Review – Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

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?

BFF K’s Review of Cream of the Crop

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I want a hot farmer and so will you as you read through the Hudson Valley Series! Alice Clayton delivers an absolutely delicious treat with her story of Oscar the Dairy-Man and Natalie the ad-(wo)man.

Oscar is a man of few words, but it’s easy to see that there is a depth of character beneath his gruff and gorgeous exterior. Natalie is one of the best heroines that I have read in quite awhile. Natalie is a ‘bigger girl.’ But, her size doesn’t come-off as token or pandering. She is a beautiful, successful and confident woman; and she owns both her curves and her cleverness in a way that leaves no apologies. It is such a refreshing approach and completely endearing.

On paper, Oscar and Natalie may not seem to be a perfect fit. But, they find a way to be perfect for each other. There are times when you will want to shake them both because they can’t seem to get out of their own way. But those frustrations make way for reasonable plot lines, sultry resolutions and plenty of LOL moments. Cream of the Crop is a well-crafted story that is whipped and sweetened to perfection! I’m already looking forward to my next visit to the Hudson Valley!

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This book was reviewed in both Kindle and Audio formats and both are excellent!

Read BFF K’s “That’s What She Said” Exclusive Interview with Alice Clayton

Amazon Kindle Preview of Cream of the Crop

And, don’t forget about Nuts, Book #1 in the Hudson Valley series!

About the Author

New York Times Best Selling author ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read: laptop).

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

It’s our 1st Blogiversary!

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One year! It’s been one whole year we’ve been doing this crazy blog thing. AND, it has been some of the most amazing fun we’ve ever had.

From BFF K

1-Year Blogiversary…..That’s CRAZY! One year ago today, the very first post was a review of the Matter of Fate series by Heather Lyons.

So, Ann and I really are BFF’s. We got this wild hair awhile back to start a book blog. We didn’t have any idea how or where or why or when we could/would/should make it work. We knew we loved books. We get a kick out of sharing good books with others. And, we’re always looking for more chances to spend time together. We did a little bit of dreaming and the BFF Book Blog was born.

When Ann and I started this little blog adventure, in a lot of ways we “shielded our true identities.” We had no idea what in the world to expect. We didn’t know if we would enjoy blogging. We weren’t sure if anyone would follow us or care about our recommendations. We didn’t know if we would be able to find or make the time for the care and feeding of our little project. As the year has gone on and we’ve gotten more comfortable, we’ve gradually shared a little more of ourselves.

For better or worse, over the next few weeks and into the future, you’ll be seeing more of us, literally and figuratively. We’ll be revealing more about ourselves in addition to the books and bits.

I want you to know that it is an absolute thrill to run the BFF Book Blog! I have fangirled and squeeled more times than you can imagine. I’ve gotten a chance to meet and interact with readers and authors from around the world. Every time someone likes a Facebook status, retweets, comments on the blog, sends a note about loving a book we’ve recommended or honestly, interacts in any way I get a jolt of excitement, surprise and elation.

One year later, here are some numbers that blow me away:

1 – Blog

2 – BFFs

17 – Pinterest Boards

81 – Instagram Followers

100’s – GREAT Books Read

158 – Blog Posts

271 – Twitter Followers

2775 – Facebook Likes

Countless – laughs, memories, new friends

I’m grateful to everyone who has made this year so much fun and really made the BFF Book Blog one of my most truly happy places! Tonight, I will track down Ann, we’ll open a bottle of bubbly and toast in your honor.

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From BFF A

Seriously, it’s already been one year? So. Much. Has. Happened this year, it’s hard for me to wrap my brain around the timeline. All I know is Kiersten and I (okay, really Kiersten) had this crazy idea to start a blog because we love, love, love talking about books, recommending great reads, and wanted to share the passion with others.  What we have found is a fabulous community of readers, authors, and bloggers.  Put all of us together and we’re like a gang that no one else really understands.  I have learned a lot this year, expanded my reading options, and can’t wait for more.  I’m hoping this coming year to do more…more reading, more blogging, more falling in love with the reading community, because it really is freaking awesome.

Today we’ll celebrate what a wild ride the past year has been and anticipate what’s coming next.  Thanks for helping us get started, thanks for following, for reading and for becoming our BFF’s through our joined love of books, authors, characters, and reading.

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AND – Keep your eye on our social media accounts. In addition to a FLASH Giveaway today on Facebook, we’re planning for some MAJOR giveaways the week of June 22-26. We’re talking, books, signed books, wine koozies AND a KINDLE Paperwhite!!!! Exciting stuff!