Title: Nora Roberts Land
Author: Ava Miles
Series: Dare Valley – #1
Release Date: July 2nd 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: E-book; 378 pages
Source: Purchased e-book
Journalist Meredith Hale’s ex-husband claimed her Nora Roberts addiction gave her unrealistic expectations about marriage, and she believed him. All dreams of happily ever after – or Nora Roberts Land as her mother calls it – went up in smoke. But when her family asks her to temporarily help their Dare Valley, Colorado newspaper, she decides it’s time to change her life and prove her ex wrong. She’s determined to find her own small-town Nora Roberts hero, prove that true love exists, and publish a story about her quest.
War correspondent Tanner McBride has just returned stateside to work for a major newspaper, and the last thing he expects is blackmail. Yet, before he can even unpack, he’s headed to Colorado. His assignment? Make his boss’s ex-wife fall for him and then break her heart. Her article about discovering love a la Nora might air dirty laundry about her marriage to the media mogul, threatening his senate run. The mogul wants Meredith stopped, and he makes sure Tanner has no choice in the matter.
When the two meet, the sparks between them are undeniable. Meredith who vowed never to date another journalist, begins to succumb. Could Tanner be her Nora Roberts hero? As they work together to uncover the truth behind suspicious death, the depth of their feelings unfolds and both realize they’ve kept their secrets for far too long. But before the truth can be revealed, their investigation takes a deadly turn, one that might make Meredith’s personal Nora Roberts Land go up in flames.
I love Nora Roberts, I’m a huge fan and I have even made it my mission to read all the books she’s ever written. So when I stumbled upon this novel on Amazon I said “hey why not give this a shot”
I was not disappointed. This book was hilarious, and sad. There were moments when I had a crying jag. It was extremely well written and all the characters were likeable even Meredith’s ex-husband Richard; whom you pretty much hated the majority of the novel for making Meredith’s life hell.
I loved Meredith and her sassy alter ego. It gave me quite a laugh. The references to Nora Roberts novels – and the characters was refreshing and different.
The play stayed unexpected, there was never a dull moment. The bad guys were unrelenting and at moments it made me scared at what would happen next.
I can’t wait to read the second novel in the series. I really can’t wait to find out about Jill and Brian.
My Rating: 4/5
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author Ava Miles burst onto the contemporary romance scene after recieving Nora Roberts’ blessing for her use of Ms. Roberts’ name in her debut novel, the #1 National Bestseller Nora Roberts Land, which kicked off her small town series, Dare Valley, and brought praise from reviewers and readers alike. Ava has also released a connected series called Dare River, set outside the country music capital of Nashville.
Far from the first in her family to embrace writing, Ava comes from a long line of journalists. Ever since her great-great-grandfather won ownership of a newspaper in a poker game in 1892, her family had something to do with telling stories, whether to share news or, in her case, fiction. Her clan is still reporting on local events more than one hundred years later at their family newspaper, much like the Hale family in her Dare Valley series.
Ava is fast becoming a favourite author in light contemporary romance (Tome Tender) and is known for funny, emotional stories about family and empowerment. Ava’s background is as diverse as her characters. She’s a former chef, worked as a long time conflict expert rebuilding warzones, and now writes full time from her own small town community.
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