Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Buns by Alice Clayton

Title: Buns
Author: Alice Clayton
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Hudson Valley #3
Main Characters: Clara and Archie
Release Date: May 2017
Publisher:  Gallery
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Description:
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.

My Review:
First takeaway from this book...I really want to go to upstate New York and visit an inn like this one. Even with all the issues at the Bryant Mountain House, I still fell in love with it. I loved the author's descriptions of the inn and the entire area. It sounded like heaven. 

Clara has been brought in by the Bryant patriarch to breathe new life into the 150 year old family inn which has been in decline for the last few decades. Clara immediately falls in love with the area and the inn and is brimming with ideas. But there's one HUGE problem...the owner's son, Archie. 

Archie is completely resistant to everything Clara suggests. He's paranoid that she wants to change the very things that make the Bryant Mountain House the independent, unique inn it is. He doesn't want to become like every other chain hotel out there and refuses to hear when Clara assures him that that isn't her goal either. 

This story very much starts out as an enemies to lovers story. From the moment Clara comes onto the scene, Archie fights her. He doesn't want her there and he doesn't do a thing to hide the fact. This book very much fits into the style that Alice Clayton is known for, but the setting really made this book. I loved it all so much...from the inn to the lake to the mountain to the historic details. It's all so good and makes it so much fun to get to visit this setting via the romance. 

The romance is a slow burn and build. These two really are at odds when the story begins, but gradually they begin to realize that maybe the other person isn't the enemy they thought they were. I liked both of them. They really are striving toward the same goal although they don't see that at the beginning. The chemistry was awesome (that's always one of the best things about enemies to lovers).

This entire series has been wonderful, but I think this was my favorite of the group. I truly fell in love with Archie and Clara and the Bryant Mountain House.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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