Review – Bittersweet (True North, #1) by Sarina Bowen


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 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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WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO START THE TRUE NORTH SERIES?! Gah, I’m kicking myself right now!

   Sarina Bowen wove a sweet, sexy, funny, entertaining, and swoon-worthy second chance romance with Bittersweet, and it was a fantastic kickoff to the True North series!

   The storyline was fun, fresh, and kept me entertained from start to finish. Small town romances are my jam, and I fell head over heels in love with the Vermont setting. It was quaint, idyllic, and honestly made me wish I lived there.

   The characters were equally amazing. I loved Griffin, Audrey, and the rest of the Shipley family and their friends so much. They were a wonderful cast of characters and made the book such a delight to read. Griffin and Audrey were especially fantastic, and I loved how their love story transpired. It definitely wasn’t an easy journey and certainly had bumps along the way, but I was very happy with the conclusion.

   Bittersweet was a sexy, funny, entertaining, and swoon-worthy start to the True North series, and I absolutely loved Griffin and Audrey’s second chance story! I’m totally smitten with the world of True North and honestly can’t wait to devour the rest of the standalones in the series!


About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is the award-winning author of more than thirty contemporary novels. She has hit the USA Today bestseller’s list thirteen times and counting. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and Wi-Fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina’s books are published in a dozen languages on four continents.

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