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I had been a bit of a book slump prior to reading, from just life getting in the way of books. But this book, was simply everything. It was hilarious, heart-wrenching, sensuous and it gave me the gooey feeling inside that I love so soo much!
Archie and Clara have both have particularly tragic pasts that set them on the road they were on when their paths intersected. Archie is a sexy nerd with some hot buns, and glasses and freckles…
“I’m telling you, it’s always the guys with the freckles and the glasses. They’re the ones you want to set your sights on. They’re the ones who’ll make you forget your name, but get you to say the filthiest things imaginable.”
The instant passion between these two was so tangible. They couldn’t agree on anything when it came to the hotel that Archie was set to take over, and Clara was there to freshen up it’s image. The dynamic between them has been simulated previously, but these two characters have set the bar for how love to hate passionate love affairs should be written.
The romance is story EPIC! I mean, kissing on the roof of a gorgeous well built hotel during a meteor shower… could it be more magical… *sigh*
If you don’t read any other book this year, read this one. It has easily slid into one of my top reads of the year, if not ever.
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.