Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen

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.


4.5 Stars

Who doesn't love an outdoorsy, hot and bearded man? Bittersweet is the perfect start in a great series.

Griffin Shipley had plans to play pro-ball, but when strategy strikes he finds himself back home helping out his family. Griff is strong, sweet and selfless when it comes to his family. He's willing to take control of his family's farm to make sure it doesn't fail and putting his mom and siblings first. 

When Audrey Kidder comes barrelling through Vermont, Griff can't believe his one-time fling from college has landed on his farm. Audrey's life is a mess. She's been trying to prove herself in the restaurant world, but ends up taking jobs that she hates and knows that she isn't good at. This is how she ends up on Griff's doorstep. The push and pull business relationship between these two had me laughing.

But Audrey's a city girl and has no time in a small farming town and Griff has way too much on his shoulder to spend time noticing this sassy, beautiful girl from his past. But the more Audrey spends time with his family and on his farm, Griff can't stop the attraction.

Bittersweet has a mix of humor and plenty of sweetness. It's a quick and not to much angsty read and I'm looking forward for more in this series. 

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