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Review of Cream of the Crop

Cream of the Crop

Cream of the Crop is a contemporary BBW romance novel by Alice Clayton. This is the second book in the Hudson Valley series.

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?

There is a difference between sexy and crude. Interestingly enough, every single book that Alice Clayton seems to put out has yet to learn that. The descriptions are always the same, “sexy and funny” and in the end, it’s always the same — crude, and crass.

One minute she’s talking about how she set up a conference room so that her boobs are perfectly highlighted by the sun, the next she’s condemning an intern for daring to look at her boobs.

She walks down the street, admiring her own good looks in the passing windows and then gets offended when a man passing by checks her out.

After talking about how hot she is, yes she talks about herself and how hot she is over and over again. You later, however, find out she’s actually a BBW and how dare the world not love her for it. It’s all just very awkward.

If you haven’t guessed by now I’m not a fan of this book. In fact, I had to make myself finish it and even then, it took me two weeks to do so. I could only stand it in small spurts.

Besides the awkward moments where the author tries to push the whole, I’m a BBW hear me roar down your throat, the story is also all over the place. It’s hard to really like the main character. She wants you to be proud that she bangs random guys, and then later she wants you to love that she is a good girl. Which is it? I mean it’s like this in the entire book.



Stacei Fox

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