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Friday, June 17, 2016

BITTERSWEET by Sarina Bowen Review + Interview

Farmers make the earth move.

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. 

Warning: Contains sexual situations, gourmet yumminess, a steamy outdoor shower and proof that farmers don't mind getting dirty.

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Also, the first chapter was posted here: FIRST CHAPTER

Q:  What is the wildest thing you've ever seen at a Farmer's Market? (can be something that was for sale, something someone did or whatever that stands out)

Each farmers' market has a different vibe. The Norwich VT and Woodstock VT are for purists. Everything looks as if Martha Stewart is about to do a photo shoot there. As for excitement, there was the woman who used to sell raw milk, which many people love, until she was busted by the authorities. (Vermont law says that you can only sell raw milk on the farm itself.) There is hand-dyed yarn made from sheep farmers' wool. And beeswax candles poured into shapes. They smell like honey. Popcorn in strange colors. 

The Lebanon NH farmers' market is a bit more like a street fair. You can buy samosas and home-made play dough and hula well as veggies.

Q:  What is your #1 must buy item? (at FM)

The thick-cut bacon from On the Edge farm. It's to die for.

Q:  Do you have a garden?  If so, what's in it?

Well. Potatoes, garlic, herbs. Lettuce, kale, tomatoes (but I buy the seedlings at the farmers' market.) Zucchini, cucumbers. We have blueberry bushes, wild blackberries and apple, cherry and pear trees. That's most of it!

Q:  What is something about Vermont that many people don't know?

It's the 49th most populous state in the union. (Only Wyoming has fewer residents.) And the cell phone coverage really, really stinks. 


Bittersweet (True North, #1)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

I adored this story a surprising amount. The male lead, Griffin, is a farmer. Farmers and cowboys usually aren’t on my list of favorite book boyfriends, but Griff was a game changer for me. He’s the perfect mix of intelligence and down home personality mixed with new age ideas. Honestly, I’m in love with practically every character. I don’t remember the last time I wanted to join right in with a group of people so much.

Griffin and Audrey hooked up casually a couple of times in college. Now years later, their jobs cause them to cross paths again. Griffin is head of a huge organic farm. Audrey is working her way up in a food corporation with an endgame of being the chief of her own restaurant. One of her current tasks is to find farm fresh produce for upscale restaurants.

Bittersweet has lots of interesting foodie information and the perfect amount of sexiness. It was a refreshing twist to most of the romance books I read. This story was a win for me, and I’ll be sure to read the upcoming books in the series.

***copy given in exchange for an honest review***


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