I had the huge pleasure to get to know the author´s work with this fantastic book. When I applied for it, I never expected to be one of the few lucky persons who could actually read it long before everyone else would. And what can I say? I ENJOYED every second of this fantastic novel! This is the first book by Sarina Bowen I have ever read. And for sure not the last. She got me hooked right from the beginning and kind of read it overnight.

True North-Wo Auch Immer Du Bist*
by Sarina Bowen
True North Series #1
Original Title Bittersweet
Publisher LYX on April 24, 2017
Genre Love-Women-Erotica
Pages 379
Format Paperback
Source Publisher

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 s as hot as Audrey´s top secret enchilada sauce.
Audrey has the dream to become a chef cuisine, running her own restaurant, and doing simply what she loves the most: creating and cooking delicious things that no one can resist. But it isn´t easy to stand up for her dreams with her mother in her neck and a boss who thinks a woman in a professional kitchen is only good for chopping vegetables. And with her being sometimes a bit clumsy things are not getting easier.

The novel is written from Audrey´s and Griff´s first-person perspective and structured into three parts. Hot scenes, quick-witted dialogues, to die for characters, the great beauty of the landscape of Vermont, and a very fun to read writing style (and OMG Sarina Bowen uses some words!) make this novel a fantastic read. Not only that I read the entire book overnight – I just couldn´t stop reading – I also had to laugh quite a lot. The scene with the sex-cider, oh yes, you´ve read that right, was one heck of a show.

And the fact that Audrey has a very nimble-witted way to deal with Griff and his grumpy way is so hilarious that you can´t do anything else but laugh tears. 

All the characters show a lot of heart, understanding, emotions, and loyalty. But don´t think that everything is sunshine and flowers here. Oh no! The one scene where Audrey´s mother shows up at the farm is one of the scenes that show a completely different side of how you usually expect a mother to be. With such a mother in your back, you don´t need any enemies, that´s for sure.

Audrey is a lovely, a bit clumsy, straightforward young woman who knows exactly what she wants. Cooking, cooking, and … guess what: right, cooking! To create a delicious meal out of some vegetables, meat, herbs, and whatever nature provides at that moment is bliss for her. And she fights for becoming a chief and running her own restaurant someday. She has to fight a lot of prejudice and that she isn´t French. 

I had the time of my life reading this book! And for sure I will read the others of this trilogy as well since I am really eager to find out how the others will do and if they get their perfect match. For fans of Sarin Bowen, this is clearly a must-read. And for those who don´t know her, the perfect way to change that. Highly recommended.

Happy reading

*The book was originally published Bittersweet by Rennie Roads Books on June 14, 2016. 

Sarina Bowen
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Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives with her family in Vermont´s Green Mountains. In 2016, she became a Rita Award winner. 



  1. You got me intrigued at "sex-cider" haha xD

    1. Hi Stephanie, this scene is one of the best in this book! Thanks for stopping by.


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