I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Buns by Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley #3
Published by Gallery Books on May 23rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Rating~ 4 – 4.5 stars
This new instalment in the Hudson Valley series is about Clara Morgan and Archie Bryant.
Clara Morgan loves her job, rebranding hotels and giving them new life gives her the warm fuzzies anyone can wish with their job. Clara prefers running from one job to another, never really setting, she has an apartment but its more to keep the stuff she’s collected than actually live. As a foster child and a with drug addict of a mother, Clara never really had much stability in her life and was never around a family to become actually a part of the family.
Archie Bryant happens to be the complete opposite of Clara, he is the son of owner of the Bryant Mountain house in Hudson Valley, a hotel which has been in his family for several generations. Archie’s whole life has pretty much been on that mountain and losing his wife some years earlier has made the hotel is sole focus. Archie is extremely reluctant to change anything in the hotel, especially when it’s coming from the hurricane made Clara.
Anyone who likes enemies to lovers would surely enjoy this! With their sparking chemistry, the ever present lust and the fights between the two are highly entertaining. Even though they both want to resist each other and keep things professional somehow they just seem to end up kissing huh! 😛 They both want the best for the hotel but fight often about what Clara thinks would be helpful and what Archie thinks doesn’t need to be changed.
I really loved Archie! He had been in love with his wife forever losing her had changed him, just as meeting Clara had! He wanted to know about Clara as a person, it was pretty obvious that he was in love with Clara, and just wanted her to see and be with him. He was lovely with her, very understanding and loving. I also really liked Clara, she pretty much grew up alone and except her two best friends she never really had someone who really cared for her and loved her. She had a few personal demons that made it difficult for her to see that all she needed to do was give herself a chance to be happy, love and settle/belong somewhere but when she finally does, it’s full speed ahead.
Quibbles: View Spoiler »I wish we had gotten more of the characters lives because Clara didn’t talk much (avoided really) about her foster families/her childhood or herself much hence we never got to know her in detail or her experiences and since the book is from Clara’s POV we only got to learn what she learned about Archie. Another thing this is very minor but it feels like the last chapter could be from any guy in the series instead of actually him as we get to know, the whole my girl thing didn’t feel like Archie, all three heroes who seem different would have a very similar monologue towards their significant other made me feel like ??! « Hide Spoiler
Overall, a very enjoyable book with great banter and two lovely individuals who deserved love and a happy ever after.