Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen ~ Live & Review

Also in this series: Steadfast (True North Book 2)
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen ~ Live & ReviewAlso by this author: Steadfast (True North Book 2)
Bittersweet (True North, #1) by Sarina Bowen
ASIN: B01G6493MO
Published by Rennie Road Books on June 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 293
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four-stars

The new series is set in Vermont. True North is populated by the tough, outdoorsy mountain men that populate the Green Mountain State. They raise cows and they grow apples. They chop a lot of wood, especially when they need to blow off steam. (Beards are optional but encouraged.)
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.
The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.
At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.
Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.
They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.

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Review

This is my first book by Sarina Bowen even though I actually have a few of her other books that I haven’t read yet. I’m starting to see a very disappointing theme with me lately. I just can’t seem to keep up with the books I’ve bought. There is never enough time to battle with my one-click addiction!

Griffin (Griff) Shipley runs his family’s farm in Vermont. Since his father passed away, he has risen up to be the ultimate caretaker of not only the farm but his family as well. He had to grow up fast and has no time to worry about relationships.

Audrey Kidder has spent her life trying to impress her mother. All she has ever wanted was to become a famous chef. Unfortunately, her mother hasn’t really supported her that much. While pursuing her dream, she lands a job as an intern that pretty much sends her the crap jobs. No training and things that don’t involve knife skills. She is sent to Vermont to convince local organic farmers to sell to her company. However, they aren’t very good prices and she has her work cut out for her. Although she was up for the challenge, she was not prepared to end up on a farm that is run by her former hook-up from college. How will she ever be able to be successful at getting the product her company wants for their price from a former fling?

I like Audrey and Griff together. She’s full of sass and stubbornness. She’s funny and caring. He’s grumpy, and all work. Yet fiercely loyal to his family and friends. Together, these two are the perfect mix of opposites. However, I did feel like their connection fell a little short. Yes, I get that they were both hot for each other and couldn’t wait to have sex. However, I didn’t feel a romantic pull with them until the very end. I think this is probably a me thing and I can’t really pinpoint.

I will say that the secondary characters actually stole the show for me. The sense of family, love, loyalty, happiness and overall solidarity that we get from them makes them one of the most powerful group of people that I’ve read about in a long time. There was enough there that kept me wanting to know more about each and every one of their stories.

Overall, I enjoyed it. I could tell that the author is passionate about the farming details in the book and I respect that. Growing up in the south with some farmers in my own life, I understand the love of the one of the most hardworking, under appreciated lifestyles out there. If you are looking for a sweet romance between a grumpy hero and a sassy heroine who just seems to be perfect for each other, then this is the book for you.

 

 

 

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four-stars

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of HIM and US.

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