Review~~Buns by @alice_clayton
The third in the hilarious yet sizzling hot Hudson Valley series from New York Time and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton.
Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….
Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.
It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.
Louisa’s 4 Blush Review
Once again Alice Clayton has given me a book in her Husdon Valley series…This time we have Clara – the 3rd friend who’s found herself in the Hudson Valley (we met Natalie & Roxie in Cream of the Crop & Nuts)
Clara has been hired to help the Bryant Mountain House resort rebrand themselves, help bring this family business back to life. Hired by Archie’s father, Clara is coming in with ideas of changing it all, to make it better. However, Archie, the stuffy – suit wearing son, isn’t interested in change. He loves the rich history of Bryant Mountain isn’t too interested in change.
Clara is a bad ass character (as most of Alice Clayton’s heroine characters are). She’s so strong, on the outside, but has a few broken pieces inside that she keeps hidden away for no one to see.
Archie is a widower, who has no interest in change in his business or personal life. But as you know – this story would be no fun if that remained the status quo!
The push and pull of Clara and Archie is epic. The angst is high. The laughs are perfectly placed.
“That man can lay it the fuck down. And pick it the fuck up. And lay it back down again!”
This story has a little more grit and sadness than I am used to with Alice Clayton (not a bad thing, just sayin)
Take a trip to Alice’s Clayton’s version of Kellerman’s (think Dirty Dancing) and enjoy the fun and sweetness of the Bryant Mountain resort!