Caro’s Review + Interview: Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

Posted June 14, 2016 by carolin in Book Reviews, Books, Interviews, Release day / 0 Comments

Caro’s Review + Interview: Bittersweet by Sarina BowenBittersweet by Sarina Bowen
Published by Self Published on June 14th 2016
Genres: Romance
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The new series is set in Vermont. True North is populated by the tough, outdoorsy mountain men that populate the Green Mountain State. They raise cows and they grow apples. They chop a lot of wood, especially when they need to blow off steam. (Beards are optional but encouraged.)

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.

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.

We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.


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Book Review: 4,5 stars

“Bittersweet” was a very realistic and vivid story about the hard life of a farmer’s family. Honestly, when I started this book, I didn’t really know what to expect. And when the 10%-mark came up and there was still only talk about apples, cows, cider and the such, I thought that I couldn’t get into the story. I hate books, in which there are too many trivial fillers – but I soon learned that this wasn’t the case at all with “Bittersweet”. After Audrey, the female MC, came into the mix, I was very impressed with how sizzling their chemistry was and how great the romance had been balanced with the more trivial stuff.

Sarina Bowen’s writing was so vivid and realistic, that I seriously thought I could taste the tangy apples and bittersweet cider on my tongue. And smell the fresh hay in the air, feel the warm sun in the orchard on my shoulders. I’m a country-girl myself and so I could very much appreciate the accurate references to the farm-life. In my opinion, Miss Bowen has a very big talent in painting a very clear picture with not too many words and that is quite impressive.

The sex in this book was off the charts hot, probably because of the tender behavior of the otherwise very raw and gruff male MC Griffin. The pace of book was very slow, the build-up perfect and angst-level on a minimum. Each and every secondary character was adorable in his/her own way and I hope, that every sibling and co-worker of Griff will get their own books, they were that interesting.

All in all, I rate “Bittersweet” with 4,5 stars and can recommend it to everyone. Standalone/first book in a new series by Sarina Bowen, readers 18+.



  1. Which scenes do you love to write the most? Angsty ones, sexy or the happy endings?

I most enjoy the emotional pivot points of a book–the moment when the hero learns something important, or a truth is revealed. Those are the most rewarding.

  1. In “Bittersweet“, the scenery with the apple-orchard and country-life have been described so vividly by you – do you prefer writing about sceneries you personally feel more comfortable in?

Of course! Writing settings that I can see clearly makes for better fiction. Fortunately I’ve been many places in the world. My new hockey series is set in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood for a very different feeling. I love Brooklyn.

  1. Is it easier for you to write from the female or male POV? because both are pretty accurate (not that i can judge what it’s like to be a man lol).

I love writing men, because I love the challenge. But women are easier for me.

  1. You have written love stories between two men and one woman and one man, which one do you prefer to read more and why?

Both. Variety is the spice of romance. 🙂

  1. What will we see in the future for Sarina Bowen?

More Vermont AND more hockey! I have STEADFAST coming in July and ROOKIE MOVE in September.




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