Series: True North #1
Author: Sarina Bowen
Pages: 293 (Kindle)
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Release Date: June 14, 2016
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 knew I had to read Bittersweet as soon as I saw “mountain men” in the description. And while it wasn’t quite what I was expecting, I really enjoyed it for what it was! Which is a farmer-foodie Romance! Griff and Audrey use to hook up in college. Now, he’s running his family’s farm and making hard cider while she’s interning with a big restaurant group. Unfortunately for Audrey, she’s not placed in a kitchen. She’s sent out to buy produce for their farm-to-table program, which has her reuniting with Griff as she tries to negotiate the price of his famous cider.
Bittersweet was actually very sweet. Audrey not only reconnects with Griffin as he shows her around the orchards and introduces her to other local farmers. She connects with his family, which is something she never had as her mother is not exactly a warm person. Audrey finally also winds up in a kitchen, although it’s just helping Griff’s mom whip up meals for the family and farmhands. Everyone is just so open and welcoming to Audrey, even when the business deals go to crap. I loved how focused on their goals both of them were, and I was worried for a bit about one of them giving up their dreams for the relationship, but that doesn’t happen! I loved how things turned out!
Bittersweet is a really great Romance, and there’s no stupid, forced break up. Not to say that things go smoothly for Audrey and Griff, but they talk things out, and Griff has his family there to talk some sense into him. I also really enjoyed getting to know Jude a little bit, since he’ll be the focus of the next book.