French Roast by Ava Miles
Genre - Romance
Length - Novel
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read.
Heat: 3 - Blush Worthy.
Jill Hale and Brian McConnell were best friends in high school. When Brian tells Jill on graduation day that he will move to New York to attend culinary school, she feels betrayed that the boy who used to tell her everything, he didn't tell her this until it was to late. Jill shuts him out and when Brian comes back to Dare, eight years later, the flames are burning hot between them, but much has happened since they last were friends. They try to rekindle their friendship and explore the deeper relationship between them. Brian seems to have come back a changed man with many secrets and Jill needs to figure out if she can put the hurts of the past behind her.
This is the second book in the Dare Valley series. I very much enjoyed the first book and I was really looking forward to reading Jill and Brian's story, which started off in the previous book. I really liked Jill in the first book. She is kind and quirky and caring. Those characteristics still shine through every now and then, especially in her work environment, but a lot of the time she is quick to judge and lays blame on people who shouldn't be blamed. Unfortunately, my interest in Jill and her happily ever after with Brian fell quite quickly. They just fought over stupid things and treated each other quite badly. They have both gone through some traumatizing events, but when a couple has so many more bad moments than good ones, it just doesn't give you that warm feeling.
Luckily, this book introduces us to another pairing, Peggy and Mac. Their interactions were so(ooo) good and you could feel the chemistry crackle on the pages. I loved every moment of these two and found myself wanting to be done with Jill and Brian just so I could read more about Peg and Mac. So, definitely gearing up for their book. The writing style in this book was great, just as in the first book, with a lot of witty banter and great characters. I think it just suffered from being a typical "middle book". The added elements of a case to solve didn't exist in this book and it has no clear story from beginning to end, but was rather a build-up to the next book.
Nora Roberts land
by Ava Miles
Genre - Romantic suspense
Length - Novel
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read.
Heat: 4 - An Erotic Ride.
When journalist Meredith Hale´s cheating, self-centered husband divorced her, he blamed their divorce on all the Nora Roberts book she read, claiming they are all just fantasy. When a family emergency brings her back from the big city to her small home town of Dare Valley, she decides to test if Nora
Roberts land really exists and write a story about her search for Mr. Right. When the ex-husband, now trying to get into the world of politics, finds out about the story, he thinks she is out to ruin him and his career by detailing their relationship in the story. He then blackmails freelance journalist Tanner
McBride into going to Dare and making Meredith fall in love with him, then dumping her, thereby effectively ruining her story. However, when Meredith and Tanner meet, the sparks between them are
undeniable. Could Tanner be her Nora Roberts hero? As they work together to uncover the truth behind a suspicious death in Dare, their feelings unfold, but will the secrets they keep and the dangers of their investigation ruin the romance worthy of a Nora Roberts book?
I have read enough Nora Roberts books (although I am not as devoted as Meredith) to be drawn in by the blurb. Although Meredith and Tanner are the typical romance story main characters they do bring something new to the table, and they do make an excellent pair. The book is good in the romance department and good in the suspense department. The book had a lot of laugh-out-loud
dialogue, especially in the beginning and many amazingly sweet and funny characters, especially Meredith´s family members. Although very well written, there were a few things that made me not give this five stars, including that the bad guys acted quite stupid and obvious. You wouldn´t really need to be a top journalist to figure those goons out.
Ava Miles has created a nice space of her own in the world of romance with this book, and I am looking forward to reading more about the people of Valley characters in her next book.