Narrated by Elizabeth Louise with Jason Carpenter
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio
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.
Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Clara Morgan is the hotel Whisperer. She’s made a name for herself turning around failing resorts. She may have met her match with Bryant Mountain House and its surly owner Archie Bryant. Archie has made keeping the family hotel in business his top priority, scratch that, his only priority. He doesn’t need know-it-all Clara digging into his business, professionally or personally. When Clara crosses the line and asks others about his personal life, Archie’s reaction is explosive, but it also cracks the fortress he’s barricaded around his heart. Can he do the same for Clara?
When you look at the cover, you think Buns is going to be a light-hearted rom-com and it does have those elements. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and steamy, but it’s so much more. It’s about two broken people and at times it’s heartbreaking. You’ll feel every type of emotion imaginable while listening to this nearly 10-hour audiobook.
Buns is narrated by Elizabeth Louise and the epilogue is read by one of my new favorites Jason Carpenter. Elizabeth was amazing, her voice is perfect for the rom-com sub-genre. Not everyone can pull off the comedic timing needed in this book and she does it masterfully.
Buns is the third book in the Hudson Valley series, but it’s the first I’ve listened to and you can bet your bottom dollar the rest of this series is going on my listen to list.
This audiobook was received in exchange for an unbiased review!
Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog