PSA: BUNS is the third and last book of the Hudson Valley Series by Alice Clayton. Can be read as a stand-alone but I will kick you butt if you don’t read the entire series because not reading this series should be a sin.
In a nutshell
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.
Thoughts by yours truly
How in the world do I keep finding a fantastic book after another!? When I think nothing can top the story I just finished reading, some amazing author comes along and sweeps me off my feet. And that is exactly what happened with Buns.
Clara is my favorite female character out of the entire Hudson Valley series. She’s completely in love with her job and puts a hundred and ten percent of her into it. Of course she’s amazing at it, in fact, she is so amazing at it that she’ll soon become a partner at the agency she currently works. The only step left is for her to go to Bryant Mountain House and help them become a bit more modern in order to attract more clientele.
Archie is my favorite auburn haired hero in the history of auburn haired heroes. He’s absolutely not on board with Clara barging into Bryant Mountain House—aka soon-to-be-his hotel—and changing the hundred and plus years of work his family has put into it.
Archie’s a grumpy freckled hunkalicious man that’s still mourning the death of her deceased wife, or so Clara thinks. Only he’s much more than that, he’s incredibly sweet and smiling makes incredible things to his face and he just so happens to like—and I mean, REALLY like—Clara. Unfortunately, she has never been one to let anyone into her heart. She built a nearly indestructible wall all around her heart to prevent herself from a broken heart.
Clara is an expert at running—she literally competes in triathlons and marathons, that is no joke—and she’s also an expert at running away—from feelings, people, you know what I mean. But perhaps her feelings for Archie strong enough for her to slow down and let Archie catch up with her? Who knows. Guess you’ll have to read Buns now.
Honest-to-goodness, I feel like crying and throwing a fit like a huge baby because this is the final book in the Hudson Valley series and I never ever wanted it to end. But endings mean something new is about to begin so bring it, Alice Clayton. I’m ready.
Also, I’m sure you all will have your hearts bursting out of your chests with the epilogue. It is the only scene in the book that’s written from Archie’s POV and it made me fall crazy in love with him. What a perfect ending to a perfect series.
To sum things up, I laughed until I snorted and then I kept laughing because I snorted which was not cute at all but was definitely amazing. I had the best time reading this book until three in the morning. Buns is sexy, sweet, funny and oh so very romantic.
All of my rom-com fans out there should check out not only this book but every single Alice Clayton book because she’s THE QUEEN of romantic comedies.
5/5 flowers ✿
Huge thanks to Gallery Books for letting me get my hands on an ARC of Buns. I love y’all.