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Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ava Miles
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Book Description

**Nora Roberts gave her blessing to Ava Miles for the use of her name in both the title and the premise in this suspenseful and emotional contemporary romance.**

USA Today Bestselling Author Ava Miles presents the #1 National Bestseller NORA ROBERTS LAND. Also a Top 25 Bestseller for Amazon Kindle, #1 on Barnes & Noble Nook, and Top 10 on iTunes. Selected as one of the Best Books of the Year alongside Nora Roberts' DARK WITCH and Julia Quinn's SUM OF ALL KISSES (USA Today contributor). A Reward of Novel Excellence Nominee by InD'tale Magazine.

"Ava's story is witty and charming." Barbara Freethy #1 NYT bestselling author on Nora Roberts Land

"I am adding Ava Miles to my list of always reads like Susan Mallery, Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, and NORA ROBERTS." Marjay's Reading Blog

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 à 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 a 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. (love story, contemporary romance, alpha males, heroes, romantic suspense, mystery, women's fiction, falling in love)

Author's Note: All books can easily be read as stand-alone stories.

The Small Town Dare Valley series:
Book 1: NORA ROBERTS LAND (Meredith & Tanner)
Book 2: FRENCH ROAST (Jill & Brian)
Book 3: THE GRAND OPENING (Peggy & Mac)
Book 4: THE HOLIDAY SERENADE (Abbie & Rhett)
Book 5: THE TOWN SQUARE (Arthur & Harriet)
Book 7: THE PERFECT INGREDIENT (Elizabeth & Terrance) ~ coming Fall 2014

The Dare River series (connected to Dare Valley):
Book 1: COUNTRY HEAVEN (Tory & Rye)
THE CHOCOLATE GARDEN: A MAGICAL TALE (a children's book companion) ~ coming soon
Book 3: FIREFLIES & MAGNOLIAS (Amelia & Clayton) ~ coming Winter 2015

"...Finding love like in the pages of a Nora Roberts story." Publishers Weekly WW Ladies Book Club

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

"Ava Miles just keeps turning out great stories...and these rank up there with the Fool's Gold series by Susan Mallery, the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis, and the Cedar Cove series by Debbie Macomber." Kay Pruett, Reader

"Ava Miles has written a series...I would compare with Robyn Carr's Virgin River books." RLK, Reader

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: USA Today Bestselling Author Ava Miles burst onto the contemporary romance scene with her #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.

Editorial Reviews


Selected as one of the Best Books of 2013 alongside Nora Roberts' DARK WITCH and Julia Quinn's SUM OF ALL KISSES. -USA Today Contributor, Becky Lower, Happily Ever After
"It {NORA ROBERTS LAND} captures the best of what I love in a Nora Roberts novel..." -BlogCritics
"...finding love like in the pages of a Nora Roberts' story." -Publishers Weekly WW Ladies Book Club
"Debut author Ava Miles combines small-town romance with big-world issues in a full-bodied romance fiction in the first of the Dare Valley series... and paints a wonderful idyllic setting for this small-town series with great characters." -USA Today, Happily Ever After
"Ava Miles's debut novel is warm, funny, and wholly entertaining." -Joyfully Reviewed

"Ms. Miles does a great job in creating a story that shows how much the heroine loves Nora Roberts books and how determined she is in finding her own small town hero of her own ala Nora Roberts. The writing is tight, story flows smoothly and the few twists and turns left me on the edge of my seat, waiting for baited breath for what happens next." -Love Romances & MORE

"For fans of Nora Roberts, this is an enjoyable book..." -Romance Reviews Today

"I have read enough Nora Roberts be drawn in..." -TBR Pile
"A nice, solid romantic read with a hint of danger! (Okay, more than a hint, lots of danger!) Her characters are completely believable, some are larger than life, some are sweetly cliched, some are totally lovable... Ms. Miles has created a love story where REAL love can triumph over all!"  -Tome Tender
"If you like Nora Roberts type books, this is a must-read." -Readers' Favorite

About the Author

Ava Miles, author of the just published novel NORA ROBERTS LAND, her first published novel and the first book in her Dare Valley Series, has always known what she appreciates the most about romance novels. It's the affirmation of romantic love and the guarantee of a "happily ever after."  Following a full time career involving war zones, Ava now writes full time and, so far, her novels all involve happy endings. A descendant of generations of journalists, Ava--a writer since childhood--now lives in her own porch-swinging-friendly community with an old-fashioned Main Street lined with small businesses.  Much like the Dare Valley of her first series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4374 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DP64BN8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Diehard fans will more than likely love it September 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Let me begin by saying that I am a major J.D. Robb fan. I have read all the In Death books more than once. The only other Nora Roberts's books I have read are the Boonsboro Inn Trilogy. For those that do not know, that amounts to over thirty books! So when I saw this book and read the cover write up I was instantly in. What fan wouldn't be? The premise is cute and trying to find a Nora love is what many hope for in life.

Meredith is dealing with an a-- of an ex and is trying to rebuild herself after a divorce. She has finally admitted to herself that it was never really love, and as he puts it, "reality and not some romance book". He just wanted her for her family name and connections.

But Meredith has a plan; she is going to find herself real romance - just like a Nora Roberts book heroine does. Armed with her confidence booster (expensive undergarments), she will become her very own super woman.

Her ex, however, has other ideas of what will happen. Scared that Meredith will use her knowledge of his past misdeeds against him in his bid for political gain, he devises a plan: find a guy to make her fall in love and then break her heart. I won't go on as you can read the cover write up and get the rest from there.

So, my real thoughts and feelings after I have read it.... meh. I liked Meredith, but her sister annoyed me to no end. Not every sentence spoken has to be a funny one and it just seemed forced to me. After the third joke in a row, it's not fun anymore. All the stores in town had to have a play on just seemed like overkill.

There are MANY references to Nora Roberts's books throughout. But if you are like me and haven't read them all you won't get the references. I was left confused at times with all the comparisons.
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101 of 115 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Finish October 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I admit it, the title sucked me in. I was ready to enjoy a new series on which NR put her stamp of approval.

Why I liked it: This new author certainly writes with passion and enthusiasm, and the story includes many interlocking characters, all moving toward conflicting goals that bring them into a dance of pain, revenge, hurt and betrayal. She can write, and I think she'll become very good.

Why I didn't like it and couldn't finish: The author over-uses physical reactions. The characters spend the story with guts churning, breath shutting down so that they are in danger of passing out, jaws clenching ... yes, the hero's jaw clenches many, many times. The heroine spends most of the story either in the midst of a panic attack, (which sounds very unpleasant and I could have done with one portrayal), or her legs are shaking so badly she sounds as if she's having a spastic attack. Unattractive, I would think. Her repeat motion, pretty much on par with the hero's clenching jaw, is to touch her ribs, on which she is wearing a series of corsets.

Also, the hero, who is a tough, seasoned war journalist, apparently can't dig up anything on the villain, a senatorial candidate who sleeps around with everything that moves. Instead, the hero must quell his morals and seduce the candidate's wife, thus breaking her heart. And his sister the cop knows about this. Apparently it bothers neither of them. I began to despise the hero and his sis at this time. Ick.

Finally, the candidate phones the hero repeatedly to up the ante and torture him with sleazy promises of further mayhem to hero's baby brother, who has a checkered past and an innocent family. During these long chats, the hero must clench his jaw and say nothing to anger this villain.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance, Dreams & Love, Great Reading! June 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If you've read a Nora Roberts book, you know how romantic they are, with hearts healed by love and that ever popular "Happily Ever After" ending, and the book fades to a rosy glow. The heroes are swoon-worthy, larger than life and-well, you get the picture, a "dream guy!" For journalist Meredith Hale, these books were like an addiction, she longed for "that man," a hero, someone who would love her as she is, sweep her off her feet and they would have the storybook ending. When Mere's cheating, self-centered, power-hungry, husband divorced her, he blamed everything on her Nora Roberts Land fantasies. Crushed, demoralized and totally beaten down, Mere actually begins to believe that the bulk of the failure of her marriage rested on her shoulders. when a family emergency brings her home from the big city back to her roots in Dare, population just a few thousand, she decides to test her belief in Nora Roberts land and is determined to find her Mr. Right and garner a story our of it in the process. Proving her ex wrong is like icing on a muffin, it becomes a deliciously sweet cupcake to be savored. One problem, her ex, AKA "Rick the Dick" found out about her plans, thought she was trying to ruin him and blackmailed freelance writer Tanner McBride into going undercover in Dare and making Meredith fall in love with him, then dumping her and ruining both her story, and crushing her spirit even more. And here the story takes a wild turn on the highway of life, danger, death and drugs bring these two together as a team, sparks fly between them and... grab the fire extinguisher, because the story heats up from there!

Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles starts out fluffy but builds into a nice, solid romantic read with a hint of danger! (Okay, more than a hint, lots of danger!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Liked it, easy read, especially for free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love keeping my kindle full of a variety of books so that i never get board while reading.
Published 6 hours ago by Dottie G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next ...
Really really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next one. This book ticked all the boxes for me, I could hardly put the book down!
Published 16 hours ago by sonia1975
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Loved it. Spunky and fun. I like it when a book can make you laugh out loud. Go divorce woman.
Published 1 day ago by Debbie_thms
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must read for all Nora Roberts readers. Ava Miles did a wonderful...
Great story. I did not want to put it down.
Published 1 day ago by Harriet E. Hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Nora Roberts Land
Definitely a five star and more. This story has it all...murder, suspense, intrigue, romance, family. Ava Miles left nothing out. You will be rooting for Tanner till the very end. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Janice Hoskins, Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!!
I really enjoyed the plot and references to Nora.Roberts characters thru out the novel.Good read!
Published 1 day ago by karen dunton
5.0 out of 5 stars Land
This had a Great story line, very intriguing characters. Love her books. A great read!!!! Looking forward to her next book.
Published 1 day ago by Cynthia Hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book! It was a fun, quick read. If you want to curl up in a cozy chair and relax, this is your book.
Published 1 day ago by lois mercer
2.0 out of 5 stars No. It was not worth my time.
This was a dumb premise with dumb characters.
Published 1 day ago by celinda
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USA Today Bestselling Author Ava Miles burst onto the contemporary romance scene after receiving 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's books have reached the #1 spot at Barnes & Noble, ranked in Amazon's Top 20, and been in the Top 10 at iBooks. A two-time Reward of Novel Excellence Nominee by InD'tale Magazine for NORA ROBERTS LAND and FRENCH ROAST, Ava has also released a connected series called Dare River, set outside the country music capital of Nashville. She's fast becoming a favorite 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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