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Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley Series, Book 1) by [Miles, Ava]
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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 books...to 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: 5253 KB
  • Print Length: 423 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ava Miles Inc. (July 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DP64BN8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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 words...it 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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So the heroine, her self esteem at an all-time low after a divorce from her cheating husband, moves back home from the big city in order to prove that "Nora Roberts Land" exists. That is, that she can find Mr. Perfect within three months, in order to write a story about it. (Not to mention that her editor at the newspaper/magazine/whatever she is working for is actually willing to pay her for this.) In order to achieve her goal, she wears a selection of La Perla bustiers and dates every single man within reach apart from the one she feels attracted to. Yes. Sigh. And it goes on and on and on, with various obstacles and a few bad guys thrown in, which keep the heroine and the hero from getting into each other's pants. Will they get over it all and FINALLY live happily ever after? If you have nothing at all to do and are very bored and have run out of other free Kindle books, go ahead and find out. Otherwise, just skip this one.
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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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The premise of this book is improbable for the times we live in. A cheating journalist senatorial candidate that is black mailing another journalist over an ex-brother in laws infidelities? Seriously? When we have an ex president that gets away with it and the world forgives and forgets? Plus she ignores the “family” of journalists that could have put two and two together and written a scathing expose on the jerk? That might have been a book that was worth reading.

On top of it the story is slow and boring. This author needs to get a grip on how to tighten up her plotlines and not throw in superfluous junk like what type of underwear you have on.

The NR references are a great plug for NR but did nothing for this book but prove that the author has read them all. Bottom line is I didn’t care what happened to these people and gave up. This one wasn’t even worth skimming to the end. Save your money for the next Nora Roberts.
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