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.

My Review:
Genre: Romance – Sports (Hockey), Secret Baby
Stand Alone: Yes
Part of a Series: Yes Book 4 of the True North Series
POV: Zara and Dave
Steam Level: Toasty Warm

This is the second book I’ve read by Sarina Bowen and I liked it quite a bit. I liked how it was separated into two parts: Summer #1 The Summer of Love and Sex and Summer #2 a few years later The Summer of Reality and Getting to know each other. Zara’s character was relatable and her attitudes understandable due to the way she was raised. I enjoyed getting to know Dave better in the second part of the book as he a bit of a mystery in the first part. It was fun seeing him getting more comfortable with Nicole and his teammates helping. The scene with the banana was a riot. Overall Bountiful was sweet and fun with a lot of character growth. I would have liked an epilogue but I read an advanced copy of this book so there may be one in the final, published version. This is my honest and voluntary review.

Favorite Quotes:

  • She and I had chemistry, damn it. We’d been eye-fucking each other all night.
  • He tasted of beer and temptation, and those were my two favorite things.
  • Sometimes, when you’ve been stripped bare by circumstances, and your personal travesties are known by every person in your small town, ladylike is all a girl has left.
  • Ungh. That smile was probably the reason I was a mother.

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