Saturday, December 2, 2017

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen (audiobook)

Title:  Bittersweet
Author: Sarina Bowen
My Rating: A
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld and Tad Branson

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: True North #1
Main Characters: Griffin and Audrey
Release Date: October 2016 (audiobook)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.
My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.5
Story: 4.75

I loved this audiobook so much, I went and downloaded books 2 & 3 before I even finished listening to this one. 

Griffin and Audrey hooked up a couple of times in college. She actually dated one of his frat brothers, who turned out to be a cheating jerk. So, when it came to Griff, she didn't think he had any real interest in her...it was just a hook up. But she had been wrong. Even back then Griff had felt like she was different. He really liked her. 

But Audrey was a rich party girl who didn't have great self esteem at the time, so she couldn't see that. Now Audrey is trying to pursue her dream of running and owning a restaurant. Her path to get there means that right now she's basically slave labor for a big corporate restaurant company...a company that doesn't treat their farmers very well. They send her to negotiate terms in Vermont. 

This is where she runs into Farmer Griff/Grumpy Griff. Griff has no love for the company Audrey works for, but he is still as enthralled with her as ever. They hook up again. Again, Griff is the one getting attached, while Audrey is treating this as a temporary thing.

This book was FANTASTIC. There are a LOT of things happening in the background. Griff is trying to keep the family farm afloat. He gave up his dreams to do this, so there is a lot of pressure. Audrey is finally on the cusp of something that she knows she can succeed at. She just needs the chance, but the company she works for is AWFUL...gah, I hated this company. 

But Audrey and Griff together are magic. In fact, Audrey on the Shipley Farm is just magic. Everything works for her there. Griff's family and employees love her. It's all so, so good. As a reader, I sat there with tight fists wanting Audrey to see it, too. It takes her a while.

I am so excited about this series and cannot wait for the next two books. I'm listening to them on audio, but am thinking I need them in print for my keeper shelf too!


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