REVIEW – BITTERSWEET (True North, #1) by Sarina Bowen



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.

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 “I Like Audrey. A lot” Stars!
(ARC provided by author)


Griffin Shipley is a 27 yr. old organic farmer living in Tuxbury, Vermont. After playing football in college, his NFL dreams were cast aside when his father suddenly passed away. For the last three years Griff has run Shipley Farms alongside his mother helping care for the farm & his siblings. They have apples, ciders & dairy, but cider is Griff’s passion and the part of the farm he hopes to expand.

Griff gets a little excitement in his life when his old college hook-up Audrey Kidder shows up on his doorstep. Audrey is a trained chef in Boston who works for a big restaurant group that wants to put fresh produce in their restaurants. They send Audrey to Vermont to negotiate prices with the farmers.


Audrey is surprised when she comes face to face with the gorgeous football player she was so hot for back in college. She hasn’t seen Griff in five years, but she still remembers every delicious thing he did to her body. The spark between them is still there, & when they finally surrender to their lust for one another they are just as compatible physically as they were before. Their connection is so strong & they can’t seem to get enough of each other.

-Damn. Why did this man have to be so freaking attractive?

-“Don’t know what it is about you, princess.”

-“You make me crazy.”

-Skin to skin with her was the only place I ever wanted to be.

-“You kill me. Every damn time. Just you.”

What begins as amazing casual sex soon turns into more, as they both start falling for one another. Things are complicated since they live in different places & lead totally different lives. Griff never thought he would have time for a girlfriend with his demanding schedule, but he’s starting to see a future with Audrey. This was a sexy fabulous book! I really enjoyed it & look forward to reading more in this series.

*****Dee’s Review*****

4.5 STARS*****

(ARC provided by author )

Sarina Bowen does it again!!!! She’s created a new story with sexy characters, in a very charming setting that captivated me to no end. Forget about Farm-to-table, more like Farm-to-panty, delicious story that will leave you lusting after a hot farmer, and hungry for more….Sarina Bowen does it again!!!! She’s created a new story with sexy characters, in a very charming setting that captivated me to no end. Forget about Farm-to-table, more like Farm-to-panty, delicious story that will leave you lusting after a hot farmer, and hungry for more….


Griffin Shipley was a football star in college, and just when he was on the cusp of getting the football career he’d always wanted, his father dies, and Griffin has to move back to Vermont to manage the family farm.

Years later he enjoys the work he does at the farm, he is very proud of his accomplishments and has even developed a passion for making cider. One day while out doing some harvesting, Griffin notices a car stuck in a ditch on his farm, and he gets the surprise of a lifetime when he realizes that the woman with the car troubles is no other than his college hook-up, Audrey Kidder.

Audrey is a city girl with big dreams. After failing too many times in college, she put herself through Culinary school, even against her mother’s wishes. Alone and with no money, Aubrey decides to embark on her dream of being the chef of her own restaurant. She knows it won’t be easy, especially without her mother’s help and money, but she is ready to finally claim her freedom and do exactly what she loves.

Aubrey works for a restaurant company, where in order to get her dream, she has to pass a few stepping stones along the way. That’s how she found herself on a Vermont Farm, staring into the beautiful eyes of the man she once had a very sexy one-night stand with when she was in college.

Aubrey needs beautiful organic produce, and Griffin can provide her with that, and much more. They start working together, but the rawness of the work, the delicious food and aromas of the land, and the insane chemistry will inevitably bring these two characters together, and their passion will burn high. But can Audrey put her dreams behind, for love? Can love be enough for this couple or will careers get in the way?
Read this delicious story and find out…

This book was very entertaining, once you start, you won’t want to do anything else but read it from start to finish. That is the magic pen of Sarina Bowen, always tempting, and always sexy.

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