Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Review: Alice Clayton's "Buns (Hudson Valley #3)."


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. 

Review: Jo 

I love nothing more than getting wrapped up in a gorgeous romance and this book had me well and truly hooked. I began reading "Buns" when I wasn't feeling well so I needed a book to cheer me up. Clara and Archie's story did just that, putting a great big grin on my face throughout every chapter. Alice Clayton has delivered another fabulous story that I truly fell in love with.

Every book that I have read from this author has contained a fabulous heroine and this one was no exception. Clara was a strong, intelligent, career driven and independent. On first appearances, she was a woman to admire, however after a tough childhood, Clara refused to depend on anyone else including a man. She was the last of the three girls from this series to find her Mr Right and Clara didn't seem to mind one bit. This is where straight-laced but swoonworthy , Archie came in. 

Archie was such a lovable and entertaining character, however he wasn't like that to begin with. On my first meeting of Archie, he was far too sensible and completely unimpressed by Clara's appearance in his life. I really didn't think that he was the man for Clara, but soon everything changed and Archie forgot his serious persona, turning into the most charming and sexy man. I could not believe underneath Archie's rigid personality lay such a beast! Lol. I loved Archie. 

Clara and Archie's relationship filled me with delight. They started off so badly that things could only improve for the couple. Clara and Archie had such a delicious tension running between them that was palpable. I could literally feel the chemistry that was growing and that was impossible to resist. Their relationship was unavoidable and as soon as things got going for the pair, I quickly forgot about their angsty beginnings. Clara and Archie were just wonderful together. 

With brilliant and witty writing, a captivating story and easy to love characters, this book made me want to burst with dreamy happiness. An added bonus was being able to catch up with the familiar characters from the previous books in the series. Having said that, this book can be read as a standalone. 

"Buns" was a treat to read and is sure to brighten up the most dullest of days. It easily gets 5 hearts from me! 

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