After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she’s back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
Roxie Callahan is living the dream! She doesn’t live near her flakey and totally unreliable mother, she has a sweet job as a high-end personal chef, and when she wants a little temporary loving, she has no problem finding a willing playmate. Living. The. Dream.
Dreams die and Roxie’s dreams all come crashing down in the blink of eye when her aforementioned flakey and totally unreliable mother once again needs Roxie to bail her out. Roxie left her hometown for a variety of reasons including but not limited to her flakey and totally unreliable mother, her need to reinvent herself as something other than Trudy Callahan’s daughter, and her desperate need to do something other than run the family diner. As it turns out, Trudy’s phone call tanked Roxie’s budding business (BUTTER!!) and left with her with no choice but to pack her bags and head back to the Hudson Valley to bail out her mother and run the family diner. But. Only. For. The. Summer.
After days of travel, Roxie finds herself back home in her twin bed with a totally unorganized and seriously out of date diner to run. Callahan’s has been a part of the community for decades and Roxie doesn’t want to change everything but she does want to liven things up a bit. Her culinary training kick in and before long, Roxie is sprucing up the place and reinvigorating the locals’ taste buds. But Roxie isn’t a one-woman show and her delightful delicacies wouldn’t be nearly so delightful without the homegrown produce brought to her courtesy of Maxwell Farms.
Oh, Leo Maxwell. Leo is some sort of man and with a deadline on her stay back home, he is just the sort of man Roxie is looking for to engage in a little summer lovin’. The chemistry between Roxie and Leo is off the effing charts and, so with eyes wide open they dive into a mutually satisfying fling. And by mutually satisfying I totally mean multi-orgasmic and smoking hot. Roxie and Leo just can’t seem to get enough of each other and it becomes apparent to both that their summer fling may have what it takes to go the distance. Except, Roxie has no intention of staying in town (as she keeps telling everyone who will listen!) and Leo has a secret he just hasn’t seen fit to share. Turns out, just when Roxie begins to let down her guard and rethink her decision to run screaming from her hometown at the end of the summer, Leo’s secret speaks for herself and turns everything ass over tea kettle.
The Bottom Line: I am a HUGE fan of Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series and wasn’t sure she would be able to match the awesome that is that series. I am pleased to say, I was totally and completely mistaken J Nuts is a truly fantastic read with loads of dirty humor (my favorite), loads of naughty bits (also my favorite), a small town that is full of colorful and crazy personalities (my favorite), and a plot that has so much weirdness I couldn’t help but love it. My only dislike in this read is Trudy Callahan and I found myself cringing every single time I had to read a scene with her. If Trudy was talking, I was cranky. Other than the detestable Trudy Callahan, I was a smitten kitten with every aspect of this read. Even if you don’t like cooking, Clayton has made it fun, funny, sexy, sweet, and totally engaging. She also, in very Clayton-like fashion has set up the second read in the series, Cream, which is due in mid-2016.
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