Fans who like the family dynamics of the Sullivans by Bella Andre, the small town charm of Cedar Cove by Debbie Macomber, and the sweet romance of Fool's Gold by Susan Mallery will enjoy Ava Miles.
USA Today best-selling author Ava Miles of the number one national best seller Nora Roberts Land presents a coming of age and friends-to-lovers story with New Adult and foodie flavor in her best-selling small town series, Dare Valley. A Reward of Novel Excellence Nominee by InD'tale Magazine. Top 100 best sellers list for Amazon Kindle.
Small-town biz wiz Jill Hale has been in love with her childhood best friend Brian McConnell for as long as she can remember. A falling out led to years of estrangement, but when Brian returns to Dare Valley after trying to make it big as a chef in New York City, Jill's determined to make amends. She's convinced that starting a restaurant together will be the perfect win-win situation, allowing her and Brian to work together and play together.
After a series of missteps sliced and diced Brian's career in the Big Apple, he came home to regroup and find himself. He's convinced that reestablishing his connection with Jill, the girl who got away, will put his life back on track. And when she approaches him with her plan for going into business together, he's certain it's the one way he can have it all-his dream job and his dream girl.
Jill and Brian are falling for each other all over again when Brian's ex sashays into town, intent on sabotaging their reunion. Add in a mysterious investor who's determined to get Jill on board with his project, and the bond between the couple is tested to the limit.
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Honestly I don't think I've ever disliked anyone as much as Jill. She was awful.
"Not as good as the first book in the series"
The characters just were not engaging and it did not hold my attention very well.
A frustrating read. Story was set up as strong characters yet some choices did not represent this. Found it annoying a lot of the time. Just wanted it to end. Jill in her decision making processes felt wrong for the strong character she was set up to portray. Her sister Meredith was too controlling and annoying. Ended up not liking the characters.
"Didn't really like the lead character"
As other reviewers have noted, Jill just wasn't a very likeable character. The rest of the book was good, but I never connected with her.
Loved book one ...what happened ? This story was ...is like who cares plus I love a good sex scene but the sex over takes much of the story.
"Talk about self-absorbed"
This novel is written for readers younger than me. Perhaps they will identify with the lead character who is one of the most self-absorbed prima donas in the world. It's all about her and every conclusion she jumps to is right and don't try to convince her otherwise. She is not a likable person.
The poor guy who has loved her forever takes the abuse and accusations heaped upon him.
The novel is full of shallow characters who have more drama in their lives than 100 people. The plot is weak. The narrator did a good job with what she had to work with.
"No suspense or surprise."
The reader of this book did a marvelous job.
I felt that out times this book was a little lacking in action. The scenes were very predictable which left me very disappointed. I could figure out what was going to happen next there was no surprise or suspense on my part. I liked the characters I just wish that their plots were more desirable. The setting of the book was also very nice I like that from the first book in the series.
"A tedious read"
I enjoyed Nora Roberts Land, the first book in the series. By the time I finished this one I was thinking that Jill and Brian deserved each other because no one else would want them. Heaven help the child of these two insecure dopes. I much prefer stronger more self-assured and well developed characters.
"Annoying YA Characters"
I did not realize when I purchased French Roast that Jill & Brian were twenty six with the emotional maturity of sixteen year olds.
Since Ava Miles is obviously talented, I was disappointed with the constant juvenile drama, whining, stupid choices, and unrealistic expectations.
"Loved it and can't wait for the next book."
loved the story it draws you in and makes you want to stay there. I was sad when it was over.
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