I love Alice Clayton’s funny, sexy writing style and that style shines in Cream of the Crop.  I really enjoyed this “city girl meets country boy” romance!

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Natalie Grayson lives and loves life in Manhattan – she’s a city girl through and through. As an ad executive, she stays busy and in her off time she dates, eats, and enjoys life.  When she gets the chance to work on an ad campaign for a nearby town upstate, she jumps on it – her best friend lives there, and so does the hot brie guy at the local farmer’s market.

Oscar Mendoza owns Bailey Falls Creamery, and he’s definitely noticed the buxom beauty that sashays across the farmer’s market every Saturday morning. The last thing he expects though, is to find her at his farm in Bailey Falls, terrifying his cows.

Sparks fly immediately, but can the heat survive their different lifestyles, an ever-present ex-wife, and hurts from past relationships?


Usually, when I read a romance novel, I fall in love with the hero and enjoy the heroine.  I think in this case, I’ve fallen in love with the heroine and enjoyed the hero.  I the character of Natalie, Alice Clayton has written someone that I really enjoyed – her past as an overweight female, her feelings of not being good enough, are relatable. The fact that she was able to overcome a bad situation and turn it around to become as successful and confident as she is ranks her right up there with all the “kick ass” heroines in my book.  For me, Oscar wasn’t really the focal point in the story, which is kind of a change for me.  I liked him, I was frustrated by him, but most of my attention was focused on Natalie.  I will say that Natalie and Oscar had a hot, sweaty, dirty sexy relationship, but the sweet didn’t come in until near the end, and it was worth the wait.

This is the second book in the series but I think it works well as a stand-alone.  I was happy to see characters from the first book, Nuts, and I do recommend you read Nuts if you love funny sexy reads, but if you somehow obtained a copy of Cream of the Crop without reading Nuts you’ll be fine.

Lastly…Darn you Alice Clayton – this is the second time you’ve made me want to pack up all my stuff and move to a small town in New York!  I’m afraid that after reading the next book I may actually rent a U-haul!


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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?

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

Series: Hudson Valley #2
Published by Gallery Books on July 12, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher
Also in this series: Nuts
Also by this author: Wallbanger, Rusty Nailed, Nuts
4 Stars


  1. Shari

    Wow! I love it when a heroine grabs me more than the hero. I haven’t read this series yet, so I might have to go back to the first book.

    • Patti

      This is a fun series – I highly recommend!

  2. Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

    I agree, I think I liked the heroine a little more than the hero this time around. Clayton writes great female leads. They are so funny!

    • Patti

      I love Alice Clayton’s characters, they really come off the page. I’m looking forward to the next book.