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.
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Panty Scorching: 4
Over All Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Reviewed by Robin
Clara Morgan has made a name for herself in the hotel rebranding industry and is up for promotion with her employer. Archie Bryant is the son and heir to the Bryant Mountain House. As soon as Clara arrives, these two butt heads yet their chemistry is sizzling just underneath. Will they be able to turn this historical hotel back into a thriving family getaway or will their attraction be too much of a distraction?
“Damn this guy! There was no way I’d be able to do my job with him fighting me at every turn, not to mention get any work done when the same fighting made not only my blood boil, but other parts of me also get warm in the storm.
Did he know when he was irritated he chewed his lower lip?
Did he know when he was angry his skin paled and his freckles jumped out?
Did he know when he was frustrated his voice lowered and got all kinds of gravelly?
Did he know it was all I could do to stop myself from launching over the breakfast table and wrestling him to the ground amid oatmeal flakes and plopping grapefruit?”
I don’t know what it is about Bailey Falls but I love this series. There’s something about the small town charm that keeps reaching out to me. Clara is so independent that sometimes she drove me a little crazy but with her childhood it’s understandable. She’s never had anyone to rely upon so it’s hard for her to let anyone in. Archie…oh, he can be both headstrong and sweet. The arguments these two have are like the best kind of foreplay. What a great romantic comedy.
This is such a great series and I promise you’ll enjoy reading every single book. Every single one can be read as a standalone, but it’s so much better to read in order and see how the couples’ relationships have evolved.
About the Author
After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and educator, Alice Clayton picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at age thirty-three to begin a new career as author. Having never written anything longer than a grocery list, she soon found writing to be the creative outlet she’d been missing since walking away from the theater ten years earlier. She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up after, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her. And she finally got her Bernese Mountain Dog.