BITTERSWEET (True North #1)

Written by Sarina Bowen

Published by Rennie Road Books, June 14, 2016

My star rating – 4 stars


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. Find it on Goodreads

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Every once in a while I love a slow, sweet story with a little steam – and this fit the bill! This was a leisurely adventure to take my mind off things and fall in love with characters, their lives, their families, and the setting.

Audrey is a city girl with a shitty mother. Her mom always seemed to be more interested in money and appearances, and there didn’t seem to be a way that she could live up to her high standards. After failing college, she decided to follow her heart into a career as a chef, regardless if her mother approved. When she’s sent out with a task to find locally grown produce from small farms, she never expected to come across her college fling Griffin. Griffin was your typical country boy. Hard working, and family central. He didn’t have time for a lady in his life…. unless it was his mother or sisters. But there was just something about Audrey that lit a fire.

These two were GREAT for each other! They were polar opposites that somehow worked, balancing each other and equalizing their desires. Audrey was more passionate about life than she first led on. Griff thought that she was a shallow girl with little to offer, but as he got to know her, he realized just how much she had to offer. She pushed his drive, motivating him to do things he was afraid of, while giving him support and confidence. They both did this for each other actually. And Griff had an amazing family (seriously, this was my favourite part of the whole book!) and Audrey immediately fit in to this loving group. It was something she never had. I absolutely LOVED their relationship!

This book also explored finding your place in the world and not being afraid to reach your goals. They were both in their early 20’s I believe, and still trying to figure out what they wanted to do with their lives. Audrey had to worry if she was going to live up to what her mother wanted. Griff had to worry about leaving his family high and dry without him, or picking up the leadership role of the family farm. This book really explored how two people could be in a relationship and still figure out their own personal desires in life.

And, of course, I need to mention the steamy scenes. Just look at the cover…. you knew there would be steamy scenes! LOL! Sadly, that’s where this book lost a star. I was NOT a fan of the writing of these scenes. They were so cheesy! In fact, maybe I should have added a star because I laughed literally the whole way through each scene! It was SO bad it was funny. Think cheesy 80’s porn….. yup….. THAT BAD! It was good for a laugh though!

Despite the fact that I wasn’t a fan of the sexy scenes, the story (and the writing) was really great! I couldn’t help but fall for each and every character and all that they came with. I really enjoyed this reading experience!

Until next time, happy reading!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. The Other Weasley says:

    I really love this series. Every book is entertaining in it’s own way. I think I like Zara’s book best but the other characters are all so interesting.


  2. This sounds really good – and I agree, sometimes you just need a story like this!!


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