Series Review: Busy Bean (World of True North)

Last month, I reviewed the first series in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North. Today, I’m sharing with you the first two books of the next series called Busy Bean. These books are all set around the Busy Bean coffee shop ran by Bowen’s Zara and Audrey.

Sweetheart
Series: Busy Bean, #1

Author: Sarah Mayberry
Publication Date: March 1, 2020
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

This is kind of my first read of Sarah Mayberry, but kind of not. I read a book she co-wrote with Sarina Bowen a while back and enjoyed that one. I knew I would probably enjoy this one, and I did. Sweetheart was all sorts of steamy fun. The war both Haley and Beck had going on in their minds regarding Beck’s past with Haley’s sister was pretty intense. They had many reasons to stay away from each other, but it was so much fun when they acted on their attraction. There were some super sweet moments between the two. I ended up loving them together despite being a little weirded out about the fact that Beck was in a relationship with her sister years ago. That whole story line was sad in a way, and I would have liked a few more explosive moments between Haley and Jess to flesh it out more. Overall, Sweetheart was a great read with big True North vibes. I loved it!

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Busy Bean series page: https://hearteyespress.com/wotn#/busy-bean/

Cowboy
Series: Busy Bean, #2

Author: L.B. Dunbar
Publication Date: March 1, 2020
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This was my first book by L.B. Dunbar and I can understand why people love her books. She writes fun romances about “older” people and they don’t feel old. What I mean is, both of these characters were in their 40’s living their lives. They might not have some of the flash of being in their 20’s, but they were still vibrant, living people. LIKE PEOPLE IN THEIR 40’s ACTUALLY ARE! HALLELUJA!

Cowboy was about a farmer falling in love with a city gal after an accidental pregnancy. Bull Eaton felt country. From his looks to his job to his personality, he felt like someone you could meet when taking a trip to a Vermont farm. Scarlett Russel might have started off a woman from the big city with her previous flashy job, car, and ex-husband, but she quickly embraced the small town lifestyle. I liked how Bull and Scarlett came from two very different backgrounds and fit perfectly. I also loved how they handled the pregnancy and everything it meant. It was a fun, steamy read.

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Busy Bean series page: https://hearteyespress.com/wotn#/busy-bean/

14 thoughts on “Series Review: Busy Bean (World of True North)”

  1. I just read another review for Sweetheart, which was equally as glowing. Glad these books are doing justice to the True North world. Just not sure about the sister dating her sister’s ex. It’s a me thing.

    1. No, I get that. I wasn’t too excited about that part either. It worked out okay for me.

  2. Lol what? People in their 40s can have romance too? lol. I’m glad books in this world are still proving to be good for you. Not sure if they would be for me, but they do sound kind of un. Great reviews!

    1. I know, right? Usually when characters are written over 35, they come across as way older than I feel.

  3. I’m interested in the Sarah Mayberry book because I looove her writing. I like the sound of that relationship.
    Ooh and I hadn’t heard of L.B Dunbar but I love the she writes older characters. I’ll have to check both of these out.

  4. Both of these are new-to-me authors but I am loving the sound of both stories! So cool that the MC’s in Dunbar’s story are in their 40’s… I didn’t know she was known for that. So refreshing!

  5. Dating a sister’s ex?! Man that is bold! Sounds like a fun series, though. The coffee shop aspect sounds like a perfect setting for some good romance to brew. 😉 I had to put the pun in!

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