Bountiful by Sarina Bowen

Bountiful

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....

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Bountiful Reviews

  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    4.5 stars

    I think the one word that sums it all up is -  ROMANTIC!!!!!

    This book was all kinds of romantic. Although every romance novel is ultimately a romantic story, nevertheless there are some stories that are just the epitome of romance -   and Bountiful was exactly that. Granted Vermont sounded already so much more romantic than Brooklyn, but the author managed to connect her Brooklyn Bruisers with my most favorite family in Vermont, the Shipley's!!!

    But getting back to why I absolutely adore

    4.5 stars

    I think the one word that sums it all up is -  ROMANTIC!!!!!

    This book was all kinds of romantic. Although every romance novel is ultimately a romantic story, nevertheless there are some stories that are just the epitome of romance -   and Bountiful was exactly that. Granted Vermont sounded already so much more romantic than Brooklyn, but the author managed to connect her Brooklyn Bruisers with my most favorite family in Vermont, the Shipley's!!!

    But getting back to why I absolutely adored this book!!

    It was super romantic!!!

    I loved the hero ♡♡♡

    It had a strong and feisty heroine

    Add a cute as a button kid

    Cameos of my favorite Shipley - GRUMPY GRIFF

    Beautiful story - enough said!!!

    Let's start with ROMANTIC side of this book that took me by surprise and made me fall in love with this story heads over heel.

    Even though the couple had fun in bed, the love-story on its own was slow burn, with lots of time for them to connect and to get to know each other. Dave and Zara connected in a way that felt profound and their relationship was build on mutual trust and friendship. After all they had years to catch up and to make sure that whatever they once had was not just a summer fling.

    Dave was imperfectly perfect. He was a hockey player with a softer side. And OMG!!!! 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!!!! In a word, Dave was AWESOME!!!

    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!!!

    OMG - I adored all of Grumpy Griff's cameos. 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. ♡♡♡

    In essence Bountiful was a love-story that moved and touched me, made me laugh, and just altogether made me happy. 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!!!!!!

  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion

    I think the cat’s out of the bag when it comes to my obsession with SB. A friend recently referred to her as my writer goddess so… yeah, we’ve got a thing happening one-sided though it may be. 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 didn’t happen here.

    is good, don’t let me lie to you. It’s in keeping with the overall tone of the True North series, meaning it’s weighted heavier on

    I think the cat’s out of the bag when it comes to my obsession with SB. A friend recently referred to her as my writer goddess so… yeah, we’ve got a thing happening one-sided though it may be. 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 didn’t happen here.

    is good, don’t let me lie to you. It’s in keeping with the overall tone of the True North series, meaning it’s weighted heavier on the NA side of romance. That felt apropos for this couple since they both have somewhat difficult pasts that haunt them to varying degrees. The crossover aspects with the Brooklyn Bruisers was fun and I loved catching up with Griff, Audrey and

    If I ever get to Vermont I’ll be sorely disappointed if there’s not some Shipleyness smacking me in the face.

    is Zara’s book. 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.

    What I love so much about SB’s writes is her ability to craft relatable characters. 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. However, what rang as contrived was the push/pull that Zara keeps engaging in. Why incessantly question the veracity of Dave’s statements when

    are in keeping with his statements? Wouldn’t you

    to at least try for the brass ring if for no other reason than your daughter? Regardless, I liked both of these characters and all the baby stuff was cute which ordinarily isn’t my cuppa so kudos to SB for that.

    Their relationship is realistically developed but I never felt it, that X-factor. There’s no spark, no razzle dazzle that I’ve come to associate with SB’s writes. They have sexual chemistry and I honestly don’t even have trouble believing in their longevity, but their romance didn’t move me.

    I found myself more invested in the secondary characters which should come as a surprise to exactly no one. Because Griff.

    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? I don’t want to put the wagon before the horse here but I’ve been thinking for awhile now that one of those cousins was going to take this series to MMRomancelandia…

    I’m also now consumed by Zara’s brothers! What the hell did she do to destroy Benito’s one chance at love when they were 18? And what about that case???? And what’s the deal with Alec? BAH!

    So, like I said initially, there was good stuff here and it goes without saying that I’ll read the next one, but this one didn’t turn my innards to melty goo.

    Recommend to realistic romance fans who like their romance without frills and with babies.

  • Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆

    ✮✮✮ 4.5 STARS ✮✮✮

    In this installment of the True North series we get to know the prickly bartender and Griff's ex-lover

    who we met in the previous books. 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

    - she could be pretty guarded and standoff-ish but she was that for a good reason. She was never unlikable and

    ✮✮✮ 4.5 STARS ✮✮✮

    In this installment of the True North series we get to know the prickly bartender and Griff's ex-lover

    who we met in the previous books. 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

    - 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.

    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

    Goodbye ovaries. Damn!

    attraction to

    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

    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.

    Sarina Bowen lets us say hello again to the whole Shipley gang and I got some serious MM vibes from Griff's brother Kieran and the new full-time employee in

    and Audrey's coffee shop, Roderick.

    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

    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.

    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!

  • Wendy'sThoughts

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    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.

    Zara and Griffin Shipley had a friends w/benefits thing going and then it was gone. 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...and Zara knew deep down she thought... maybe it would.

    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...sees this strong sensual woman handle rough men and put them in their place...and also notes a glimpse of sadness when seeing a man chat up a new fresh face...

    Dave Beringer of the Brooklyn Bruisers Hockey Team has seen and experienced much in his life. 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... how could he...risking the possibility of repeating the lessons learned from "dear ole' dad."

    David decides to move from the table to the bar to be closer to Zara... and Zara is not opposed to the idea. 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... granted terrific sex... but also a bit of a mental connection, too.

    However, Zara being prickly Zara, she laid out the ground rules with David knowing he would be leaving in a few weeks....

    No personal information...

    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... but feelings are sneaky and they can creep up on a person...A gathering with local friends can make this feel like more...a night looking at the stars can touch the soul...

    But time stops for no one and both thinking each wants a clean cut off...don't share the type of feelings they are starting to have... David, no last name... goes off and Zara lets him.

    Then life gets sneaky and David, No Last Name leaves a bigger impact then Zara and he expected. 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... in fact, they played like an endless loop in his head. One of the first things he does is go back the bar to see if she is there... and he receives the oddest vibe...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... she turns to see him and then dashes out the back...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...and she has refused to say who the dad was...

    Well, there you have it...David learns he is a dad and sort of freaks for a hot minute... thinking of all the reasons why he shouldn't be...but then when he talks with his sister and it sinks in...He gets his head on straight.

    Zara at first doesn't know how to handle all of this... she was use to the jeers and looks of being a single mom who refused to talk about the dad...But now he was here... and she was going to deal with it... there was no running away...

    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... it was the best of both worlds.

  • Jennifer Kyle

    I really enjoyed this story and I loved the characters and all the supporting characters as well.

    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.

  • Nicola

    is up there as one of my faves from Sarina Bowen’s

    series and this time around she has subtly blended it with her

    and taken us back to Vermont for an engaging romance, filled with heart and a couple to cheer on from the moment you meet them. There’s no middle ground when it comes to me and a

    story, you win or you lose and and this was a winner.

    If you’re familiar with the

    series, Zara Rossi will be no stranger, an

    is up there as one of my faves from Sarina Bowen’s

    series and this time around she has subtly blended it with her

    and taken us back to Vermont for an engaging romance, filled with heart and a couple to cheer on from the moment you meet them. There’s no middle ground when it comes to me and a

    story, you win or you lose and and this was a winner.

    If you’re familiar with the

    series, Zara Rossi will be no stranger, and

    saw her knocked for six by the arrival of a handsome man with copper coloured hair—funnily enough the same shade as her baby daughter, Nicole. There was a story there to be told.

    And tell it Sarina does, taking us right back to the summer when NHL player Dave Beringer spent several sex-fuelled weeks in Vermont with Zara and who, unknowingly, left her with a permanent reminder the passionate nights they shared. Which is where the crossover comes into play, because if you’ve read the

    series, you’ll have briefly met Dave, although we were never privy to his hair colour or first name.

    This is what made

    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. And whilst Zara has her moments, because she’s guarded and can run a little hot and cold, I did love her honesty and the fact that the situation is what it is, she wants her daughter to get to know her dad all whilst fighting with her own heart and the fact that he will once again have to leave at the end of the summer.

    This was actually a very simple story, but it was the heart and emotion it holds as Zara and Dave get to really know one another, along with those little moments that just make you melt as he steps up to the mark as a dad, and the wonder of what the future has in store, that prove that when executed right, even the simplest of stories can bring the most enjoyable of reading experiences. And, with an abundance of single characters including Zara’s brothers, Dave’s sister, more Shipley’s, a baker, and a particular Bruisers player who I loved, my spidey senses have detected a few future possibilities, irrespective of series, that I really hope Sarina will run with.

  • Jess

    Goodness, Gracious, I am in LOVE with these two!!!

    BOUNTIFUL, by Sarina Bowen was a lovely, romantic tale of two people who were there for a romp in the hay, but in reality were there for the long haul, and I am smitten with Dave Beringer and his down to earth philosophy on life.

    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!!!

    BOUNTIFUL, by Sarina Bowen was a lovely, romantic tale of two people who were there for a romp in the hay, but in reality were there for the long haul, and I am smitten with Dave Beringer and his down to earth philosophy on life.

    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. Zara. 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. Well, girls. 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! (Which I loved hearing about BTW)

    At first I didn't know if this would work, but Bowen made it soar and I loved it so much and I wish I could go back and read it again.

    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.

    **reviewed by Jess for joandisalovebooks blog**

  • Jacqueline's Reads

    STOP what you are doing, yup, just stop and start reading Bountiful! Bountiful is a standalone and is part of the True North series. If you haven’t read this series, you can read them out of order. I usually don’t suggest this, but I loved this book so much, you can read Bountiful first!

    This is Zara and Dave’s story.

    The moment I started this book I devoured it. I was con

    STOP what you are doing, yup, just stop and start reading Bountiful! Bountiful is a standalone and is part of the True North series. If you haven’t read this series, you can read them out of order. I usually don’t suggest this, but I loved this book so much, you can read Bountiful first!

    This is Zara and Dave’s story.

    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. I read it in one sitting and I was in such A GOOD mood when I finished.

    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. When Dave goes back home, he leaves something behind (that he didn’t realize).

    I loved everything about this book. I loved the characters, the pacing and the relationships. I loved Zara, even though she was a tough cookie, she’s a single mom so that kind of comes with a territory. Her baby, Nicole is 15 months and I felt like Sarina Bowen wrote the book for me, because I have a 15-month baby! So I related to this book a lot.

    Dave is now a dad, the only thing is he’s never been around babies nor does he know how to take care of them. 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.

    The thing I really liked about this story was that it was really realistic and there weren’t any plot holes. Also, Sarina created enough tension to keep me interested, but not pulling my hair out.

    I can’t gush how much I loved reading this book and the author did an amazing job. Oh and props for the moms who nurse past the 12-month mark (me), it’s not weird, it’s normal and that’s okay.

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  • Rachel Reads Ravenously

    Sarina Bowen always writes the best romance! 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. Two years later Zara is a single mother and hasn’t been able to find Dave to tell

    Sarina Bowen always writes the best romance! 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. Two years later Zara is a single mother and hasn’t been able to find Dave to tell him he’s the father.

    Then one day, Dave shows up and Zara tells him he’s a father. But Dave’s past makes him doubt his parenting abilities and Zara doesn’t trust that he will stick around. The two have to work together to see if they can reach common ground.

    From the moment I opened up the book I fell in love with Zara and Dave. I love prickly heroines and Zara was awesome. Dave was equally awesome, every barb Zara threw his way he shrugged off and smiled. I wouldn’t say baby romances are my favorite subgenre, but I enjoy them and the angst they deliver all the same. Plus I think Bowen did an amazing job writing the parent/child dynamic and Nicole was just beyond adorable.

    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.

    “The Milky Way and Zara. My favorite two things about Vermont.”

    Follow me on ♥

  • Stacey is Sassy

    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? F

    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

    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

    . 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.

    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

    series and I really hope

    treats us to a few more.


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