Bittersweet (True North # 1)

By Sarina Bowen

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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. 


Wow, what a really sweet read about love, family and sacrifice that will leave you smiling.

Yeah, it was official.  I was going to be single for the rest of my fucking life.  The guy who’d kill a pig in front of a pretty girl is the guy who will die lonely.

I liked Audrey and thought she was a really nice woman.  She suffers from low self-esteem, but she’s not afraid to stand up for herself and for those she loves when they’ve been wronged.  She’s also not afraid of hard work and she doesn’t want to have everything handed to her, despite having a very wealthy and influential mother who is more than willing to do just that.  I thought Griff was an absolute sweetheart and his love for his family is there for everyone to see.  He gave up his dream of playing professional football to help support them after the death of his father, and he carries the weight of the farm’s success on his very broad shoulders.

Audrey and Griff were the perfect example of opposites attracting; she’s light, fun and friendly where as he’s broody and grumpy.  I loved their interactions, especially their verbal sparring at the beginning.  I think a special mention also needs to go out to Griff’s mother, who was really sweet, and his two farmhands, Zach and Jude.  I love it when secondary characters are memorable without being in your face or taking the story away from the main characters.

BITTERSWEET is told in dual POVs and while it’s the beginning of a new series, each book can be read as a stand-alone as each one will be about a different couple.  Jude will get the next book, STEADFAST, and I’m hoping Zach will get the third book, KEEPSAKE.

Bittersweet (True North # 1)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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