Cream of the Crop

Gallery. (Hudson Valley, Bk. 2). Jul. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781501118159. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781501118166. EROTICA
OrangeReviewStarNatalie Grayson is a larger-than-life twentysomething Manhattanite enjoying sex and success in Clayton's newest addition to the "Hudson Valley" series (Nuts). After years of attempting to hide her size and personality, Natalie has vowed as an adult never to be that girl again. She can, and often does, seduce any man she wants to but hits a roadblock with beautiful dairy farmer Oscar Mendoza, relegating their weekly interaction to a brief exchange at the farmers market. When a job opportunity lands her in Oscar's town of Bailey Falls, the two finally give in to burning temptation. Will Natalie switch gears from the New York City fast lane for the quiet country life with her new man, or will past baggage keep them at a distance? A humorous cast of Natalie's supportive family and friends round out this sweet, sexy novel. Clayton's playful writing style blends silliness with apt observations regarding modern life, love, and self-confidence. Plus-size protagonist Natalie embraces her curves with self-assurance, marking a refreshing change from erotica wherein most female leads fit the same mold (and dress size).
VERDICT A titillating story with plenty of happy endings. Recommended for fans of Clayton's previous works (the "Cocktail" and "Redhead" series) and readers seeking erotica with lots of heart.

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