By Sarina Bowen
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 From Brooklyn 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.
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.
The first thing I have to say about BOUNTIFUL is that the cover is beyond hot. I can’t remember the last time I wanted to lick a cover, but this one is so gorgeous I find myself wanting to lick it every time I see it. Yum!
Moving on, BOUNTIFUL is a lovely story about Dave and Zara, who shared a hot and enjoyable month-long fling two years ago. A fling that involved not sharing personal details and then resulted in a pregnancy. Dave has not been able to get Zara out of his mind since he left, so two years later and during his off-season, he returns to town to see her, only to learn that he has a daughter, Nicole.
Dave and Zara are both strong characters, but because of what they experienced growing up, they believe there are certain parts of their lives where they are not worthy or good enough, but in very different ways. It was nice watching them come together and get the happy ending neither of them dreamed was a possibility.
I really liked Dave’s sister, Bess, as well as Zara’s twin brother, Benito. While I don’t see them together as a couple, I hope both of them get their own books.
There were a couple of threads in this story that I felt were not tied up. Most of Zara’s family treat Dave pretty badly, and we never find out if they changed their attitudes towards him. Also, Zara mentioned several times that she had ruined the great romance of Benito’s life when they were younger, but we never got the story behind that. With the introduction of Zara’s large-ish family, I wonder if her brothers will get stories of their own, and perhaps that’s why these two threads were left hanging. Time will tell.
BOUNTIFUL contains characters from Sarina’s Brooklyn Bruisers series, but you don’t need to read that series to enjoy this story. Honestly, I don’t even remember Dave from the Brooklyn Bruisers, even though I’ve read all three books. BOUNTIFUL is told in dual POVs and comes with a happy ending for Dave, Zara and Nicole.
Bountiful (True North # 4)
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