Review Tuesday: Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton, is book 2 in her Hudson Valley series, and just like book 1, Nuts, it’s hilarious. Like laugh out loud on the subway funny.

cream of the cropFrom Goodreads

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?

Now, I am a huge fan of Alice Clayton. Wallbanger is one of my favourite books, and if you haven’t read it you definitely should. So every time a new book by Alice Clayton comes out, I have to have it. And Cream of the Crop was no exception.

Natalie is a force of nature character. She is driven, has great confidence (hard won) and is definitely a character that you wish existed in real life so you could go and grab drinks. She has a take no prisoners attitude, a killer kind of fashion sense and she’s a plus size woman who loves food. That last part intrigued me because there is definitely not a lot of plus size woman walking around chick lit. And there should be.

Oscar is as quiet as Natalie is loud – in essentially all of the ways that’s possible. He’s built his business from the ground up, works hard, isn’t a big talker, but is intense with his silences. And the one thing that he can’t get enough of is Natalie.

The book is told from Natalie’s perspective, so the reader knows all about her and what makes her tick, what her hang ups are, and where her hurts lie. Because Natalie has been hurt badly – very badly – in the past. And once you see what she’s overcome you admire her so much more. It’s harder to know where Oscar’s head is at, since the reader isn’t in it. But it’s fun figuring him out as Natalie does.

There is of course some great sex scenes in this book (there always are in Alice Clayton books), but (and this is really my sole criticism of this book) that I could have done with less sex and more relationship building between Natalie and Oscar.

The book overall is laugh out loud hilarious, has some very great and memorable characters, and is incredibly hard to put down. I breezed through it, it was so good.

So, if you are looking for a light fun summer read, this one is definitely for you.


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