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Farmers make the earth move.
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 hard cider 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 cider-making 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.
"Smart, funny and super sexy, Bittersweet is full of the kind of writing that makes Sarina Bowen one of my favorite author crushes." Author Sarah Mayberry.
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Review: True North 1: Bittersweet
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen is the first book in her brand new series True North. Hot farmers and apple trees? Yes please! This was a fabulously paced book filled with all kinds of details on cider making, cooking, and apple farming amongst other things. I not only thoroughly enjoyed the romance story between Griffin and Audrey but I felt like I was a little smarter after reading this. A little more aware of the organic farming community. I LOVED that about this book.
Audrey was a bit of a train-wreck in the beginning. Anything that could go wrong for her seemed to but her calamities all lead her to Griffin's farm so all good in the end there.
Griffin was just doing his best to keep his farm making money. When it all fell to his shoulders after his dad's heart attack and he had to let his potential career in professional football go to come home and take over, he figured this was it. Farm only and no time for romance. When Audrey practically crashes back into his life things start to look up for the both of them.
Heartwarming and unpredictable I absolutely adored this book and cannot wait for the next one, Steadfast, Jude's book.
Griff and Audrey❤️
The Shipley family is so much fun, I am hoping for a story about all of them, including Zach.
Love the Vermont setting, the organic farm to table, the cider making. When you read the way Sarina describes the food and smells, you get hungry. When you experience her writing, you fall in love with the surroundings and the people.
By far, a FIVE star read.
5 Big Stars!
I loved this book so much! It’s no secret that I’m a huge Sarina Bowen fan. I love all her books and I love her writing, it’s always so witty, smart and sexy. Well, Bittersweet is not the exception, this book does not disappoint. Bittersweet is the first standalone in Sarina’s new series True North. It is a departure from her sports romance books but it’s great nonetheless. I personally loved the whole Vermont, farming setup of the story.
Bittersweet id the story of Audrey Kidder and Griffin Shipley. Audrey and Griff used to know each other in college, she was a freshman party girl and he was a hot football playing senior. They had a brief affair and didn’t see each other for five years. Now, five years later, Audrey is a chef trying to start her career in Boston and Griff is a farmer and cider maker, trying to keep his family farm in Vermont afloat. When Audrey is sent to Vermont to buy some local farm-to-table produce for her big corporate bosses, Audrey and Griff reconnect and sparks fly!!!
I fell in love with everything, the setting, the characters, the story, the dialogue, the writing. Audrey was a great character, I love that there was some depth to her character and she was such a cool girl. And Griff, holy hotness Griff, he was so grumpy, but so lovable, charming, generous and all sorts of hot. Griffin is a true gentleman, and I fell madly in love with him! That’s another thing I love about Sarina’s books, she definitely can write an awesome male POV.
This story is super light and sweet, there’s no unnecessary drama, angst or big misunderstandings. The dialogue between all characters is super funny and witty. This book is also super, super, super sexy! Holy hot sex scenes!!! And I also fell in love with the secondary characters, Griff’s mom and brother and sisters were great. I too wanted to be a Shipley. Zach and Jude were also great, I can’t wait to read their books. Anyway, like the tag line says, farmers make the earth move. This book is great and I absolutely recommend it!