Series: True North, #1
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
There was nothing bitter about Bittersweet. I savored every moment of this fun, sweet story. It was witty, sexy and I didn’t want to put it down. In fact, I didn’t. I read it all in one night. That’s how much fun it was.
I loved the main characters. Griff was this gruff, incredibly sexy farmer who didn’t have time for a woman in his life. He was too busy trying to keep his family’s farm from going under. I loved his loyalty to his family and his gruffness. The gruffness was super sexy. Audrey had a lot to prove to herself and her mother. She was gung-ho on making herself a culinary success. She was willing to do what it took to get her own restaurant. Behind her determination was sweet woman who just wanted to be happy in life.
Audrey and Griff’s may have been new to me, but they weren’t new to each other. They shared a couple of hook-ups in college and their sexual chemistry was off the charts. I loved all of their witty banter. They had me laughing several times. It was fun to follow them as they discovered they weren’t just a casual hook-up and deal with the problems that made for them.
Audrey and Griff weren’t the only cool characters in Bittersweet. I loved every one of the characters Sarina Bowen introduced us to. Griff’s family was one of those large families I always fall in love with in books. They joked around with and antagonized each other, but deep down they would do anything for their family. I also loved the farm helpers. Jude and Zach were incredible characters and I can’t wait to see them in future books!
Bittersweet had everything I love in a contemporary romance. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves this genre or is looking for a fun beach read this summer. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!