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- Print Length: 349 pages
- Publisher: Rennie Road Books (14 June 2016)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01G6493MO
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Bittersweet (True North Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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"
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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
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!
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
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.
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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.....
Griff gave up his own dreams to support his family. Now he's a brooding grumpy sexy farmer. He worked his butt off in college to gain a degree in chemistry while holding down a place on the football team. He had made it into a team when he left college but that's when life threw a curveball.
Audrey has an overbearing mother. She wants to please her but her strengths are different from her mothers. She's a college drop out, twice and an excellent chef. She's now on her own and struggling to find her place in the world. She knows what she wants but it isn't going to be easy. She's on her last warning at work and has been asked to travel to Vermont and speak with local farmers about providing ingredients for a corporate company. When she arrives, her entrance is anything but smooth. Her cooperate company have sent her on a goose chase and she isn't going anywhere fast.
Audrey and Griff hooked up in college. They have great chemistry and can't deny it. Audrey's life is in the city and Griff doesn't have time for anything but his farm. Their paths cross and the wires are electric. Something's are just meant to be.
I loved the background story of this romance. The apple growing and the mouth-watering baking. Audrey is a fun loving, self-doubting (but not with her cooking), walking mess but she funny and sweet. Deep down Griff has always known she was special. This is the start of the series and there are lots of chapters with a sprinkle of intrigue about them.
This book is great. 5 stars. The romance is intense. There are funny bits, touching bits and a lovable family.
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 😉
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.
Gruff farmer Griff, who feels the pressure of supporting his entire family, finds respite and gratification between the legs of independent and industrious former one-night-stand, Audrey.
The good and the bad:
Sarina Bowen is officially a one-click author for me. After reading and loving her co-written “Man” series, I decided to see what she is like on her own. Well, Bittersweet proved to me that she is a fantastic author in her own right.
This book tells the story of burly 27-year-old farmer Griffin and wannabe chef Audrey – who were very briefly lovers in college – meeting again in the course of their work and falling in love. This isn’t a story filled with dramatic twists and turns, but it really didn’t need to be. I stayed hooked because Bowen’s style of writing is incredibly readable and I adored seeing how “Grumpy Griff” gradually loosened up and transformed into a happier person as he fell for feisty and independent Audrey.
As for the sex scenes – hubba-hubba! Bowen knows how to write about rumpy-pumpy. There is a decent scattering of sex scenes throughout, some in unusual places, others in the usual places but still very hot!
Bittersweet is for the most-part set on a farm. Bowen either grew up on a farm or did some top-quality research because her knowledge seems really good and that gave the book tons of authenticity, which I personally find is crucial to a romance story - I find it really off-putting if lots of aspects do not ring true.
I also enjoyed how she subtly introduced secondary characters who feature in others books in this series. I didn’t feel like she was shoving them in my face and giving me the hard sell to buy the rest of the series – she made them prominent enough to intrigue me, and I immediately downloaded Steadfast, which is the story of Jude, an ex-con who works on Griff’s farm for a few months before returning home. I’ve read three of Bowen's books back to back now. I think I am going to read Steadfast next… :)
Completely engrossed from start to finish and although I listened to this on audio which was brilliant by the way, the flow was great. The right amount of angst, drama, hotness and Grumpy farmer Griff I loved him.
Griff Shipley had a promising football career in college he was one of those guys and he and Audrey had a one night stand just before the end of their time there but instead of Griff moving on his father died and he returned to his farm to work for the family.
This story is bittersweet for both characters and they are a perfect match.
Audrey, according to Griff was a girl who seemed to have everything, Griff called her a princess but looks can be deceiving. Audrey had an interfering overbearing mother who treated Audrey like she was never good enough she had high expectations of Audrey and was trying to make Audrey into a product of herself so Audrey broke away, went her own way and went to culinary school.
Audrey landed her first job at a company called BPG and instead of spending time in the kitchen like she hoped they sent her to look for products they could use in their restaurants.
Audrey and Griff meeting up again was a little bit frosty, Griff hated the big company's who didn't pay farmers their worth and he spread the word to other farmers that a rep was around farmers and no-one would see Audrey which made her job difficult when she was trying to impress her new boss.
I loved this story and the gradual build up to Griff and Audrey's reunion and it was so hot.
I would definitely read more in this series the Shipley family had a great feel to them and I would definitely read more about the other characters.
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This book could have easily been another one of those books that are entertaining enough but forgettable in the long run. However, the cast of characters were incredibly lovable and fleshed out in a way that you simply have to root for them. More than that, it is so easy to relate to these characters and the struggles they face. Audrey grew up with an extreme amount of pressure on her shoulders. Conceived through IVF, Audrey’s mother expected nothing but the best from her. Not wanting to follow in her mothers footsteps, Audrey set her sights on achieving her own dreams. Audrey was a charmer and it was so easy to relate to her situation with her mother. We all have aspirations but not all of us are lucky to have parents that support those dreams. Audrey tried to live up those expectations but sometimes you have to take charge of your own life and happiness instead of following a path that would please everyone but yourself. The passion Audrey has for cooking is evident and her determination to become a chef in her own restaurant were applaudable. However, it’s not an easy goal to achieve and seeing Audrey handle the challenges that hit her made her all the more relatable.
Then we have Griffin; a 27 year old farmer that gave up a possible career in football to ensure the survival of their family business after suffering a terrible loss. Following a one night stand in college, the last thing Griffin expected was for Audrey to come crashing into his life again. This man oozes sex appeal. He’s hard working and completely devoted to his family. Yes, he’s grumpy, but he’s also caring and funny and basically a big teddy bear at heart so following the progression of his and Audrey’s relationship was a lot of fun.
We have to talk about the romance. Individually, both these characters are incredibly lovable and thoughtful. Together, they are golden. There’s a history between them and it’s evident that the chemistry that they once had at college didn’t fade over time leading to oodles of sizzling sexual tension. As a couple, they have to be one of my favourites. These two balance each other out. Spending time with Audrey allows Griffin to unleash his softer side and release the pressure he feels as head of the household. In turn, Griffin helps Audrey realise that there’s no one direct way to achieve a goal and that some dreams can change over time. These two balance each other out and the relationship was full of support, passion, and communication, meaning that there was no unnecessary angst or drama standing in their way of exploring an open and meaningful relationship.
This was an incredible introduction to the True North series. The minute I finished the book I was ready to hop on a flight to Vermont and find my own grump farmer and explore all the beauty in the state. Bittersweet is the perfect book for anyone looking for an addictive read that will have you smiling and laughing from beginning to end.
He meets Aubrey again, and there starts a battle of wills. They are both hot headed and stubborn. They’re also from two different backgrounds as they’ve both changed as people. He has to focus on his farm and Aubrey is being asked to do what seems to be an impossible task.
She has some hard decisions to make but as she immerses herself back into Griffin’s life, she has to fight to gain the trust of the neighbouring community. I am impressed with her tenacity and the fact that she doesn’t give up. She has the characteristics of a strong character but at times she doesn’t believe in her own strength and that is usually half the battle.
I am really invested in these characters and towards the end of this book, my heart was beginning to hurt because for a while I was convinced that there wouldn’t be a happy ending, I won’t spoil and say if there is or not but I will say this. This book is amazing. I am in awe of how much Sarina has grown as an author. She’s not afraid to write books that are true to her. This is a farm romance and yet one of my favourites that she has written to date.
Having it on audible just intensifies the pleasure. A must read.
This was wonderful. Grouchy Griffin and Adorable Audrey made for fantastic reading. Not to mention the fabulous supporting characters that were Griff's family. I just want to move into the farm house. Is that too much to ask?
I've loved all of Sarina's sporty novels and have read them all more than once. So I was excited to learn that a totally new series was on the cards. After being immersed in the world of New Adult this contemporary romance was a real palate cleanser and I loved every word. I want to say how much I enjoyed reading about a more mature couple when in fact these characters are actually my own age. As I say I've been reading a lot of NA lately!
I absolutely loved all the cooking references and vivid descriptions of life on a farm. Griffin's, Audrey's and Sarina's own passion for food and life in Vermont is evident throughout the whole book. The alternating perspectives between Griff and Audrey and the low angst of it all makes this one of my favourite reads of the year!
When this book landed in my inbox I don't mind saying I considered cancelling plans with my bestie so I could stay home and read. I've been excited to meet Griffin for a while and he was everything I was hoping for and even more. This was the perfect combination of sweet and sexy. Bittersweet was a totally refreshing read and a fantastic start to the True North series. I recommend reading this book on a hot summer day with a cold glass of cider!
I loved the simplicity and the feel of this book. It was original and different to anything I've read for a while. This was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it!