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International Bestselling Author Ava Miles presents a fun and heartwarming story about finding happily ever after...in a dog park.
Jane Wilcox has a secret. She's been the incognito poker scout to a rock star poker player dressed as a smoking hot poker babe. Now that role is over, and she's living in small town Dare Valley, working as a dog walker--or so everyone thinks. Without her Jimmy Choo heels and Prada gowns, she's trying to find her new sexy Inner Swan and a fairytale romance, but she's afraid she might have turned back into "Plain Jane" until she meets Matt Hale in the dog park.
The sexy lawyer has a rambunctious dog that needs her Dog Whisperer skills and slowly they move from friends to lovers. Matt is one of the good guys, a hero, totally boy-next-door material. He's returned to his hometown after experiencing a tragedy. He was unable to find justice for the woman in his last legal case, and now she's passed away and given him her dog. He's vowed to give Henry a good home and right the wrongs in the system, so he's running for mayor of Dare Valley.
Jane and Matt fall in love during sunset walks in the dog park, but soon Jane's secret past comes back to haunt her and harms Matt's bid for mayor. Can Jane and Matt's love survive the controversy?
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"On par with Nicholas Sparks' love stories." Jennifer's Corner Blog
“The constant love, and the tasteful sexual interludes, bring a sensual, dynamic tension to this appealing story.” Publisher’s Weekly
"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
"Miles' story savvy, sense of humor, respect for her readers and empathy for her characters shine through..." USA Today on The Gate to Everything
I really enjoyed spending time with Jane & Matt along with their family & friends. Plus, I got to revisit some of the other inhabitants in Dare that I’d met in books past. A thoroughly enjoyable place to visit. I’ve liked every one of the Dare Valley books I’ve read & look forward to the others in the series.55
Loved the story line. It was fascinating reading about how professional poker players think and how they must react. The characters were all so believable and Ava made the reader care about their live life and problems. Looking forward to more of books.55
The story is long and lovely. I enjoyed reading about the dogs and the park. I felt like I was there.55
I have loved all of Ava Miles Dare Valley books and this one is no exception. I should first say I love is that this book started off so differently than the others. When you start this book you immediately know the ending but not how it happened which for me was such a nice twist. I love learning the Rhett Butler Blaylock and Abbie Maven have a baby girl together. The story starts with Rhett telling their daughter all about how he convinced her mama to be with him. They are very different people, Rhett a famous poker player who dresses on the wild side with a big personality, while Abbie is a prime and proper lady. It takes a strong and special woman to be able to tame and deal with Rhett as he is very bit a celebrity- loves to party, always has two poker babes hanging around him. Rhett has been both friends and competitor of Mac Maven for some time. When first met Mac’s sister, Abbie, he was floored by her, the proper lady who would not give him the time of day because of his wild man ways and everything she has heard about him. This isn’t who he really is but the public eats it up. Not only was Abbie off limits because he was his friend’s sister, she was way too good for him, or so he thought. Abbie Maven is a single mom with a teenage son who she is raising with the help of her brother. Abbie has been hurt, badly, and has kept it buried deep. Rhett is the only man she has ever really felt an attraction to but they were friends for years before they finally admitted their feelings for each other. They strike a bargain: a secret relationship on her terms. Behind closed doors, everything is perfect. But his poker persona as a bad boy undermines everything she’s raising her son to believe in. Things start out great but obviously when you are only together behind closed doors things eventually must end or change. "I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own."55
Thoroughly enjoyed returning to Dare Valley and becoming reacquainted with characters from previous books. The storyline for this book is fun and entertaining though better continuity editing would have made the book more enjoyable. And anyone who has ever played Bingo (and isn't that everyone?!) is going to be really irritated at that scene for the very obvious and annoying errors there. Those kinds of errors truly detract from my ability to enjoy a book as it appears that either the author or the editor just didn't care enough to get it right.45
I get titles wrong at times, but this is with Jane, poker babe and Matt hale. It was wonderful. I actually am up to date with all your books and love how they relate to each other. You get to see how the other characters grow in their relationships. Thank you for wonderful reads.55
The deer Valley series is just spectacular I have enjoyed it so much. The characters are realistic, colorful, wonderful and creative! The warmth and fabulous storylines are so engaging and just plain heartwarming. This flight attendant thanks you Ava mills for writing such wonderful entertaining novels!55
Like I said before, I'am not much of a writer even for the review. But I really enjoy your twist's on the outcome. I will highly recommend this book to any skeptic.55
I am so glad I started reading Ava's books! I love the mystery, the romance but most of all it's about the love of family! I do not really like poker, but now when my husband watches the poker tournament I may pay a little more attention to their quirks. I will wonder what they are really thing. Really enjoyed those chapters. My favorite is Jane's wine tasting. The description is truly beautiful. I am so looking forward to The Perfect Ingredient and The Chocolate Garden. Thank you again Ava Miles Fonda Jameson55
I've read and enjoyed several of Ava Miles' books, but this one annoyed me. Many of the characters from her other books are less endearing in this one. Matt is insecure, worrying that a pink water gun will destroy his manhood. And the references to "dressed like a slut" are terrible and make me wonder why this is all he can focus on. Wow, she's brilliant, but part of her gig was to "dress like a slut" and that's a real problem. Grow up.35