Jenny's Review: Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

Title: Cream of the Crop
Series: The Hudson Valley series #2

Author: Alice Clayton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books

Pub Date: July 12, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

Our thoughts...

I like Alice Clayton’s sense of humor. The woman knows how to make me laugh and giggle and be happy. I consider that to be such a gift, as a reader, and I am truly thankful. Cream of the Crop is the second standalone novel in the Hudson Valley series, book one being Nuts (equally enjoyable). The story itself (plot, characters, any issues I had) is probably more of three-and-a-half stars but the humor and fun are enough to bring it up to a four for me. I just enjoyed myself reading this book.

The female lead is a voluptuous, witty, and downright hilarious woman. I love Natalie and her no-nonsense self. I love bumbling Natalie even more. Oscar-the-dairy-farmer is her kryptonite and watching this empowered woman turn to mush at the very sight of him was entertaining, to say the least. And Oscar…Oscar is pretty great himself. He is quiet and seemingly grumpy but is actually a great guy who knows how to love and appreciate the good things in life. The fast-forming relationship between Natalie and Oscar is exciting and fun but not without its challenges.

I had a few minor issues with some parts of the storyline here and there but nothing worth pointing out. I walked away enjoying the time I spent in this world and that’s enough for me. This is the perfect book for anyone looking for something that is just fun but has quality and substance. The characters are well-developed and strong, the humor is classic Clayton, and it just might convince a few city girls to visit the country a little more often.