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
Number of Pages:320 pages

Buns Reviews

  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Gianluca & Archer

    {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

    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

    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...

  • Jacqueline's Reads

    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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  • Rachel Reads Ravenously

    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…….

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  • Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

    ➦Raise your hand if you are a fan of buns!

    ➦I am a big fan of those delicious carbs myself.

    ➦Ok, ok, but how about these?

    ➦*comes back to her review 20 minutes later* Well, that was fun. You can't expect me to google man butt and not spend an obscene amount of time browsing through gifs. Anyway. So this book, right? Doesn't actually have THAT much to do with either of the buns, except may be that the hero does have a yummy behind, but that's, like, totes expected.

    ➦Ever seen one of those shows on T

    ➦Raise your hand if you are a fan of buns!

    ➦I am a big fan of those delicious carbs myself.

    ➦Ok, ok, but how about these?

    ➦*comes back to her review 20 minutes later* Well, that was fun. You can't expect me to google man butt and not spend an obscene amount of time browsing through gifs. Anyway. So this book, right? Doesn't actually have THAT much to do with either of the buns, except may be that the hero does have a yummy behind, but that's, like, totes expected.

    ➦Ever seen one of those shows on TVs featuring a failing business and some badass guy/chick who comes in an makes it all better? But the owners of said business are TOTALLY delusional and very unhelpful at first? Well, in this book, the hero is running a somewhat old-fashioned hotel and the heroine is the one that has been hired to rebrand it. These two do not start out on the best of terms.

    ➦But, naturally, because women are so awesome and persistent, the heroine starts making some progress and eventually even becomes friends with the hero. Or may be a little bit something more, even. You get the point. But with her lifestyle being such that she constantly is living out of her suitcase and never stays in one place for too long, their relationship has a definite expiration date. But you know, I'm optimistic.

    ➦I really loved this one just for the fact that it has a very unique setting. A hotel is a secluded place where you can become one with nature... :D And, of course, I loved the characters. This up-tight hero and an ex-foster child heroine definitely make a very lovable couple. Recommended to anyone who loves romance with a healthy dose of humor, steam and a little bit of angst!


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