Series: True North #1
Published by Self-Published on 6/14/16
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.
When the announcement came out that Sarina was starting a new series about farmers, it was something I wanted to read right away. The synopsis was very interesting and having read some of Sarina Bowen’s other books, I knew what to expect in terms of tone and writing style, which I’ve come to enjoy. Well, unfortunately, Bittersweet missed the mark for me.
I wouldn’t say there was anything particularly wrong with the book. The characters were likeable, the storyline cute, the romance sweet, but there was nothing exciting or engaging. Conflicts were resolved too easily or glossed over which made them seem insignificant and left me wondering the point of them to begin with. Dialogue was flat and generic. It was just, meh.
Also, it was very difficult for me to not draw parallels to a book I read last year that had a similar plot, setting and characters. Unfortunately, or not, Bittersweet lacked the creativity and descriptive imagery of the earlier released novel that I found myself wanting to add more to the descriptions, giving them more life. I think there was a lot of missed opportunities to make it more developed and dynamic.
However, a very small part of me is left feeling seriously intrigued about the next book coming in the series, but I will wait for reviews before proceeding. Sorry y’all, but I can’t recommend this one.