Review: BITTERSWEET by Sarina Bowen


Sarina Bowen

SeriesTrue North #1
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Pages: 348
Release date: June 14th 2016

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.

“Everything good in life can be explained by cider.”

Bittersweet is a lighthearted and feel-good kind of book. The novel’s sweet romance story, likable and developed characters, and fast pace sweep you right off your feet. The funny dialogue and lack of drama are also big highlights, and all the talk about food is the cherry on top.

Sarina Bowen has a gift when it comes to writing the sweetest of romance stories. This is another adorable book from her, with great writing and an incredible set of characters. This is the kind of novel that puts a smile on your face and leaves you wanting more.

I have to admit, I stayed up way past my bedtime to read this one. The story and writing just hook you in right from the first chapter, and it only gets better as the plot progresses. I can’t emphasize enough just how sweet this story is. The lack of drama is probably my favorite thing about it, as it makes the conflicts and plot feel more real and grounded.

The novel is told in dual POV: Griffin and Audrey. They each have their own voice, and the steady pace makes the shift between chapters flow rather smoothly. It’s great reading about them reconnecting and falling in love with each other, especially when their banter and witty humor comes out.

Every character in this is amazing! Bowen does a wonderful job developing each and every one of them, and giving them complex and unique personalities. I actually can’t wait to read the next installments because of this. I want to know more about the characters!

I do have to say all the food talk is both a blessing and a curse for me. On one hand: yay, food! It’s really interesting to read about the process Griffin goes through to make cider. But on the other hand? Some points totally fly over my head and I get hungry. 😛

All in all, Bittersweet is a delight. It’s the perfect book to read when you need some cheering up, and the adorableness of it brings a smile to your face. Highly recommend it to all Romance fans! Now, onto the next one. 😀



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