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.
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Whitney’s 4.5 Star Review
I’m shallow, what can I say? Hot farmers intrigue me. So the cover and synopsis of Bittersweet made this a no brainer. I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy is as much as I did.
I immediately liked Audrey. She’s a bit of a hot mess but her quirk is cute and she’s a fun heroine. And Griff is a tough, grumpy farmer who seriously needs to get laid. Thankfully Audrey showed up! These two actually have a past though and Griff’s POV is actually very sweet. Audrey is kind of the girl who got away. They had a brief hook up or two in college but things just didn’t work out for them to have a real relationship.
Their tension is off the charts and they definitely steam up the pages. I just love the way their relationship played out. Not too fast, not too slow. There are some laughs and enough turmoil to make you feel for the characters.
If you’re not a foodie, some of the organic farming talk might slow you down a little. But I actually am fascinated by this so it didn’t bother me. In fact, I had an urge to eat cheese and drink cider while reading.
This is a stand alone and other characters who will get their stories are introduced. And trust me, there are enough hot farmers to go around. I’m definitely looking forward to the continuation!
About the Author
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.
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