HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!
I’ve not read everything Sarina Bowen wrote so far, but a couple of her collaborations. But those were enough for me to ask for this advance copy. So… here we go.
That’s just a taste of Bittersweet 😉
This one is a unique New Adult setting. Normally we get the couples finishing college, or right out of one. Here we have young and employed Griffin and Audry. Griff is running his family’s farm in Vermont and Audry is struggling to fulfill her dream of being a valued chef in Boston.
When they two’s paths cross as Audry is sent by her company to procure produce from the Vermont farmers, there’s a fun, page turning, emotional and mostly adorable plot unfolding. The fun began, though, four years prior, when they were both students attending the same college. Yup – you can imagine what happened then.
While Griff’s dream is to develop his apple orchard and grow his boutique alcoholic cider label. But his biggest worry is putting his siblings through college and give them a good kickoff to adulthood. He’s got changes to make to the farm in order to do that.
Audry’s failures in the past led her to culinary and she’s excelling in it. So it’s no surprise that she wants it as her career. Her mother hindering her with power-plays, influence and depriving her from her financial support only fuels her drive and determination. But she’s working towards her goal all alone. And mostly lonely.
Audry stumbling into Griff’s farm has her falling in love with his bubbly, fun-loving and incredibly supporting family. Their relationship only moves froward from that point, but with short breaks. Audry’s life is based in Boston, and her only respite and opportunities to see Griffin are when she’s sent on procurement assignments, which are basically unrealistic challenges her two timing boss sends her on.
Those short visits together, when they’re both (and at some point only Audry) fooling themselves into believing their just friends, make all the difference. They slowly fall for each other.
Their history, feelings of insecurity and past disappointment make them question every step, but Bowen knows how to drive a plot forward, how to play on the reader’s emotions ad how to tie feeling, plot, fun, love and steaming sex together in order to give us the perfect ending.
A final note: a story will never be a good one without supporting characters, and here I have to mention Zach, Jude, and Griffin’s siblings and his mother. The next installment in the True North series will be Jude – and I can’t wait!!
I received a copy of Bittersweet in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of Vermont.
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.
COMING IN 2016: Two New Series!
Stay tuned for a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North, and hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.
Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
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