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French Roast: Dare Valley
     

French Roast: Dare Valley

4.3 24
by Ava Miles
 
Millions of readers have fallen in love with Ava's bestselling books...come join the family.

International Bestselling Author Ava Miles presents a coming of age and friends-to-lovers story that will take your breath away.

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

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Millions of readers have fallen in love with Ava's bestselling books...come join the family.

International Bestselling Author Ava Miles presents a coming of age and friends-to-lovers story that will take your breath away.

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. Will their second chance at love implode, or will they find their own recipe for a happy ending?

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"The constant love, and the tasteful sexual interludes, bring a sensual, dynamic tension to this appealing story." Publisher's Weekly

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"Miles' story savvy, sense of humor, respect for her readers and empathy for her characters shine through..." USA Today on The Gate to Everything

Editorial Reviews

Natasha Jackson
"Like many male and female friendships in high school, Jill Hale found herself in love with her lifelong best friend Brian McConnell. As graduation rolls around, Jill finally gets up the nerve to tell Brian how she really feels. However, as these things tend to go, Brian has other plans...in New York City where he dashes off to become a culinary genius. With her heart torn to pieces, Jill sees Brian's tight-lipped plans as a betrayal and their friendship dwindles until it no longer exists."
Readers' Favorite - Natasha Jackson
Like many male and female friendships in high school, Jill Hale found herself in love with her lifelong best friend Brian McConnell. As graduation rolls around, Jill finally gets up the nerve to tell Brian how she really feels. However, as these things tend to go, Brian has other plans…in New York City where he dashes off to become a culinary genius. With her heart torn to pieces, Jill sees Brian’s tight-lipped plans as a betrayal and their friendship dwindles until it no longer ex
Wendy Dinwiddie
"I definitely loved this book. It made you, laugh, cry, scream."
Kimberly Wade
"WONDERFUL! A++ work!! Can't wait to tell all my friends about this!!"
Joanna Celeste
"Ms. Miles draws from her experience as an apprentice chef...and it shows...I loved {the} authenticity of the food references, and the recipes...looked divine."
Gaele Hince
"Laughter, tears and an unrelenting optimism are just a few of the many highlights within the pages."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940148445524
Publisher:
Ava Miles, Inc
Publication date:
08/09/2013
Series:
Dare Valley , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
356
Sales rank:
4,625
File size:
656 KB

Meet the Author

International Bestselling Author Ava Miles joined the ranks of beloved storytellers with her powerful messages of healing, mystery, and magic. Millions of readers have discovered her fiction and nonfiction books, praised by USA TODAY and Publisher’s Weekly. Women’s World Magazine has selected a few of her novels for their book clubs while Southwest Airlines featured the #1 National Bestseller NORA ROBERTS LAND (the name used with Ms. Roberts’ blessing) in its in-flight entertainment. Ava’s books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year and Top Editor’s Picks and are translated into multiple languages.

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French Roast: Dare Valley (Contemporary Romance) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sequal to "NORA ROBERTS LAND". It cost $4.99 and has 312 pages. Meredith, the heroine, in the first book is hardly mentioned in this book. I did not like Jill, nor Brian. Quite frankly, both are asses. Please excuse my langauge. It is nothing compared to the profanity in this book. F#@k and GD are in almost every paragraph. Inexcusable. The sex got down right nasty and there was too much of it. The editing was okay, but there were some left out words. Jill was a harrigan. She always had her panties in a bunch about something, then if someone got mad at her, it was oh, poor little Jill. Brian was a wuss. If the author did not want to be thought gay, she should have made him a more manly. But then she did write him this way. This book really got on my nerves. I admit, I skipped ahead. There is way too much drama, crisis after crisis, and just plain poor writting. The first book was better. I rated it a little higher. Chick lit for adults. This book is a disappointment. I wanted to see what was in store in Meredith, as the author promised a big reveal in her life, in this book. The event was non-existant. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story. The characters are well developed and i cant wait to read the next book.
Emsy-VanWyck More than 1 year ago
***1/2 Ava Miles' French Roast offers a slightly different perk I was really looking forward to reading the second book in the Dare Valley series, French Roast, but will admit to not being as engaged in this story as in Nora Roberts Land.  French Roast is the story of Meredith’s sister Jill, the proprietor of Dare Valley’s go-to coffee hangout, and her high school crush and boyfriend Brian McConnell. Brian, a chef, returns to Dare after making it big in Manhattan. His reasons are a bit sketchy (and you’ll find out why), but soon he and Jill are trying to reconnect as friends and plan a restaurant together.  As a foodie romance lover, you’d think this would be my favorite book of the series, but it’s not. Frankly, I think it’s because Ava Miles did just too good a job about creating the character of Brian. He has all the negative qualities of chefs I’ve worked with - arrogance, self-interest, slipping morality - and some of his actions, well I find them hard to understand. In contrast, Jill’s over-the-top enthusiasm is sometimes wearing. By the conclusion of the book, both characters have evolved somewhat, but unlike Nora Roberts Land, I was able to put this book down several times.  That’s not to say you shouldn’t read it. You should. Once again, Ava Miles’ beautiful and addictive prose overcame my angsty feeling with her protagonists. And as I could tell I was investing myself in the series, this book served as an introduction to characters and understanding of Dare that I knew would be helpful for understanding future books. I’ll let you in on a secret. As the series has progressed, I’ve come to enjoy the characters of Jill and Brian as they mature. But this is very much a New Adult-themed romance, in contrast to the more evolved characters of Miles first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like your books very much except this one got a little carried away with the sex was a little sick.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the first in this series, however, way too much drama in this one. The character Jill was over the top with her flying off the handle at small challenges the characters involved in her life gave her. Would not recommend.
Anonymous 9 months ago
What a wonderful book. Family, love and new beginnings. I love all the books by Ava Miles - all about family values, love with no sex! Would highly recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyed this series. Fun, relaxing reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This new author is wonderful. Her series Dare Valley, Co keeps your interest and the storis are amazing. Hope you will all give her a read. Looking forward to reading more. Thanks Ava Miles for writing such a entertaining series!
coegolf More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Could not put it down. The description of the scenes made you feel like you were there. You could visualize and feel the feelings. Kept me wanting to come back to read on. Love this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story line. This was very well written! She is a Great writer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the characters; great story!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book in the series!!!!
sweetpeaBW More than 1 year ago
Read the first oneand loved it  imgonna try this one  i will give a review after i read this one!
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Dfav More than 1 year ago
I love this book. The continuation of the characters of Dare Valley. I feel as though they're are neighbors. Ava makes it possible to really get to know everybody. Great Job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Ava , sounds like a nice place to stop and have coffee or just sit a spell and watch the town go by. Could not wait for the ending , to see how it all played out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. This is the second book in the series and the characters just pull you in and you find yourself fighting their battles with them. It's spicey, heartwarming, and gutsy all rolled into one. I can't wait to read her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second novel in the Dare Series. Nore Roberts Land was the first. Jillie was charming in the first section but comes over as immature in the second. Brian would have creeped me out if I knew him in real life. I would have liked Mac with her much better. The story itself was easily paced and enjoyable. Inlook forward to the third
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
really getting to love this author... she keeps building with each book and new characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago