Rural romance, agrismut, agriculture erotica, lumbersexual, “50 Bales of Hay”… All new terms popping up in the romance community. Did we ever think we’d be talking about farmer heroes as the new alphas? But that’s what makes romantic fiction so great. I’ll admit, Alice Clayton’s Hudson Valley series, starting with Nuts, had me researching local CSAs and falling in love with sexy farmers. And that’s just the beginning.
In Nuts, organic farmer Leo is doing it all; son of a prominent New York City family who’s gotten back to his true roots, he’s all about pastured chickens, rotating crops for sustainability, and working off the land for everything he needs. Then there’s the beard and the “proximity to flannel and Mumford,” the green eyes and passion for the work he does, and it’s enough for perennial vagabond Ruby to stay put and see a good thing when she’s got it, which is all that glorious attention from long-single Leo. Everything he does is sexy, from his laser focus on her to his love of the land and imparting that love to others, locals and families and student groups alike.