Review – Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen

Bittersweet is everything I love about small town stories. Humble hardworking characters. Red Hot chemistry paired fun and smart banter, lots of tension, with minimal angst. ~ Ava, Guilty Pleasures 

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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.

Review copy provided for an honest review

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So excited to talk to you about Sarina Bowen’s new True North series. I discovered Sarina’s Ivy atruegemawardYears series and fell in love with her writing. She’s smart and her style is just perfect for me. I’ve gorged myself on NA sports, and she (along with her buddy Elle Kennedy) is at least partly to blame for my over indulgence! So when I saw she had a new contemporary series, I wanted to give it a shot. Now, to be fair I’m not normally all into East Coast books, big city especially isn’t my thing. But the promise of a lumbersexual grouchy farmer drew me in!

Bittersweet is everything I love about small town stories. Humble hardworking characters. Red Hot chemistry paired fun and smart banter, lots of tension, with minimal angst.

I fell hard for Grouchy Griff and his growler of cider and all the nerdy Star Wars references. I found Audrey and her desire to make her own way very relatable. The characters have real challenges that felt natural to the story. This second chance plot line set in picturesque Vermont farm is lovely.

Engaging, strong storytelling, I was eager to research the farm as I was reading, I mean I now know more about apples than ever before! Found an entire list of Hard Cider to sample and some new foodie recipes, too.

If you’re into blue collar, hardworking alpha men, Bittersweet is sure to be a favorite. I am eagerly waiting Jude’s book, titled STEADFAST due out next month!!

5silver-stars

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2 thoughts on “Review – Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen

  1. I’m looking forward to reading this…thanks for sharing your thoughts Ava

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