Thursday, April 1, 2021

Booklover by J.E. Birk Blog Tour

Two guys meet over a stack of romance novels. Soon they're turning pages late into the night...

Two guys meet over a stack of romance novels. Soon they're turning pages late into the night...

Jamie Morin’s college GPA drops every time a cow breaks through a fence, but he’s determined to get his degree and keep his parents’ Vermont dairy farm afloat. He’d rather be reading than milking, but he can’t let his family down… not the way his brother did. So the last thing he needs is distraction in the form of an irresistible bookseller with a mysterious backstory.

Briar Nord has a lifetime of experience proving that happily-ever-afters only happen in his favorite books. But his luck might be changing. He’s got a great job at a bookstore, and he lives in a city that puts maple syrup on everything. But Briar knows not to trust anything or anyone. And that includes a gorgeous farm boy with soulful eyes and too many obligations.

When Jamie joins Briar’s romance novel book club, they both feel an instant connection. Soon they’re turning pages long into the night. But Briar’s past was bound to catch up with him. Sometimes, though, it takes two heroes to write a new ending...

Booklover is a stand-alone novel in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North. This book includes: a delightfully quirky book club, trust issues galore, an abundance of maple syrup, angst and fluff, and escaping cows.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Vino & Veritas series!
For book one, Featherbed, click HERE.
For book two, Heartscape, click HERE.
For book three, Headstrong, click HERE.
For book four, Undercover, click HERE.
For book five, Aftermath, click HERE.


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Booklover by J.E. Birk

Book 6
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I start heading toward the circle of couches and chairs near the back where the inaugural meeting of The Booklover Club is supposed to take place. I make a quick stop at a shelf of new titles because the store’s got at least three that I’ve been meaning to read. I grab one of them, a nonfiction book about dairy farming, and I take a quick pause to wonder if my wallet can handle a bookstore binge. I’m still reading the inside of the jacket flap when I hear a voice behind me.

“Can I help you?”

I turn around and try not to do that thing Jeremy says I sometimes do, where I just stand there staring at someone or something without speaking. In my defense, I think the problem comes from spending most of my childhood surrounded by cows. Sometimes I just forget how to people.

Especially when incredibly hot human beings are standing in front of me. Which is happening right now.

This guy looks exactly like Porter, one of my other favorite book characters. He’s in Alyssa Samuel’s gay romance novel Lost Key, and right now I can’t help but wonder if he walked right off the pages of that book and into this store. The Porter look-alike in front of me has sharp, angular cheekbones sitting under hazel eyes and dirty blond hair and eyebrows. He’s got some scruffy I-wanna-be-a-beard-but-I’m-not-there-yet hair around his chin that’s straight out of the Vermont tourist brochures. His head is covered by a pilling green tuque, and his skin is this olive tone that should be next to impossible for any white guy to have in Vermont in March. He’s wearing a flannel shirt and jeans, which is pretty much the stereotypical Vermont uniform, but somehow on him it manages to look cool and unique.

And as if all that weren’t enough? He’s carrying a stack of books.

Some men dream of seeing their perfect lover strutting around in hot lingerie or tiny speedos. I dream of my perfect lover naked, with a stack of books strategically placed in front of them.

When do you cross the line from helping out a friend to openly hitting on them? I’ve got a feeling it happens when you tell them to take off their pants.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the sixth book in a series of stories written by a collection of talented authors and set in Sarina Bowen’s True North world. I am really enjoying the connections, and yet the variety of styles offered by the different writers.

This is my favourite of the series so far – but not for the reasons you might expect! I spent a lot of time closing my iPad and stopping from reading, because I didn't want to know how things could develop.

Briar was such a hopeful character, with a new start, trying his very best to rise above his past... and that could all be destroyed by an old friend turning up. The tension is extreme, and yet it really isn't at all. I was so hopeful that he would be able to disengage from that time, and the worry became real.

Jamie is so torn, studying, working a job to help fund his social life, and then dashing home to support the family farm – the last thing he needs is a boyfriend, and yet one look at Briar in Vino & Veritas and he cannot resist him.

I loved the book club sessions, fun, cute and just what everyone would want in a book club. I loved it when the men acted out or quoted from their favourite romances, and how it tied them together, even when things were difficult. And most of all, I loved that the Vino & Veritas family stepped up and gave Briar the family he needed and the hope of a better future.

Overall, I thought this was an excellent read, and I am really glad that I made it past my reluctance to read more because I was too invested to cope with any difficult bits – but do be ready with a tissue too, as there is one bit (at least) which really got to me!



I’ve never had someone use words to set my entire body on fire.


Author Bio

J.E. BIRK was raised in Vermont and is now adulting in Colorado with intermittent success. She is a long-time lover of stories, and she writes and reads in worlds where imperfect characters find their happily ever after.

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It isn’t every day that your wet dream appears in front of you carrying a stack of books.


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Booklover (Vino & Veritas #6) by J.E. Birk to read and review for this tour.

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