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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  18,944 ratings  ·  2,057 reviews
Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic wal
Paperback, 308 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Gallery Books
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Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 ‘Sugar Snap’ stars!

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Spending the summer back home just got a little more interesting.

Nuts by Alice Clayton is a refreshingly fun romantic comedy. Sometimes when I’m reading I’ll think ‘This would make a perfect movie.’ I could easily see this book on the big screen. It was sweet, funny, smart and sassy.

Roxie is a chef to the stars in LA. She loves her job, it’s exactly what she wants to be doing. When her mom calls her with a request to run the family’s diner for the summer, Roxie do
Samantha Young
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nuts was just what I needed. I haven’t laughed out loud at a book this much since I read Wallbanger. Clayton’s done it again!! Brimming over with clever, quirky, sexy, bawdy wit, Nuts is pure escapism with a heroine to love and laugh with and a hero to drool over. Oh and I have to mention the food! For the love of all that’s yummy and sweet in this world! I finished this book with a craving for cake.
Lots of cake! I recommend having it or a bakery on hand while reading it.
Hot, hilarious, and he
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 Summer Lovin Stars*****
{BR with my Beatiful Bestie Dee}
(ARC Provided by Author in Exchange For An Honest Review)

Another hit from Alice Clayton!!!

Whenever you pick up an Alice Clayton book, there are a few things you are guaranteed - you will laugh your ass off, you'll have new characters to fall in love with, and you're in for some incredible STEAM!!! NUTS, delivered and them some!!! I found myself cracking up so hard throughout the book and then needing a couple of cold showers to boot
Jennifer Kyle
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 "Bees are assholes!" STARS

”Are those nuts in your pocket, or you just glad to see me?”


Can you gain weight from reading a book? I’m assuming that Alice Clayton sure knows her way around the kitchen and/or a menu. This story had me up at 5 a.m. this morning making blueberry pancakes totally foodie dream inspired. This is an enjoyable read about a girl heading home to run her mother’s diner and falling for the sexy farmer in town. It’s funny, a bit wordy, has a smidge of drama and so many yum
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4.5 Stars

I'll see you around, I'm sure."
"It's a small town. Maybe you'll show up at my backdoor with your nuts again."

Adorably quirky, laugh out loud funny, and deliciously sexy, Nuts was the perfect escape read I've had in quite a while. Alice Clayton just gets better and better with each new book, but she simply outdid herself with this one. If the Nuts is anything to go by, we have quite a bit to look forward to in Alice's new Hudson Valley series.
The eyes and the hair we
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Leave it to Alice Clayton to make you grin until your face hurts.

Bailey Falls reminds me of my small town. It's more idyllic, that's for sure, and I haven't noticed any hot farmers around here (which is very disappointing), but the basics are the same. It's Sunday morning, you go to church and a bunch of old ladies scan your outfit for 5 minutes straight, reminiscing how many times you've worn it and under which circumstances. And when the mass ends, a middle-aged woman known as the Lady of the
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alice Clayton Fans, Romance
4.5 Following the Recipe for Life Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
You know that saying... Be careful what you wish for..for you might just get it...Well, when wishing for a snappy, smart, fast moving, humorous and sexy read from Alice Clayton...I didn't need to "Be Careful" because I got everything and more in her new book, Nuts

Ms. Clayton wrote a very interesting Acknowledgements and placed it front and center. She talked about how she came up with this book... how it hit her at the Schlafly F
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
5 Sugar Snap Stars!

If you need a pick-me-up, read an Alice Clayton book. Seriously. This book turned me into a mushy, laughing, happy piece of mess.

Who knew dairy could ruin a career? Roxie Callahan sure didn’t. She also didn’t expect she’d ever go back to quaint Bailey Falls after moving to sunny Los Angeles.

Now that her career as chef to the stars is over—all because of BUTTER—she has no other reason to refuse her mother’s request to take over the family diner while said mother jets off to jo
Dee Montoya
***** 5 Nuts about Nuts Stars*****

(ARC kindly provided by author)

(BR with Patty and Mel)

(*Insert dreamy sigh) I love this book and absolutely every single thing about it. The small town setting, the complex and hilarious characters and the romance, OMG!!! At this point I can safely say that Alice Clayton can do no wrong in my eyes. I was so enthralled and enamored with this story that I even wanted to cast myself as Roxie when I was doing the casting collages. Leo is currently holding the #1 sp
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-comedy
4.5 Stars!!


“Nuts” was the perfect fun romantic comedy in my opinion. I had so much fun reading this quirky, funny, sexy little gem. What made me enjoy so much this novel is the fact that it has a little bit of everything. Needless to say it made me smile, it made me swoon and fell in love with the characters and really with the entire small town.

Roxie Callahan is a celebrity chef in Hollywood. She loves her job and she loves California. However, she can’t say she loves L.A. or that she likes all
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

4,5 Sugar Snap STARS

This was such a refreshing and lightning story! I don't know how this author does it every single time, whenever I read a book of hers it always manages to make me feel like I'm a part of her stories!! This is exactly what happened with this one!!I loved the pace that the story developed so much that I didn't want to finish the story!! It was an amazing,romantic,funny,emotional,hot and sweet story!


How your life can change from one moment t
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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2.5 Stars

I really enjoyed the two Alice Clayton books I’ve read and I was positive this would be a guaranteed win for me as well because it had something the others did not . . .

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Oh how I do love the beard trend. This had a fairly adorable premise to boot. Roxie left her small hometown in Hudson Valley as soon as was humanly possible in order to attend culinary school on the West coast. Since graduating, she has been trying to make
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.15 bee sting stars
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Alice Clayton is one of my favorite authors and I will read anything she writes. So when I heard about this book and saw this cover, I knew I had to read it! Alice Clayton brings her unique sense of humor to the table in another one of her books and I was smiling like an idiot through the whole thing.

Roxie is a self-employed chef that caters to Los Angeles rich and elite. One night Roxie’s freestyle living mom calls with news that she has been selected to participate in
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it

Title: NUTS
Series: The Hudson Valley Series, #1
Author: Alice Clayton
Release date: 20th October, 2015
Cliffhanger: No
HEA: (view spoiler)

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Roxie Callahan is private chef extraordinaire to some of Hollywood's 'It list'. Hazards of the job include bored, calorie-counting housewives, but it affords Roxie the footloose, fancy-free lifestyle she loves. That is, until an unfortunate incident involving whipped cream brings it all to a screeching halt. Blacklisted by La La Land's skinn
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5 "Sugar Snap & Farmer Boy" Stars!

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I've been waiting for Nuts since our dear Alice Clayton announced her new series. I was so excited and I knew I would laugh a lot with this one! Wallbanger is one of my favourite books ever and Clayton did not disappoint with the first book in her Hudson Valley series! So good and, of course, so freaking funny!

This novel tells the story of Roxie Callahan (a chef who is currently working in Los Angeles and suddendly finds herself without a job and decides to
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Roxie Callahan is a private chef to Hollywood's elite. She is from a small town called Bailey Falls, New York. She left home for Los Angeles, California, & rarely returns home, until a cooking disaster causes her to lose her job. Her mom needs help at the family diner, & she agrees to return to her hometown for the summer and run things while her mom is away.

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Roxie figures she could use a break from LA, and she will do this for her mom & then head back to
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brandi by: ✦❋Arianna✦❋
Shelves: laugh-out-loud
4.25 Stars
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4 Stars

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I love Alice Clayton books, Wallbanger being one of my top favourites and this was just the same. it's heartwarming, loving, sexy and funny in the best ways.

So What's it about?
This is about Roxie who has been the parent to her mum when growing up being that her mum is a hippy go happy kind of lover. Who goes from one man to the next making Roxie resent love and not really want that kind of relationship for herself, so she stays clear. Moving to the BIG City she is finding that life a
4.25 Stars

For me, the true test of how much I enjoy a light contemporary romance is how much time I spend smiling while reading. I’m happy to report I had a goofy grin on my face virtually the entire time I spent with Nuts.

Unless it was illegal (mostly), dangerous (really), or had to do with butt sex (not going to happen), I rarely said no.

A woman after my own heart.

As usual, I’m late to the party when it comes to reading this delightful slice of fluff so I’ll skip the character backstories
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
4.5 "Bees Are Assholes" Stars!

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Holy mother of hilarity, I loved this book! Alice Clayton has a niche with her writing that's like a balm to my jaded soul heart with her witty humor, endearing characters, and just simple, real-life plotlines that just feel like...coming home. Like-able secondary characters and realistic relationships just bring it all together. When I read a book by Alice Clayton, I feel as if I'm living happily within her pages, in this quaint little town of Bailey Falls in
Jacqueline's Reads
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Famer Boy Stars

Nuts is a standalone and is part of the Hudson Valley series. I haven’t read an Alice Clayton book in a long time. I thought the Wallbanger series was a fun and witty series, but I honestly was looking for something different from that series. AND I got it.

I noticed some mixed reviews on Nuts. A lot of people loved it and some thought it was just okay. I honestly don’t understand. I usually can understand mix reviews, but Nuts was a hit for me. It was witty, funny, cute, like su
Beth Hudspeth
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I know it's titled Nuts but all I see are sugar snaps!

me singing "Summer lovin' had me a blast, summer lovin' happened so fast" the whole time.

I loved Alice Clayton's Wallbanger. It is one of my favorite books. The humor and the wit mixed with some steamy romance was awesome. I was hoping for the same going into this series and I wasn't disappointed. The first installment of Hudson Valley series, Nuts was a lot of the same!

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Roxie is a personal chef just fired for a butter/whipped cream mishap wh
Aestas Book Blog
NEW SERIES from the author of Wallbanger!!! :)
"... telling the humorously sexy tale of Roxie, a private chef who gets a taste of love—but is it to stay, or to go?"

Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG, this story is absolutely hilarious and fun! I didn’t expect less from Alice Clayton, I think she kills these books, but Nuts is definitely one of my favorites.

Roxie is a professional chef and currently working as a personal chef to Los Angeles's rich and famous when we meet her. I quickly liked Roxie she was funny and a little scattered brain, but it was endearing to me. A minor mistake leads to Roxie being fired and within hours her life in LA is ruined. Much to Roxie’s disappointment, it
Audiobook Review

3.5 stars

Overall Opinion: This was enjoyable as an audiobook, but tbh I think I might've liked reading it a little more. I didn't necessarily care for the narrator. I think she made some things seem OTT with humor when they would've just been funny if I had read them. I got a little irritated with the h towards the end, but it wasn't so much that it really effected my enjoyment. I'd give it 4 stars for the storyline and 3 stars for the audiobook delivery, so it'll average ou
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 ★'s

Alice Clayton has done it again and even better IMO. If you're a fan of Simon, aka The Wallbanger, I guarantee that you will love Leo, aka Farmer Boy, even more!



Roxie has moved away from her small hometown to the bright lights and healthy diets of LA. She's become a chef and is working her magic on some of her prestigious clients of Hollywood. That is, until her butter gets churned! ;)

With a request to come home and help out her mother at the family diner, Roxie decides to take a
4 Nutty Stars.

After a whipped cream incident that leave her without a job in LA, Roxie, chef to the stars, goes back to a little town just outside New York, to help her mother run her dinner during the summer. There she meets Leo, a farm owner and local producer that loves food almost as much as she does and soon their common interest begins to grow into something more. Roxie always dreamed big, she always wanted to be a great chef under the big city lights… but could be Leo and his simple wa
May 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-just-no
1.5 Stars

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What a shame because I absolutely LOVED Wallbanger and thought I would love this for sure. But too many things starting really early on turned me off to this.

What didn't work:

The first 30% or so was rather dull. It was filled with paragraph after paragraph that depicted absolutely nothing of importance. And I could have done without the excessive detailed food descriptions too. I know Roxie's a chef and that is a big part of her character but it became too much and was distracting.
Nuts Landscape

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! Alice Clayton brought her A game when she wrote NUTS!

There wasn't one thing I didn't like! Not. One. Thing! From the superb writing, to the details of the food that made me so hungry as I read, to the beautifully, perfectly scripted characters, Clayton had me laughing, left my heart full and a permasmile on my face!

This is how Rom. Com. Is done! The comedy wasn't forced, it just was. It was natural, much like the dialogue. There were so many laugh out loud moments tha
May 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, boring, nope, nothing-new
DNF at 62%

To that person who compared this book to Wallbanger, I wish the battery on your Kindle dies just as your long-ass trip started and you have no external battery or whatever the hell it's called the thing that charges your gadgets when you don't have any sockets near and I hope you'll be bored out of your mind, as was I while reading this book.
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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 finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

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