Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen
Also, the first chapter was posted here: FIRST CHAPTER
“Holy Cannoli. I was cuddling the world’s grumpiest farmer.”
Sarina Bowen is an author I adore and I will read absolutely anything she writes. That being said, this was not my favorite book by her but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Bittersweet is a second chance romance between a farmer and a chef.
Audrey is doing her best to keep her job and please her corporate bosses when she is sent to the countryside to purchase produce. What she doesn’t expect is to run into her college hook up on a farm in the middle of nowhere. Griff is just as surprised to see Audrey. While the attraction between the two of them is obvious, many outside factors are at play that put the breaks on any kind of serious relationship between them.
“She and I were a dangerous combination. We needed cautionary signs like the ones hanging in the tractor shed over the cans of diesel fuel. WARNING: COMBUSTIBLE.”
So the one thing that really stood out to me about this book? It was frickin hot! Seriously the steamy scenes were amazing and the chemistry between this couple was so tangible. I liked reading about the differences between their two upbringings, farm life is definitely a topic covered immensely in this book. In fact, don’t go into this book hungry because the food descriptions might as well be food porn for the reader.
What didn’t work for me mostly was the pacing and the lack of decision from either main character. The book was a little too slow for my tastes, and by that I don’t mean slow burn. Also Audrey had a lot of insecurities that I felt were brushed under the rug quickly at the end instead of the characters hashing them out. I really wanted Griff to help her through them but that didn’t happen which I feel could bring up issues for them later, but maybe that’s me overthinking it.
Anyways if you want a hot and sexy summertime romance read, this is the book for you! Oh and I am DYING to read the next book. I am so excited for that character!!!
“I love you, princess. You’re the sweet that balances out my natural tannins.”
ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review