In Review: Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen

Posted June 9, 2016 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 4 Comments

In Review: Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina BowenBittersweet by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 293 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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.


In Review My Thoughts

Sarina Bowen is easily one of my favorite authors, so I was excited about this new series before I even saw the cover or knew what it was about. Once I saw the cover (Hello, beard!) I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Once I did and saw it was about a grumpy farmer and his second chance with someone from his past, I couldn’t start reading quickly enough. Every expectation was exceeded.

I have a particular fondness for grumpy men in books, so it should be no surprise at all that I loved Griff. (I also love farmers and beards, so…) Audrey was wonderful, too. I’m a total sucker for a second chance romance, so following along as these two – who had hooked up in college were face-to-face in a business capacity as adults – was too much fun. Seems they’d both changed a bit since those college days, but the chemistry was undoubtedly still there. There were hot encounters and real feelings and challenges to overcome for the potential of a future together. I loved every single bit of it, too. The secondary story with Griff’s family farm and his ambitions and how they fit (and sometimes didn’t) with Audrey’s own job was really interesting for me to read, as well. And, unsurprisingly, I loved his family and this mountain town setting, too.

Bittersweet was a book I couldn’t put down once I started. I enjoyed everything about it so very much. It was sexy and funny – Griff and Audrey’s chemistry was off the freaking charts and their banter was absolutely gold. This book was just FUN to read. I can’t tell you just how much I’m looking forward to continuing this series with Steadfast. You should definitely pick this one up. If you’re down with hot farmers (with beards! always with the beards!), spunky heroines, spicy hot second chances and a fun family, you won’t be disappointed.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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She and I were a dangerous combination. We needed cautionary signs like the ones hanging in the tractor shed over the cans of diesel fuel. WARNING: COMBUSTIBLE.

“Come closer. Farmers like to get dirty.”


About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.


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