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.
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Release Date: October 20, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Bountiful is the 4th book in the True North series by Sarina Bowen but can be read as a complete standalone. If you (like me) have been reading the series from the get go then you will realize that the characters are interconnected. I enjoyed seeing some of my favorites from past books within this one. In addition to this, fans of Sarina Bowen will enjoy seeing the crossover between this series and her Brooklyn Bruisers series. Zara; the novels heroine, is Vermont bred through and through while David is a hockey player for the Brooklyn Bruisers. The two meet while David is vacationing in her neck of the woods.
What sparks after they meet is an explosion of fireworks. The two can hardly keep their hands off of each other and it's easy because both know that it's just a little fling. Nothing can go wrong with a couple of one night stands together right? WRONG! David leaves her a little present behind in the form of baby...
That's right folks! We have a surprise pregnancy trope in this book and Sarina Bowen does a wonderful job bringing it alive. David was a great character- he's unexpectedly charming and Zara was just as enjoyable as he. I won't get much more involved in the plot because there is no need for me to (you can read it for yourself if you're interested) but it is a good book. I would certainly recommend it to fans of the author, fans of surprise pregnancies in romance, and for those who have been following the series.
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What I Liked
- The crossover between this series and the Brooklyn Bruisers series. It was fun to not only see the characters form a relationship but see some of the the secondary characters who have easily warmed their way into my heart in each book.
- This book was NOT all drama like one may expect. Things between the characters are pretty easy from the get go and the pregnancy/impending fatherhood was not as complicated as one would imagine.
- The setting. I love how this book and series takes place in Vermont. Small town living and family values are major cornerstones of the series and this is not neglected in this novel.
- The characters. I loved the development of the relationship ESPECIALLY the second half of their relationship and how it progressed. It wasn't too fast or too slow. It just felt perfect.
What I Didn't Like
- The fact that there wasn't ENOUGH farming going on like in the first three books. I have grown to love this series based on it's uniqueness in setting but I just didn't feel it in this one. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that Zara wasn't related to the Shipleys (who I have grown to love). There was a real sense of family and contentedness with them and it was lacking in this book. Hopefully, Sarina will bring us more of Griff's family in later books.
- The fact that I had no problem putting this book down. I'll admit, this wasn't my favorite book (probably because of what I mentioned above) so I didn't feel quite as excited to read it. I could put it down for a couple of hours, read a few pages, and then put it down again.