Published by Gallery Books, Simon and Schuster on October 20th 2015
Narrator: Sebastian York, Shayna Thibodeaux
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
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Source: NetGalley, Nina Bocci, Simon & Schuster
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?
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SASHA’S BOOK REVIEW: 5 STARS
Nuts is without doubt another best read of 2015!
Another Alice Clayton classic you just have to devour. I loved Nuts, I mean seriously adored it! Even though I laughed and I gasped at sexy times, Nuts was incredibly heartwarming.
Nuts was phenomenal and totally addictive. Each page brought fun, sexy and heartwarming times, I couldn’t get enough of it.
Alice readers know Simon is legend, yet with Leo I felt like the first time I read Wallbanger, all excited and captivated.
Alice Clayton books are one-click every time. I LOVED IT.
Another must read of 2015, Don’t miss it.
Plot/Storyline/Characters- 5. “Love and food are meant for sharing not for wasting.” (author unknown). I thought this quote fit well for this book Nuts had the perfect amount of both those things….food and love.
Alice Clayton did a phenomenal job of creating a completely plausible world for these characters. She cultivated them into these incredibly dynamic individuals, which you just couldn’t not love from the beginning. (See what I did there…”cultivate” as in farm, tend, plant, tend, etc *wink* after you read this book, you’ll understand.)
Roxie Callahan (aka “Sugar Snap”) was determined to not be like her mother, who was a “free spirit” and a hopeless romantic who thought every man was “the one” or at least “the next one”. After witnessing tons of her mother’s failed relationships, Roxie was resolved to never be that way. After graduating high school, she was determined to redefine herself. She went off to California for culinary school and is now a private chef for the “it list” of Hollywood, but after losing over half her clients in one day and then that same day, her carefree mother back in upstate New York calls and asks her for a “favor”, Roxie now finds herself back in her home town (exactly where she doesn’t want to be…or at least where she thinks she doesn’t want to be.) She truly thought that her life would be much better off AWAY from all that. A major case of “the grass is greener on the other side”. In enters Leo Maxwell (aka “Farmer Boy”), he is the epitome of the fact that it is not always greener on the other side. Being a Maxwell, he was born and raised with money and lots of it, but money doesn’t buy happiness. He dreamed of running the Maxwell Farm and making it thrive again, after years of neglect. He loved everything about living in a small, quiet town and knowing who everyone was. He wasn’t looking for a relationship of any sort, but when a beautiful girl falls into your lap (literally) while you’re delivering nuts *wink*, it’s hard to not take notice and reconsider. With the help of Leo, Roxie slowly rediscovers the beauty of her home town. She begins to realize that maybe life there wasn’t so bad after all and maybe, just maybe, she could find herself living there again one day…with a certain farmer.
Book Boyfriend Material- 5+. *swoon*…I am a farmer’s wife (for reals) and Leo is giving my farmer a run for his money lol *wink*. I fell in love with him immediately and then towards the end, when we find out the mystery behind him, I fall even harder (no spoilers!)He is the full package “…easy-going, good-looking, funny.”-Roxie.
Book Girlfriend Material- 5. I loved Roxie’s silly personality. Half the time she didn’t even realize she was being funny or awkward and it just worked perfectly in the book! I felt as if she brought out a Leo that no one else got to see. She is the type of friend every girl would love to have. And she can cook! I would love to learn how to cook from her! Whenever Roxie was cooking something and she was describing how the food looked or smelled, it made me want to get up and cook, but I couldn’t put the book down! All the struggles!
Writing Style-5. Hilarious! Perfect! Sexy! No more needed to be said *wink*
A humorous quote from Nuts:
“I’m so glad we’ve moved on to my cucumber, instead of talking about my nuts all the time.”
“Oh, I’m sure your nuts will be fair game again soon enough.”
Steam Factor- 5. There was enough chemistry and funny “food jokes” and mystery about Leo’s life to keep the reader from setting the book down. I seriously read this book in like 3 nights!
Overall- 5+. This was a delightful treat of a read. This book is hilarious, fun, witty, entertaining and steamy and it leaves you craving for more Leo…I mean pie…I mean, oh you get what I mean…it leaves you craving for more! It was the perfect blend of romance and comedy. Who woulda thought a book the mainly centers around food and romance could be this entertaining! I can’t wait for book 2 “Cream”. (Gosh I love the names of the books BTW!) I would love love love more of Leo and Roxy though!
“Are those nuts in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?” – Roxie