Book Review: Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton


Title: Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #2)
Author: @alice_clayton
Reviewer: Michelle @Michelle6803
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 336 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars


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?


I want to start off my review by saying that I really love Alice Clayton and her writing.  I know she has been busy and wish I she would write me a book every three months, but that’s just me being greedy.  Ok, onto my review.  Did you all read Nuts?  No?  Why the hell not?  Cream of the Crop also takes place in Hudson Valley.  In Nuts, we met Natalie Grayson.  I liked Natalie even then, and I loved how confident and holds nothing back.  What’s a bigger plus, is that she loves every inch of her curves.  That’s right, Natalie is a curvy lady that proudly wears high heels everywhere she goes.

She’s is a rock star at her advertising agency, bringing an eclectic mix of clients to represent and bringing their business to the forefront for all to see.  During a meeting at work, a very interesting advertising pitch for Bailey Falls, in Hudson Valley.  Well to say Natalie is very interested is an understatement.  You see, if you read Nuts, her best friend Roxie lives up in Bailey Falls.  The other intriguing part of this assignment is that she will probably get the balls to talk to the sexy dairy farmer she’s been lusting over that comes down to the Farmer’s Market in the City every Saturday, but renders her speechless.  That’s right, Oscar Mendoza leaves Ms. No Filter Natalie speechless.

Oscar is 6 feet 6 inches of all man and all brooding.  He has noticed Natalie.  Since the only thing she ever buys is Brie cheese.  He is initially surprised to see her up in Bailey Falls. Their encounter up on Leo’s farm was too funny, all I will say is cows run amok.  Finally gets the nerve and tells the sexy dairy farmer how he makes her feel, it’s an emotion she’s not use to at all.  Natalie is no wilting flower when it comes to men, she sees one, likes one, hooks up with them and keeps it moving.  Yet, there is something about Oscar.  She wants to keep things fun and sexy with Oscar.  I can understand Natalie’s trepidation regarding relationships, especially since she has to deal with Oscar’s ex-wife, Missy.  Natalie falls in love with all things Bailey Falls, but will her love go towards Oscar as well?

I loved everything about this book.  Ms. Clayton, who is not known to write a lot of sexy times, gave me some hot sexy times.  I was cheering for Natalie and Oscar from the very beginning.  Ms. Clayton still writes the witty, funny one-liners that all love.  I cannot wait for the next and final installment of the Hudson Valley Series.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review.

Book 1, Nuts: Amazon US – Amazon UK – iTunes

Book 2, Cream of the Crop: Amazon US – Amazon UK – iTunes


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