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.


Mini Review

4 stars

Mini review for this sweet read

I would say that this story is perfect if you need some comfort read after a book hangover.
It’s sweet and funny with a side of spicy.

Griffin and Audrey made perfect sense together and were just plain adorable.

The plot is quite simple:
Audrey has failed whole her life at impressing her hard businesswoman of a mom. She failed at college, loved to party etc until she joined a culinary school and found her calling.
She dreams of having her own restaurant and she is determined to win a competition organized by a restaurant corporation that is emplying her.

Only…she really has pesky jobs there and her last one is kind of her last chance: she has to tour Vermont and convince organical farmers and local producers to sell her their amazing products for a ridicule price.

On her expedition, she’ll get stranded in a ditch with a flat tire on the property of big, bearded and grouchy Griffin, former football star at college and one night stand.

Griffin has always secretly pinned for Audrey but since his father died , he has the weight of the world on his shoulder and is intent on sending his siblings to university, caring for his mom and taking care of the family orchard and farm.

When he’ll learn the price Audrey’s boss is asking for his cider, it will be a “hell no!”.

As Audrey is coming back a few times to talk with farmers, their undeniable chemistry will sizzle and they’ll soon have very hot sex!

I loved these two together. They balanced each other with Audrey mollifying Griffin, making him lighter, having some fun and not always work and Griffin admiring Audrey so much he gave her the confidence and appreciation she so needed.

It also didn’t hurt that Griffin has a great family that welcomed warmly Audrey in their fold.
It was truly heartwarming to see Audrey being showered with love and appreciation as her own mom had been so cold and unyielding all her life.

Add to this of course some villain as in Audrey’s bosses and you’ll have a sweet second chance romance with just a little angst and devious plot to keep it interesting.


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  1. I’m glad that you enjoyed this one! I recently nabbed it for my kindle and need a kick up the behind to get me reading it!

  2. Awww this sounds like something I would love! I desperately need to read her books this year, Arielle has loved so many of her books. So glad you enjoyed this one!

  3. I have read this whole series when it came out back in the day, and I have to say, Bowen is one of my comfort author. You can always pick her up and not be incredibly disappointed, which I seem to be a lot these days lol. Glad you enjoyed it Sophie!

  4. I fell in love with the Shipley family via this book, and I remember being overrun with emotions from this story. I am all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it. What really impressed me was the way Bowen featured Vermont and all the cooking.