Buns by Alice Clayton

Buns

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, wh...

Title:Buns
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ISBN:150111817X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages

Buns Reviews

  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
    Dec 05, 2016

    We're finally back in Upstate New York.

    After Roxie and Natalie, it's now Clara's time to tell us her story!

    She's been hired by a soon-to-be-retired Hotel owner to bring his family's luxury resort into the 21st century. They desperately need more guests and lots of updates in all areas of the hotel.

    But soon-to-be-hotel-boss Archie is not really agreeing with his dad. He doesn't need some city girl to come and change everything he loves about this place.

    Archie and Clara have this insta-hate / inst

    We're finally back in Upstate New York.

    After Roxie and Natalie, it's now Clara's time to tell us her story!

    She's been hired by a soon-to-be-retired Hotel owner to bring his family's luxury resort into the 21st century. They desperately need more guests and lots of updates in all areas of the hotel.

    But soon-to-be-hotel-boss Archie is not really agreeing with his dad. He doesn't need some city girl to come and change everything he loves about this place.

    Archie and Clara have this insta-hate / insta-mega-attraction thing going.

    But both also have gone through a lot in their pasts that makes them shy away from something serious.

    So it'll probably be a fun few months for Clara - to get her job done while lusting after Archie - who hates what she's doing with his hotel!

    And it'll be even funnnnner for the reader to witness all that adorableness! ☺

    Finally back in the beautiful Hudson Valley!

    And this was such a great story!!!!

    An enemies to lovers kind of thing. With so many adorable moments and fun moments and sexy moments and crazy, ridiculous moments and moving moments. I loved every second of this book.

    You start reading and you immediately think you've traveled 30 years back in time to that Hotel from

    The whole atmosphere of the book was so ... real somehow. I felt like I was right there, checked-in, in that amazingly beautiful hotel. Beautiful - but also very ... old. Clara's help is desperately needed. And Archie will see that soon enough! Poor guy. He's not into modern things. He wants to keep everything the way his grandfather wanted it, he's big on traditions. He's a bit 'Olden-Times-ish' himself. A Cary Grant kind of gentleman. I think I could totally see Hugh Grant as Archie in the Buns-Movie!!! No idea why! He's way too old to be Archie, but the British stuffiness would be perfect!

    But of course Archie is not always so .... Archie-ish.

    We have some very sexy sexy scenes!!! ☺

    Beautiful book with so much in it. So much interesting hotel stuff. How to make more money with an old hotel. I loved that. And all those old traditions at the hotel. I loved the whole mood and atmosphere. I want to check in there immediately!!!

    And we also have an amazing cast - all our Hudson Valley darlings show up for special events at the hotel - and we might even see an old friend from San Francisco again ☺ Because that hotel needs lots of walls un-banged! ☺ And another 2 beloved west-coasters might check into the hotel (one of them might be a red-head) ☺

    PERFECT BOOK!!

  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Garrett~Dean~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Gianluca & Archer
    May 01, 2017

    {ARC Generously Provided by Author}

    is the third installment of the

    series that centers on the remaining single woman amongst the tight-knit trio of friends in which each story has been focused upon. If you enjoy the

    trope, then this is one book you’ll surely not want to

    {ARC Generously Provided by Author}

    is the third installment of the

    series that centers on the remaining single woman amongst the tight-knit trio of friends in which each story has been focused upon. If you enjoy the

    trope, then this is one book you’ll surely not want to miss. It was light on the signature Alice Clayton humor that makes her one of my top favorite authors, but the steaminess and heart made up for it in spades. Ladies get ready to fall in love with your next book boyfriend, ‘aka’

    .

    Out of the three Heroines, Clara Morgan appears to be the most independent and career driven. She has never had time for serious relationships partially because of her demanding career in Hotel rebranding but mainly due to her deeply seeded fear of abandonment. Clara was separated from her drug-addicted mother at a very young age and grew up in the foster care system. She never experienced what it was like to be a member of a normal loving family, but when she met Roxie and Natalie, they did wind up giving her a little sense of belonging and family. But Clara’s deeply rooted insecurities always ends up making her feel like she’s the outsider in many situations. She’s about to meet the man who will push all of her boundaries and soon she’ll begin to feel the deep pangs of wanting to be a part of her own family.

    Archie Bryant is the son of the owner of

    - the current project that Clara is assigned to. He’s very proper, gorgeous, and just a tad bit standoffish at first. He’s not as open to change as his father is and fights Clara tooth and nail on most of her suggestions for improvement and renovations to his family business. But even with the seeming animosity between them, there’s also an almost instant strong attraction that they each feel for the other. Every interaction gets increasingly tense and heated which results in some seriously HOT steamy encounters for both Clara and Archie.

    No matter how hard Clara tries to keep things professional between her and Archie, they ultimately succumb to their blazing hot chemistry. There is more than just physical attraction and as hard as Clara tries to push Archie away, it is apparent early on that her fears are no match for his tenacity. Archie made this book for me! I absolutely loved him. Life might have dealt him serious heartbreak but once he laid eyes on Clara, he knew she was the one for him and his patience and tenderness just about makes him the most swoon-worthy hero in this series!

    Along with the rest of the gang from the previous “Hudson Valley” books, we also reunite with some of the beloved characters from the

    and

    series!

    releases on May 23rd! Make sure you one-click! It will definitely have you wanting to take a weekend getaway in the Hudson Valley!

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  • Christy
    May 18, 2017

    Alice Clayton is the queen of romantic comedies. The best part about them though? They aren’t just slap stick funny reads, they have heart and emotion as well. I’ve enjoyed every book from her Hudson Valley series, and

    was no exception! It was sweet, funny, sexy, and had just the right amount of feels!

    Meet Clara and Archie…

    
Alice Clayton is the queen of romantic comedies. The best part about them though? They aren’t just slap stick funny reads, they have heart and emotion as well. I’ve enjoyed every book from her Hudson Valley series, and

    was no exception! It was sweet, funny, sexy, and had just the right amount of feels!

    

Meet Clara and Archie…

    
Clara has a job where she travels to a new hotel or resort every few months to turn it around. Some of these hotels just need some little tweaks, some need bigger tweaks, but they just need some TLC and expert advice from Clara herself. Archie Bryant is the owner of The Bryant Mountain House and if you ask him, his fifth generation resort doesn’t need anything different. The resort’s books tell a different story. To say that there was a rub between these two in the beginning would be an understatement.

    These two were hilarious together. I loved the back and forth and bickering. And you could tell there was attraction and sexual chemistry right under the surface, just waiting to explode. I loved the light moments, but I truly loved getting in deeper with Clara and Archie. Both of these characters had a lot of depth and pasts that were difficult in different ways.

    
As much as I loved getting to know Clara and Archie, I also loved getting to see Roxie, Leo, Natalie, and Oscar again. Plus all the other fun characters in Bailey Falls! I sincerely hope this isn’t the last book in the Hudson Valley! The town and characters are so charming- I would love to read more!

    If you’re looking for an engaging and entertaining read, pick up

    !

  • Wendy'sThoughts
    Dec 03, 2015

    Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York was once one of those places where families would go to for all sorts of occasions. Generations had crossed it doors and history was made there...The Famous, The Royal and even the Presidential had stayed at one time or another. It had old world charm and grace. It was steeped in tradition being handed down from Heir to Heir.

    She had survived through all of the ups and downs of our American history....

    The Depression didn't shut her doors....

    World Wars didn't bring her down....

    Even the Awakening of the 60's or the changes through the following decades...

    But finally it seems the Ole Gal has hit a wall...The reservations are dwindling; old timers and their families have been lured away and the rightful Heir Archie Bryant is at that "rock and hard place" position...

    He loves this House with all of his being. He grew up here and everywhere he looks, he sees visions of when he was a child...sneaking cookies or famed Buns from the huge kitchen...

    He had plans for the House...

    But those plans are gone now....

    And in many ways he is physically here but gone, too...

    So his father, as a last ditch effort to save the House, has brought in Clara Morgan. Clara is The Expert of Re-branding and saving Hotels which need an infusion of life. She has been doing this for quite a while and has made a name for herself. Every new challenge is exciting and stimulating. She has the ability to see what is before her... lovingly taking all of the traditions and past of a place and restructuring the pluses to make it brighter, better and welcoming to this new generation of travelers.

    Because for Clara, she is not looking to delete all the history of a place... in fact, she relishes these things...values them and deep in her heart is coveting them for her own. For Clara lost her family very early and was raised in foster care. This experience caused her to focus on not planting roots or loving too dearly...because when you care and love that way...it can all be taken away....

    These two meet when Clara comes to look at the House. She tries to come "undercover" as a regular guest a day early. This way she can get a feel of the place without anyone putting on a show or best behavior. It is the way she does her assessments and then brings this information to the first scheduled meeting.

    It has always worked well in the past....

    Ah, not so much this time...

    She crosses Archie's path and from the start it is Oil and Water...Cats and Dogs...

    It is the beginning of a Cantankerous Relationship from the get go...

    But you know what they say about that...There is a very thin line between Love and Hate...

    Alice Clayton takes this tale and gives us so much besides a standard romance. It is her way.

    She looks at loss and how do we recover from it. How do we open our hearts to accept others when they are standing there knocking at the door...willing to wrap us in their arms and say everything is going to be ok...

    She gives us deep friendships that are the basis of what family can mean in today's world. Our lives have changed in many ways with the advent of living all across countries and the globe...But the need to connect and feel we belong with those who care about us and will be there during the darkest times and the happiest, remains the same through generations...We all need those connections.

    This couple has its hiccups but it also has some equally delicious moments..

    I Mean, It Is an Alice Clayton book...

    Let yourself indulge in all the yummy goodness of the Hudson Valley... If you have read the other books, the past characters and their involvement will warm your heart...If you haven't read the past books, you will be perfectly fine in enjoying this one...

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    Mar 31, 2017

    4.5 stars ❤❤❤❤❤

    Buns is my favorite book in this series!Sweet,funny,intense,romantic, and emotional!I absolutely loved the characters in this one, Archie and Clara were amazing together.

    The author did a wonderful job with the storyline!These two

    at the beginning couldn't stand each other,but there are also a sexual tension and soon they can't deny it.Overall,they are a perfect couple with their fair share of challenges.Their romance is sweet,romantic,intense and hot.

    I highly recommend it to every

    4.5 stars ❤❤❤❤❤

    Buns is my favorite book in this series!Sweet,funny,intense,romantic, and emotional!I absolutely loved the characters in this one, Archie and Clara were amazing together.

    The author did a wonderful job with the storyline!These two

    at the beginning couldn't stand each other,but there are also a sexual tension and soon they can't deny it.Overall,they are a perfect couple with their fair share of challenges.Their romance is sweet,romantic,intense and hot.

    I highly recommend it to everyone!If you are a fan of the series you are going to adore this one and if you are not what are you waiting?? Start this now you'll not be disappointed!!

     

  • Jacqueline's Reads
    Mar 21, 2017

    Buns is a standalone and is part of the Hudson Valley series. Man, I really wish the cover had Archie’s face because nothing is sexier than a man in glasses, especially tortoise shell ones. Heart Eyes and all.

    Buns is a bit different from the other books because this one is set up in a hotel. I really liked the new change of scenery. Clara goes to different jobs across the states to give businesses a face lift. She puts companies back in the positive again. Her newest job

    Buns is a standalone and is part of the Hudson Valley series. Man, I really wish the cover had Archie’s face because nothing is sexier than a man in glasses, especially tortoise shell ones. Heart Eyes and all.

    Buns is a bit different from the other books because this one is set up in a hotel. I really liked the new change of scenery. Clara goes to different jobs across the states to give businesses a face lift. She puts companies back in the positive again. Her newest job is a hotel, a hotel Archie will inherit one day and is currently running.

    I adore Archie, everything about him. I love his name, I love his glasses and I love his stiff personality. I found him very readable and he brought something different to the book. Clara was a tough cookie. She is very strong and VERY independent. At times I wanted to shake her because she is all about doing things on her own and proving herself.

    I really enjoyed the storyline in Buns. I found it cute that Clara was hired to help Archie’s hotel. I loved that they interacted daily and had these cute little “fights” over the littlest things. It brought some nice tension between the two.

    If you are a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed because the characters from the previous books do make an appearance.

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    Buns #3

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    May 02, 2017

    Clara Morgan makes her living rebranding hotels on the verge of closing. It’s a job she’s wonderful at and it’s given her the stability she never had growing up. Clara is tasked by her boss at a classic hotel in Bailey Falls, The Bryant Mountain House. Upon arrival Clara finds the owner is thrilled to have her there, but his son Archie is not. Clara finds she must prove herself to Archie, that she has the best interest in his hotel at heart, no matter how much he resists her.

    The longer

    Clara Morgan makes her living rebranding hotels on the verge of closing. It’s a job she’s wonderful at and it’s given her the stability she never had growing up. Clara is tasked by her boss at a classic hotel in Bailey Falls, The Bryant Mountain House. Upon arrival Clara finds the owner is thrilled to have her there, but his son Archie is not. Clara finds she must prove herself to Archie, that she has the best interest in his hotel at heart, no matter how much he resists her.

    The longer Clara stays in Bailey Falls, the more she grows to love the place. And the more time she and Archie spend together, it’s hard to deny an attraction between the two of them. But both of them have a past that can interfere with their future, not to mention in a way Archie is Clara’s boss. It’s up to them to decide whether or not they will let their issues get in the way.

    Alice Clayton never fails to make me smile. I’ve read every single one of her books, and I love the anticipation of a new release by her. Will it be funny? Or angst? Or sweet? This book was all three! From the moment I began reading until the very last page I was enamored with the story and these characters. I feel like Clara is unlike any character we have seen by this author, and I loved that Clayton tackled a more sensitive subject with this characters past and did it in a way that’s accurate but tactful.

    I thought Archie was great as well, I wish we had delved a bit more into his past, maybe developed him a bit more. But what I loved most about him was he was the perfect counterpart to Clara, knowing when to push and when to let things go. His heart and soul was in that hotel and he wanted to save it, so while he may have fought change, ultimately he wanted what was best for his family legacy and those he employed.

    This is a great hate to love story about two people who weren’t looking for each other, but found each other. Oh and if you are wondering about the title, it refers to hot cross buns sold by the hotel. And Archie may have had some buns too…….

    Follow me on ♥

  • Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆
    May 18, 2017

    NOW LIVE!

    ✬ ✬ ✬ 4.5 STARS ✬ ✬ ✬

    Clara is immersed in her job. She lives and breathes it and not much has room beside it except her two best friends who live in a small town called Bailey Falls. Her apartment is a place she sleeps in but it's a bit of a stretch to call it "home". Just as well, because she isn't at home much anyway, her job requires a lot of travelling. She specializes in rebranding and has made a name for herself in her profession. This time her j

    NOW LIVE!

    ✬ ✬ ✬ 4.5 STARS ✬ ✬ ✬

    Clara is immersed in her job. She lives and breathes it and not much has room beside it except her two best friends who live in a small town called Bailey Falls. Her apartment is a place she sleeps in but it's a bit of a stretch to call it "home". Just as well, because she isn't at home much anyway, her job requires a lot of travelling. She specializes in rebranding and has made a name for herself in her profession. This time her job sends her to an old luxury resort, the Bryant Mountain House. Wild guess where this resort is located? Yup, upstate New York, Bailey Falls.

    Upon arrival she has her first unpleasant encounter with the owner's son, Archie and let me tell you, he seems to be exactly what you expect from a guy with such an archaic name. Old-fashioned. Proud of the Bryant traditions and history. Stuffy. And mostly composed. Unless you are a tiny whirlwind of a woman called Clara. Archie and the rebranding specialist are supposed to work together to rejuvenate the run-down resort and the cooperation goes everything but smooth.

    Soon they fight over every detail and it seems whatever Clara suggests, Archie is against it just for the heck of it.

    Faster than he thought he has to admit though that Clara's strategy is successful. And that bites. It also bites that there is an undeniable spark between them and once it's fully ignited it burns bright. Clara finds herself wanting more but her past has shown her that people don't stay. They all leave at some point so she armors up her heart and seals it tight.

    Clara is an immensely independent woman. She has been hurt too often and attaching yourself to somebody only sets you up for more pain. While her past is really sad she still has kept her lively and sprightly attitude and takes great pleasure in riling Archie up. Her bossiness was hilarious. Her abandonment issues are understandable but I couldn't help to get a tiny bit frustrated with her towards the end. Yet, Clara was an endearing and fun heroine.

    Archie is so stiff and buttoned-up when we start out on this journey. you want to give him a hug and tickle him silly. His love and respect for his extended family runs deep. He also has had his own share of pain. Archie is a man of old stock and tradition - the pain that comes with change makes him adverse to it so he fights Clara with teeth and nails.

    The more he interacts the more he loosens up though and when he does he becomes this adorable sweet guy who is crazy about Clara.

    Archie has a past we unfortunately only learn a little bit about and I would have liked to see some flashes of what he was like when he was younger. Has he always been this severe? I suppose not because the guy has a sense of humor to boot and when it comes out to play it's a blast. I just wanted to have something more substantial on him. Nevertheless he was a delightful male lead.

    Clara and Archie are so different but that's what provides the tension in this story. They complement each other and the result is better than the sum of its parts making their banter delightfully funny.

    When they give in to their desire it's downright hot and let me say...I did not expect Archie to be such a sensual man.

    This was my first journey into a small town called Bailey Falls and I'm utterly charmed. I loved the side cast of this story a lot. They completed the picture of our main characters. Ms Clayton's writing style is effortless and humorous and so evenly paced, I was instantly a fan. Now I need to find the time to read the backlist of this author because I have a new favorite!


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