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    Absolutely yummy

    “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.
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    Loved it

    What a great start to this series of standalones. Griffin and Audrey are dynamite together, with some angst on the side. I love books that don't deal with too much drama and there wasn't a whole of of drama here. Any drama was minimal and "easily" handled. Cannot wait to meet more of the bunch.
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    This book was amazing!

    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!
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    Enjoyed it! prefer less details about the farm

    3.5 Stars I'm a bit unsure of my feelings towards this one. Usually Sarina's books drag me under and I don't surface until I'm through. But this one was different, it took me a LONG time to get into the story and feel the connection between Audrey and Griffin. I was just sort of overwhelmed with the scenery and not in a good way, it actually GOT in the way. I've never been to Vermont (and probably never will..) but I got such a specific sense of the place and what it takes to be a farmer there (or maybe be a farmer in general though technically my family DID had a farm years and years ago). We get A LOT of details about what the farm in like, the work that needs to be done, the effort, not just physically but mentally, for a family to survive. While it did give this book a different kind of back story than I'm used to, it was also a bit too much for me, at a certain point I wanted to get back to the STORY, and yet the farm was a part of that which couldn't be separated. At times I was a bit bored with it which made it difficult for me to be invested in the book. The story is told from both Audrey and Griffin's POV. They had a VERY different upbringing, and generally their whole life and the way they look at things couldn't be more mismatched. Audrey is a city rat, grew up in a rich environment, and yet it was a very cold one. Her mother is successful and hard working but she was never warm and loving towards her daughter, she was mostly disapproving of her failures.. two failed tries at college.. which brought her up to culinary school. She DID success in these studies but her mother highly disapproved. Yet becoming a chef in a restaurant with her own name is something Audrey is willing to work hard to get which is why she is working in a horrible company that might sponsor her dreams. Griffin on the other hand grew in on a farm with a loving and caring family. He might have had bigger plans while he was in college (playing football professionally) but after his father died he took the family business into his own hands, and now he runs it together with the help of his family members (mostly, there's Zach as well..). He has a close relationship with him mother and siblings and he sees himself as responsible for ALL of them. So basically he has no time for any personal dream. When Audrey and Griffin met in college they had a very short fling that ended before it even began and now when they meet again both being in a different state of mind there isn't really more than can expect from one another. Yet there is something THERE between them. Audrey brings the best out of grumpy Griffin who hasn't asked for something for himself for a LONG time. For Audrey having a man who sees her value (with am extra bonus of an amazing family) is also something she didn't see in her future. Thing is Audrey is working for the big-bad-company Griffin doesn't want anything to do with, and anyhow, Audrey will be leaving soon to pursue her big dreams in the city - 2.5 hours away - and since he is working constantly dealing with a long distance relationship is simply impossible. They both have their decisions to make.. Or rather they need to reconsider their priorities. I liked both Griffin and Audrey and enjoyed seeing their relationship buildup. Also enjoyed seeing how Audrey little by little found her place with Griffin's family and not only that, in the small town Griffin lives in. Audrey it truly a "people's person", which couldn't be more different than grumpy Griffin :) He IS a really great guy, but he is more of an action kind of a guy. Griffins' family was really sweet, it was fun getting to see how close they are to one another with the inside jokes and the teasing. Really interested to read Jude's story which is the next one. Jude came to work in the farm the day Audrey came along on her business proposal, like her he soon became a part of the family. yeah everyone was worried about him being more than they need at the moment, meaning - trouble! since he just got out of jail and still dealing with his drug addiction but he surprised all of them, I think one specifically more than the others but I'll have to see if I'm right about that in the next installment ;) All in all it was a nice enough read, I was a bit disappointed of the pace or the part the farm work took in the overall story. I hope the next ones will be more story and less what I considered the background "noises". Tags: Contemporary / New Adult Romance More @ Ultra Meital Reviews.
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    Sexy Farmer!!!!

    I loved this book from the beginning to the end!!!! Love the characters and the story line!!! Love the shower seen (blushing!!). One of my favourite books! The description of life on the farm was very accurate and I related to it immediately (we live on a farm and my husband milks cows). I would highly recommend this book to others. Every gal loves a sexy farmer!!! :)
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