#MBReview “Cream of the Crop” by Alice Clayton


IMG_1556 My musings…


Adoration.  I simply adore this book. The combination of funny, sexy, and sweet left me no choice but to give this book 5 crowns.  It is hands down one of my favorite books of the year.

The reason that I love this book so much is because of our heroine, 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.  After struggling with body issues, Natalie has come to own her plus-size figure, and Alice Clayton gives the appropriate attention to this part of her character without dwelling on it.  The message of “love your body” is loud and clear for the reader without beating us over the head with it.  The fact that there is a whole discussion on comma placement in reference to her a** had me laughing so hard, and it truly conveyed the confidence Natalie has in herself and her body.  The fact that she had gumption to even verbally spar with Oscar over this comment proves that she was able to bounce back from a previous troubled relationship that hurt her self-worth, ultimately making the reader sympathize with her.   The musical soundtrack that runs through her head is just one more attribute that makes her such a likeable character. Also, the ramblings of Natalie, particularly when she is around Oscar, only makes her more endearing.  This full-on confident city girl is left a blubbering mess when faced with the man who asked her, “Brie?”.  I love everything about her!  I am not sure in all my years of reading romance novels that I have ever loved a character in the way I love her.  I am completely crushing on her!FullSizeRender (3)

Natalie Is so awesome that it makes sense that the hero must be as fantastic, and Oscar doesn’t disappoint.  He is a great hero.  He is calm, quiet, and reserved, really the opposite of Natalie.  He is also very mysterious, as he divulges little to no information for most of the book.  Even though he seems uncommunicative and standoffish with others, this man can create some serious heat, especially when he is churning butter.  When he is with Natalie, his emotions come out, and the reader slowly starts to fall in love with him, just as Natalie does.

In terms of the plot and pacing, it is well done.  The story never seems rushed or like it is dragging on.    The interactions in the farmer’s market at the beginning is really sweet and it sets up the relationship for them when she starts to work on a new assignment for work.  The antics that ensue when they are together really helped to develop their relationship and move it past the lust stage.  Some might think that the conflict is weak or is resolved too easily, but it fit the type of story Alice Clayton created.  The resolution is realistic and reflects how a real couple would handle difficulties in a relationship.  This is a funny and sweet romantic novel, and I feel as though the conflict and resulting resolution fit with who the characters are and the type of story the author is trying to tell.

I liked Nuts and love Cream of the Crop, so I will sit here and anxiously await the third book in the series.  Watching Clara tackle Archie’s hotel is going to be another hilarious addition to this series.

ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

For the synopsis, purchase links, and author information, continue reading.

Creamof the cropNew 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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