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Nuts (The Hudson Valley Series, #1) by Alice Clayton

Aw… Nuts! I just finished the hilarious book by Alice Clayton, Nuts, which is the first in the Hudson Valley Series. In this adorable contemporary romance novel we meet Roxie Callahan, a personal chef living in LA. She has several high class clients and one celebrity couple that she counts on for her income. Not only is the couple her clients, but they have also become her friends over time. When a kitchen mishap causes her to lose most of her rolodex, Roxie is trying to decide what her next move will be. Little does she know, fate already has a plan. Roxie’s earthy, hippie mother calls her with the most exciting news. She has just been selected to be on The Amazing Race, but it comes with a request. Roxie must leave her LA life and come run the family owned diner in small town Bailey Falls, NY for the entire summer. Roxie has no desire to go back home to NY, or to the life where she once again has to take care of her mother’s life. In the end, however, what choice does she really have? After consulting her celebrity friends, they all agree this could be the break she needs while she regroups.

In this book, we see Roxie develop new friendships, see her love for food and cooking, and find her with a summer fling in the form of a local farmer named Leo. There is humor throughout the book, and you will find yourself laughing out loud many times. I know I did! I listened to this book on audio, and I loved the narrator. I thought she did a wonderful job, and she really brought the book to life. Some people criticize all the details, talk about food and cooking, and descriptions, but I loved them! I am a foodie, so that was perfect for me. I loved all the detail in this book. I wanted to know everything about these characters that I could glean from the author. I fell in love with Roxie and Leo, and I know you will too. Plus, I love her description of bees, I will never look at them the same way again!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance book. There is a good amount of sex, tons of humor, and an amazing storyline. The next book in the series does not come out until this summer, and I do not know if I can wait that long! The end of Nuts gave a hint to what we will see in the second, and I cannot wait to read to learn more!

Pick this one up soon! Five Shiny Gold Stars!!!


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The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2016 ~ #eclecticreader and @bookdout

Last year I signed up for the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015, but I was not able to finish it. This year I will! I am going to try even harder to make it through this goal this year. I read over my 52 book goal on Goodreads, but I just could not get all those specific books in within the time limit. This year will be my year! Here is this year’s goal:




Here is what I’ll be reading:

  1. s✔ A book about books (fiction or nonfiction) ~ The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  2.  Serial killer thriller ~ The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
  3.  Paranormal romance ~ The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  4.  A novel set on an island ~ The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
  5. Investigative journalism (non fiction) ~ Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
  6. Disaster fiction ~ Blind Thrust by Samuel Marquis
  7. Steampunk sci-fi ~ Soulless by Gail Carriger
  8. Any book shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize ~ Bringing Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (2013)
  9. Psychology (non fiction) ~ Brain on Fire:  My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  10. Immigrant Experience fiction ~ Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  11. YA historical fiction ~ Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1) by Jessica Spotswood
  12. A debut author in 2016 ~ The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

I will come back in and try and fill out my books to and map out what I will be reading in 2016. I hope you will be joining me! This promises to be a lot of fun!


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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

I was very lucky to read the book Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. This is not your average romance book. It is not a bit of trash, or ooey gooey. This was a in-depth, sociology based look at love in the modern world. It took a look at social media, online dating, marriage, relationships in other countries compared with the United States. While this book was factual, it was not boring At All. I listened on audio, and hearing Aziz Ansari read was like listening to an informative standup routine. I could imagine him saying the things while waving his arms or the faces he was making. There were so many times that I found myself actually laughing out loud.
I thought on of the most interesting pieces of information was the way people in Japan find, or do not find, love. The fact that the government is having to step in and find opportunities to make singles available and in contact was fascinating.
This was a great book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is dating, in a relationship, or thinking about being in one. In short, everyone. If you can listen to the audio, that is even better. I give this book 5 gold stars.

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