RELEASE DAY BLITZ                                                BUNS by ALICE CLAYTON

 

Title: Buns

Author: Alice Clayton

Series: The Hudson Valley, #3

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 23rd May, 2017

 

 

The third in the hilarious yet sizzling hot Hudson Valley series from New York Time and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton is LIVE!

 

Synopsis:

Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse

 

We both adored the previous books in this series and couldn’t wait to get our hands on Ms Clayton’s latest offering. Her works are a sure one-click for us as she always delivers a solid storyline, her character development is par excellent and laugh out loud moments are guaranteed. Let’s talk about the cover first ‘cause if you know us gals at KFF a little bit, you’ll have a good idea how much we appreciate those ones which stand out! BUNS definitely falls into this category. Not only did we love the one-worded title; we’ll never forget it, but also the intended meaning. The definition fits those blue jeans just as well as it fits the story, and those gorgeous sun tanned arms look even more delectable than the scrumptious Easter treats!

“Sorry about the buns thing, I—”
“Buns thing, Ms. Morgan? What buns thing is that exactly?”

Out of the three full-length novels, this is definitely the one! Alice has given us a gift in the name of Archie Bryant and sorry gals, he’s ours for keeps! Okay, he might be as grumpy as a bear with a sore head, he might even be a tad sharp and tight-lipped, albeit his positive traits will eventually outweigh his negative ones. So why then does he need someone to help save the family business when as far as he’s concerned, it’s not in dire straits? Ahh, you see, it wasn’t actually him that sent out the SOS, but somebody with years of experience. In what we could only imagine to be one of the most beautiful areas in the state of New York is Bryant Mountain Hotel. Everything about it we loved. The protective staff, the charming village of Bailey Falls nearby and its folk are lovely. And traditions going back generations gave the story that true authentic feel, but who stole our hearts was Clara Morgan.

“To be fair, the Kardashians would bring a tremendous amount of coverage to the resort, one tweet from Kim alone could—”
“Ms. Morgan, I think I speak for everyone when I say not on your life.”

The name of a well-known British restaurateur who used to revamp hotels came to mind seeing as Clara’s in the same profession. Needless to say, we wasted no time ruminating since this is the only thing they have in common. It made for really interesting reading learning how she goes about tackling the job and how she would convince the most sceptical yet gorgeous owner to be that she knows what she’s doing. That she’s the best. There’s certainly no love lost between Archie and Clara. Them snapping and crackling at each other felt like real-life banter; their constant toing and froing comprehensible. Concerned for the success of the hotel for different reasons, they’ll have to meet halfway if their working relationship has any chance of moving forward. We can’t begin to tell you how these two captivated us when the heat was turned up and cleverly thought out innuendos started to fly right, left and centre thawing the ice.

“Talk to me? You want to talk to me, you ask me. You request a meeting, you send me an email, hell, you pass me a note while I’m sitting next to you at a meeting for Pete’s sake, you don’t chase me up a mountain!”

Unlike other female characters in the Hudson Valley Series’ books, Ms Clayton has developed a really strong, independent and confident female protagonist to compliment a staid, set in his ways male protagonist. Although all the characters have a uniqueness about them, for us Clara was truly special. By no means is she your typical heroine. From her backstory, we learnt why she’s so driven and why she has no inclination to settle down. Forthcoming about her past, she is not; however, in moments of weakness, we discovered more than she’d have liked to reveal.

“Eventually, Clara, you’re going to have to tell me what you’re thinking.”

Even though this isn’t Archie’s story to tell, he humored us to such a degree we smiled until it hurt, swooned and fell hard for him. We thought it would take a strong woman to make him see what he’d been missing. Ah, but who really needs a push in the right direction in this enchanting love story is for you to find out! Maybe both of them, eh? We’re not going to say a dicky bird regarding his past, but what we will say is what a marvellous person he is. The author’s descriptive writing is as such that it’s not in the least bit difficult imagining him dressed in his made to measure suit greeting his guests and controlling everything going on around him.

“The people who work here, they’re my family. They know the story, they know everything, so they never mention it. Why would they? So you see, it’s a very safe place for me. And then someone comes in, someone I never wanted here in the first place.”

How could we not mention Clara’s besties! Unless you’ve read Nuts and Cream of the Crop, you won’t have had the pleasure of meeting Roxie and Natalie respectively. We couldn’t have been happier to see the gals and their men together, how they were getting on in their lives and what they’d planned for the future.

“I’m not blushing. I’m not crushing. I’m trying to eat dinner with my two lunatic friends who came up here to visit me in my new place of work, mind you, and instead all we’re talking about is Archie Bryant’s buns!”

Ahem! Did we say steaminess abounds in this read? Ms Clayton gave us a taste of Archie and Clara’s palpable chemistry a third into the book and left us gasping for more. From then on in, the hottest passion builds up at a stealthy pace. Also, disquieting scenes sensitively conveyed in just the right places literally made us catch our breath.

“I want you, I ****ing want you more than I ever thought possible, but I’m . . . well . . . a little out of my depth here.”

What an absolutely brilliant finale! Although each book can be read as a standalone, some names, places and details are interconnected. Therefore we suggest reading them in sequence to get the whole Hudson Valley experience. To cut a long story short, (excuse the pun!), this is romance at its very best. Ms Clayton, BRAVO!

 

 

The Hudson Valley Series Amazon Links

     

NUTS

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CREAM OF THE CROP

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BUNS

U.S | U.K | CANADA | AUSTRALIA 

#KFF’s Review

 

 

Meet Alice

ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

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Release Blitz : Wire (Wrong Series #3) by LP Lovell & Stevie J.Cole

WIRE 

BY LP LOVELL & STEVIE J. COLE

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 Synopsis

 Tor 

Jude and I managed to salvage something beautiful from the war
torn rubble of our lives, a blissful happiness that we paid for in
blood. We fought our way here, leaving pieces of ourselves along the
way. I thought this was the happily ever after in our twisted fairy
tale, but I was wrong. 

Jude 

I may be free by definition. That
freedom came at a heavy cost and my family is about to pay the price. At
any moment, this façade will come crashing down. Hard. The life I’ve
lived—that kind of world—it stains you, and no matter how hard you try,
you can never escape its wrath. Not even in death. 

Love. 
 Fear. 
Loss. 

We’re walking a wire and all that’s beneath us is destruction.

 

 

REVIEW 

Reviewed for Kindle Friends Forever by Klaire Sutherland 

~ 4 Stars ~ 

“Jude is my twisted version of happily ever after, my bloodstained prince in a sea of violence and revenge.”

Wire is the third book in the ongoing saga of Jude and Tor and their exceptionally bloody lives. Except this time, Jude is the family man he never thought he’d become. But Jude is still the bookie. And where ever Jude lands, trouble is never far behind. The stakes are higher this time as he finds himself tangled up with the Russian mafia and a Mexican cartel. You think Jude would have learnt by now to choose his friends wisely, sadly no. For two years Jude and Tor have had a quiet life, a happy existence bringing up their daughter, the ever cute Cayla. The little slice of peace they have manged to carve is rattled with one sharp fence post through the chest of a cartel member and from then on in it’s a spiral into the chaotic mess that both are so very used to.

“Only fools completely give their trust to someone.”

Tor is a mother now and that makes the game very different. No longer is it a fight for herself, or for Jude, the fight is for the one thing she loves above all else. And this is the driving force that propels the story, for both. The unthinkable happens, the unshakable Tor and Jude are rocked to the core. What follows is the story of frantic parents desperately running out of time to bring each of them back together. The usual violence and death surrounds Jude as he struggles with which direction to turn.

I absolutely adored the first two books in this series and was extremely excited when I heard of a book three, there was always more to their story. But I wonder if the authors left it a little too long to come back to Jude and Tor? I didn’t feel the same intensity as I did with the first two books. Maybe because you have to calm the beast when they become a different person which is what Jude has ultimately become. He’s a family man, he’s softened – it makes him no less fierce, same as Tor. If anything her bite is worse and I was really happy to see the authors make sure Tor kept her streak of defiance and didn’t write her as a weak woman, something Tor has never been since the first few chapters of book 1. Yet I felt a disconnect, like maybe it had been too long.

On that note though I did thoroughly enjoy reading, the authors did their usual; dragging the reader from start to finish on a thrill ride, surprises around every corner. The humdinger of a cliffy is something else, I think it was probably the best bit of the book, I just love endings like that, it was written beautifully. I got the emotion for the most part – the desperation, the fear, the love. Coupled with violence and steamy scenes you really can’t go wrong with this book. These authors co-write exquisitely and fit together well, bringing the reader into the fold easily and giving an explosive few hours to get lost in.

Recommended reading for sure, especially if you have read the first two. There’s a lot more coming, I’m eager for the fourth book.

 

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WRONG 

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“Yes it was wrong but it was SO fabulously right in every way that counts. We bloody LOVED Wrong.” – TotallyBooked. 5 stars.

“HOLY HELL! This is one of the BEST romantic suspense novels I have read this year! WOW!” – I Love Storytime. 5 stars.

“This book blew my mind, sooooo fucking good!!” – Kitty Kats Crazy About Books. 5 stars.

Tor


My
life was mapped out and planned to perfection. I knew exactly what I
wanted and where I was going, until I was thrust into his world and
ripped from mine. In the blink of an eye everything shattered, proving
to be nothing more than a cheap illusion. Now I’m living in this twisted
form of hell, where enemies and friends are one and the same. I thought
I wanted perfection. Now I don’t know what I want – perhaps not even my
own freedom.

Jude


I’m the definition of wrong. I’m violent,
I’m greedy, and I stop at nothing to win. I’m a notorious bookie and in
my game paying with your life is not just a figure of speech. You lose, I
collect. I take whatever you have. She’s collateral for a debt, and if
that debt’s not paid someone will die. This should be just business, so
why can’t I kill her?
Everything is not always as it seems.
Lust. Blood. Lies.

Nothing this wrong should feel so right.

WRATH

 

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 Tor


Jude Pearson could just as well kill me as kiss me most days. He
was my captor, my living hell, and yet, he became my saviour, my heart.
Stupid. He’s heartless, conditioned to feel nothing, and so I ran…
straight into the clutches of his enemy. Joe Campbell wants Jude to
suffer, and I just became a pawn in a very dangerous game.

Joe
has broken me in every way, everything that I once was stripped away,
and in its place is festering hatred and a rage so cold I feel nothing
else. I have one purpose. Revenge.

Jude


Love makes you weak;
it makes you irrational. She was collateral, completely innocent when
she was unwillingly dragged into my corrupt world. With the damage I’d
already caused her, I couldn’t let her love me, so I let her go, and
now…he has her.

No matter where she is, she will always be
mine. This man has taken every-fucking-thing from me, and he has the
last thing that matters to me. I will kill him. Slowly. Joe Campbell
better run because the devil is fucking coming for him.

Sometimes two wrongs can make a right.

Rage.

Hate.

Revenge.

Our Wrath binds us, but it may also break us.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

LP Lovell 

 

 

Lauren Lovell is an indie author
from England.
She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you
have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologise for
afterwards.

 

Lauren is a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight
peen envy.
LP loves to hear from readers so please get in touch.

Stevie J. Cole

 

Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her
husband and two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on
cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories
will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can
promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel.

Raw. Gritty. Love.

Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.
P.S. Stevie’s greatest fear is the impending zombie apocalypse. Think about it:
swarming armies of decaying, oozing corpses stumbling around with clicking
teeth, trying to eat your face. Nothing about that is good. NOTHING!