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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ARC Review! Bittersweet By Sarina Bowen

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.

I have sat for days trying to figure out how I should write my review for Bittersweet, because it really is bittersweet for me to not be able to scream how much I loved it, well because I only liked it, and not a lot.  Now I am going to say with every new series, first books have a lot to do.  They have to introduce us to the world the author has created, the characters, the back stories and secondary and other supporting characters.  During this process, sometimes the story can fall flat, be lacking that depth we look for, or it can be so overwhelming that readers get lost.  In this case, for me at least, it sort of fell flat. 

Don’t get me wrong Bittersweet is a good second chance romance, it was sweet, sexy, funny, and had the emotions and angst I crave but it was just missing that something that would raise it to the next level.  With that being said, Audrey and Griffin will slowly work themselves into your hearts and make you want to visit the farm and try out some of that Audrey cider yourself.  (read the book, you will understand the reference if you do)  I am curious to see how the next book will play out, we know who it is about, or at least one character and I think that one will be a more meaningful and deeper read.

Overall Bittersweet was a good start to a new series by Sarina Bowen, who I must add is a favorite author of mine, and one that even though I am not jumping up and down screaming about the books, it is one I do recommend to readers.  It is a good, bittersweet (sorry I just can’t help myself at times) romance that in the end will leave you with a smile on your face.

Also, the first chapter was posted here: FIRST CHAPTER

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