Friday, October 20, 2017

Bountiful (True North #4) by Sarina Bowen

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.

STOP what you are doing, yup, just stop and start reading Bountiful! Bountiful is a standalone and is part of the True North series. If you haven’t read this series, you can read them out of order. I usually don’t suggest this, but I loved this book so much, you can read Bountiful first!
This is Zara and Dave’s story.

It’s a single mama book and no wonder I picked this up right? Sarina Bowen + Single Parent = Happy Times ME!

The moment I started this book I devoured it. I was consumed with this light-hearted, warm-hearted and endearing-hearted read. Bountiful is sweet, addictive and will give you the tingles when you are done. I read it in one sitting and I was in such A GOOD mood when I finished.

Dave has six weeks off and he spends it in Vermont. He finds Zara and they start a cute, racy and intense summer fling.  Both want no strings, no broken hearts and no last names. When Dave goes back home, he leaves something behind (that he didn’t realize).

Zara is pregnant! It’s two years later and well... everything happens.

I loved everything about this book. I loved the characters, the pacing and the relationships. I loved Zara, even though she was a tough cookie, she’s a single mom so that kind of comes with a territory. Her baby, Nicole is 15 months and I felt like Sarina Bowen wrote the book for me, because I have a 15-month baby! So I related to this book a lot.

Dave is now a dad, the only thing is he’s never been around babies nor does he know how to take care of them. I really liked Dave and I liked he had a complicated childhood. I love his interaction with Nicole and really that was the star of the book. He was everything I wanted and more.

The thing I really liked about this story was that it was really realistic and there weren’t any plot holes. Also, Sarina created enough tension to keep me interested, but not pulling my hair out.

I can’t gush how much I loved reading this book and the author did an amazing job. Oh and props for the moms who nurse past the 12-month mark (me), it’s not weird, it’s normal and that’s okay.

An ARC was provided

True North SERIES


Bittersweet #1 AMAZON - B&N  - iBooks  - Kobo  - Google - FIRST CHAPTER - REVIEW
Steadfast #2 AMAZON | REVIEW
Keepsake #3 AMAZON | REVIEW
Bountiful #4 AMAZON

AMAZON iBooks: B&N: Kobo: REVIEW

Goodbye Paradise #1 AMAZON ➜ B&N➜ Kobo➜ Google:
Hello Forever #2 AMAZON | REVIEW
Brooklyn Bruisers SERIES
Rookie Move #1 AMAZON | REVIEW
Hard Hitter #2 AMAZON | REVIEW
Pipe Dreams #3 AMAZON

Ivy Years Series

The Year we Fell Down #1 AMAZON
The Year we Hid Away #2 AMAZON | REVIEW
Blond Date #2.5 AMAZON
The Understatement of the Year #3 AMAZON
Shameless Hour #4 AMAZON
The Fifteenth Minute #5 AMAZON

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of HIM and US.

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