Genre: Contemporary Romance

French Roast by Ava Miles

Posted February 26, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , , | 0 Comments

French Roast by Ava MilesFrench Roast by Ava Miles
Series: Dare Valley #2
Published by CreateSpace on January 28,2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 254
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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?




Read It, Track It is a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.

Kindle freebie on August 12, 2015  (currently $4.99 as of writing this post)

Overall rating 3.91 with 2,066 ratings and 181 reviews


This would be a Thrifty Thursday review except Thursday was busy. I’m trying to get most of my reviews published related to the COYER challenge (Clean Out Your Electronic Reads) so here we go.

I was SO excited when I got this as a Kindle freebie. I had read the first one and liked it. I remembered that Jonetta likes this series and she reviewed French Roast, just before I got it. She gave it 5 stars. I have been having trouble with my freebies I am reading for COYER; I’d start one then move onto another before finishing. It’s even slowed me down from grabbing more freebies!!!!! So I felt safe choosing to read this one.

Um. UGH. Jill and Brian were extremely good friends growing up. She always had a crush on him. She had a loving, supportive family and a good life. He had a broken family who mistreated him. Brian went away to school to pursue his passion and Jill was heartbroken and years later, still doesn’t want to forgive him. Yes, Brian has made some mistakes. He admitted to them and has made better choices and tried to share everything with Jill. He has come home to have a relationship with her and rebuild his life.

As soon as Brian shares any option or opinion or information Jill doesn’t like in her worldview, she shuts him out of her life. She doesn’t listen to his information; she just acts like her way is the only option and dumps him. Every time! Jill is a talented and creative business woman and sometimes a good friend. She is an incredibly insecure, selfish and even hypocritical lover.

Brian has nobody, no real support. He tries to doe everything Jill asks with his limited resources and is honest with her even when he knows she will blow up. He considers various options for his career and he is blasted when he doesn’t share all the ideas because they are ones she won’t like. Jill goes right on planning and choosing her career options, without sharing with him, and he doesn’t berate her for not being honest or cut her off . She is so immature with Brian and her family, shutting them out when she thinks she won’t like what they have to say. Jill takes the sexual pleasures but it’s her way or the highway on everything else. Yes, she is trying to protect herself from any heartbreak. So? She could do so while being honest and adult, and with kindness. I don’t like her. AT ALL.

Since the Dare Valley series is available at the library, and I do like the small towns, small businesses and cooking references, I may read on in the series.


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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Thrifty Thursday: Ready to Fall by Daisy Prescott

Posted February 16, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments
Thrifty Thursday: Ready to Fall by Daisy Prescott

         The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on July 4, 2013  (currently FREE as of writing this post) Overall rating 3.83 with 3,160 ratings and 397 reviews   This was a quick and easy romance read.  This is told from a male perspective which was different. Perhaps because of this it was less emotional overall. It tries – TRIES – to be funny and sometimes is. But there are also times I felt the trying. John is the hot lumberjack, island man in flannel, born and raised in this small community. He’s still single and enjoying women but recently he has been with his high school crush, Kelly. Despite some issues in his past, he is happy with his life. Diane is a city girl. She’s going through a horrid divorce and has rented the […]

Wait For It by Molly O’Keefe

Posted February 15, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments
Wait For It by Molly O’Keefe

    Tiffany Edwards is a 26-year old mother of three children under the age of seven and is separated from her abusive husband. Until recently, she lived in a dilapidated trailer in an equally squalid park but managed to make some very good friends. When her brother-in-law discovers her, Blake Edwards offers her money to disappear. Hurt and desperate, she takes the money and moves on. They have a chance meeting one year later when she shows up at Annie & Dylan’s Christmas party and it’s a game changer.   I’ve been hungering for this story since the last book ended on that Christmas party cliffhanger and it was definitely worth waiting for. Tiffany may have been down but she’s definitely not out. I didn’t know much about Blake other than his insensitive first encounter with Tiffany but he proved to be an enigma.   This was a gut […]

Release Day: Every Little Thing by Marie Force

Posted February 14, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments
Release Day: Every Little Thing by Marie Force

        This is the continuation of the much loved (by me) Green Mountain series with a different publisher.  I loved every book and probably should have rated them all higher than I did. Will Abbott from All You Need is Love, book 1, will be my book boyfriend forever. While so many books are quickly forgotten,  I remember these. The relationships of other couples are shared in little vignettes of precious dialogue which touch the heart, scattered in the new book. The characters in the series have become so important to me. The Abbott family with its 10 kids, their cousins and their friends in this small town in Vermont are caring, funny, sexy and interesting. Emma and her daughter, Simone, were in her sister, Lucy’s story, I Saw Her Standing There.  Grayson and Emma jump into a relationship and other than the distance between New York City and […]

Tapped by Liz Crowe: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Posted February 13, 2017 by Jonetta in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | 8 Comments
Tapped by Liz Crowe: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

    When beer and wine saleswoman Evelyn Benedict reluctantly agreed to allow brewery owner Austin Fitzgerald to do a ride-along with her to visit her territory, she had no idea how her life would be permanently altered. She’s from blue collar roots and he’s a trust fund baby but they fit almost perfectly. It’s the “almost” though that might just do them in. Especially when his best friend, Ross Hoffman enters the relationship.   Despite Evelyn’s childish reactions throughout the story, I really liked her. Those reactions were her coping mechanisms (scream and run), developed as a result of a tough childhood. She’s strong, smart and resourceful. I liked how she lived life in the moment, full out. Austin was equally intriguing, motivated to be self sufficient and pursuing his own dreams despite the opposition of his family who didn’t want him running a brewery or to be with […]

Undertow by Cherry Adair

Posted February 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment
Undertow by Cherry Adair

      Read It, Track It is a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.   I got this library book to decide if I wanted to read and review the upcoming fourth book in the Cutter Cay series. I’ve always wanted to read this author as my impression was it would be romantic suspense. For various reasons, I decided to do it so you will be seeing the next two books in these short reviews,  before the new one. It was fairly enjoyable to read. There are hot guys, treasure on the seas, and a lovely ocean paradise. There is mystery, action and adventure as the brothers go salvage treasure hunting on the ocean. The plots and facts involved are either hopelessly cliche or over-the-top drama. The hot guys are sort of man whores and can have any woman they want. They […]

Temptation Bay by Anna Sullivan

Posted February 10, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments
Temptation Bay by Anna Sullivan

      This is the first book I ever received on Netgalley about 4 years ago. I can’t remember why I got it or why I didn’t read it. The COYER challenge got me to pick it up and read and review. Dex comes to an island which is like a small town with everyone knows everyone and is into their business. He is trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of a baby during the Prohibition. Maggie is an independent small business owner who has a charter business. She flies him to the island. Dex is attracted to her and sees her as a fun way to gather information quietly. Neither wants a relationship. Maggie is not willing to trust a man. Dex has no plans to stay on the small island.  They work together to solve the mystery. Someone doesn’t want the mystery solved and tries to stop […]

Playing by the Rules by Reese Ryan

Posted February 8, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments
Playing by the Rules by Reese Ryan

    It’s been six months since Meredith (Merrie) Jane broke up with Liam Westbrook after a five-year relationship. She’s clear that it’s really over this time and the first step in moving on is attending her cousin Daphne’s Valentines Day party for singles. When she runs in to Liam’s brother, Hunter at the party, things move in a direction she never saw coming.   I’ve read the first book in the Pleasure Cove series (this is also the prequel for that series), which is Liam’s story, and never thought these two could redeem themselves. Boy, was I so wrong. You’d think it would be impossible for a brother (Hunter) who takes up with his sibling’s ex to dig out of this kind of hole but not so here.   I really liked Merrie and Hunter, their romance and how maturely they faced the issues created from them just being […]