Review: Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

Posted June 16, 2016 by Wil in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Bittersweet by Sarina BowenBittersweet (True North, #1) by Sarina Bowen
Published by Rennie Road Books on June 14th 2016
Pages: 293
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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.




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 is 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!!!





**An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**




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About Sarina Bowen

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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