Book Review | Buns by Alice Clayton

32620341._SY475_Pages: 336

My Rating: ★★★★

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Publication Date: May 23th 2017

Publisher: Gallery Books


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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.

My Review:

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Out of the three books in Hudson Valley, this is my favorite. I swooned over the couple and the bickering is top tier! The conflict was a little annoying but I’m still sold okay?

Clara Morgan is like a fairy godmother to old hotels. Her expertise to rebrand these hotels and make them better. Growing up in multiple foster families drives her to become a work horse and she’s passionate at what she does. It’s inspiring and on the other hand, she never had serious relationships. Her mindset was like there’s nothing permanent and she fears of being abandoned.

When she’s tasked to rebuild the Bryant Mountain House, she meets the grumpy Archie Bryant. He’s the next heir to manage the hotel and his father hired Clara to rebuild it. They have different visions when it comes to the hotel. Archie wants to maintain the traditional style while Clara wants to innovate the modern style to encourage tourists. They exchange arguments that ignites the sexual tension between them and it was HOT.

Archie is quite hesitant because he’s a widower when his high school sweetheart passed away from a terminal illness. Clara doesn’t want to engage herself in a relationship if she’s just the second best woman for him. The push and pull between them sparked even more and I’m just in love when one of them gave in. It was heartwarming. He just became my favorite. He got the BUNS. 😉

Overall, this is an amazing conclusion to the series. Alice Clayton still got the charms on writing romantic comedies. I love it.


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