CREAM OF THE CROP
Clayton offers up more small-town shenanigans in the second installment of her ridiculously funny and outrageously sexy Hudson Valley series. Once again, food is the main theme as Clayton entices readers with a tantalizing threesome between a city-born advertising executive, a grumpy county farmer and delicious cheese. Emotionally ripe with bold dialogue, strong characterization, steamy sex scenes and Clayton’s trademark wacky humor, the author builds a delectable, opposites-attract romance that focuses on the art of compromise and letting go of one’s past in order to embrace the future.
Natalie Grayson is a bonafide Manhattanite whose life revolves around the city, the men and her highly prized position at one of the hottest ad agencies in town. Her infinite love affair with cheese has her lusting after a certain cheese maker whose looks and skills leave her tongue-tied. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery, likes his job, his cows and a certain young woman who visits his city market stall every Saturday. When Natalie is offered the job of developing an ad campaign to put the small town of Bailey Falls on the tourist map, she jumps at the chance to sample more than the town’s exceptional Brie. Soon, Natalie and Oscar are making more than just beautiful cheese together. But in her haste to bring her love(s) to her city, Natalie oversteps some boundaries. Can Natalie say goodbye to city life, or will the allure of Park Avenue be too great to resist? (GALLERY, Jul., 336 pp., $16.00)