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.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
When small town girl meets big shot hockey player, sign me up for that. What was supposed to be a fun summer affair, turns into so much more when autumn came around. From page one the connection between sassy Zara, and hot AF Dave was off the charts. Neither was expecting more, and they are just two adults enjoying each other’s company, knowing they’ll never see each other again.
Except for the little fact that in at least one of their escapades, they forgot a condom. Et voila, one adorable little red-headed girl. Since limited information was exchanged between Zara, and her mystery man, she didn’t find him again.
Until now of course, when Dave is back for a wonderful summer holiday in Vermont. His memories of Zara are very fond, though the new circumstances definitely take him by surprise.
I loved how neither of them was ready for a child, pretty much never planned on having children, but then you see how they are with their daughter, and your heart just melts. Dave is so clueless it’s adorable, though he does go for it in the end. He just wants what is best for his daughter, and Zara. Luckily he has plenty of help.
Meanwhile Zara doesn’t know what to now that Dave is back. She’s happy for her daughter, and while she tries to focus on that, it seems Dave has only gotten hotter with age. That attraction, and chemistry is still there between them. Though Zara’s life is in Vermont, and Dave’s is in New York. What to do?
Bountiful was another wonderful addition to the True North series. I pretty much never heard of Vermont before this series, but Sarina Bowen has a way to describe it, that I definitely want to visit now. Anyway, as always she writes these wonderful, realistic characters, each with their own unique personalities, and interesting stories they want to tell. What I recommend for autumn is to grab yourself a big glass of cider, a warm blanket, a cozy chair, and settle down for a nice, steamy night with Zara and Dave in Bountiful.