Farmers make the earth move.
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.
©2016 Sarina Bowen (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"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!
"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
"PLEASANTLY SURPRISED THAT I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS"
I was so surprised that I enjoyed this book so much. It is so sweet and made me long for a large family. This is one I will listen to over and over again. LOVED IT
"First Bowen book I've read...not the last"
With all the cookie cutter romance novels out there right now, this book was such a pleasant surprise. The main male character was fantastic and what women want but real and flawed. The female lead character the same. I love all the knowledge of organic farming and the trials and tribulations that they go through to put food on our tables. It made the story far more realistic. No billionaire wonder boys here. Thank goodness.
"Farmer Griff - yes please!!!"
I loved this book. I really enjoyed the characters and the story. Extra points for the grandfather. He had a few lines but they were funny.
I absolutely loved the narrators. They were both new to me but I wouldn't hesitate to listen to their other work.
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
"Food, farming, family and love"
After listening to this audiobook, I felt like having a glass of wine and just dancing. It had all the ingredients you need for an awesome book: humor, food, drink, family, great chemistry and captivating writing. I love Saskia Maarleveld and Ted Branson's voice as they brought these two people to life!
Audrey Kidder was hoping to get her an opportunity to show her culinary skills but the restaurant owner won’t give her a turn in the kitchen. He finally agreed to let her have more opportunities if she could get some farmers to sign a deal selling their organic crops at a price favorable to the restaurant. Audrey drove from Boston to Vermont and the first farmer she ran into was her ex-hookup from college, Griffin Shipley.
Griff is now the inadvertent 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 flame, who has shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.
The struggle to make sure that trade isn’t comprised by their attraction to each other ensues. For Griff, it is paramount that the farm is financially secure because so many people are dependent on the farm’s success. Audrey has finally found the career where she feels confident and fulfilled, so it is imperative that she finds a way to do well and demonstrate to everyone she isn’t a screw up.
The push and pull of love versus occupation is a clash as old as time. I certainly think of produce (bruised or not) in a different way because I never really gave the farmers a second thought when I go to the supermarket.Now I will look at fruits differently.
Griff and Audrey’s second chance came at a better time for the both of them. Life has forced them to mature and it showed this time around. What makes this story superb is the storytelling! Sarina Bowen isn’t wordy, it is just fluid, clear and gripping. This is not an audiobook that you will want to stop until you finish it. The characters are fleshed out well, the plot is developed and the almost everyone is likable. The supporting cast really added flavor to this story. I look forward to learning more about their individual struggles.
I think the author is on to something really special with this series and I am already listening to book 2:
"Makes me wasnt to farm and cook!!"
Well written, wonderful narriation choices and details that flood the imagination. worth not only a first listen but repeats as well!
"What a great sorry! But...."
Really hate cliff hangers. It is a well written story with great narration. I am appeased that the other books in series seem to be avail or will be soon. This story is well worth the credit. You know the story is good when you are so disappointed that the story wasn't finished all the way
"Griff and Audrey, Surprisingly Uncomplicated"
Probably a little better - i always find good narration is better and there are nuances I don't catch when I read the printed version (also when I really like a book, I do both, read and listen to my audible version- there are differences and things that stand out in each version)
Griff, he showed vulnerabilities for the first time in his life or it was just "time".
Yes, after it got going I became immersed. I like it when they bring more than one character into the mix - i like it when these peripheral characters (as well as Audrey and Griff) are continued into the next book(s) - I'm on Steadfast right now and really liking that and the fact that Jude is still interacting with the Shipleys and they don't move you to an entirely new group of characters now he's moved back to "town". I've become invested and some books with sequels put you entirely into a new group of characters (though the main character in the sequel spent alot of time interacting with the characters in the first book of the series in the first book). Doesn't make sense - and Sarina is successfully doing it - continuity, believability - not writing a novel about their feelings but expanding on them as well - the men are more believable as well
Not a real complicated story but quite enjoyable - and Sarina manages to bring peripheral characters into the mix, as I'm noting in the 2nd book of this series - she's growing as a writer which excites me - many of her books are plausible and this one even more so...I like that quality, i like that I feel this could happen, I like that the guy is not super complicated, and he is man enough to recognize his feelings for Audrey when they become apparent.
"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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