh and will have you smiling like a Cheshire Cat.
The banter between the characters is perfect, it's a sweet romanance and it was  a book that I found hard to put down.
Paperback copy provided by Simon & Schuster Australia for review.
Book #1


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.
Book #2
Cream of The Crop
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?

About The 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 finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.
Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

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