Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen
Published June 14th 2016
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 had bought this book on a whim after I seen an ad for it on Twitter. I thought it was really cool that the book took place in Vermont and I was very intrigued that one of the main characters was a farmer. Having grown up in a farming community, I was curious about how the author would portray farming life. I’m really picky about New Adult books so I didn’t have high hopes for Bittersweet at all. So I was extremely surprised by how much I loved this book.
I loved the characters so much, especially Audrey. She was really well written and was so witty.
I thought she had some pretty good character development.
I found Griff to be relatable and I definitely understood his choices and morals.
I really wish that Audrey and Griff had a better relationship. I know that their relationship was suppose to spawn from casual hookups but I wanted to read about an actual relationship. I felt like it went from sex to serious relationship too quickly and there wasn’t much time for development.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and different and better than 99% of all the NA books I’ve read. I do wish the relationship was different and/or better written but that’s just a personal preference. I’m already looking forward to starting the next book in this series.