martedì 30 agosto 2016

TWO BOOKS, ONE REVIEW: Bittersweet and Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

TITLE: Bittersweet

AUTHOR: Sarina Bowen

SERIES: True North #1

PUBLICATION: June 14th 2016 by Rennie Road Books 


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’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s 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’re 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

TITLE: Steadfast

AUTHOR: Sarina Bowen

SERIES: True North #2

PUBLICATION: July 12th 2016 by Rennie Road Books



She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.
Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there's no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.

Sophie Haines is stunned by his reappearance. After a three year absence, the man who killed her brother and broke her heart is suddenly everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never volunteer in the church kitchen.

No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie's police chief father. But it's a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.
I received the books from the author in exchange for an honest review

Bittersweet is the first standalone in Sarina’s new series True North. As always she never dissapoints me. Her writing is beautiful, rich and engaging.
The first thing I loved about this book was the setting: a farm in Vermont. The descriptions about that place were so vivid I could picture it in my mind, even smell the fragrance of apples.
Then there is Griffin and Audrey's story.
Griffin is the grumpy farmer. He's a young man, and life has already asked him to make a choice: to be a successful football player or run his family farm. And Griffin knows the answer: he won't never let his family down. He's straightforward and reliable, always there to help and support each and every single person close to him. Plus he is sexy as hell.
Audrey is the city girl, grown in a rich family and under the shadow of her mother, a controlling and business focused woman. Audrey could never live up to her expectations, but I loved her determination to make her own decisions and follow her dreams, facing hard times but with the awareness of doing the right thing only for herself.
Their story started and ended back at college and now after some years apart life gives them a second chance. They're personalities can't be more different, but toghether they are the right match.
I fell in love with Griffin' family. The Shipley's are such a beautiful, loving, caring and funny family that is impossible not to love them all, and to desire to be part of it.
And I also fell in love with the secondary characters, Griff’s mom and siblings were great as Zach and Jude.
This story is told from both Audrey and Griffin's POV and it's romantic, sweet, sexy and there’s no unnecessary drama. The dialogues between all characters are friendly, witty and funny.
Sarina Bawen with this book brings to life a new great series with a beautiful combination of likable characters, unique setting, and a sexy romance.
If I loved Bittersweet, I loved Steadfast even more. This second book in True North series has captured my heart. A story I didn't expect, that has made me cry and overwhelmed me with emotions.
Steadfast is Jude's story, featured in Bittersweet. He's an ex-convict and drugs addict. After spending some years in prison and then in rehab, he has the chance to start a new life. The Shapley family are the first one to support him, but after a few months working at their farm he has to go back to reality and to return to the last place he wants to be: home. Here he has to face bad memories, an alchoolic father and struggling to stay clean. But in his darkness there is a light: Sophie.
They love each other since they were teen, but she's the daughter of the chief of the police. Sophie's father has always disapproved their relationship. But what they both don't know is that he's keeping a dangerous secret from them. Something that could have changed their lives when Jude was arrested and that could change also their future.
Jude is a broken soul but he's strong, sweet, honest and determined to change his life and be a man worth of Sophie's love. And she loves Jude unconditionally. I loved Sophie's strenght to fight against all harshness, even againts her family.
Drug addiction in this book plays a main role, and I liked how Jude fights to keep his recovery on track not to win Sophie's love, but because this is what he wants for himself. He wants to be a better man for himself, not to go back living in the darkness, but to live in the light. And there is no better motivation than this.
Their love story is incredible, strong, fierce, breathtaking.
Steadfast is an amzing story, realistic, inspiring and full of emotions.
This book has broken my heart, made me cry, but at the end the feelings left are only of hope and love.
Sarina Bowen in this book proves her greatness handling sensitive topics with grace, with heart and mind and the originality that makes her writing unique.
This is a standalone, but I suggest to read Bittersweet as the Shapley family have a big role in Jude's life.

3 commenti:

  1. Entrambi molto belli. Concordo che il secondo sia migliore. Questa autrice scrive solo libri bellissimi. Come al solito concordiamo bookfriend!

    1. Sono contenta che siano piaciuti anche a te! Siamo proprio gemelle diverse in fatto di letture!

  2. Enjoyed reading your reviews and remembering my thoughts of both stories. I LOVE Sarina's writing but I gotta say, Bittersweet was, well, bittersweet for me because it's the only book I felt was "okay" but not more. The setting, though beautiful took too much space, which meant I was lost in it while waiting for more "plot" (if it makes sense).
    Steadfast on the other hand - WOW, I LOVED it and I totally agree, Sarina is amazing at writing "flawed" characters and she brings their special issues in the most beautiful way and it doesn't really matter what the issue is. I can think of so many of her books that were like that for me.
    Can't wait for the 3rd Brooklyn Bruisers novel :) 2 weeks!