4 stars

Sarina Bowen – Bittersweet (True North #1)

Series: True North #1
Pages: 348
Published: June 14th 2016 by Rennie Road
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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.


Sarina Bowen does it again by creating this fantastic and funny story. Just from the title you can grapes the message behind the story. I like meaningful tiles like this one.

I didn’t like Audrey character at the beginning of the story. She has a kind of child like dreamer personality what comes over as arrogance and spoiled. I mean she expects to start from the top of the ‘food chain’ of her job because she is a ‘master chef’. No matter how talented somebody is the world doesn’t work like that. Nobody‘s going to hire someone as a head chef without any kind of experience other than school. Not to mention her screw ups from previous jobs. Fortunately after she gets out of the city her cheerful and honest personality shines through. I love how she enjoys wholeheartedly the simplest things in the world. Even after she went through bit of hardship and bitter experiences during her childhood.

Griffin is a handsome and smart man with a grumpy edge. He has a single minded determination and focus in regards of her job and family. He is also conflicted, he doesn’t know whether he wants to do what he does or not. He didn’t have a chance when he started it and now he questioning his goals and dreams. But he feels responsible for his family que his grumpiness. He doesn’t really need an extra problem like Audrey.

Their relationship is full of obstacle but they complete each other out. I love the excitement and the banter around them. There is an astonishing and strong attraction between them and when they finally get together it’s explosive.
However the best and my favorite thing about the book is the charming, warm and inviting atmosphere the author created. The family dynamic and the supportive characters just make the whole storyline flow more smoothly. I love families like this.

The book is amazing, steamy and easy to relate to, told from a dual point of view. It is a pleasure to read. It starts out a bit slow but worth the wait and patient. Unfortunately there isn’t an epilogue but I hope the next books in the series will help with that. Highly recommend it for everybody.


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