Wednesday, August 14, 2013

French Roast by Ava Miles (Dare Valley Series, #2)

French Roast
by Ava Miles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Welcome back to Dare Valley, CO! Book two of the Dare Valley series, French Roast by talented author Ava Miles is a completely captivating Contemporary Romance starring two of the characters from book one, Nora Roberts Land. I fell in love with Jill Hale’s quirky and charming character in book 1 and was thrilled that French Roast was her turn to dive into the “love” pool. But will she sink or swim? After being best friends for years growing up, upon High School graduation, Brian McConnell shreds Jill’s heart by going off the culinary school in New York. That. Was. Not. Supposed.To. Happen. Jill was just getting up the nerve to let Brian know that she wanted more than friendship and he kept this huge news from her? Years pass and their relationship is now non-existent, Jill cannot get over what she took as betrayal, but today she is a successful coffee shop owner, independent, colorful and full of small town business savvy. She takes everything life tosses at her in stride, until Brian returns to Dare Valley, even more handsome and sigh-worthy than before. And there goes her heart into overdrive, again. Can they finally get together now? After all, hadn’t she secretly harbored thoughts of being Mrs. Brian McConnell for years? Between outside influences, inner turmoil and secrets not shared, these two are like over-caffeinated donkeys often pulling in the opposite direction from where they want to be. And of course, the entire town is all eyes and ears to the fodder for the gossip mills!

Ava Miles has raised the entertainment bar, again! Both of these characters will steal your heart with their antics, attitudes and fears. Can small towns be fun? If it’s Dare Valley, definitely, as Ms. Miles decorates her pages with small town charm and citizens.

I read to be entertained, and I was, completely with this light and airy romance peppered with pitfalls and setbacks! Who knew being the “fly-on-the-wall” could be so much fun? With her creative genius and sense of humor, Ms. Miles has penned a fast-paced, warm and endearing tale that had me smiling at the end and plotting MY preference for the next duo to “gamble” with the “badge” of love. (Yes, that was a hint to the author!) Do I recommend this series for lovers of romance? Oh, yes, absolutely!

I need to thank the author for my review copy! Next time I need a few smiles, I'll be reading this again!

Publication Date: August 7, 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace
Series: Dare Valley, #2
ISBN: 978-1492110156
Number of Pages: 354
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit
My Rating: 5 Stars!
Available at: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

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