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Bittersweet (True North Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Fantastic.-- "USA Today"
Smart, funny, and super sexy.-- "Sarah Mayberry, author of the Brothers Ink series"
Tad Branson captures Griffin's seriousness with drawn-out phrasing; he deals with his love and responsibility for his family with wit and sarcasm. In alternating chapters, Saskia Maarleveld portrays Audrey, a feisty young woman who is ready to conquer challenges. Maarleveld subtly reveals Audrey's uncertainty as she's torn between her love for Griffin and her dream of being a successful chef. Branson's husky timbre makes their sexual connections sizzle. Maarleveld delivers Audrey's pleasure in these moments and makes the heat of the kitchen pale in comparison.-- "AudioFile" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance, including the Ivy Years, Gravity, and Brooklyn Bruisers series, as well as two series of new-adult fiction.
Saskia Maarleveld is an experienced voice-over actress and Earphones Award-winning narrator. Raised in New Zealand and France, she is highly skilled with accents and dialects, and many of her books have been narrated entirely in accents other than her own. In addition to audiobooks, her voice can be heard in animation, video games, and commercials.
Tad Branson is an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator whose readings include romance titles by Nicole Edwards and Jay Crownover, among others.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B01G6493MO
- Publisher : Rennie Road Books (14 June 2016)
- Language: : English
- File size : 2830 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 349 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #234 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Spoken in: Dual POV
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen is the first novel in her True North series and it was absolutely incredible.
I adored this story so much. It was beautiful, sweet and so damn hot. Audrey was such a breath of fresh air with her bubbly personality and then we have the worlds grumpiest farmer Griffin who deep down was a total sweetheart. When these two meet again years later after having a bit of a fling back in college their was no way they could deny the intense chemistry they had even after all those years.
It was so entertaining and fun to read and I loved all of Griffin's family and the workers at Shipleys Farm. Amazing and totally recommend x
I'm not against mother's per se, but it feels a bit voyeur-ish (and is often paired with a juvenile storyline) reading a romance when the MC seems incapable of leading a life independent of their parents. To ensure this wasn't anomaly I did a search.
Results = Bullet dodged
This was a nice and easy read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I need to find myself a farmer! Somebody help me find a man like Griff, haha.
Definitely recommend, and look forward to reading the other books in the series!
The organic farm that Griff & his family run is a nice touch as well as inspiring Audrey's culinary pursuits. He's a bit gruff, she's the one causes a disaster or two. The secondary characters & family add to the tale. Also there's a touch of hotness.
Jude's story is next. I would however like a follow up with this couple.
Top reviews from other countries
Audrey and Griff knew each other in college, despite him being a few years older. (Freshman / Senior) . Their paths cross again when both of them find themselves on different life paths than those they had expected to be on. And the chemistry between them......OMG! This is one HOT farmer. All that passion lurking under that gruff exterior.
The secondary characters in this book are outstandingly well written. There was no one in Vermont that I didn't like. And there is a soooo much potential for more books about them. Jude is up next in Steadfast. Sign me up......
This is a sexy, funny, sweet, poignant and sassy romantic story. The lead characters are flawlessly written and will captivate you from the start. There is low angst and truthfully, this book doesn't need much angst. It has all the ingredients for a winning formula as it is. (Formula....ingredients....You'll get that when you've read it) Audrey and Griff are so right together. And just to say, the farm / town is so beautifully described, I don't think I've ever read another book where I so desperately wished to be in that setting.
Beyond 5 stars and I'm itching for more.....
Isn't it great when an author gives you a complete story for free! Great business too, because if the writing is good, people are more inclined to buy more. Which is exactly what I intend to do.
Griffin and Audrey's story is about reconnection after a long ago hook up. Griffin is a man with regrets. He regrets the sudden lost of his father, the abandonment of his American Football career and not telling Audrey how he felt about her when they were at college together.
Audrey has felt less than, for awhile. She has flunked out of college twice, her mother thinks she is a failure and the company she works for, won't give her a job working as a chef.
Instead, her company sends her on a produce hunt in Vermont, where she meets up with Griff, who has taken over the family farm.
The chemistry is still there but can they rekindle what might have been.
I will certainly be buying more in this series and I would recommend that you do too. Enjoy peeps 😉
The plot is somewhat intrigueing for an adult romance. Griff is a farmer he is the leader of his family's farm where he has thousands of apple trees and a few hundred milk cows. He never expected to take over but life had different plans and now he's happy. His life goes around his delicious apple cider.
Audrey is a chef.. at least she wants to be. She struggles as a corporate worker messing up all the time and now she has one last chance to prove that she knows what she's doing. She's sent to Vermont. To talk to organic farmers.
Oh yeah, and they hooked up in collage.
So yes, the story is basic cute romance but I think the whole apple orchard setting is really nice. Griffith is a classic grumpy, rough-at-the-edges handworking guy who has one goal.. take care of his family. Even at the cost of his dreams. When his long forgotten hook-up city girl needs roadside rescue his whole life turns upside down. He starts to dream again and Audrey provides the means and enthusiasm. I think Griffith's character is nicely developed and I could see his thoughts changing throughout the book.
Audrey is a whole other story. At the beginning of the book she was a refreshing somewhat adorable girl who's really clueless. But as the book progressed she seemed more and more shallow, untrusting and let's be honest... dumb. She was so preoccupied with her own goals that she did not notice the unreasonability of her situation. It was quite annoying. Though I clould see glimpses of where the author wanted to go with her actions but it seemed rushed.
My other issue was the end of the book. It was more of a possibility for a happy ending then a happy ending which I don't like that much in books this kind. If it's a cheesy story then I want a cheesy ending too.
But despite the issues, Griff took the book to his back and made me happy. The farm and the whole Shipely family life was awesome. And when Audrey had a chance to cook then she was nice too.😊
On the downside this is just stuffed with cliches. The 'niceness' of it grated a bit, the hapless female in need of rescuing, the good number of other single charecters sitting pretty all lined up for the follow up books. It was kind of distracting that the female narrator kept reffering to her 'girly parts', distracting and more than a little weird, The male narrator made up for it though, he had no such language issues.
All in all a decent lightweight steamy romantic read. Unlikely to leave a lasting impression.