She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.
Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there’s no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.
For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.
She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.
No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie’s police chief father. But it’s a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.
Jen and Roxie’s Review
After meeting Jude in Bittersweet we were certainly intrigued and curious about his story.
We got bits and pieces here and there and it left us wanting to learn his secrets.
Jude made bad choices in the past. A bad choice led to a bad decision and a tragic ending alters his life forever.
“When I was seventeen, I thought Jude was sent to me from heaven. When I was eighteen, I let him take me there. When I was nineteen, he broke both my heart and my family.”
He’s back after 3.5 years, he served his time. But the demons he’s been battling since that tragic day are ever present, crippling him from moving on. To fight them is a battle he prepares to face daily.
Until Sophie… The girl. The one he can never have again. Their love carries a baggage that is too heavy to move. Or is it?
They try to stay away. They both know what they had is over and is too broken to revive.
“Soph, I’d give you anything. But I don’t have a lot to give.”
Sarina Bowen made Jude’s fight so real that our hearts hurt at times as he was facing and fighting the clutching grips of addiction.
Sophie was so lost, too numb to move on until Jude walks back into town.
“Bye,” I said, instead of I love you. Saying it out loud would only be more depressing. Because I couldn’t have her. Not for keeps.”
The mystery element added a great twist to the story and made us glued to our kindles till the very end.
After all the obstacles and hardship this couple faced, we find ourselves rooting for a well deserved happiness. Sarina wrote a beautiful, heart aching story that we won’t soon forget.
About Sarina Bowen
Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont’s Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)
Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.