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 shared a couple of steamy nights together, but that was a lifetime ago.
At 27 Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, his three siblings, and a dotty grandfather. He doesn't have time for the sorority girl who has 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 are 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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By LilleyLoohLah on 27-10-16
Beautifully Written. Fantastic Narration.
I've read and loved a couple of Sarina Bowen's books. This series is one that I could really get my teeth into. Rugged mountain men. What's not to like? Couple that with a dual POV second chance romance and I'm in my element. I've never been a cider drinker (ok, yes, when I was 15, on the rec with my buddies on a weekend), but that is where I drew the line. Reading about apples and cider making on Griffin Shipley's organic farm has me wanting to try out some speciality ciders to see what I've been missing, (the writing was that good). I loved the chemistry between Griff and Audrey, whether it was sexual, or when they were cider making. They truly were a match made in heaven. A light easy read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Looking forward to reading more in the series.
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By BBBf-sizzlereads-Best Book Boyfriends on 06-06-18
BECAUSE FARMERS MAKE THE EARTH MOVE!
My second book by Sarina Bowen, I am loving this author writing
Completely engrossed from start to finish and although I listened to this on audio which was brilliant by the way, the flow was great. The right amount of angst, drama, hotness and Grumpy farmer Griff I loved him.
Griff Shipley had a promising football career in college he was one of those guys and he and Audrey had a one night stand just before the end of their time there but instead of Griff moving on his father died and he returned to his farm to work for the family.
This story is bittersweet for both characters and they are a perfect match.
Audrey, according to Griff was a girl who seemed to have everything, Griff called her a princess but looks can be deceiving. Audrey had an interfering overbearing mother who treated Audrey like she was never good enough she had high expectations of Audrey and was trying to make Audrey into a product of herself so Audrey broke away, went her own way and went to culinary school.
Audrey landed her first job at a company called BPG and instead of spending time in the kitchen like she hoped they sent her to look for products they could use in their restaurants.
Audrey and Griff meeting up again was a little bit frosty, Griff hated the big company's who didn't pay farmers their worth and he spread the word to other farmers that a rep was around so no-one would see Audrey which made her job difficult when she was trying to impress her new boss.
I loved this story and the gradual build up to Griff and Audrey's reunion and it was so hot.
I would definitely read more in this series the Shipley family had a great feel to them and I would definitely read more about the other characters.
Currently free in Amazon, so you get the Audio at a bargain price.
Because farmers make the Earth move!
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By Lydia D. Rella on 18-10-16
Hot Farmer+Strong Heroine+Scenery=Perfection!
Sarina Bowen's writing is always amazing and HIM (written with Elle Kennedy) is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE audiobooks. I've also listened to quite a few from the Ivy Years series and they were great as well, but I really LOVED Bittersweet. It's the story of one hot farmer, Griff, struggling to keep his organic family farm in the black. Then Audrey literally drops back into his life (after a past hookup in college) and the struggle is on. They're both determined to stay on their paths and avoid romantic involvement so that they keep their careers on track but you can't fight fate.
The chemistry is super hot and you'll want to go buy organic veggies in hopes of find your own Griff to tame: big ,hot, bearded, grumpy, and a dedicated family man with strong ideals. Audrey is no shrinking violet (which I always love) and struggles with a complicated relationship with her mother and lousy self-esteem while trying to make her dreams of becoming a chef reality.
The other characters though, are what really makes this book incredible: The Shipley family and the state of Vermont. Sarina Bowen makes them integral characters in the book and I always adore a story that makes you fall in love with the setting. This one does that in spades. The Shipley family is one I'm definitely dying to hear more from in the future.
This is my first audio narrated by Tad Branson and he was great. I've listened to others by Saskia Maarleveld and she is always perfect. She also does a man's voice super well, which is tricky and takes skill. All that being said - BUY THIS AUDIO, and then go buy some organic apples and pay what they're worth LOL! <3
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By Cyndi on 27-10-16
Sweet and Sexy
I enjoyed this story, it was sweet and I love a rugged hard working man! I think a lot of research went into farming when the author wrote this book which I appreciate so much because not only did I learn a thing or two about it but it helps to make the story believable and helps draw you in. The only thing I didn't love was that Audrey had no confidence at all throughout most of the book. I hate when a girl says things like "I must have screwed something up again, I never do anything right.." it comes across to me like she is doing the poor me things and I hate that. I understand that her mother always made her feel like a failure but I just don't like her way of dealing with it, it makes her seem weak. Other than that, I really liked the story line, the huge family, the love story and the hot sex scenes. I can't wait for book 2!
The narration was great too!
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