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The third in the hilarious yet sizzling hot Hudson Valley series from New York Time and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton.
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.
Putting down roots is not a reality for some. For others – their roots extend into years of family and tradition. For Clara – life lands her wherever the job leads. As the person that is sent in to revamp hotels and bring them out of the red, Clara travels extensively. Living out of her suitcase more times than she can count.
The latest assignment lands Clara smack dab in the Hudson Valley. A place her two best friends now call ‘home’. The Bryant Mountain House is a luxury resort specializing in getting back to nature on the extravagant end of things. This fifth generation property reeks of generations past. Enveloping the guests in traditions that have spanned many years. Archie Bryant doesn’t believe his hotel needs updating. He is content with keeping things as they have been throughout time.
Clara only wants to help bring The Bryant Mountain House into the 21st century and help the hotel get out of the red. Armed with suggestions for drawing in new business and updating the accommodations, Clara quickly discovers how much Archie rubs her the wrong way. Where there is smoke you certainly have fire, and Clara and Archie can’t ignore the flames that ignite between them for very long!!
After reading the first book in the series, I knew I had to discover more about these engaging characters in the Hudson Valley. Clara and Archie clearly are at odds with their business arrangements. Modernization is something that Archie has fought against, and Clara wants to guide his hotel towards. As they explore different possibilities for improvement, this duo discovers that they have an attraction that clearly can’t be ignored. The two begin to spend more time together while venturing throughout the property. An adventure that leads to more than a business relationship.
Archie was a softie when you pushed through that hard exterior. Something that Clara desired just as much as she feared. With a few not-so-subtle inquiries from their friends in the valley, Clara and Archie decide that fighting their attraction was clearly not in the cards. It wouldn’t be the Hudson Valley without some hysterical moments that will leave you chuckling with each turn of the page. A perfect summer read for any fan of romance!!