Review: Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

Posted June 12, 2016 by Hazel in Hazel, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review:  Cream of the Crop by Alice ClaytonCream of the Crop by Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley, #2
Published by Gallery Books on July 12th 2016
ISBN: 1501118153
Pages: 384
Also in this series: Nuts, Buns
Also by this author: Nuts, Roman Crazy, Buns
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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

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What a fantastic read! From the witty banter and laugh out loud moments, to the amazing characters, this was a sweet romance that made my heart flutter as I eagerly flipped through the pages! I couldn’t put this one down!

Natalie Grayson is a FAB-U-LOUS heroine! I loved this girl. She’s confident, self aware, brave, strong and totally had it going on. She took what could have been a devastating moment in her life and turned it to her advantage, finding her inner goddess and seizing it. She might have floundered for a moment in time but she came out the other end of it with a solid grip on who she was and how important her self worth was. I loved her boldness, her outgoing, carefree nature, her fierce determination and her passion.

Oscar “The Grouch” Mendoza is a stunning dairy farmer who has outstanding cheese! Ok, that sounds a little lame but he totally wasn’t. I enjoyed his character quite a bit. This author gives him real substance and life and the chemistry between Oscar and Natalie was amazing! I will say that though I liked Oscar, I was also a little frustrated with him on occasion because at times, he felt a little too aloof. I enjoyed his brooding and moody one word conversations but he was definitely a tough character to get a beat on. It didn’t distracted from his sexy-sweet side but there were times I wanted “more” feeling from him.

This was a fun, exciting, sexy story filled with good humor and a tiny bit of angsts. And cows! And cheese!

A perfect weekend read!

About Alice Clayton

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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I'm a lover of books in all different genres but give me something with a deep, angsty romance and I'm one happy reader. If it's sexy-steamy and makes my tummy flutter, all the better. I love to share my views and thoughts on a book and could talk shop all day long. I have a coffee addiction I'll admit to and a wine obsession I think is better left unsaid. 😉 Oh and I adore hot, alpha male heroes who know how to make their ladies swoon. I've been reviewing for Cocktails and Books since January 2015.