Heroine: Natalie Grayson
Book: Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley series Book 2)
Author: Alice Clayton
Release Date: July 12, 2016
I have a serious girl crush on Natalie! I admire her adventurous and bold spirit, her hilarious internal dialogue, and her take-no-prisoners attitude towards men, well all but one man.
Her self confidence is truly amazing. After struggling with body issues, Natalie has come to own her plus-size figure. She uses her assets and flaunts them. She never hides her body or covers up with clothes or other garments. And, all this confidence results in apparent sex appeal that she owns and brandishes like a weapon. Here is a quick example of exactly what I am talking about:
“Size eighteen women weren’t supposed to show off their legs, which I did. They weren’t supposed to show off their cleavage, which I did…Size eighteen women were supposed to dress like they were apologizing for taking up too much space. I took up space. I took up space in a city where space was at a premium, and I never apologized for it. And right now, I knew exactly how much space I was taking up, strutting down Fourteenth Street to the song playing in my head…”
Natalie also speaks her mind. She is a successful business woman who speaks her mind and is respected by her peers. She doesn’t back down in her personal life either. The fact that she has enough gumption to even verbally spar with Oscar over comments shows that she is smart and bold. Without revealing too much, this also shows how far she has grown. The reader is given enough information about her past to respect that she has the tenacity to speak her mind.
Additionally, the musical soundtrack that ran through her head is just one more attribute that makes her such a likable character. The songs are some of my favorite parts of her character development as they revealed so much about her. I feel like women need an anthem, a song that boosts them up and gives them the confidence to be the kick-ass ladies they are. Natalie certainly adhered to this idea, and I plan to adopt it in my own life,
Finally, the ramblings of Natalie, particularly when she is around Oscar, only makes her more lovable. To see this confident self-assured woman stumble metaphorically and literally with him only endears me to her even more than before.
Normally everyone is swooning over the hero, and Oscar is completely swoon-worthy, don’t get me wrong, but I was drawn to her character. I want her to be my best friend, and I want my daughters to read about heroines like her and aspire to be like her. She is truly hands-down one of my all-time favorite heroines!
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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?
About the Author:
She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and has finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.
Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.
People Magazine says of Alice:
Clayton is a master at balancing heart, humor and plenty of action between the sheets. 11/24/14 issue