Whenever he opened his mouth in that dominant way, just to let her know how he liked it in the bathroom - I swooned!!!
Truly, he obviously knew how to make a woman happy, but his subtle way was exactly what I liked. He was far from domineering or obnoxiously crude. In fact he was the opposite. Whenever Dave was around his daughter, I swooned some more. Give me a rough and tumble hockey player, adorably unsure of what to do with a toddler and you got me smiling so hard my face hurt!!!!
Every hero needs a feisty and strong heroine, and Dave picked a great one. Not only was Zara not shy about her sexuality, she enjoyed a guy as well as the next girl, but she also knew where her limit had to be. History was easily repeated and Zara tried her best to keep that from happening. While she was fantastically capable of running a bar, meeting Dave changed her life in a way she couldn't have foreseen. And she did her best. Actually she did more than that. She was a one-woman powerhouse!!!! Dave and Zara's kid was cute as a button, and whenever Daddy and daughter were together my ovaries exploded!!!!!
BANG - and I was a goner!!! He was even more grumpy than I remember. That being said, he is still my favorite character, but honestly Dave is easily my second favorite guy in this series. The rest of the Shipley's said hello as well, and I was reminded why I loved this series so much. Family value is a HUGE part of this series and the Shipley's are the perfect example on how to do it. From beginning to end I was enthralled, captivated and enchanted by Dave and Zara. They balanced each other out, gave one another what they needed, and filled the empty hole in their life. If you are looking for a feel - good romance with a honestly to god gorgeous love-story that is romantic as well as sexy - this is the book for you!!!!!!
View all 6 comments. Oct 09, Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it really liked it Shelves: The bartender was a good time and fun in bed, but not a forever girl. Bountiful is about bartender Zara and a sexy ginger named Dave. One summer for an entire month the two had a steamy fling, but then he left and he left something behind. The two have to work together to see if they can reach common ground. I love prickly heroines and Zara was awesome. Dave was equally awesome, every barb Zara threw his way he shrugged off and smiled.
This book starts off with a bang, and then slows down in pacing a little bit near the middle. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I am so glad Zara got her own story and it was worth the wait. I just want to stay forever in the True North world and never leave. I hope we get more books in this world. Sarina Bowen is an author I always recommend, she never disappoints. This is the book this fall that you want to curl up with a blanket and enjoy a heartwarming story. My favorite two things about Vermont.
View all 9 comments. Oct 21, Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it. The reason for not gifting a 5 star rating for such an enjoyable read is that I just really wanted a bit more UMPH in the ending. If I had read as an arc I would have begged for a change in the ending. These characters deserved some magic or emotion just more. Jul 13, Jilly rated it liked it Shelves: Strangely, I'm reading this series out of order. It's the library's fault. I blame them for everything. Like cats, they are pure evil I'm just kidding, Library, please don't revoke my card. I would be lost without you.
This book's heroine is the girl who was kinda slut-shamed in the first book of the series. She got preggo from some dude who was passing through town and now it's two years later and he's back. It's a good thing that he is happens to have red-hair, just like her daug Good enough. It's a good thing that he is happens to have red-hair, just like her daughter, so he immediately believes the kid is his.
So, he's passing on his soulless status. Kid, you don't want my soul. It's in "extremely used" condition. As a hockey player, Dave is a man-whore, but that's okay. That's not an expression. A guy can be a man-whore, or a player, but a girl is just a whore, right? But, hey, our girl-whore is being redeemed, so she hasn't had sex in those two years. I'm sure Dave hasn't either He's been fucking his way across the country for the past two years, but he always remembered fucking her because she was special. So, he came back to fuck her again, and guess what? Not exactly what he was hoping for.
But, it turns pretty cute and I did enjoy the story. I liked both of them and it was fun to see the couple from the first book. I'm going to read one of the middle couple's book next. View all 13 comments. She got knocked up and until now we didn't know who the father of her unborn child was. Suffice it to say that I was more than ready to get her story. There was a chance that I wouldn't like Zara - she could be pretty guarded and standoff-ish but she was that for a good reason. She was never unlikable and over the course of the story you can see her rough edges become softer but never smooth out completely.
She still is in her head very often, analyzing a situation and expecting the worst but Dave is a good influence. Zara's little girl means everything to her, she's a fantastic mother and it was lovely to see how she started to trust Dave with the most important person in her life. Oh and Dave with the toddler? Nicole howled at me when I took her. She opened her mouth so wide I could see her tonsils rattling as she cried. Like the baby on The Simpsons, except cuter. Dave's attraction to Zara is instant and he isn't turned off by her distant demeanor.
In fact, he doesn't intend to have a relationship with her at the start so it's just as well that they don't share a lot of details about their lives and enjoy each other's company. When he comes back two years later and starts to develop feelings for Zara he doesn't take offense either, no, he considers it a challenge to win the beautiful mother of his daughter over. I loved that he took it all in good humor, he was a really good, levelheaded man who took responsibility and wanted to do right by his daughter and her mother.
It didn't hurt that he was a sexy, bossy beast in bed. The kind that would rather be a patient man. Zara's big family also leaves a lasting impression, especially her twin brother Benito, who I loved!
Seems like there is a story too. Starting one of Sarina Bowen's True North books is always a little bit like coming home. I get this warm fuzzy feeling of familiarity and the characters feel more like friends than fictional. OK, saying that is even weird for me but what I'm trying to say is that they feel real. But these books always feel like a late summer evening, when the temperatures are already a bit crisp and you cuddle up in a comforter and have a glass of cider with friends and easy conversation.
Bountifu l is a a super sweet story, very low in the angst department with wonderful characters and the promise of more. There is humor and the author's signature descriptive writing style which I absolutely adore. There aren't many authors who can go into detailed description about nature and landscape with beautiful prose.
So now I can't wait to see what Ms. Bowen has for us in store next! View all 25 comments. Oct 08, Nicola rated it it was amazing. There was a story there to be told. This is what made Bountiful the story it was, it remained true to its rural setting and family-centric roots and Dave was simply a guy getting his head round the fact that he returned to see the woman who rocked his world, only to discover an adorable tiny little version of them both toddling around.
View all 27 comments. Oct 08, Stacey is Sassy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This switch made me think about my kids wants and needs before my own. In Bountiful we meet Zara and Dave.
The more he gets to know her, the more time he wants to spend with her talking and doing other stuff. Zara is having a bit of a rough trot. When Dave comes into her life, she decides to use him to make herself feel better for a little while. Life can change in the blink of an eye. Babies change your focus.
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. 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. Stacey is Sassy, received a complimentary copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes. View all 12 comments. Oct 13, Jess rated it it was amazing.
This book was refreshing and light-and considering the context and the trope, you would think we would be getting into the heavy stuff, but Bowen is a master at her craft and constructed a well thought out story, with al Goodness, Gracious, I am in LOVE with these two!!! This book was refreshing and light-and considering the context and the trope, you would think we would be getting into the heavy stuff, but Bowen is a master at her craft and constructed a well thought out story, with all the feels as well as the goods to back it up.
Being a professional Hockey Player and having summers off must be glorious. Vacationing in Vermont is even better. Good food, yummy beer and lovely ladies. Well, one in particular. She works at a local pub and has just been cast aside by another man when Dave and her engage in a month long tryst that really takes over their summer activities. Despite it being just a "casual" thing, both Dave and Zara cannot get the other out of their minds. The summer they spent together, under the stars was anything but casual.
Fast forward two years later. Zara has a 15 month old baby girl named Nicole. And yepppppersss, you guessed it, she belongs to Dave. When out of the blue Dave comes back to town on another summer holiday, he finds out that he is in fact, a baby daddy. Zara did her best looking for him after he left town years earlier, but she never knew his last name. I was worried how he was going to take it.
The news about him being a father, but in fine fashion, Bowen created a MAN. A man who takes care of the people in his life, who don't freak out even though he has reason to and he mans-up and takes care of his girl. There has always been something special between our two mains, and you really get to see it when Dave steps up and Zara lets him in.
There is no drama, unless you count Zara's over bearing brothers, which is just plain funny. But with Zara and Dave, they are mature, they know what is important, and even though you would assume that this relationship could never work, they came together as a team, cohesively, and like a well oiled machine. That's not to say there weren't any set-backs, because there always is, but they conquered it together and it was amazing!
One of the things I loved most about this book was the support systems that both Dave and Zara had. Dave had his awesome teammates who he vacationed with and who were a sounding board for him during the initial shock of finding out he as a Dad. For Zara, it was her amazing family. Her wonderful brothers and mother-as well as the whole Shipley clan!
There is a lot of potential for more books in this series. We were introduced to a new character that I think may make an appearance in the next installment of the True North Series, and I cannot wait to see what happens next. ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
View all 8 comments. Sep 12, Wendy'sThoughts rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Sarina Bowen Fans, Romance. What slot do we fit in When do we finally figure out we create our own slot In Bountiful by Sarina Bowen, both main characters have to fight the preconceived notions of who they are and what they are due How they are the Masters of their own Destiny's. The lessons learned are important We have met Zara before in the other True North books. She is a determined person, a bit tough but likeable. We have already seen she has lived a life and held strong.
In this book everything comes together. Griff being a stand up guy explained to Zara, his head just wasn't in the right place for it to develop into anything else As she is recovering from this "break-up", Zara keeps on keeping on. She is the bartender at the main place in town and stays focused on making due. As she is adjusting to her new normal, Zara's eyes catch a man quietly sitting in the back of the bar. She has seen him before with his friends recently but also clocks him as a tourist, not local.
As the evening wears on, the man observes a lot going on He has loved this game and what it has provided him fully. Especially after his painful childhood with a father who was abusive. David looked out for his sister and now the two of them have overcome much But deep down David has made peace with the idea of never having a family She has been taking glances his way and by the end of the night, she has decided she deserves a bit of Zara fun After taking a few security precautions to make sure she would be safe with David, Zara takes him to her loft above the bar.
It is there both of them experience more than what was expected However, Zara being prickly Zara, she laid out the ground rules with David knowing he would be leaving in a few weeks No tell tale stuff that can get messy Just some fun and games and then a good bye Both Zara and David pretty much stick to amazing sex and good times A gathering with local friends can make this feel like more But time stops for no one and both thinking each wants a clean cut off David, no last name Zara is pregnant and now all those precautions to not be involved have not much of a trail to track down.
After her brother tried and time goes by, Zara has resolved herself to be a single mum and not look to the entrance of the bar anymore. Two years go by and David is back in Vermont. He never forgot the time he spent with Zara One of the first things he does is go back the bar to see if she is there He is told she doesn't work there anymore. When his travel partner comes back from a bakery to the car, he tells David he needs to go in there David walks in and there is Zara One of the many brothers of Zara's comes up to David, looking him over with an ugly face The Brother sees Big man With Red Copper Hair Zara's kid is a copper top Well, there you have it David learns he is a dad and sort of freaks for a hot minute He gets his head on straight.
Zara at first doesn't know how to handle all of this But now he was here This story was the perfect marriage of two people who find themselves together for more than one reason. The marriage of the Brooklyn Bruisers series with the Truth North series worked so well Bittersweet True North, 1 https: Steadfast True North, 2 https: Keepsake True North 3 https: Bountiful True North 4 https: Speakeasy True North, 5 https: Fireworks True North, 6 https: Why opening my kindle and there plain as day Is my Bountiful ARC!!
But for now, Ms. Bowen has given us this: For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways. View all 7 comments. He pushed inside the apartment and pulled me to his chest. Strong arms locked around me. The door thunked closed. My nose met the V of skin where his top button was undone. I took a deep, steadying breath of him. He was warm and solid and I exhaled with shameless gratitude.
It actually got worse for a second, as if my subconscious allowed itself to come fully unhinged in the safety of his arms. He made a noise of distress, deep in his throat, and held me even more tightly. He kissed the top of my head. Then he did it again. Big hands smoothed their way down my arms, bringing much-needed warmth to my chilly limbs. His hands swept up my back, until one wide palm cupped the back of my neck. Dave tilted my head to see what had probably become a bruise. He made a hissing sound, and his fingers became more gentle as he probed the area. His thumb traced my roughened skin.
Then he bent down and placed his mouth over the hurt spot. I whimpered as soft lips comforted that spot. Unbidden, my hands dug into his shirt. And I turned my head a fraction of a degree to give him better access. He let out a sound that was half groan, half growl, and I felt it everywhere. I turned my face again, this time to find his mouth with mine. And we came together in a way that felt completely inevitable, our lips sealing together just right on the first try.
And then his tongue stroked against mine. I rose to my toes and wrapped my arms around him, leaning into all that solid weight. My poor, terrified heart had a better reason to race now. His kiss was fierce and desperate. Seconds later, he turned us around, pressing my back against the door. He cupped my chin in one hand and held it there, kissing me with great focus and fire, while his other hand wandered my curves, cupping my breast, slipping down over my hip. I undid the top button of his shirt before abandoning that tedious work to caress his stomach instead.
He groaned and I moaned and everything was a heated blur. He lifted my dress. I tugged at his belt. His mouth found my throat. My fingers fumbled to unzip his fly. And then his cock lay in my hand, hard and heavy. Then I heard a tearing sound—stitches giving way. A second later my panties fell off, and thick fingers forked between my legs, finding slickness. I bore down on that sweet friction and whimpered as my body lit up everywhere. He took my mouth in another hard kiss. Artlessly, I hooked a leg around his hip. He tugged on the fabric of my dress, lifting it further. Then finally he lifted me off the ground by my hips.
My legs closed around him as my back connected with the door again. I panted into his mouth as we struggled to align ourselves for what we both needed. They had earlier tonight, though, when Dave had yanked me into the car right before that truck could— I shuddered in his arms. When I pick up one of her books I sort of go into this weird trance-y vacuum where I get completely subsumed by it and lose touch with reality. That felt apropos for this couple since they both have somewhat difficult pasts that haunt them to varying degrees.
They make this series for me with their Vermontyness and welcoming vibes. Zara is sort of this bad girl bartender that once had a fling with Griff but then had a child by some mysterious guy and ended up becoming besties with Audrey and opening a coffee shop with her. Along the way, she became less wild but she never divulged who the father was. We find out it was one of the Bruisers, Dave Berington, when he comes back to Vermont two years later. She creates female characters that I can usually identity with and male characters that are typically salt of the earth and have me adding them to my book boyfriend list with a quickness.
Dave and Zara are no different, though her pessimism was long and drawn out for my tastes. Their backgrounds help contextualize why they behave the way they do, plus we get the benefit of both of their perspectives. Their relationship is realistically developed but I never felt it, that X-factor.
I found myself more invested in the secondary characters which should come as a surprise to exactly no one. Imagine my delight when it started to look like the original grump might have a Mini Me in Kieran. Why is Kieran so grumpy, though? And why did he get even grumpier when he found out Zara and Audrey hired Roderick at the coffee shop? And what about that case????
Recommend to realistic romance fans who like their romance without frills and with babies. An ARC was provided. Oct 04, Jacqueline's Reads rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bountiful is a standalone and is part of the True North series. The moment I started this book I devoured it. I was consumed with this light-hearted, warm-hearted and endearing-hearted read. Bountiful is sweet, addictive and will give you the tingles when you are done. Dave has six weeks off and he spends it in Vermont. He finds Zara and they start a cute, racy and intense summer fling.
Both want no strings, no broken hearts and no last names. I loved everything about this book. I loved the characters, the pacing and the relationships. Her baby, Nicole is 15 months and I felt like Sarina Bowen wrote the book for me, because I have a month baby! So I related to this book a lot. I really liked Dave and I liked he had a complicated childhood.
I love his interaction with Nicole and really that was the star of the book. He was everything I wanted and more. Also, Sarina created enough tension to keep me interested, but not pulling my hair out. View all 3 comments. This book starts two years ago.
When, after flirting with him for almost a month, Zara finally spends a night with handsome bar-client Dave. There's this huge attraction between them, but until a few months ago, Zara was half in love with Griffin from book 1. He doesn't really look as if he'd fit in here - in this little Vermont town - with his expensive clothes and the rich-guy watch.
What Zara doesn't know - Dave is a famous hockey player. He's been seen around Sarina's hockey series!! And what Zara also doesn't know? When he leaves, once his summer vacation in Vermont is over - he'll leave behind a little 9-months gift. Fast forward two years But his career is not over yet - his life is in New York! And he's not a family person - he never had that growing up and he wasn't planning on having it now - or ever But his two Vermont girls are reallllly hard to resist.
Will there be a Happily Ever After? I loved Griffin and the other guys We were always wondering who her baby daddy is Only he doesn't yet! This was such an sweet romance. Zara is afraid to be left again. And Dave's life growing up wasn't the best - he still has nightmares. That's why he never wanted to fall in love and have a family. But now here's his ready-made family. He still has a few years of professional hockey in him I just loved this book. The baby and daddy moments! The people - the Shipleys - Zara's brothers - everybody! I want this series to be on Netflix one day!
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And I also hope that this was not the last book - there are SO many more stories to be told! I want Benito next and Kieran and Alec and Bess and ugh - allll of them! The city celebrates its history at the annual Handcart Days celebration every July in conjunction with U.
When the sexy stranger proposes a one night stand, Zara can't say no. He gets his head on straight. Sarina Bowen has met all my expectations, and I am hopeful she will continue the True North series for years to come. Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way. Sep 12, Wendy'sThoughts rated it really liked it Recommends it for: ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Bountiful Handcart Days is a volunteer—driven event. The festivities include a parade, fireworks, games, entertainment, an art exhibit, and food. According to the United States Census Bureau , the city has a total area of The original portion of the city and downtown are located at the base of the Wasatch Range , which rises high to the east, overlooking the city. Most of the residential neighborhoods climb high up the slopes of the mountain. To the west lies a flatland that extends to the Great Salt Lake and the mudflats and marshes that border it. Areas of Bountiful include Val Verda in the southern part of the city.
The cities surrounding Bountiful include: Most land to the east of Bountiful is U. This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot and often humid summers and cold sometimes severely cold winters. According to estimates from the U. Census Bureau,  as of , there were 44, people in Bountiful.
The racial makeup of the county was Lakeview Hospital is a hospital located in Bountiful. Junior High Schools . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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