Book Review – Nuts

Posted November 6, 2015 by Kathy in 4 stars, Book Review / 3 Comments

Book Review – NutsNuts Series: Hudson Valley #1
by Alice Clayton
Published by Gallery Books on October 20, 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher
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From New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton, the first in a brand-new romance series telling the humorously sexy tale of Roxie, a private chef who gets a taste of love—but is it to stay, or to go?

After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she's back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?

Purple My Review

Nuts is a funny, sexy and heartwarming story. I loved this book!


Roxie Callahan is a private chef to Hollywood’s rich and famous.  But one simple mistake causes her to lose almost all of her clients. Faced with the uncertainty of her business Roxie receives a call from her hippie Mom asking to come home and help with their family diner. Even though she’s vowed to never return to her hometown, Hudson Valley, Roxie packs up her things to help her Mom. But Roxie has no plans of staying long. That is until she meets farmer Leo Maxwell.  Leo is sexy, charming and irresistible. There is instant attraction between Roxie and Leo and their summer lovin (cue in “Summer Nights” from Grease) leads to more. But will Roxie’s plans of going back to California ruin her chances of love?  You have to read this to find out!


I really enjoyed the story and characters of this book.  Roxie doesn’t believe in love after seeing her Mom’s numerous failed relationships. So she is happy with having intimate relationships without the commitment. This works well for her since she is so focused on her career.  But her trip home opens her eyes to a life she’s been running away from.  A small town with a close knit community and a slower pace of life.  Meeting Leo makes a big impact on her life. He is someone who relates to her fears of commitment but also understands her passion for her career. On the outside Nuts is your typical smalltown romance but it stood out for me because of the humor the author shares in her writing. Author Alice Clayton mentioned 80’s pop culture that made me laugh. It felt as if the author knew me so well and those scenes were written to make me smile. The love scenes were steamy and romantic. The scenes with Roxie’s family and friends were fun and touching. My only complaint was the details of Leo’s farm.  It was interesting but it did slow the pace of the story. Overall Nuts has everything I look for in a romance story.


This is the first book I’ve read from author Alice Clayton and I love her writing. I can’t wait to read more from this series and to catch up on all of Alice Clayton’s books.


I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.


Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

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.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2015 New Release Challenge


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