Author: Sarina Bowen
Release Date: June 14th, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars
Heat Rating: 4 Stars
All The Feels Rating: 5 Stars
ARC received in exchange for honest review.
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.
I love Sarina Bowen. With each book she writes, she has the uncanny ability to bring to life these amazing characters and places. Bittersweet is clever, fun, delivers the feels, and is a bit dirty-this is one trip to the farm you don’t want to miss.
Griffin Shipley (Griff) has a lot on his plate. Not only is he trying to run a farm- which he wasn’t planning on doing- he also has to take care of his family. Griff has a tough otter shell, complete with a scrawl, muscles, flannel shirts, and a sexy beard. And even though Griff knows you can expect the unexpected in life, he still isn’t prepared to come face to face with Audrey Kidder again.
Audrey Kidder has it rough. She is on the last straw with her job and is trying to prove to her mother she can make it on her own. So when she is given a difficult task, she is in no position to turn it down. Now she has to try to get farmers to sell produce and cider to her at a decent price. Well, decent to the eyes of her boss. And unfortunately for Audrey, she has to start with the grumpy, bearded farmer first.
I love the relationship between Audrey and Griff. They have an awkward past, and certainly do not get off on the right foot when Audrey shows up on his farm. Even though they get on each other nerves, there is this sexual tension between the two of them that they can’t fight off for long. Which means some STEAMY scenes- yes please! Audrey’s light, easy, energetic personality brings some of that out in Griff. I love that Griff encourages Audrey to stand up for herself and to have more of a backbone. I also love how they believe in each others dreams- Audrey with becoming a chef and Griff with his cider making.
In addition to their relationship together, I also love both of their relationships with Griff’s family. Partially his mother, who is the exact opposite of Audrey’s. Not to mention two of the guys that help work on the farm, Zach and Jude. There was SO much personality in this book, and no two characters sounded the same.
Now, since this book does revolve around a farmer and his farm, there is a lot of detail surrounding that. I can’t express how perfectly Sarina pulled this off. The information she gives paints vivid pictures in my mind, but doesn’t come off as boring or a Farming for Dummies book.
There are some twists and turns in this book, and oh my gosh, you will get flutters at times. You don’t want to miss this book!
Check out my Q&A with Sarina Here!