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review 2016-04-01 19:22
Country Heaven (Dare River #1) by Ava Miles
Country Heaven - Ava Miles

A down-on-her luck cook uses food’s magical properties to tame a beastly country singer after he hires her under false pretenses to restore his image.

When famous—and infamous—country singer Rye Crenshaw saunters into the diner where she cooks, Tory Simmons is certain she’s got him pegged. He’s a bad boy who indulges himself in all things, women included. But while she couldn’t care less about country music or arrogant men, Rye makes her an offer she can’t refuse when he asks her to be his private chef on his multi-city concert tour. The job is the answer to all her prayers: it will clear out her debt and finance the fresh start she desperately needs.

Rye is certain his sassy new cook is the last woman who’d ever tempt him, but spending time with the wholesome girl next door will do wonders for his damaged public image, whether she likes being forced into the spotlight or not. Her food also happens to be the best he’s ever eaten, both comforting and seductive. But spending time with Tory on the road shows him a new side to her—one that’s as impossible to resist as her food. And when an emergency in his family whisks him home, he does the one thing he’s never risked: he lets a woman into his heart…

Soon the emotions Rye faked for the tabloids become all too real, but will the country heaven he’s found in Tory’s arms survive in the real world?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Review:

Country Heaven is sweet, funny, and I really liked following Rye and Tory's story.

The chef thing was a little eh... but why not? I still liked Tory and I liked that it turned our man whore (or so you think) in the right direction.

 

 

 

 

 

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Krissys Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

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review 2015-07-09 13:51
Review: The Bridge to a Better Life
The Bridge To A Better Life (Dare Valley) (Volume 8) - Ava Miles

The Bridge to a Better Life (Dare Valley #8) by Ava Miles should be a winner of a romance. It has so much to offer with appealing characters, great setting, a too good to be true hero (who is also a sexy retired NFL football player still head over heels in love with his ex-wife), and a cute beagle named Touchdown. The big blaring issue with his book that almost made me DNF is the heroine and her reasons why she divorces her loving prince of a husband. That premise is a big fail whale because of the heroine, who is overall one of the most annoying heroines I’ve read this year so far. Natalie doesn’t deserve Blake,. The way the author tries to explain why Natalie turned away from him and became distance doesn’t make sense at all. She shuts down in every which way because her sister-in-law, her brother’s wife, and her best friend has died of cancer.

 

Instead of The Bridge to a Better Life dealing with a still married husband and wife trying to save their marriage, and the heroine working through her grief, we have a confusing and ridiculous plot point to cause too much unneeded tension for the main couple and the long road the poor hero has to take in order to get back his wife, who treats him horribly. Because of the heroine’s selfishness, I couldn’t believe in their HEA at all.

Blake is a mega NFL superstar (think Tom Brady) who retires from the NFL right in the middle of an outstanding career. The reason is because he wants to get his ex-wife Natalie back who divorced him 2 years ago after her sister-in-law, Kim died of cancer.

 

Because Natalie is so grief stricken, she divorces Blake for reasons that don’t make any sense. Blake moves to the small town she now resides in, even moving into the house next to hers and building an actual bridge between their properties. He will do whatever he can to get Natalie back. Why? Because he loves her so much and they belong together. He takes baby steps with her by becoming her friend, which she accepts, and then going on innocent dates, until their attraction for one another can’t be ignored. Natalie still loves Blake, but can’t be with him, stringing him along because she is still suffering over the loss of her sister-in-law. It’s cruel of me to say this, and people deal with death of family and friends in different ways, but it’s not like Natalie lost a child or even a parent. Maybe if we had flashbacks of Natalie and Kim’s relationship, it would make better sense. But because we are only told about Kim, and not shown, there is no sympathy toward Kim, her husband, and Natalie’s feelings. I felt Natalie was beyond selfish. Her actions and motivations aren’t noble or admirable. She’s a heroine I can’t connect with or would want to. I wanted Blake to find someone else more worthy of his love.

 

I would have given The Bridge to A Better Life a solid B grade aka 3 stars because if not for Natalie, it really is a nice romance. The writing grabs you, there are nice moments of humor, and Blake is a near perfect book boyfriend. But this fails on the delivery because of Natalie, a heroine who isn’t what I feel a heroine should embody. I wish this would have been about Blake moving on from his selfish ex-wife and finding a woman who completes him and respects him. Very disappointing. Pass on this one.

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review 2015-06-23 20:35
Daring Brides (Dare Valley) - Ava Miles

There were, of course, plenty of romantic moments, but there were also some very tender moments between kids and their new dads. This is one of my favorite series and it was great to see the weddings of some of the couples from Dare Valley! Can't wait for more romance out of Dare Valley!

I received an ARC for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.

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review 2015-06-14 22:13
Coffee and Romance what else Could You Want ?
French Roast (Dare Valley) - Ava Miles

Fantastic audiobook, the narrator nailed the voices and emotions perfectly. I won this not knowing this author's previous work but wanted to give her a try. I loved her pacing, characters and style. This was a perfect second chance read for the hot days of summer.
Romance, Coffee and Steam

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review 2015-05-22 02:11
The Bridge To A Better Life (Dare Valley) (Volume 8) - Ava Miles

I recommend you have tissues handy while reading. Blake and Natalie's story is heartbreaking and emotional, dealing with the loss and grief of family members as well as their marriage. Blake is such a sweetheart that I had trouble understanding how Natalie could have left him. He has no problems expressing his feelings and the lengths he goes to in order to win back Natalie are amazing. Natalie was bit harder to like, but she worked through her issues with Blake's help. Blake's football buddies are great and bring humor to the story. I'm hoping that at least one of them (Sam), gets a story of his own. Beautiful romance about the power of love and second chances.

 

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.

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