Release Day Review | Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen | 2016 Favorite!
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.
Farmers make the earth move.
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 cider-making 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.
Bittersweet is an achingly delicious and spellbindingly addictive romance.
Sarina Bowen is such a talented writer and her material never fails to charm. The book itself had an abundance of heart and soul.
A great flow and steady pacing with just the right amount of detail and dialogue. There was never any overwhelming angst or drama. Instead, it was plainly about a devoted farmer and a promising chef reuniting and building onto the chemistry they’d already infused several years before.
Our grumpy, bearded farmer was the cherry on top to this enchanting story. Griffin was unexpectedly sweet and romantic in spite of his typical fleeting affairs. Immediately, I witnessed his caring and loving side when he interacted with his family. He was a strong alpha male, but also possessed a tender side that enraptured me.
Audrey was pretty darn fascinating too. When I first started, I expected her to be a girly girl, pretentious, and maybe a bit ditzy. Her bubbly persona and straightforwardness was a breath of fresh air. She quickly proved me wrong when I saw just how determined she was to make her career happen. She was being held back from exploring her true potential, and with the amount of ambition and drive she held within her, all she needed was the right venue and a little push. Griffin instilled the necessary courage and spirit in her to go after what she truly wanted. Her independence and vulnerability made her relatable, and I connected with her almost instantly.
The chemistry between Audrey and Griffin was blazing hot and so natural. Their relationship was so effortless, which showed how right they were for each other, and it felt as if they had been together for a lifetime. They were sexy, dirty and fun together, and the banter was both comedic and steamy. I was invested in them from the start
Downside to this book, I was really freaking hungry throughout it! The farm food and Audrey’s cooking made my mouth water.
The hero & heroine, the supporting characters, the entire farm… it all captured my heart. Thank goodness it’s a series, because I’m starving for more. An absolute must read!
STEADFAST (TRUE NORTH #2)
She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.
Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there's no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.
For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.
She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.
No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie's police chief father. But it's a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.