May 23

Buns by Alice Clayton Review


4.5 Smooches

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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.


Alice Clayton is one of my go-to rom com authors and the Hudson Valley series has become a standout for me. Buns was as heartwarming as it was funny. I was drawn into Archie and Clara’s story from the moment began They were a perfect compliment to each other.

When Clara and Archie are forced to work together on rebranding the hotel Archie owns nothing is as easy as each hoped. Between clashing ideas and fighting their desire for one another these two opposites created the perfect environment for hilarity and steam. I loved it and I hope there is more to come in the Hudson Valley Series.