Bittersweet (True North, #1)

Bittersweet (True North, #1)

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by Sarina Bowen
     
 

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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

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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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ISBN-13:
2940152801644
Publisher:
Rennie Road Books
Publication date:
06/14/2016
Series:
True North , #1
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
6,378
File size:
794 KB

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Bittersweet (True North, #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
CMDeOliveira 5 months ago
You can't help but fall in love with grumpy farmer Griff and sassy Audrey these two are perfect together. This story just pulls you in and you want to become part of the Shipley family and their friends.
micharch 6 months ago
Griffin and Audrey see each other again after 5 years. They had a few rendezvous in college and Griffin wanted more but never really pursued it. Audrey has graduated culinary school and is working at a big corporation in the hopes of winning one of their coveted restaurant programs. Audrey is sent to Vermont to bargain with farmers for fresh produce on behalf of BPG and runs into Griffin. Griffin is pretty surly and doesn't respond well to seeing Audrey at first. Griffin had to give up his dreams of playing pro football after his father died unexpectedly. Now he has to run their family farm and is responsible for his families needs. Griffin doesn't trust any corporations and does sabotage Audrey's efforts at first. He knows he feels something for her but doesn't really acknowledge it at first. I think he was still nursing his hurt at her blowing off his attempts to see her again. Audrey has low self-esteem, almost no self-confidence and doesn't trust in men. Griffin finally starts to wear her down and it was nice to see him bolster her up. Audrey did have it in her head that things had to be a certain way or she would be a failure. Audrey had to finally stop putting herself first and think about Griffin too. When Audrey finally is shown her employer's true colors, I liked that she didn't hesitate to no longer deal with them. I like how, even when things didn't go as planned, Griffin manned up and went for what was important. I did like the ending and thought it was a great start to this series.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Full length story. Beautifully written. Great chemistry between the characters. I can't wait to read more from this author.
cordee 6 months ago
Audrey didn't have a happy childhood. Her mother is cold at best and has always been giving her the impression that she is a constant failure. She dropped out of college, never really finished anything until she found her calling in cooking, the only thing she thinks she's good at. Audrey works for a chain of restaurants hoping that one day she will be a chef at her own. She puts up with the most absurd projects in order to keep her job because she wants to show her mother that she can take care of herself. One of these projects is the farm-to-table project of the company she works for. Her boss sends her to Vermont to convince local farmers to sell their produce. Griffin used to be a football player in college. He had a career ahead and had been drafted to play professionally when he had to take over his family's farm after his father passed away unexpectedly. Sacrificing his dream and taking up the responsibility of becoming the head of his family wasn't easy but Griff finds solace in his passion for making cider and takes pride in the high quality he produces. One day a woman he knows intimately from college visits him with a proposition to sell his cider for an offendingly low price. Despite his irritation for this offer the attraction they felt when they hooked up in college surfaces again with a force. But Griff doesn't have time for a relationship and Audrey lives in Boston. Additionally she works for she Dark Side so there is no way this can work. Or can it? Griff is the kind of guy who makes it impossible for real men to live up to a book boyfriend. Not gonna lie, he is EXACTLY the guy I would fall for. He is this grouchy and gruff, bearded, handsome guy who didn't just settle for taking over the farm and the responsibilities that come with it. He has made the best out of the hand life has dealt him. He is a sexy, endearing, deeply caring and responsible man with a sense of humor to boot (watch out for the scene in which he tells everybody that he likes Audrey, good times!). Audrey is this slightly quirky, funny and adorable girl who seems flighty at times. Her mother never went easy on her, criticizing eveything she did in the past. I think that's why I went easy on her. I found a lot of myself in her, how I was when I was young. Audrey's sense of humor is clever and she successfully riles up her former college hook-up. Audrey and Griffin have an undeniable chemistry that jumps at you the minute they meet again. Their sexual encounters start early on, some might have a problem with that since it seems a bit insta. I can explain it to myself with them drawing a lot from their memory. The secondary characters are brilliant. Griff's mother is the role model of a mom you want your boyfriend to have. Sarina Bowen gives us a nice impression of the personalities of Griff's siblings, his cousin and his employees Zach and Jude. The latter two will be heroes in the next two books and I can already tell that Jude's will make my heart ache. HIM was the first book I read written by this author in collaboration with a favorite of mine, Elle Kennedy. Their blend of writing was compelling and captivating so I was excited to see if Sarina Bowen's solo-writing would be just as enthralling. I couldn't be happier. This author's humorous writing style draws you in and doesn't let you go, it's irresistable and exactly what I need to escape life for a bit. Thank you for a fabulous time on a farm in Vermont, Ms. Bowen.
LovinLosLibros 6 months ago
3.5 stars Oh Grumpy Griff, I just adore you. Having really enjoyed Sarina's Ivy Years series, I was excited to get my hands on her new series! I definitely enjoyed this one, save for a few minor issues. I felt it was a bit on the longer side for a contemporary romance and there were some parts that I felt dragged on a bit. I also wish Audrey and Griff had actually opened up and communicated a bit sooner than they did. Those small things aside, I really did enjoy being in Vermont with Audrey, the Shipley family, Zach, Zara, and Jude! As I said, Griffin is a grump. A bearded, former football playing, grump of a beast. And damn, did I love that. He was hardworking and an overall GOOD guy, which I can never get enough of. After his father's passing, he came home to help his mom run the farm and take care of his siblings. He sacrificed his career in professional football to do this, and while most people would be bitter, he takes his role seriously and with pride. He is looking to change things around the farm and I admired his drive to do so. Audrey is also trying to make her own way, determined to do things on her own and without the help of her micromanaging mother. She found her passion in culinary and in order to hopefully make a name for herself and own her own restaurant, she is forced to do grunt work for a group in Boston. They give her tasks not suited to her career, which is how she lands on Griff's farm. The two knew one another in college and I liked seeing them reconnect. I have to admit Audrey could be a bit frustrating though. She likes Griff and they engage in some very sexy times, but she really holds herself back, knowing they can't start anything with one another due to the fact that she lives and works in Boston. She adores his family, loves helping his mom in the kitchen, and ends up really befriending Zara- all huge motivators for her to figure out how to make it work! I have to mention Jude. Having just been released from prison, he is taking some time to work on the Shipley farm before heading home. I adored his quiet demeanor and am looking forward to the story he has to tell. He was such a good fit with everyone and really ended up holding his own despite Griff's initial hesitations. Overall, I really enjoyed this first book in Sarina's new series and am looking forward to Jude's story next!
BellaLove_BookBabesUnite 7 months ago
4.5 Stars!!! Sarina Bowen is such a talented author. Her Ivy Years Series holds a special place in my heart. Bittersweet is the first book in a NEW SERIES by Sarina Bowen!!!!! Sarina Bowen's writing is like a warm blanket on a cold night. I just love her writing style - it's so easy for me to read. So easy to become invested in the characters. So easy to keep turning the pages. Griffin is portrayed as a grumpy farmer. But I LOVED Griffin!!!!! He's such a selfless hard working man. When his father died, he gave up his football career to come home and run his families farm. He is working hard to provide for his mother and siblings. I loved learning about life on a farm. And the secondary characters - Griff's mom, grandpa, siblings and cousins - they added to the story line. I really just wanted to jump into the story and become a part of this family. While Griffin is surrounded by family, Audrey is not. Her mother never approved of her choices and cut her off financially. After failing out of college, she found her true passion in cooking. I LOVED reading about her cooking and her aspirations. She's cheerful, quirky and while ambitious, she's full of self doubt. When Audrey and Griffin bump into each other, the chemistry that they once shared in college comes back to life. Sarina Bowen can really write chemistry. I mean. Really! Loved the chemistry between these two characters. Loved watching Griffin and Audrey grow into better people. Loved watching the connections being formed between Audrey and Griffin's family. Loved this second chance romance!!! Highly recommend. I can't wait for Jude's story. That one is going to tear my heart out, I can just tell. I hope Zach gets a book too. And the cousins. And all the siblings. LOL. I just always want more!!!!
AboutThatStory 8 months ago
This was so fantastically awesome. I can't even begin to tell you how in love I am with Griffin and his family and how wonderful Audrey is. It was such a sweet, fun story that was incredibly well written. I was smiling the entire time! A must read for sure!!! From the very beginning I was grinning and that smile pretty much stayed on my face the entire time. Griff and Audrey building their relationship was so fun. Loved their chemistry and sparks as they reconnect. They really had a great build to their relationship as bits and pieces were laid out. It was just so freaking entertaining the entire time. Audrey was feisty and Griff was grumpy but they had an awesome, heated pull to one another so it was like they were circling each other for the longest time as everything built and they opened up. Loved their heat! It was so great. I was completely pulled in. Griff was just so incredibly sweet, I swear I wrote that in my notes 12 times! Loved Griffin's family so much. Really great, endearing characters were introduced. I thought they, as well as Griff and Audrey were really well developed and well written. They just had this heartwarming family dynamic happening. Loved the little side bit happening with the Grandpa, that made me so happy by the end. Heck, it all made me happy. I'm excited about the other characters that were introduced as well. It makes me anxious for more stories. Bittersweet is a feel good book for sure, light but somehow filled with emotion making me fall in love with everything. It's had such a fun, whimsical vibe happening but with hints underlying emotion. Is was the perfect combination. I absolutely enjoyed the writing style and the fact that this story was told from dual POV's. Loved the insight into Audrey and Griffin so much. Great build and details, I can't say enough good things. This is my first time reading Sarina Bowen and I am absolutely thrilled I got to do so. I can't wait for the next book in the series and Jude's story. He was such a great character too. Loved the story and writing. Awesome characters. Awesome everything! And, I loved every single Star Wars reference there was, somehow for me, that was just icing on the cake and it just made this awesome story even better! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Singofrit 8 months ago
“Bittersweet” kicks off a new series by Sarina Bowen. This book sees the pairing of two unlikely characters, Griff, who feels like he carries the world on his shoulders and Audrey, who is still trying to find her place in the world. Although they already know each other, they previously never got the chance to develop a relationship and their newest meeting doesn’t seem to be leading to one until these two find that the chemistry between them is electric and worth pursuing. Griff and Audrey want different things out of life, but maybe they can through their differences. A funny and heart-warming read that will make you see farmers in a whole different light.
Lisa-Lou 8 months ago
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen is the first book in her brand new series True North. Hot farmers and apple trees? Yes please! This was a fabulously paced book filled with all kinds of details on cider making, cooking, and apple farming amongst other things. I not only thoroughly enjoyed the romance story between Griffin and Audrey but I felt like I was a little smarter after reading this. A little more aware of the organic farming community. I LOVED that about this book. Audrey was a bit of a train-wreck in the beginning. Anything that could go wrong for her seemed to but her calamities all lead her to Griffin's farm so all good in the end there. Griffin was just doing his best to keep his farm making money. When it all fell to his shoulders after his dad's heart attack and he had to let his potential career in professional football go to come home and take over, he figured this was it. Farm only and no time for romance. When Audrey practically crashes back into his life things start to look up for the both of them. Heartwarming and unpredictable I absolutely adored this book and cannot wait for the next one, Steadfast, Jude's book.
Maria-Rose 9 months ago
Sarina Bowen has written a lovely and lush romance set in the farming country of Vermont, and featuring, appropriately, a 'grumpy farmer' as her hero. Griff had to leave his dreams of becoming a football player behind to take over the family farm after his father passed away, and the last person he ever expected to see was his one night campus hookup Audrey. But Audrey, who put herself through culinary school, is working odd jobs for the BPG restaurant conglomerate, dreaming of one day running her own kitchen. For now though she's stuck trying to make deals with farmers for their produce, and running into Griff again is an unexpected bonus. Both Griff and Audrey are likeable characters (though Audrey is a little more flighty than Griff who has much more reason to be grounded with the responsibility of his family and the farm on his shoulders). Their chemistry is off the charts and the scenes between them are super steamy and fun. Audrey only means to stay in Vermont until her job is done, but Griff soon realizes how much more she is bringing to his life by being back in it, and wants their friends with benefits relationship to become permanent. It's a very entertaining and lovely romance with a beautiful setting and I look forward to continuing the series!
UnapologeticBookAddict 9 months ago
Bittersweet is the story of Griff, a hard working farmer from Vermont, and Audry, a college dropout turned culinary genius trying to make her way in a big time restaurant business out of Boston. When Audry runs her car into a ditch on Griff’s property, she doesn’t expect to run into the man she hooked up with in college. When Griff sees Audry he tries to keep his feelings in check, but sparks fly. This grumpy farmer is going to get a run for his money. I absolutely LOVED this book, and here’s why: 1) The main Characters 2) The secondary characters 3) The setting 4) Her writing style and 5) nerdy references!!! So lets dive in shall we? 1) The Main Characters: What I loved about Audry and Griff was it was so easy to connect with them and feel their relationship grow. Griff is a hard working guy that really cares about his family. He gave up some big dreams in order to take care of them when his father passed away and he is terrified of making a mistake that might cost them their family farm. Audry just wants to prove that she’s not a failure. She failed at college, she failed at being the perfect daughter for her mother, and she is close to failing at achieving her dreams of making it in the culinary business. The way these two start to fall for each other just tugged at my heart, and I felt invested in their relationship, like I was right there with them. THAT’S when you know an author is good, they make you feel everything the characters are going through right along with them. 2) The Secondary Characters: This consisted Jude, Zach, and the Shipley clan. Classic Sarina Bowen, you fall in love with her secondary characters JUST as much as her main characters. I really loved Jude and am looking forward to his story coming this summer. The way he’s closed off, but hard working. Just looking for a second chance after getting out of jail. Zach was an interesting character as well. You don’t get too much background on him yet, but from the small snippets we get from this book you know his backstory is going to be interesting, and I hope the third book will be about him! 3) The Setting: Having the story set mostly in Vermont on a working farm was great and I loved all of the descriptions of the apple orchards and the barns and bunk house and the family home. Everything jumped off the pages and I could picture it in my head as I was reading :) 4) The Writing Style: Sarina Bowen knows how to draw you in and connect you to the worlds she creates. I don’t think there is a book she has written that I haven’t fully enjoyed, and I have read 7-8 of hers so far. 5) The Nerdy References!!!: STAR WARS!!!!!! That’s all I’m gonna say! LOVED IT! A farmer as the main love interest has never been my cup of tea, especially bearded ones, but after reading this……. I think I’ve changed my mind. This book was amazing and I am so excited to read more of this series!
toniFMAMTC 9 months ago
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 intelligent 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 sexy. 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.