Bountiful (The True North Series #4) 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 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.
A guy walks into a bar…
No, really. That’s how it starts. And I did not think I was goingto like Dave. He’s not exactly arrogant, but he comes across as someone who’s all about the good times and no commitments. He never made Zara any promises and if I’m honest with myself, he was only following her lead. Even when he returns to Vermont, he’s there for a vacation. He’s not thinking long term and he’s only looking Zara up to continue his good times. If I had one thing negative to say about Dave, it’s that he was slow to make a decision about what he wanted from Zara once he found her again and his life going forward. It was kind of annoying, but it wasn’t out of character.
I loved Zara. She definitely lives her own life regardless of what anyone else thinks or the shit she gets from her family. I liked that she wasn’t out to make Dave’s life difficult. She owned that the situation she found herself in, she had a hand in creating and she didn’t bear Dave any ill will. She had just as much trouble picturing them in a relationship as Dave did, so I can’t really fault Dave for his hesitance.
The only question I really had was how she never looked him up online once she found out he was a hockey player. I think that would have been one of the first things you’d do. And I don’t for a second think that Dave was celibate for two years. That part was kind of glossed over and I think it would have caused friction between them, regardless of how non-clingy Zara was.
But, really, this is one of my favorite books of the True North series. I ended up liking both equally and found myself wanting more of them when it was over.