Date read: October 16, 2016
1. Bittersweet - Paperback | Kindle
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If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.Thoughts on Bittersweet: Oh, my goodness! I liked Grumpy Griff. And horny Griff. And thoughtful Griff. Heck, I liked Griff in all his moods. But I especially liked how Audrey could crash through his shields and rile him up without even trying.
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.
Honestly, as much as I liked Griff, the more we got to know Audrey, the more I liked how she kept trying even when she thought there was no way she could do anything right. Her quiet revelations about how she saw herself were oddly painful. It was made both worse and better by how she shrugged off how she'd been treated in her life. Just... ouch.
I liked Griff. I liked Audrey. I liked their wildfire romance. I didn't even mind how Audrey ran from goodbyes because I could see so clearly why she was doing it. On top of those two and their issues, I adored the background characters. From Jude's quiet strength as he battled his demons to Zach's blushes whenever sexy talk came up to Griff's extended family. They were fun and quirky and I can't wait to meet up with them again.