Blog Tour ~ Chapter Reveal ~ Reviews ~ Bittersweet 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.
I think I'm really going to enjoy this new series from Sarina Bowen. Audrey is an aspiring chef, but is getting the run around from her employer about working in restaurants. She is sent to obtain farm-fresh goods from several farmers in Vermont. She is shocked when the first farmer she approaches is her old college hook up, Griffin and he's not happy about what her employer is trying to offer for his goods, and lets her know that. Their attraction is still quite evident and Griff actually feels a bit bad about transferring his frustrations with her employer to her.
Audrey is a strong lead character. She knows what she wants and isn't going to let anyone deter her, especially her overbearing mother. Griff is also a strong lead character, and while he's demanding, he's also fair. He's doing his best to balance working the farm (mostly produce, not animals), and keeping his family afloat. We also meet Griff's family, and they all just make you want to come into the book and have a family meal with them.
I really don't want to wait to read the next two books, which will feature two of Griff's workhands, Jude (book 2) and Zachariah (book 3). I think these will both be intriguing books, just from the bit of information we got about them in this book.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more from Sarina.
Let me start with how much I love Sarina Bowen's style; I read her M/M books written with Elle Kennedy. God, the feels!
It was bound to be the same way with Bittersweet as well. I was not disappointed, at all.
How can one be disappointed by a hero that's big and gruff and moody, and works outside, shirtless? Add also that he's the dirtiest talker. Hoo boy.
I liked the heroine, she's funny. That's a real win for me. The story line flowed perfectly, there were funny scenes, awww ones and hot ones too. Yes, there may have been some scenes when one or the other would have needed a nudge in the right direction, but they make it work.
If you haven't realized it yet, I absolutely loved this book and I can't wait for others to read and meet Griff Shipley and the rest of the Shipley's because they're awesome. I also can't wait to read more. 5 stars. Many thanks to the author for the copy given in exchange for an honest review.