Also by this author: Bittersweet (True North, #1)
Bountiful (True North, #4) by Sarina Bowen
Published by Rennie Road Books on October 2, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.
Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.
Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave From Brooklyn will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.
Hockey star Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.
Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.
First of all, I admit that my memory fails me. Often. So when I read the blurb to Bountiful, I did not make the connection that my two favorite series were about to collide. While saying that, I think I liked it and missed some things at the same time.
Let me just start with Zara and Dave. I’ve always like Zara in the True North Series. We learn in earlier books that she is hurt from her past relationship with Ship but she eventually gets over it and becomes best friend’s with Audrey, his true love. The timeline in Bountiful gives us a bit of a glance back when Zara was in that vulnerable position and she meets Dave.
From the start, I enjoyed Zara. She’s feisty and has such a guarded wall up that I just connected to her. I respected her decision and understood her emotions. I just wanted her happy and loved.
While I liked Dave, he was the one that I had a bit of disconnect to. And honestly, I can’t explain why. In theory he’s lovable and trust worthy. Maybe I felt that from the start there were emotions towards Zara that he could have acted on and didn’t. That if the feelings were there, there could have been a chance. However, I get why it was set up this way but for some reason I just couldn’t fully connect to him. Yet, I did melt at some of the father/daughter moments.
When I first realized that the True North Series and the Brooklyn Bruisers series was colliding, I was super excited. And while that excitement did remain, I felt like I wanted more of the team from Vermont. I was looking forward to revisiting my favorite Virginians but I felt like I didn’t get enough of them.
Please, do not misunderstand. I enjoyed Bountiful. If you are looking for a secret baby and sports combo with a bit of an alpha in the bed and a feisty woman, then this is the book for you.