Bountiful by Sarina Bowen – Jenn’s Review

WHY I READ IT

Sarina Bowen is an auto buy for me.

WHAT I RATED IT

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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.

 

JENN’S REVIEW

I always get a little nervous when I’m anticipating a story the way I have been Zara’s. Will it live up to my own hype? Will the sleepy town of Tuxbury, Vermont lose its luster after Zach’s story? Will Zara be a likable character, and not as ornery as she has been?

Yes! Yes! And a HUGE YES!

I could not have picked a more perfect story for Zara. This was the way her life needed to go. I’ve never really followed the theory that everything happens for a reason, but Zara needed her life to take the path it did so that she could find her way down the right one.

Dave was unexpected, but everything I wanted in the man who would tie himself to Zara to be. He was understanding and patient with Zara’s reluctance to commit to more than one night. Plus, he was fantastically bossy in the bedroom. Every time Dave commanded Zara to do something, the temperature in my house kicked up a few degrees. This book was H.O.T!

I LOVED the Brooklyn Bruisers tie-in. We get to see a brief glimpse of some of our favorite hockey stars, as well as all of our friends in Vermont. There are endless possibilities to be had in this series, and I hope we see some of them come to life. As always, Bowen’s writing is refreshing and engaging. I couldn’t walk away from this book once it began. It was one of those stories you want to hurry and up and finish so you know the outcome, but at the same time, you want to read it slowly so you can savor every moment.

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