Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton ~ Amy’s Review

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Alice Clayton is funny, it isn’t over the top or crude humor, she’s just plain funny.  She is a go to author for me when I need a sweet story full of laughs.


3 stars


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?

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There is nothing like a hot, tattooed farmer to get you excited about a book.  Oscar did just that with his lack of charm, love of all things cheese, and his adorable little half smile.  Natalie was a firecracker, she knew who she was, was proud of it,  and wasn’t about to change that for anyone.  I loved that she was a size 18 and rocked that.  However it was a little off putting that, that was a main factor of the book.  I’m all for being proud of your body but, I didn’t think it needed to be a main focal point of the book.

This book brings us back to Bailey Falls and all the characters we fell in love with while reading Nuts.  Roxie, Leo, Polly, and of course Chad!  We get updates on their lives and a continuation of their stories.  We also get introduced to some new faces and history that give this story a nice little twist.  This is a beautiful, charming town full of fantastic people.  Why can’t it be a real place?!

This book is full of the laugh out loud humor we know and expect from an Alice Clayton book.  Natalie has a quick wit and tongue and doesn’t hold back for anyone.  When her and Roxie are together watch out!  You never know what is going to come out of their mouths. The guys get in on some of the action but, the girls really rule this one.

All and all this was a sweet quick read it just didn’t hold my interest as easily as Alice’s former books have.

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