Bountiful (True North #4) – Sarina Bowen – Book Review
Meet the Author:
Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of New England.
With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA award winning HIM, and its sequel, US, as well as the WAGs novels.
Sarina also has a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North. She’s also unrolled new hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.
Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
True North Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.
Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.
Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.
Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.
Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.
Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.
I think the one word that sums it all up is – ROMANTIC!!!!!
This book was all kinds of romantic. Although every romance novel is ultimately a romantic story, nevertheless there are some stories that are just the epitome of romance – and Bountiful was exactly that. Granted Vermont sounded already so much more romantic than Brooklyn, but the author managed to connect her Brooklyn Bruisers with my most favorite family in Vermont, the Shipley’s!!!
But getting back to why I absolutely adored this book!!
- It was super romantic!!!
- I loved the hero ♡♡♡
- It had a strong and feisty heroine
- Add a cute as a button kid
- Cameos of my favorite Shipley – GRUMPY GRIFF
- Beautiful story – enough said!!!
Let’s start with ROMANTIC side of this book that took me by surprise and made me fall in love with this story heads over heel.
Even though the couple had fun in bed, the love-story on its own was slow burn, with lots of time for them to connect and to get to know each other. Dave and Zara connected in a way that felt profound and their relationship was build on mutual trust and friendship. After all they had years to catch up and to make sure that whatever they once had was not just a summer fling.
Dave was imperfectly perfect. He was a hockey player with a softer side. And OMG!!!! Whenever he opened his mouth in that dominant way, just to let her know how he liked it in the bathroom – I swooned!!! Truly, he obviously knew how to make a woman happy, but his subtle way was exactly what I liked. He was far from domineering or obnoxiously crude. In fact he was the opposite. Whenever Dave was around his daughter, I swooned some more. Give me a rough and tumble hockey player, adorably unsure of what to do with a toddler and you got me smiling so hard my face hurt!!!! In a word, Dave was AWESOME!!!
Every hero needs a feisty and strong heroine, and Dave picked a great one. Not only was Zara not shy about her sexuality, she enjoyed a guy as well as the next girl, but she also knew where her limit had to be. History was easily repeated and Zara tried her best to keep that from happening. While she was fantastically capable of running a bar, meeting Dave changed her life in a way she couldn’t have foreseen. And she did her best. Actually she did more than that. She was a one-woman powerhouse!!!!
Dave and Zara’s kid was cute as a button, and whenever Daddy and daughter were together my ovaries exploded!!!!!
BANG – and I was a goner!!!
OMG – I adored all of Grumpy Griff’s cameos. He was even more grumpy than I remember. That being said, he is still my favorite character, but honestly Dave is easily my second favorite guy in this series. The rest of the Shipley’s said hello as well, and I was reminded why I loved this series so much. Family value is a HUGE part of this series and the Shipley’s are the perfect example on how to do it. ♡♡♡
In essence Bountiful was a love-story that moved and touched me, made me laugh, and just altogether made me happy. From beginning to end I was enthralled, captivated and enchanted by Dave and Zara. They balanced each other out, gave one another what they needed, and filled the empty hole in their life.
If you are looking for a feel – good romance with a honestly to god gorgeous love-story that is romantic as well as sexy – this is the book for you!!!!!!
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