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From New York Times best-selling 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?
©2015 Alice Clayton (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
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By GH on 03-23-16

Fabulous story -- great character interaction

The plot is about a private chef (Roxie - Chef) moving home and meets Leo (Organic Farmer). Girl meets boy. Okay, but what really stands out is the dialog. Clayton created a conversation style in this novel that sucks you in big time. The dialog goes from charming to funny to endearing to.... There are genuine moments where you can't help from smiling. This is not a spoiler. I found the Bee scene very funny.

The narration in this novel is outstanding from both Thibodeaux and York and makes the work come alive with a heartbeat of its own. Listening is so much more enjoyable than reading it I would think.I have listened to the Cocktail series from Clayton and loved it. I recommend that series as well.

This The Hudson Valley Series is off to a great start. Give it a read. You will not be disappointed.

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By BluBumbleB on 10-24-15


This book had me laughing out loud before I'd made it through the first chapter. Everything was right about it, my only exception is Shayna Thibodeaux's narration, it's 'nasally' in some ways, and her reading sounds like one huge run-on sentence---8 hours of this, becomes a little much. I love the humor and sass of Alice Clayton books, and this one had it in spades! If you're in the mood for a light-hearted romance, that will probably make you want a snack, NUTS is a great option.

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By CRYSTAL CLEAR on 10-25-15

Nuts but Alice clayton at her very best

Heart, soul, comedy and a sassy smart female lead...just what I'd been missing. Roxy and Leo's story full of slapstick meetings, cake making, bees and hot chemistry...the start of a new series 'what joy' 🤗

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By LilleyLoohLah on 01-11-16


I really struggled reading the first half of this book. Maybe you need to be into baking and food to appreciate it. It seemed to be dragging on and not particularly going anywhere. If I hadn't spent so much money on it I may have abandoned it. I'm so glad I didn't because the second half had me hooked. I fell in love with the characters (characters that I couldn't relate to during the first half). The book basically follows Roxie who moves back to her hometown to manage her mum's diner for a few months. During her stay she meets super duper sexy farmer Leo and they start up a relationship. Roxie has no intention of staying in her hometown and Leo has no desire to return to the big city, but, they didn't take into account the possibility of falling in love. Some funny moments, interesting characters, great chemistry and beautiful writing.

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By Rachel on 11-05-15


This is the first book i have read by this author but i laughed so much at her adorable humour i will be buying more! From start to finish this book will keep you entertained, laughing and enjoying the attraction that Roxie and Leo find during their story. Intelligently written i can only tell you that i was laughing out loud, or at least grinning, all the time i listened to the book. Narration was great too which is always a bonus when combined with a great book. I was sorry that Sebastian York's part was only a short epilogue at the end but still a worthy credit! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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