October 26, 2016

ARC Review: Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

ARC Review: Keepsake by Sarina BowenKeepsake by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #3
Published by Rennie Road Books on October 25, 2016
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publicist
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 326
5 Stars
Goodreads

There's a first time for everything.

Lark Wainwright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah is a survivor, too. It’s been four years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult where he grew up. He’s found a peaceful existence on the Shipley’s farm, picking apples and fixing machinery. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. He doesn’t always know what to make of a world where movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV or spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she pushes Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he's good for much more than farm labor.

I received this book for free from Publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Way back during summer, when school wasn’t stressful and we had all the time to read, I said that this year is the year of Sarina Bowen and with each release I’ve read of hers this year (which have been all of them), she proved me to not be a liar. With each book, I fall harder and harder for this author and her words.

It’s hard to say Keepsake might be my favorite of this series because I love Jude and Griff, but there’s something about Zach. He’s literally perfect. I mean, swoon. And guys, HE’S A VIRGIN HERO! But, let me tell you, he don’t kiss like a virgin.

Not uh.

This boy has got some serious skills with his mouth and tongue and hands and body and yeah, I’m in love. But he’s a so sweet and so good to the people around him. He’s a man who grew up with no privileges and any form of happiness was essentially punished. Zach didn’t know how to live and experience life before he came to Vermont and met his surrogate family. But even after four years of being in the real world, he’s still learning things that we’ve always taken for granted. He’s learning how to be comfortable within his skin, but he’s never had anyone he’s liked in a romantic sense until Lark.

Lark has been through a lot of stuff recently and decides to get go visit the Shepley’s on their farm, in hopes that some time in the country will help. But her nightmares are still happening and she’s reliving the worst time in her life every time. She’s staying in the bunk house, with Zach and a few other helpers, waking them up when she starts screaming. And every time the nightmares come, Zach is there, reassuring Lark that it’s a dream, that she’s not there, and she’s on the farm with him.

The two start to bond over this, forming a friendship that quickly leads to something more. Again, Zach doesn’t kiss like a virgin, ya’ll. He’s *fire emoji* *fire emoji* *fire emoji*. But just because Lark and Zach are falling for each other doesn’t mean Lark’s issues are going away. They’re not and I really loved how Sarina Bowen highlighted that love doesn’t cure everything and it’s important to be healthy and go about getting the correct help that is needed.

I could go on and on and on about my love for this book but I need you to go experience this story itself because no matter what I say, it will not do the story justice!

I loved being back in this world, with all the characters from the previous two books. There’s something about this Vermont setting that I can’t get enough of. I want to go there and look for my own Zach and Jude. A combination of both Jude and Zach, two already perfect men combined, yes please. I can’t wait to reread this book and I finished it two days ago. That’s when I know I’m in love with a book, when I finish and can’t wait to jump back into it. Perhaps a series marathon is in order.

Read this series and read all of Sarina’s other books, you won’t regret it. This woman knows how to tell a story and how to read a romance. She’ll have you swooning hard in every book!

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8 responses to “ARC Review: Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

  1. Just the synopsis makes my heart all swoony! I so want to read this one! But I want to read the other two books first – even if they don’t necessarily need to be read in order. I’m dying to meet Zach!

  2. I looooved book one but dnf book two because it was two heavy. One of the reasons I loved Bittersweet was because of how light and drama free it was. I started this one last week but put it down, I think it’s heavy like book 2 and I don’t know how I feel about that but I love seeing it was one of your favorites of the series.

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    • wordswithsarah

      Book two was very heavy, but I love a tortured hero and Jude slayed me. I don’t think book three is as heavy as book two. There is heavy material in it, but compared to Jude’s book it didn’t have the same heavy quality to it. Plus Zach is perfect and like personal sunshine. He brightens all the dark parts

  3. LOL I’m dying over the *fire emoji* portion of this review. That is the kind of hero I’m looking for, folks!

    I read “HIM” by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy earlier this year and I was blown away by it (soooo freaking cute,). Plus it’s a story about Hockey, which made this Canadian very happy! Hahaha. I definitely need to read more by Bowen, she’s one to watch for sure…especially since I’ve already devoured Elle Kennedy’s NA backlist. 😀

    • wordswithsarah

      The real emoji won’t show up! I had to improvise. I HIGHLY recommend checking out reading more of Sarina’s books. The first book I read by her was Him and have devoured all her other books. If you want more hockey reads by her, check out her The Ivy Years series and her Brooklyn Bruisers series. Along with this series, of course!

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