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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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    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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    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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    A beautiful heartfelt story. Every one has a place where they fit into
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    Fantastic story

    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.

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