Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Audiobook Review - Bountiful by Sarina Bowen @SarinaBowen

Bountiful by Sarina Bowen
Narrated by Teddy Hamilton & Seraphine Valentine
Series: True North #4; Brooklyn Bruisers #3.5
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Date Read: February 16, 2018
Length: 10 hours 51 minutes
Source: Audiobook Jukebox
★★★★★
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.
My Review

I absolutely loved this book!  I had heard good things about Sarina Bowen but hadn't had the chance to read any of her work before this book.  I can now see that I have been missing out and have a lot of catching up to do.  This was a book that held my attention and never let go.  I could not stop listening and finished the book in just a day and a half.  I was totally swept away by this amazing romance.

It is really hard to put into words my love for this book but I am going to do my best.  I fell in love with these characters from the very start.  As the book progressed, I loved them more and more.  Dave and Zara just seemed to work well together.  I loved the chemistry between them at the start of the story and thought that the awkwardness when they met again felt real.  They just seem to be good for each other.

This story starts out with Dave on vacation in Vermont where he meets Zara at the bar she runs.  They have a fling over the course of a month but don't share details about themselves.  Two years later when Dave returns for another vacation, he learns that he has a daughter.  I am not always a fan of the secret baby trope but this works perfectly because Zara tried to find Dave but couldn't.  She never makes any attempt to hide the baby from Dave.  Dave is floored by the news but quickly adapts and learns that the things he wants in life may be different than he had originally thought.

It was so wonderful to watch Dave and Zara fall in love.  The chemistry between them was always off the charts but watching them really get to know each other and care for their daughter together was great.  Zara is not used to having Dave's help and doesn't want to owe anyone anything while Dave wants to take care of things.  Some of Zara's family are not thrilled with Dave since he hasn't been around but he never backs down and keeps his focus on Zara and their daughter, Nicole.

This was the first time that I have listened to Teddy Hamilton and Seraphine Valentine's narration.  I love romances that use two narrators and I thought that both of these narrators did a great job with their characters.  There are a lot of emotions in this book and a few steamy moments and everything flowed flawlessly.  I thought that they both did a great job with the different character voices.  They both had very pleasant voices that made it easy to listen for hours at a time.

I highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romances.  This incredibly romantic story had all the things I was looking for when I decided to read it.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that Dave was a hockey player which only made things better since I love a good sport romance.  This is the fourth book in the True North series and also fits into the Brooklyn Bruisers series but I had no problems reading it as a stand alone.  Of course, I do want to read all of the other books now!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Blackstone Audio, Inc. via Audiobook Jukebox.
About the Author

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont's Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

Author Link:  Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter 

26 comments:

  1. It looks so weird with him standing there, not that I am complaining ;)

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    1. I am not a fan of the cover but the story was amazing!

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  2. I read a book she wrote in collaboration with Elle Kennedy, but never tried one of her own novels. Considering I love a good hockey romance, I think it's safe to say I gotta add this book (and the rest of the series) to my list, right? ;) Glad it worked so amazingly well for you, hope I'm going to have a blast with it, too!

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    1. I don't think that all of the books in the True North series have hockey players but the Brooklyn Bruiser series does. I am definitely going to read more of her work soon.

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  3. I love the sounds of Dave and Zara! Definitely gonna have to look into the series!

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    1. Dave and Zara were so good together, Jenea!

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  4. I haven't tried this author but I like your enthousiasm for this one so now you made me curious too

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    1. I am so glad that I took a chance with this one.

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  5. I haven't been paying attention so didn't realize about this one, but I love that they had a child and both are being so good about it. I don't like secret baby stories, but this one sounds more like an accident than a secret. I'll have to add it to my list because I can see you really love it and I already like her writing. :)

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    1. It was more of an accident than a secret. They were very honest with each which I really liked.

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  6. Secret baby stories can sometimes be ok if done right and I can see how this would be a good one.

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  7. Just hanging out with the overgrown grass with my shirt off, lol. That's an odd pose but the story sounds great!

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    1. I do think that the cover is a bit strange but what do I know.

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  8. Wait! This is your first True North book? This series is probably my favorite of Bowen's. I was really excited when I heard we were getting Zara's story, and I really need to get reading this one. Great review!

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    1. It is! I just saw that the first book happens at the same time so you know I will be listening to that one soon.

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  9. I keep hearing how fantastic Sarina Bowen is, but I still haven't read any of her books. I so need to get on that. So glad you loved this one so much.

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    1. I really did love this book and can't wait to read more from her very soon.

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  10. I love the secret baby trope! I mean, as long as the secret keeping is for a good reason. ;)

    Glad you enjoyed this one.

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    1. This was just a fantastic read. I am not sure if I am a fan of the secret baby trope or not but this book worked well.

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  11. Oh my gosh, you are in for some fantastic reads if you have never read this author before! I haven't read this series, but I've read plenty of others she's written. And Teddy Hamilton - yes! He is so wonderful as a narrator.

    Great review. :)

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    1. I am definitely going to be reading more of this author in the very near future and I do agree that Teddy Hamilton is amazing!

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  12. I haven't made much of a secret that the secret baby trope is probably my least favorite but the fact that she does try to find him and he was a tourist does make that seem way more workable. I like the sound of the characters and this sounds like one of the books where the characters are what the other needs. Adding to the TBR and I'm so glad I saw your review. I might not have looked at this twice after seeing the secret baby mention.

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    1. This was not a secret made on purpose which really made the story work for me. I loved how upfront they were with each other.

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  13. Now this sounds good and I am glad that it worked mid-series.

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    1. It was fabulous, Kimberly, and no problem with just jumping in here.

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