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Published by Gallery Books on July 12th 2016
Genres: Erotica, Funny, Romance
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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 be...love?
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Review: 6 best summer read and so much more STARS!
Every time Alice Clayton releases a new book or series, I welcome it with BIG OPENED ARMS. I have to say, I loved Nuts but I ADORED Cream of the Crop. When you read Cream of the Crop you get transported to the beauty of nature in the country and the warmth of a small and lovely town.
With the perfect mix of laughter, sexiness and heartwarming romance only Clayton can write, Cream of the Crop is hands down my top favorite book by Clayton.
Alice Clayton always write stories and characters that steal my heart but with Cream of the Crop I felt so connected with the characters it was almost like an out of body experience. This is really one those books that stays really close to your heart. I found myself needing more and more of this book, and when I reached the end, I had no idea what to do with myself. It is just so so soooo good!
With this book I have adopted a sister, yeah Natalie my heroine, SHE’S MINE. I know, I know, it might sound weird but with heroes is easier to just fall in love even when they are being assholes. I have read books told from the heroine’s POV that the hero is the only good thing about the book. I actually hate that. I love to connect with the heroine, to see the hero through her eyes and fall in love with him inside her mind. With Natalie I felt like I was in the book living each moment. Natalie is like 95% of woman today, maybe not exactly with her work and life but her insecurities felt too much true. I am Natalie, I live her fears and I know deep down I’m strong like her. She’s the star of this book.
OSCAR. OMFG. What do I need to say about him. He’s the big, creamy cheese of my life. Once you read this book you’ll understand.
I loved being back in the Hudson Valley. I fell right back in love with Roxie and Leo and everyone on that beautiful town. Cream of the Crop is definitely one of my favorite reads this year. I devoured each page in one sitting. DON’T MISS OUT!!!
Alice Clayton. I LOVE YOU.
1. What was really the inspiration behind the character of Natalie Grayson? She was a great character who represented a great inspiration for us. #TeamNatalie
I’m in love with Natalie. Like, in love. So I’m so glad that people are loving her as much as me! The inspiration for her character came from several places. I always wanted to write a plus size heroine, where she gets the guy not in spite of her size but just because she’s fucking awesome and happens to also be plus size. Because in my head Oscar is Jason Momoa and I wanted to see him covered in a curvy girl. And because when it all comes down to it, it’s her confidence that makes men fall for her, and that’s really what I wanted to play with.
2. The Hudson Valley Series is fast becoming a huge hit, it’s definitely one of our favorite. How do you feel about this? What do you expect from this series?
I love it! You know, when WALLBANGER became such a huge success so quickly, it’s hard to maintain that level. So now I have a different expectation for what determines whether a book is successful. I write what I love, and when other people enjoy it too, that’s a success for me.
3. We loooove Book Boyfriends and you certainly have created one of the finest collections of book boyfriends we’ve ever read. We’ve meet them all, from Simon to Oscar, they all have been fun, sexy and romantic, our kinda boyfriends. We’d like to know which one of them has been the most exciting to write and why? And also who was the hardest? No pun intended *chuckles*
Most exciting to write was Jack Hamilton from The Redhead Series, because he was my first. And you never forget your first. Hardest to write might be Clark from SCREWDRIVERED, because he was my first guy to write after Simon, and he’s a tough act to follow…
4. Your next project is Roman Crazy, making super power duo with the amazing Nina Bocci. How was the experience of writing with her? Do you two have more plans for the future?
We had a great time! And we’d love to do more in the future, stay tuned.
5. You’ve always written ROM-COM, you are an expert in that genre, how do you get inspiration to write such crazy, hilarious and romantic stories?
I think for me, and I’ve said this before, I need equal parts silly and steamy. I need both in my life, so that’s how I write as well.