I have a special place in my heart for Sarina Bowen. My first introduction to her books was through the Ivy Years, and I fell in love with her prose. Each of her characters are incredibly different, but they all face real-world adversities. Whether these characters are struggling to maintain custody of their sibling, to keep their identity hidden, to overcome a physical disability, or to keep their identities a secret, each character seems to become embedded in my heart. I truly become invested in these people, and I often find myself missing them, which is abnormal, I know, but that is how good she is as a writer. Her stories are often ones I revisit when I am in a book slump or have some time between the book I finished and a new release I am waiting to read. Because of this, I am so excited for her newest series. I am sure that, just like her previous books, Bittersweet will become one of my go-to books that I reread.
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.