Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Buns (Hudson Valley #3)
by Alice Clayton

Paperback320 pages
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Gallery Books
ISBN: 150111817X

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.

BUNS was a fun, romantic, and adorable book. This book also had plenty of angst in this book to keep the sexual tension alive, even if some of it felt a little unnecessary. I loved the humor and wit the author weaved into this story. I seriously laughed out loud so many times!

I really liked the characters in this book. Clara was a great main character, and I enjoyed getting to know her. She was such a strong, endearing, thoughtful, independent, and determined woman, which I admired a lot. The other main character, Archie, was extremely swoon-worthy. Not only was he sexy, but he was also hilarious, dedicated, and hard-working. He was a little rough around the edges and a bit stiff in the beginning, but he became more lovable as the book progressed. I do wish his character would have had a little more development, but I still found him very charming and easy to fall for. By the end of the book, I basically squealed anytime he spoke. 

The romance in this book was a fun sort of enemies-to-lovers type of story arc. The author did a great job at creating sexual tension between Clara and Archie that was both steamy and believable. Their constant bickering brought a smile to my face every time! Watching Clara and Archie open up to each other and slowly fall in love was heart-warming. 

Overall, BUNS was a sweet and sexy read. If you are looking for a book that will put a smile on your face and make you want to fan yourself off, then this is the book for you! 

3. 5 / 5 Fangs

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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