Saturday, January 6, 2018

Bountiful by Sarina Bowen (audiobook)

Title:  Bountiful
Author: Sarina Bowen
My Rating: A-
Narrator: Seraphine Valentine and Teddy Hamilton

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: True North #4
Main Characters: Zara and Dave
Release Date: November 2017 (audiobook)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on. 

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life. 

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.


My Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 4.5
Story: 4.0

This story overlaps the other books so it was interesting to see all of the events happening from Zara's point of view. I'll admit, I was never a huge Zara fan in the rest of the series, but I grew to like her...a lot...in this book.

And then there's Dave...professional hockey playing Dave. OMG, YES! I loved this intersection of Sarina Bowen's other series...it's like a book filled with Easter Eggs when that happens and definitely makes me happy as a reader. 

I've been a huge fan of this series from the very first book. Because this story overlapped the other stories, it had a slightly different feel, but that was never a bad thing. The hard thing about this story is just how closed off Zara is. She is NOT a character who trusts anyone with her heart...anyone...friends, family, or possible boyfriends. So that made it really hard to like her at first. Like I said, she grew on me, but it's a slow evolution to fall in love with her. 

And Dave isn't easy either. But by the end I was the biggest cheerleader in his corner, urging him on and sending positive thoughts that Zara would eventually cave. (Okay, yes, I may get a little TOO into the story lines sometimes, but that's what makes these great books to read. I love that feeling that the characters are real people and I just want them to find their happy...together.)

Like all the other books, eventually that happens here, too. Now, I'm ready for book #5...who's it going to be?? Whoever it is, I'm ready and am excited to read it. 

And...as always...this narration team NAILS these books. I love these two. They always do a fantastic job!

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