I read two romance books with similar concepts recently and I thought it would be a good idea to do some mini reviews of both of them.
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen
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.
- The chemistry between the main characters is off the charts! I’m not kidding, it’s great! It also helped that I really like the main characters.
- This book is steamy. There’s an outside shower and they have sex there!!! (it was really hot). If you don’t like books that are explicit and steamy, maybe this isn’t for you. BUT I love them, so…
- There’s lots of sassy banter, which I love!!!! Really, it’s one of the things that will make me love a ship.
- There are so many mentions of food, which I usually don’t like in books (don’t judge me!), but in this book is done really well. I felt the passion the main character, Audrey, has for cooking.
- The family aspect is GREAT! Griffin’s family is the best.
- There’s a bit of angst but it wasn’t dragged out too much, which is always a plus in romance and new adult books, because things can get way too dramatic.
- I couldn’t put this down, I just wanted to keep reading. The writing flowed so well and made the story easy to read and captivating.
- Overall, this was a fun, entertaining and steamy read with great characters and it keep me captivated the entire time.
Rating: 4 stars
After We Fall by Melanie Harlow
Jack Valentini isn’t my type.
Sexy, brooding cowboys are fine in the movies, but in real life, I prefer a suit and tie. Proper manners. A close shave. Jack might be gorgeous, but he’s also scruffy, rugged, and rude. He wants nothing to do with a “rich city girl” like me, and he isn’t afraid to say so. But I’ve got a PR job to do for his family’s farm, so he’s stuck with me and I’m stuck with him. His glares. His moods. His tight jeans. His muscles. His huge, hard muscles.
Pretty soon there’s a whole different kind of tension between us, the kind that has me misbehaving in barns, trees, and pickup trucks. I’ve never done anything so out of character—but it feels too good to stop. And the more I learn about the grieving ex-Army sergeant, the better I understand him. Losing his wife left him broken and bitter and blaming himself. He doesn’t think he deserves a second chance at happiness.
But he’s wrong. I don’t need to be his first love. If only he’d let me be his last
- The main characters had lots of chemistry. LOTS OF CHEMISTRY.
- There’s so many hot scenes. They have sex in the woods! (that sounds really uncomfortable, but wild and hot? Kind of) Again, if you don’t like your romances steamy, maybe this isn’t for you.
- This has PTSD representation, I don’t think it was bad but I don’t feel like I’m the right person to comment on the rep (I didin’t find any #ownvoices reviews). BUT, I can say that this shows therapy in a positive light and love doesn’t cure mental illness, both things are fantastic!
- It was tiny bit too angsty for me. The things is that Jack, the main character, had such a heartbreaking backstory that there was no way this wasn’t angsty. That’s why I prefer romance books with main characters that have problems and issues -but not extremely tragic backstories- because that reduces the angst levels.
- The characters weren’t my favorite, especially Jack, he was a bit too rude and too harsh for my taste, and even if he had a tragic backstory that doesn’t excuses the way he behaved sometimes.
- Overall, this was steamy, entertaining and very, VERY ANGSTY. It was a fun read but I did have some problems with it.
Rating: 3,4 stars
Have you read these books? Did you like them?Do you have any of them on your tbr?
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