The Billionaire's Gamble (Dare Valley Meets Paris, Volume 1)

The Billionaire's Gamble (Dare Valley Meets Paris, Volume 1)

by Ava Miles
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The Billionaire's Gamble (Dare Valley Meets Paris, Volume 1) by Ava Miles

**Not a Standalone Contemporary Romance. This is a four-part mini-series with cliffhangers!**

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

International Bestselling Author Ava Miles presents a magical four-part mini-series partially set in Dare Valley and the City of Love herself, Paris, guaranteed to tempt your taste buds and capture your imagination.

Self-made billionaire inventor and infamous bad boy Evan Michaels has lost the biggest gamble of his life in a poker game. For one month, he must live and work like a "normal" person in the small town of Dare Valley and give up his playboy ways. When Evan meets Margie Lancaster, his landlord and new boss, he's not so sure he can make it a month.

Books in this mini-series include:
THE BILLIONAIRE'S GAMBLE #1
THE BILLIONAIRE'S SECRET #2
THE BILLIONAIRE'S COURTSHIP #3
THE BILLIONAIRE'S RETURN #4

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"Ava's story is witty and charming." Barbara Freethy #1 New York Times Bestselling Author on Nora Roberts Land

"On par with Nicholas Sparks' love stories." Jennifer's Corner Blog

"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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151052429
Publisher: Ava Miles, Inc
Publication date: 08/05/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 4,222
File size: 648 KB

About 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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The Billionaire's Gamble (Dare Valley Meets Paris, Volume 1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Ava Miles books, but have been a little dissapointed with this series. Each story is so short (around 74 pages). I don't like having to pay for each SHORT book seperatly.
Anonymous 20 days ago
This "novella" is a great afternoon escape. Can't wait to escape to part 2.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just an ok story. Only 88 pages. Cliffhanger ending. Didn't need to be. Could have easily made it one book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent short story. Characters are well written but need to read book 2 for the ending. This is why I only gave r stars. joy943
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reallygood stort - another in a series. Glad it was free - only 80 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I .enjoyed the sweet romance between Evan and Margie. Can't wait to read the other books.
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This is not her best book. First time i've given less than 5 stars. A little hard to get into. But mostly don't like that one book was broken into four.
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JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
I liked this spin off of the Date Valley series. Looking forward to seeing how Evan is going to handle things with Margie while she is in Paris.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Great start to what to I'm sure will be a sweet love story! This is part one of a 4-part serial, so be warned that it ends with a bit of a cliffhanger. Evan is geek turned sexy billionaire playboy who has lost his creative side. He loses a bet in Paris and agrees to move to Dare Valley for one month. The catch is that he must live off of one month's wages from his first job, and be celibate. He figures he can do the second, until he meets Margie - the owner of the B&B he is staying in. As his time in Dare Valley ends, they book look forward to Margie meeting him in Paris where she will be apprenticing with a baker. Margie also feels an attraction to Evan, but the secret he is keeping has the potential to tear the apart before they even have the chance to get together. I loved seeing Evan being "normal" by helping Margie paint her new bakery, as well as his enthusiasm as he begins to create again. It was also nice to see couples and characters from previous books in the Dare Valley series. Overall an enjoyable read, can't wait for the next installment! I received an ARC for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
WinnieL More than 1 year ago
Ava Miles has done it again! She has created a beautiful story and has wowed me once again. Even though I wasn't exactly thrilled at first that it was a mini series in four separate parts and there was a cliff-hanger at the end of each instalment, after reading the first instalment, I was so captivated by the story that I was kinda glad it was in four parts - because that would mean that the story would be longer than the usual novel. For those who don't like cliff-hangers, I suggest that you wait for all the four stories to be out before starting it since the publication date of each story is not very far apart. The first part - The Billionaire's Gamble is set mainly in Dare Valley. I love the reconnection with the Dare Valley characters such as Jane, Rhett, Jill and especially Arthur. There is a lot of anticipation in this first part. Evan and Margie are strongly attracted to each other but both hold back. Evan because part of his bet included remaining celibate for the whole month, and Margie because of her past. I really loved that feeling of anticipation. This story is definitely going to leave you hungry if you love cinnamon buns. I could literally smell the cinnamon buns as I was reading and that is one of the reasons why I love Ava Miles. She is able to bring you to "that place" through her writing. Really can't wait to read the rest of the parts. ** I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own.
anmhartt More than 1 year ago
Billionare's Gamble The Billionaires Gamble is part 1 of a 4 book series. There are some cliff hangers, so if you do not like cliff hangers, read all 4 books at one time. Evan Michaels is a self made billionaire due to his inventions. Rhett, Jane and Evan are playing poker. They have made a side bet that if Evan loses, he must live in Dare Valley as a normal person, but also must remain celibate for the month. Evan looks forward to this vacation so that he can stimulate his creative process. Margie is a baker who is taking over the bakery in Dare Valley. She is perfecting her cinnamon rolls. As a way to increase her income, she has rent"al rooms in her Victorian house. Evan becomes Margie's newest tenant. The electricity is evident from the first meeting at the door. Evan obtains a position of employment with Margie and is painting her bakery. Evan invents the paint-mistress and his creative juices start to flow. As his creativity increases, so does the tension between Margie and Evan. As Evan is celibate for the month, he cannot go to the lengths he wishes. Margie is planning a trip to Paris, where Evan is currently living, to learn to bake breads at a French bakery. Very quick and easy read. "I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own.
Dzneychica More than 1 year ago
A delicious beginning to the mini series! During a game of poker with Jane Wilcox and Rhett Butler Blaylock, billionaire inventor Evan Michael’s makes a side bet: if he loses, he must spend one month in their small town in Colorado, working a regular job and living off of only what he earns that month...and no women. In the process of opening her own bakery, Maggie hires Evan to paint her new store, as well as renting him a room to stay for the month he’ll be in town. Filled with delicious cinnamon rolls, humor, and a terrific new invention, “The Billionaire’s Gamble” is a delightful beginning to what promises to be a great mini series! Please note: I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own.
KimberlyDawn55 More than 1 year ago
This is part one of a four-part mini-series. Evan loses a bet and has to live life like a normal person instead of a billionaire. He goes to Dare Valley, where he meets his landlord, Margie. Margie is setting up her own bakery, and Evan helps her. He starts to invent again, and they bond. What will happen when Evan's one-month bet is over? Will they last? This was a great book, and I look forward to reading the next installment!
angelbaby024ever More than 1 year ago
This is another great book, a new mini-series based on Paris. As usual it is a must read- be forewarned though there are cliff hangers so if you are not into that, wait to read all 4 together. A self-made billionaire inventor, Evan Michaels, loses a bet in a poker game and has to live like a normal person for a month in small town Dare Valley and be celibate for that time. He immediately takes a liking to his new landlord in town, Margie Lancaster, who is a whole lot younger and better looking than he thought. As we learn about Margie and Evan you fall in love with the simple things. Margie has her new bakery about to open making amazing cinnamon rolls that reading about makes you salivate and want them so much. Evan teaches you about learning how to paint and the simpler things in life when you rediscover how things can be. This book is funny, sweet and full of some sexual tension. This book is suspenseful and will keep you want to find out what happens. I love the descriptions: I can see the cinnamon rolls in my mind, watching how mazing they are. I can also see Evan playing with his new inventions as he makes them and his excitement with his “paint prep mistress”. This was my reading for the night to wind down- I loved the book and can’t wait to read more. I have yet to be disappointed with an Ava Miles book. "I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own."
DianeD54 More than 1 year ago
If you haven’t read an Ava Miles book yet, take a chance and read The Billionaire’s Gamble. You won’t loose with this one! This is book one of a four part mini-series. A side bet lands Evan in Dare Valley for a month where he must be celibate and not tell people who he really is. Margie, who is getting ready to open her own bakery, rents a room to Evan and also hires him to paint for her. From the moment they meet, there is a connection. The characters are great, the writing is wonderful and once again, the author makes you feel what these character’s are going through. The description of the cinnamon rolls is to die for!! I felt like I could taste and smell them! You also might want to have the next book on hand when you finish this one or you will not only be left wanting a cinnamon roll! Definitely another winner and I can’t wait for the next! Ava Miles never disappoints. I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: All conclusions are my own.
maburge1 More than 1 year ago
Ava has invited us to join in the adventure of Evan Michaels return to ordinary, so he can dream and create the extraordinary again. While the billionaire's poker bet busted, he doesn't realize it will be the best lost bet because of one simple person...Margie Lancaster. Too bad Evan's lost bet has a vow of celibacy and lie about his true identity attached. Margie is Evan's landlord in small town USA, but she also an entrepreneur starting her journey to becoming a baker. Will this gamble end in a bust or will it be the beginning of an extraordinary adventure? It will leave you hanging for more about the true Evan Micheals and Margie's acceptance of the real truth. "I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own."
hharvie37 More than 1 year ago
This was a great start to this series. Pros: The build up between the couple was very slow and sweet. You could see that they started out as friends and where they can go. Con: I am not a fan of splitting up a book into a series. With an Ava Miles book, I want the whole thing all at once. It is so hard to stop in her stories. So anytime one of her books come out, I know I need to set aside at least a few hours. Get this! You will not be disappointed! "I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own."
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
I received an ebook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own. This is the first book in a new series Dare Valley Meets Paris. Evan is an inventor and he loses a bet in a poker game and must be poor and celibate for 30 days in Dare Valley. When he meets his new landlord, who is opening a new bakery in town(cinnamon rolls-yum!) he agrees to help her get the bakery ready. Wonderful and emotional story that leaves with a cliffhanger. I can't wait for the next story.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
The first part of a four part mini-series by Ava Miles. Self-made billionaire Evan Michaels just lost the biggest gamble of his life in a poker game. He must live in Dare Valley as a "normal" person for a whole month and give up his playboy ways also. He finds living on a budget much easier than changing his playboys ways especially when he meets his landlord Margie Lancaster. His attraction is immediate and it only becomes more intense as they become friends and he enjoys eating all of her homemade baked goods. Margie Lancaster is immediately attracted to her tenant and has to keep reminding herself that it is unprofessional not only as his landlord, but also because she hired him part time to do some work around her bakery. Their plan is to meet in Paris and see where their relationship goes from there. I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of the story and finding out if Evan and Margie get their happily ever after. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.