Saturday, August 17, 2019

#REVIEW: Bountiful By Sarina Bowen (True North #4) #contemporaryromance

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Bountiful by Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Release Date: October 20th, 2017
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD


No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules. Now a USA Today bestseller!

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 From Brooklyn 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.

Hockey star 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.
 

I LOVE Sarina Bowen's Brooklyn Bruisers series, and I really enjoyed Bittersweet the first in her True North series, so I decided the next book would be number four, since it merges both of the series. And Jason Castro has some cameos in this one and he's like my favorite guy from The Bruisers. I'm kind of starting to sour on the whole accidental pregnancy thing in romance books, mostly because I've read a lot too close together, so I tried to give this book a little benefit of the doubt. I ended up still really liking it.

The book first gives us the past to show Dave and Zara's past relationship. Zara is so prickly, so I kind of related to her a lot. She holds Dave at an arm's length and doesn't want to know anything personal about him. I can understand why she did this, because she knew it was a casual thing and wasn't going to go anywhere so she really just wanted to protect herself. Only it kind of bites her in the butt when she ends up pregnant with no way of telling him.

Once the secret is out and Dave reacts HORRIBLY the book gets more interesting. I really enjoyed watching him try to navigate his way through being a parent. It was kind of sweet how his dad instincts kicked in when he saw a dog come after his daughter. Even though he wasn't trying to attack her! It was also so cute when he takes her for the day and the only way he gets her to stop crying is to take a nap with her on his chest. SOOO CUTE!

I did find myself so annoyed with Zara, she was so stubborn and wouldn't accept his help. I do get that she was trying to protect herself, but Dave was really trying his best. Like when at family dinner he offers to cut up Nicole's food so Zara can finally eat, but she just refuses. Girl! Let your baby daddy help you!!

I was really happy when she finally let him into her heart. There is a HEA in this book, but there was also a lot of angst in it too. I enjoyed it and I definitely want to continue reading the True North series. Sarina Bowen is becoming a fast fave romance author for me.

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