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Published by Rennie Road Books on October 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
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.
(True North #4)
By Sarina Bowen
It’s not really a sacrifice…
I think there’s a little switch in my brain that got turned on when I had kids. This switch made me think about my kids wants and needs before my own. Sure, I’ll give up alcohol for the health and well-being of my child. OK, I don’t really need a new e-reader when I could buy my boys new laptops. That overseas holiday we’ve been thinking of taking, who needs that when you can spend the same amount to watch your son play in the Nationals for baseball? For about two seconds you consider resenting these little hellions who forget to say thank you, but then, you just don’t. There’s no question, you just do it. It’s not really a sacrifice.
In Bountiful we meet Zara and Dave. Dave’s on holidays in Vermont and sees Zara and is instantly attracted to the beautiful, strong and determined woman. The more he gets to know her, the more time he wants to spend with her talking and doing other stuff. She’s not an easy woman to flirt with, but he’s kind of enjoying the challenge.
Zara is having a bit of a rough trot. She’s made some silly decisions in her life and she’s feeling regret, disappointment and loneliness. When Dave comes into her life, she decides to use him to make herself feel better for a little while. Mutual attraction and the knowledge that there’s an end date in sight, makes it even more appealing.
Life can change in the blink of an eye.
Babies change your focus. All your regrets and worries seem piddly when there’s this little person who relies on you for everything. Nicole became the focus of Zara’s existence. When Dave comes back and realises there’s a new person in his life, his focus changes completely.
I am a sucker for a bloke holding a baby. There was no problem for me picturing Dave and Nicole together. I just said to hubby the other day I miss seeing one of the boys (when they were babies) on his hip. There is nothing better than daddy and baby snuggled up napping together. I still get mushy-gushy when I pull out the photos of snuggle times.
I really enjoyed reading Bountiful. The characters, storyline and love story kept my attention from start to finish. I’ll be honest, I was thinking 4 stars throughout the whole story but the ending bumped it up to a solid 5 stars. It was refreshing to have a hero that obviously had his priorities straight. Sarina Bowen really showed her skill in that ending scene. I had no hesitations or doubts believing that this couple would make it and that their future was together. The storyline flowed well, the intimate scenes were steamy and the conflict and emotional scenes were never OTT.
Another great instalment to the True North series and I really hope Sarina Bowen treats us to a few more.