Just the Right Mix! The Perfect Ingredient by Ava Miles

Posted January 6, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 5 Comments

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Just the Right Mix! The Perfect Ingredient by Ava MilesThe Perfect Ingredient by Ava Miles
Series: Dare Valley #7
Published by Self Published on November 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 312
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Elizabeth Saunders is a woman of secrets, a rarity in small town Dare Valley. Her life hasn’t turned out like she expected after a tragedy forced her to flee her old life and hide her identity. Now she’s unmasked, hoping to put the past behind her—until the only man who ever captured her heart reappears.

Terrance Waters may look like a sexy Alpha Navy Seal, but he’s actually a celebrity chef. His star is rising with a new primetime TV reality cooking show until his dream hits a snag. His bad-boy image needs to be cleaned up. He’s arrived in Dare Valley to show the network how squeaky clean he can be, working as the head chef at Dare Valley’s famous hotel.

When Elizabeth and Terrance meet, he wants to pick up where they left off, but Elizabeth resists. Terrance is not a man to take no for an answer. Soon the sparks are flying, hotter than ever this time. But the danger from Elizabeth’s past appears, testing their newfound love and Terrance’s dreams of becoming an even bigger star. Can their love triumph over all?

Quick summary
Elizabeth Saunders, aka Vixen, spent a glorious summer with Terrance Waters, aka TV’s infamous Chef T, back when she was Rhett’s “poker babe” and before shedding that identity. She abruptly ended the relationship, disappearing without explanation. He’s never forgotten her nor given up his search to find her.

The missing ingredient
Terrance is on hiatus from his TV show, on probation as a result of his latest temper flare. He’s working at Mac’s new boutique hotel in Dare Valley and recognizes Elizabeth, even without all of the hair and makeup that created the Vixen persona. He wants answers and another chance. She…not so much.

What works about this story
Chef T. You really can’t help liking this alpha who’s a dream in the kitchen and the bedroom. Elizabeth is gun shy from her last serious relationship with an alpha stalker and thinks she sees similar qualities. The chase is on and it’s a fun pursuit (there’s a Latin dance scene that is priceless).

There’s also a sinister element involving Elizabeth’s ex that spices up the action. And, the concoctions created by Chef T will have you salivating so don’t read this on an empty stomach.

The bottom line
Ava Miles serves up another delicious entry in the Dare Valley series. The romance, suspense, intrigue and culinary gems all combine to make this a wonderful story. Next please!

About Ava Miles

Ava Miles burst onto the contemporary romance scene after receiving Nora Roberts’ blessing for her use of Ms. Roberts’ name in her debut novel, NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off The Dare Valley Series and brought praise from reviewers and readers alike. Much to Ava’s delight, BlogCritics says “It [NORA ROBERTS LAND] captures the best of…a Nora Roberts novel,” while USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog praises the series noting its “wonderful, idyllic setting… [and] great characters.” Ava continued The Dare Valley Series in FRENCH ROAST, which Tome Tender says “raised the entertainment bar again” and then THE GRAND OPENING, which reviewer Mary J. Gramlich says “is a continuation of love, family, and relationships.” Now, Ava releases the fourth book in the series, THE HOLIDAY SERENADE, with her recognized wit and charm, creating happy endings with humor and heart.

Born in a small town herself, Ava has created the small, Colorado town of Dare Valley and the residents who make it memorable, including the Hale family who, like Ava, are descended from a long line of journalists. Ava’s great-great grandfather won his first newspaper in a poker game in 1892 and her family has had something to do with telling stories, whether to share news or, in her case, fiction, ever since. In fact her clan is still reporting on local events more than one hundred years later at their family newspaper.

Ava is a member of the Romance Writers of America and Washington Romance Writers. She is also part of an unofficial group that regularly convenes a writing retreat at Nora Roberts’ restored Inn Boonsboro in western Maryland. Having left behind the “day job,” which took her, literally, all over the world, she now writes full-time in the peace and quiet of her northern Virginia porch-swinging-friendly community.

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5 responses to “Just the Right Mix! The Perfect Ingredient by Ava Miles

  1. Bad boy celebrity chef that looks like a navy seal? Hmmm yes please! And I’m super curious about this Latin dance scene!

  2. Oh, cooking and food play a role in every book in her spinoff series, Dare River. In this series, the second book, French Roast, features another chef. I’ve reviewed all of them so you can see if they fit your “tastes”….oh, that was terrible:)

    Seriously, just look up the series here and decide for yourself.

  3. Northwoman

    oh no! You’ve convinced me I would like this series. At least this book – I love cooking. And even though I have a huge TBR, I’ll have to give it a try. 🙂