Bittersweet (True North, #1)

Bittersweet (True North, #1)

by Sarina Bowen

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Bittersweet (True North, #1) by Sarina Bowen

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152801644
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Series: Sarina Bowen's True North Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,234
File size: 841 KB

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Bittersweet (True North, #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Good read didn't want to put it down
Anonymous 7 days ago
I was very surprised in regards to how many directions this book took you on the path to love, it wasn't just centered specifically on the couple, but yet had everything to do with them and also centered around a strong family Bonds as well as second chances from multiple directions, which you are going to love following each of the stories in one book. I'm keeping this book so I can come back at a later date and read it again ?
Anonymous 22 days ago
Not certain what I was expecting when I started the book , but I was interested in the story and the charactors in no time. Everyone was their own person and fit so well together. Do wish it would have ended with more closure but it wasn't a cliffhanger by any means. J
Anonymous 3 months ago
Funny and sweet. Highly recommended....!!!!!!!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great live story, didnt want it to end!
Anonymous 6 months ago
I really enjoyed this book, it was a great read. The characters were well rounded, and refreshingly real. I laughed in amusement at the lively trists that went back and forth between many of the characters. It makes you want to visit the Shipley Farm. Many trials are addressed that so many could relate to. It gives you hope that things can happen good or bad, and you have a choice as to how you handle it. It also drives home that sticking to who you are can be the best reward in the end.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Good story. Well told. Best character development I've seen in some time. I usually don't continue with series' but I will with this one.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Well this was surprisingly good and entertaining. My first read by this author and I'm hooked on this series, it was well written with enough angst, humor, sexy times and colorful characters to keep the reader engaged. Griff was gruff but sweet. Definitely a family man and a loyal one too. He cared very deeply for his people and went out his way to provide for his family and employees. Audrey was sort of flighty, she knew what she wanted and went for it with gusto, thing about her character is that everything always went wrong for her, the harder she tried, the more she messed up. The moment she stopped trying to impress the wrong people, her life and job aspirations took a turn for the better. It was a nice refreshing change seeing the male fall head over heels for the female, while said female is totally cool and nonchalant! I hate when authors turn the females into blithering idiots at the sight of a good looking man. That dynamic was not present in this book. Griff was the one constantly worrying about his relationship with Audrey, the one always wanting more, the one just plain in love. It was interesting seeing the tables turned for a change! Made the book that much more enjoyable. Both characters had their flaws but they were very mature about their pesudo relationship and didn't act like children. They tried and made it work, despite obstacles standing in their way, its so much easier to relate to a couple who actually acts mature instead of playing stupid games. SR
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Great read. Worth it.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Can never go wrong with a Sarina Bowen story, read now. I'm her Ivy and Gravity fan, now True North of course. You'll feel like you've met a character then miss them when they're gone. Sarina Bowen introduces all these fully developed characters otherwise you wouldn't want to know more. No cliffhangers, you just want to know more, root for them more and get a glimpse of someone you miss. And she has this way of recounting moments without over doing it. That right amount of plot and descriptors that makes you lean in and also allows your own experiences to color a moment. I've never been to Vermont, or been to a hockey game or done an extreme sport but after you read one of her books you feel like you've experienced it or want to go or try it.
Anonymous 10 months ago
A real page turner. Wonderful characters and a winning story.
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DebDiem 11 months ago
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen is a fantastic contemporary romance. Ms. Bowen has given us a well-written book loaded with phenomenal characters. This is written in first person, alternating point of view format, which I normally hate, but the author made it work in this story. Griffen gave up a chance at a pro football career to return home to run the family orchard when his father died unexpectedly. Audrey is an underpaid, overworked new chef. Their story is full of drama, humor and smokin' hot sex. I totally love the humor in this book. I enjoyed reading this book and would happily read more from Sarina Bowen in the future. Bittersweet is book 1 of the True North Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I had such a good time listening to Griff and Audrey's story! I recently discover Sarina Bowen's work when I listened to and fell in love with Bountiful. As soon as I finished that book, I knew that I was going to have to go back and listen to the rest of the series. As soon as I realized that this book was about Griff and Audrey, I almost jumped for joy since they were key characters in Bountiful. I went into this book with pretty high expectations and they were met. This really was a fantastic romance. I loved Griff and Audrey. Griff was a bit of a grump which I found completely adorable. I guess he had a few things to be grumpy about since he gave up his chance at football to come back home and run the family farm after his father's death. Farming is hard work and a lot to manage. He has taken on the responsibility of making sure that all of his family's needs are met. Audrey is passionate about cooking. She is a chef and has excellent skills. Unfortunately, her employer doesn't let her use those skills. Her current assignment is to visit farms in Vermont to get produce for the restaurants. She is determined to do what it takes to prove herself so that she can get her chance at running a kitchen. Griff and Audrey knew each other in college. It is obvious from their first meeting that they haven't forgotten each other even though their relationship was extremely brief. These two were perfect together from the very start of the book. I loved the way that Audrey just kind of fit into Griff's world even when he didn't think she would. Audrey didn't seem to mind Griff's grouch like behavior and seemed to really understand him from the start. They had fantastic chemistry and seemed so much better together than they were apart. This was the first time that I have listened to both Saskia Maarleveld and Tad Branson and I thought that they did a fantastic job with this audiobook. I do really enjoy romance novels that utilize dual narrators and thought their narration styles really worked well together. They were really both able to capture their character's personality and make them come alive. I think that they were able to bring a lot of emotion into the story as well. I would definitely listen to either of these narrators again in the future. I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This was a really well done story filled with characters that I grew to love over the course of the story. I had a really great time listening to Griff and Audrey find their happily ever after. I can't wait to experience more of this wonderful series very soon.
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars — So I actually went about this series all backwards, and read the 4th (most recent) book first. And I honestly didn’t think anything was going to be able to top Dave Beringer and Bountiful. I was wrong…or rather, I don’t know if this book (and Griffin) topped it, but it basically gave me the same happy and effervescent bubbles in my tummy…like a delicious sex cider. I don’t know why, but I didn’t expect this series to be so fun and light! But I can’t even tell you how many times I found myself giggling in this book. It was the usual perfect blend of giggles and feels. And, as with all my favourite books (and as I should just expect from Ms. Bowen at this point), the highlight of this book was wholeheartedly the characters. They were just so well developed, and unique, and the kind of characters that I want to be real. Griffin…was…ADORABLE. Grumpy Griff. Grouchy Griff. Dudes, he was such an odd hero, I don’t even know quite how to describe him. He was loyal as fuck to his family, hardworking, and sexily smart (both in the chemistry and business areas). He also had a really soft inner center that I wasn’t expecting. You could really *feel* how much he cared when he let someone into his heart. And he wasn’t afraid of falling in love, he just assumed he didn’t have time. And while he could be a teddy bear in some areas, he was grrrr good kind of aggressive in the bedroom…like, just manhandly, but in a sexy way. And can I just say that I appreciated his love of Star Wars, and all those little references? And his nerdiness about his business and organic farming in general was just…swoon. Audrey!!! OMG Audrey!!! That girl had me almost from moment one. She was the epitome of a perfect balance of sweet and sassy…OH THE SASSY!! The way she bantered and gave as good as she got with Griff just made my whole life. I love good banter…LOVE IT. I laughed so hard at so many of her tiny little digs/snarks. And OMG, she broke my freaking heart!!! I did not expect her, and how her childhood shaped her. It was so…real. I got who she was, how she came to be how she was…just, you know, all that good stuff. I was so relieved that we got to see some glimmers of hope for her near the end with her Mom, and with future business prospects. You go girl! And, it will come as no surprise, but Griff and Audrey together were magic. I didn’t even mind any bad assumptions, or cautiousness. I understood it. But wow, the chemistry was zowey. They had me from the outdoor shower. And even outside of the steamy chemistry, I loved the conversations they had, and how they tempered the other. I loved that they wanted the best for each other. And OMG, Griff’s gift was PERFECT. As with all books/series by Ms. Bowen, the secondary characters were rich and full and intriguing. I LOVED Griff’s family, from the siblings to the Mom to the Gramps. They all added to both Griff and Audrey’s growth. And it was so nice to see the Zara parts that were hinted at in Bountiful — that was even better than I was expecting, and makes me want to go back and reread Bountiful. And then there was Jude and Zachariah. OMG, I cannot WAIT to read their books. Like it’s physically killing me to be sitting here writing out this review when I could be reading Steadfast. Type faster fingers!! And can I just give a “hey-o!” to the tie in to Goodbye Paradise? I wasn’t surprised, b/c I saw the reverse easter egg in that book, but it was still fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great read. Perfect combination of heavy story and sweet romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It is more of a 4.5 stars than a 4 but a couple of things that didn't quite add up in the side story I felt made it less than perfect. I wish I liked hard ciders the author made me want to drink some. Jude is next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I love the audrey and griff.. wish I could keep on reading their story. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story.
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CMDeOliveira More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.