Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Buns by Alice Clayton

The third in the hilarious yet sizzling hot Hudson Valley series from New York Time and USA Today bestselling author 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.

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Book 3
Buy Links

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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I’ll begin by saying that Alice Clayton is one of my top two go-to authors when it comes to romantic comedies, and with Buns, she has shown once again why my faith in her comedic talents is well-placed. Not only did she bring her A-game when it came to ripping out my heart with Clara’s and Archie’s pasts, making me fall in love with each of them and them as a couple, and giving my abdominal muscles a workout, but she also included cameos from her other series that will make my fellow Claytonites squee in excitement.

The third book in the Hudson Valley series gives us Clara’s story – the last of the three BFFs who met in cooking school and one of the two who discovered that she had no future as a chef. Fortunately for Clara, she did discover that she had a flair for breathing life back into failing hotels and resorts and, surprise, surprise, there just happens to be a family-owned resort perilously close to wheezing its last breath located in Bailey Falls. As far as Roxie and Natalie are concerned, it’s kismet and only a matter of time before Clara is joining her besties in calling Bailey Falls her new home. But Clara knows better. She doesn’t put down roots and she doesn’t make connections because the fewer people in her life to depend on, the fewer people there are who can walk away from her – especially as she prefers to do the walking away, something her job requires. And yet, Archie Bryant proves to be a challenge, both in getting him to be open-minded about the changes she’s proposing for his family’s resort and in resisting the pull she feels when they’re together. While Archie has his own baggage, when he finally stops fighting their chemistry, Clara has no hope but to hang on for the ride and hope for the best. Of course, life’s not fair – especially with Clayton at the helm – and an unexpected twist gives Clara the chance to do what she does best – RUN! This time around, though, Clara’s running doesn’t give her the clean break she needs, so she has to decide what kind of future she wants and figure out what she has to do to get her happily ever after with the one man who has finally made her believe in them.

I absolutely loved Buns. Bailey Falls is a wonderful town inhabited by an endearing collection of residents who keep popping up in each of the books of the series. This gives the books that tight-knit community feel that makes you happy to revisit Hudson Valley, all while getting to know Clara and Archie better. Like the previous couples, Clara and Archie ooze chemistry and are well-versed in the double entendre, which had me laughing out loud more times than I can remember. Their banter and my need to know more about their pasts had me glued to my Kindle, not wanting to put it down until I knew why Clara was the way she was and whether or not Archie could make it past her defenses. Without spoiling it, I love, Love, LOVED the scene in which Clara makes her play to win Archie back. It was fabulous, it was exciting, and it was exactly the kind of thing I would expect from Clara. It certainly had me grinning from ear to ear. I am assuming that with Clara being the last of the three friends, that Buns marks the end of the Hudson Valley series; however, I would happily read another installment in the series just so I could spend more time with this great cast of characters. Until then, I’ll keep my eyes out for whatever Clayton writes next.

Also Available in the Hudson Valley Series

Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Cream of the Crop post.

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. And she finally got her Bernese Mountain Dog.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Buns (Hudson Valley #3) by Alice Clayton to read and review.

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