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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“Tell me how to make you happy and I’ll do it.”
Twenty- seven year old Griffin Shipley is now left to take care of his family and their farm after the death of his father. He is no stranger to hard work or providing for his family, therefore he’s never questioned anything. He does what he can to ensure his family and the farm stays afloat. Circumstances bring him face to face with his past. Audrey Kidder. A woman he never believed he would ever see again. A woman he's wanted, but she could never belong to him. Her job has tasked her with buying from his farm. But Griff is not having it with the low prices she insists on getting. There is this push and pull between them. This ends up igniting something that soon neither one can ignore. Despite them trying not to need each other. They are confronted with the fact that neither one wants to live a life without the other one in it.
“Where else do you need me?”
Griffin and Audrey have this undeniable chemistry. A flame burns whenever they are around each other. And as a reader you feel it grow hotter and deeper as the story develops. Griff is more than your typical grumpy alpha. He has such heart. As much as he tries to hide it, its Audrey that brings out the best of him. While he is strong, his heart is gentle. His persona overwhelming, but his beauty is intoxicating. Audrey is funny, witty, and everything Griff needs to put him in his place. Audrey doesn’t believe in love, but Griff makes her want to. He makes the idea seem possible. Tangible. A possibility. Their sweet and sexy story will have you turning the pages as fast as you can as you get lost within the words.
“Whats the beautiful part?”
“I’m holding it right here.”
Bittersweet was such an amazing read. The characters had so much heart. The storyline was gripping and the writing was flawless. In true, Sarina Bowen fashion, she crafts a story that any reader will have a hard time putting down. I was so easily invested in this story. I love that it never followed the normal romance recipe. The synopsis just grazes the surface of just how special this one is. You will laugh, but most of all, you will love. The story was low on angst, high on steam, and perfect on the romance. If you love Sarina, or perhaps maybe you have never read her, THIS book is the one to read!
This was my first Sarina Bowen book and I'm officially hooked! I've never read a book set in Vermont and I've also never read a book about farmers for that matter! Especially a hot farmer with a specialty in making alcoholic cider. Bittersweet is funny, sexy and extremely heartwarming and I just couldn't get enough.
August Griffin Shipley the third is the the grumpy, handsome farmer and Audrey Kidder is the hot little minx of a chef who has Griff all tied up in knots and completely frustrated. From the moment Audrey drove her car into the ditch on Griff's farm the chemistry was like BAM! Or maybe I should say the tension was that way, because this wasn't the first time these two have locked eyes. They hooked up in college a few times, but a misunderstanding about a phone call led them to never speak again, until now.
Audrey is working for a restaurant company that needs to purchase products from local farmers in order to make their menus more enticing and rare, and Griff's farm--Shipley Farms is first on her list. I seriously think I have a thing for farms now! Everything about farm life from the pigs to the apple trees to the crazy farm hands and family members had me feeling all warm inside, I absolutely loved the feeling I got while reading this book. The author made slaughtering a pig sexy and romantic! How is that even possible? I have no clue but it was, and it was also strangely hot because of what it turned into, and maybe I need to get my head checked because I loved it!
There were so many cool little details in this story, I cried over an easy-bake oven and was grinning ear to ear with all of the Star Wars references I was pretty much in my happy place the whole time. I was left very hungry and thirsty though, like literally. With all the wonderful food being cooked and ciders being tasted you might want to have some snacks nearby because the author knows how to write about food and drink!
There's something about all of the camaraderie on the farm that really stuck with me, their sense of values and work ethic makes you fall in love with that type of lifestyle, and I just wanted to transplant myself into the beautiful landscape that the author created for the reader, because it felt very personal and I love when a book does that. I really loved each and every character and I kind of want to kidnap Griff's mom for myself. Book #2 is Jude's book, he's one of the farmhands and he's had a troubled past so I'm super excited to see what his book is all about, and hopefully I'll get a reunion with all of my beloved characters! I am definitely a new Sarina Bowen fan.
Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from 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.
Waiting for more Ivy Years? You can read more about upcoming volumes in the four book series athttp://www.sarinabowen.com/theivyyears
Also, the Gravity series.
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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