Title: Bittersweet
Series: True North #1 Standalone
Author: Sarina Bowen
Release Date: June 14, 2016!

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.
Warning: Contains sexual situations, gourmet yumminess, a steamy outdoor shower and proof that farmers don't mind getting dirty.
I can't believe this was my FIRST Sarina Bowen book! How did I get by without this author in my life?! I'VE BEEN MISSING OUT. Bittersweet felt as if it was written just for me. I was IN IT from the opening page, spellbound by the sweet, charming, and sexy feels inside this romance. In fact, it felt as though I flat out melted all over the pages. I swooned hard. So hard, I tumbled into a FULL ON BOOKISH LOVE FEST!!!!!!! Hot flushes, sweet blushes, pitter patters inside my chest, oohhsss and ahhhssss, all of that hit me. There was so much RIGHT with this book. So many things I couldn't get enough of. I LOVED it. I loved it so much, I decided I needed to make a Bittersweet list. So here it goes: 


Let me be real, writing is important to me as a reader. It's the single most important part of a book! If the writing isn't my taste, I can't read it. I'm easily annoyed by things. And it doesn't take much to turn me off. BUT this... I loved it. Sarina's writing style is crisp, clean, not overly detailed. There was no excessive inner monologue. No moments of rambling where I wanted to edit stuff out. I never rolled my eyes. NOT A SINGLE TIME. It was WINNING. Seamless. Perfection to me, at least. 

HOLY F--K!!! **laughs** Bittersweet was HOT! 
I'm talking hottttttttt! 
So much hotter than I thought it would be. 
I was expecting a lightly steamy read. I don't know why, but the depth of HEAT in this novel was a delightful surprise. I love my books scorching. And as I was reading, it became clear that this was full on yummy!!!!! I couldn't get enough. I guarantee you'll have IVG's (Involuntary vaginal clenches)!!! 


Griffin is full out goosebumps, eyelash flutters, and tummy dips. HE IS SEXY, ROUGH, ALPHA HEAVEN!

** Cue teaser **
“Oh fuck,” he panted. He grabbed a fistful of my hair. “Take more,” he ordered. “Suck me.” 
The rasp of his voice pulsed through my body, filling me with desperation. And his musky, salty taste made my head spin. I was going to give him just what he wanted, because I wanted it, too. <<---- Ahhhhh. See?

That's just a tiny taste of what's to come. Things get so much hotter. This book felt nuclear at moments, but also emotional. <<---- Yes! THE FEELLLSSSS! The sex was more than lust, it was more than carnal! It was sweet and tender, too, lovely really! God! I'm getting tingles just thinking of it. 

I love easy dialogue and sassy banter. It's another thing that's important to me in a book. It's something I look for. And sometimes an author has a knack for it. Sarina Bowen is that author. The conversations between these characters seemed so natural. And as I was reading I felt planted in EVERY scene.

I was ON the farm.
I was AT the dining room table.
I was IN the kitchen. 
I was STEAMING UP the sheets with Griff **giggles**

I believed the conversations. I felt invested in them, apart of them. I can't explain how smooth it felt. It was just RIGHT! 

SO UNIQUE!!! For me this story-line was so unique. And I think that's another reason I felt so dazzled by it. I've can't ever remember falling for a story about a farmer!!!!!!!!!! EVER. And I can't explain how endearing that was. I ADORED Griff and Audrey quirks. It made them so special to me. I DELIGHTED in the location this story took place. An APPLE farm, in Vermont? AMAZING. It was CHARMING. HOMEY. I loved the feel of it. It had spark. It had magic. 

Audrey is INCREDIBLE. She's relatable, easy to love, fiery, independent, driven. She had me smiling and shedding tears. Audrey is a STRONG character who doesn't let other people's expectations define who she is. She's refreshing and bewitching. 

And Griffin. 
GRIFFFINNNNNNNNNN!!!!!! ***cue heart eyes, tap dancing, jazz hands, major swoon overload***

Our grumpy alpha is down right decadent. My heart dipped a million times. He. Is. So. Swoony! I wanted to LIVE right there in that bunkhouse. Hahaha. I wanted to make a home in his arms. He's fierce, too. Protective. Compelling. Divine. Moody. He puts others before himself. He cares deeply for his family. He's a provider. A MAN!!!!!!!! A REAL man. And he proved himself to me so much. 

Between him and Audrey, I became attached. I fell in love with their chemistry. I wanted all the good things for them. I rooted for them. And once I added in the other characters, I became completely invested in EVERYONE. 

Really I could go on and on and on. But I won't. I already feel like this review is a mess of swoony crazy. I'll just say this, every morsel this author fed us was delicious. I never wanted it to end! This book made me hungry for more. I wanted to keep reading. I didn't want to leave this world. And when it was over, I mourned it. It gave me the BIGGEST book hangover. It's been days since I finished and it's still a book I think about daily. I want to re-read it. I NEVER re-read. I want put a copy of it on my shelf and just stare at it. It's deliciousness that is more than addictive. 

Bittersweet is a pleasure to read and every page felt like a treat. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone. I cannot see a single person not falling in love. It was just too damn good.

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Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont's Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.


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