Book 1, True North
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Fantastic. -USA Today
Best Romance of June. -Goodreads Romance Newsletter
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.
Romance & Food a perfect combo
I adored this story a surprising amount. The male lead, Griffin, is a farmer. Farmers and cowboys usually aren’t on my list of favorite book boyfriends, but Griff was a game changer for me. He’s the perfect mix of intelligence and down home personality mixed with new age ideas. Honestly, I’m in love with practically every character. I don’t remember the last time I wanted to join right in with a group of people so much.
Griffin and Audrey hooked up casually a couple of times in college. Now years later, their jobs cause them to cross paths again. Griffin is head of a huge organic farm. Audrey is working her way up in a food corporation with an endgame of being the chief of her own restaurant. One of her current tasks is to find farm fresh produce for upscale restaurants.
Bittersweet has lots of interesting foodie information and the perfect amount of sexiness. It was a refreshing twist to most of the romance books I read. This story was a win for me, and I’ll be sure to read the upcoming books in the series.
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!
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.