That was the hook. I think I love cheese almost as much as I love books and wine, so there was no way I was going to pass up reading about a hot man who makes cheese and am so happy I picked it up. Cream of the Crop was a fun, sweet, panty melting story that had me laughing out loud throughout the book.
I loved Natalie. Her confidence in herself was a huge draw and loved how comfortable she was in her own skin. She loved her body and knew how to work it. Her personality was big, bold and bright and she loved the life she was living. She wasn’t always so confident and went through a low, dark period but she fought her way out of it and came out stronger on the other side. I loved her life soundtrack choices and her love of cheese definitely puts my love to shame. I swear she could’ve started a new religion based around cheese if she wanted to.
Oscar. Oh, Oscar. He’s my favorite kind of alpha male: Tall, dark, tatt’d, silent, a little broody and sexy as all hell. He’s a man of little words, but opens up to those he’s comfortable with. He is sweet and did I say sexy as all hell?? But he is also a little blind when it comes to certain things, most of which falls under the umbrella of “it’s just how it is” which had me wanting to shake him a few times, but even the sexiest of men have to a fault sometimes.
Their burgeoning relationship was a fun one to experience. While things did move a little quickly in one way, there wasn’t an insta feel to it. It was two people who were highly attracted to each other taking hold of the opportunity and running with it. I really enjoyed their interactions and the chemistry between them was explosive. But as much as I enjoyed watching them become closer I did have a couple of issues. One was the Missy-thing. I’m all for being friends with your ex, I am, but Oscar’s almost blasé reaction to Natalie’s unease about it had me wanting to shake him. The second is that I wish Oscar had put as much effort into learning about Natalie’s world as she did into his. Things do work out and I really like where they are in their relationship at the end.
The writing was engaging and the pacing was great. The first person solo POV was done well and I really liked experiencing the world through Natalie’s eyes. I didn’t read Nuts, the first book in the series, but never felt lost but will be going back and reading it because I loved Polly and want to see how Roxie and Leo got together. But my favorites were Chad and Logan, I’d love to have tea and gossip with them! The setup for next book looks quite interesting and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them!
~ ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is...cheese.
Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.
Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be...love?
ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).
She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.
Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog