“Bittersweet” Book Review

June 20, 2016 / 0 comments

“Bittersweet” Book ReviewBittersweet by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #1
Published by Self-Published on June 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: ARC
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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.

Liezel’s Thoughts:

“Bittersweet” is the first book in Sarina Bowen’s amazing new series True North that revolves around  a farmer named Griffin Shipley and his former college hookup  culinary chef intern -Audrey Kidder. Their chemistry back then was incredible but nothing came of it then. After a chance meeting five years later their chemistry is even better but the timing is still off.

Griffin who is the patriarch of the family has so much weight laying on his shoulders. A relationship is completely out of the question. Audrey who is absorbed in making her dreams come true does not have the time for commitment either. Despite all these factors against them, however, fate has a mind of its own.This is what I loved most about this book – how two incredible people who were in two different stages in their lives coming together and creating something entirely their own.

Another thing remarkable about this story is the character development. Even the minor characters such as Jude and Zach made a lasting impression. If you asked me who was my favorite character was though, I would have to say  Griffin. His attitude in the beginning wasn’t all that great but as his story unfolds  you can’t help but fall for the guy considering the huge sacrifice he did for his family. I thought that he deserved someone special and Audrey fit that bill perfectly.

From beginning to end, I enjoyed this book. It had all the components I look for in contemporary romance. Considering it isn’t a troupe that I come across very often it was a  breath of fresh air. I think we  need more grouchy farmers in our (book) lives! If you can not picture the appeal you definitely need to read this book and you will come to understand the draw.

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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.

My Review At A Glance
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Overall: 4.3 / 5

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