“Cream of the Crop” is the second book in Alice Clayton's Hudson Valley series.
Natalie is a city girl through and through. She loves New York and more importantly she loves her job. She's a marketing executive at MCG and she is excellent at her job. One of her best friends, Roxie, lives in Hudson Valley, and when a marketing opportunity pops up for the small town Natalie jumps at it for a chance to spend time with her friend.
Oscar, the dairy farmer, might have something to do with the reason Natalie was so eager. She sees him every Saturday at the farmer's market in the city and while she's usually confident, something about Oscar makes her nervous and unable to speak.
I enjoyed that Natalie wasn't the typical heroine in this romance story. She's a little larger than the typical female portrait, but she knows how to rock her body with confidence. It made her more comparable and easier to identify with (at least for me). She knows she isn't perfect. Natalie has a troubled past involving a man named Thomas, that keeps her from fully embracing whatever may happen between her and Oscar. She's not willing to give up herself for someone else.
In comparison to the first book, it wasn't as exciting, but that does not detract from the obvious chemistry between Oscar and Natalie. The story seemed to end a little too quickly, maybe a little more could have been added. It was resolved tidily, but a little too swiftly to be believable.
I'm very interested to see where the series goes from here. Clara sounds like a spit-fire, and her possible beau sounds like a challenge.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton brings her trademark blend of funny and sexy to this second contemporary romance in the brand-new Hudson Valley series!
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?