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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-w 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?

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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-w 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?

30 review for French Roast

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    RATING: 4.5 STARS French Roast is book two in the Dare Valley series by Ava Miles. We first met Brian and Jill in book one. We knew there was a history, a history of love, friendship and hurt. And just when they were perhaps ready to bridge the gap between them, they suffered the loss of their friend. Jill Hale, little sister of Meredith Hale, is not a journalist. But instead she has her own very successful coffee shop, Don’t Soy With Me. She has her Grandfather’s drive for business, just does RATING: 4.5 STARS French Roast is book two in the Dare Valley series by Ava Miles. We first met Brian and Jill in book one. We knew there was a history, a history of love, friendship and hurt. And just when they were perhaps ready to bridge the gap between them, they suffered the loss of their friend. Jill Hale, little sister of Meredith Hale, is not a journalist. But instead she has her own very successful coffee shop, Don’t Soy With Me. She has her Grandfather’s drive for business, just doesn’t have the black ink in her veins her Father, Grandfather and Meredith have. “She’d wanted to be like him ever since she was a little girl, so it had frustrated her when her journalism classes had bored her to tears. Who wanted to go through life being objective? Telling the news. She wanted to live it all in technicolor.” Jill and Brian had been best friends since kindergarten. But Jill had been in love with him just as long. Instead of her own name, she would practice writing her name, "Jill McConnell.” It was all she ever wanted. To be successful in business and to marry her life long love, Brian McConnell. But those dreams died when right after graduation, Brian left Dare Valley for New York to study to achieve his own dreams of becoming a famous chef. So when Brian came back to Dare Valley, there was no way Jill could ever forgive him for leaving her, for all the hurt he caused her. Just why did he come back anyway? Brian McConnell thought he had it all in New York, but then it all fell apart. So, he went home to Dare Valley to regroup. And to try to win back the love of his life, Jill Hale. But Jill is having none of it. Slowly, he begins to win her back, to build back her trust. He’s afraid, though, that if she knows the truth about why he had to leave New York, it will ruin everything. And just when things are really starting to go well for them, his ex, Simca, comes to Dare. She’s French, beautiful, and wants Brian back. Jill and Brian are discussing the possibility of opening their own restaurant together, but their ideas are completely different. Jill just doesn’t know if they can find a common ground. And then she receives an offer from the mysterious Mac Maven. It opens a whole new possible career path for Jill. But what would that do to the tenuous relationship they are building. And Jill is still struggling with some serious trust issues. While getting to know Brian and Jill, I loved that we still get glimpses into Tanner and Meredith’s life together. And you will get to meet Mac Maven in this book. I can tell you that I loved him, right from the start. And Tanner’s sister, Peggy and her adorable little boy, Keith, now live in Dare Valley. I am loving this series. All the characters are so easy to relate to. I will be immediately continuing on with book three, The Grand Opening, for Peggy and Mac’s story. If you haven’t started this series yet, I hope you’ll give it a chance. You won’t be disappointed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Quynh

    1.5-2 stars I'm sure I'm in the minority for this one. Jill and Brian has grown up together since they were young. They were the best of friends and Jill wanted more. Jill had loved him and thought they would go to culinary school together, get married and have some kids. Her vision didn't turn out that way. Brian wanted to prove himself and to all those who laughed at the young boy who loved to cook. His family never supported him in his dreams. Their love was also lacking. Many years later, afte 1.5-2 stars I'm sure I'm in the minority for this one. Jill and Brian has grown up together since they were young. They were the best of friends and Jill wanted more. Jill had loved him and thought they would go to culinary school together, get married and have some kids. Her vision didn't turn out that way. Brian wanted to prove himself and to all those who laughed at the young boy who loved to cook. His family never supported him in his dreams. Their love was also lacking. Many years later, after a sham of a relationship in New York and getting fired, Brian returned to Dare Valley to find himself again, and the girl he once left behind. Brian can handle anything in the kitchen. Though committing himself to Jill is more than he knows how to handle. Jill's been waiting all this time, and what better way to get closer to Brian than suggesting a joint business venture together to open a restaurant. When Brian's past comes back and gives a tempting offer, he struggles with following his heart or go back to his dream. Jill wanted things to be different this time, but Brian holding back drives a wedge between them. The problem(s): I got annoyed, then frustrated, then ridiculously bored that I skimmed the last 50% of the book. I had so many issues with the protagonists. -H/h acting like they were still in high school. -All the secrets, blaming, and misunderstandings. A dead horse doesn't need to be beaten! -H/h moving in together when nothing is resolved to see if they "gel" in order to work together... REALLY? REALY??! *rolls eyes* -The cliches. Oh the cliches: "I was going to tell you, but then we made love, and we fought. I was scared, okay? It was so not the time to tell you another horrible thing about me. When you disappeared, I finally realized how I feel about you. I knew I had to tell you everything when you came back." -The constant "we'll talk about this later." Beating around the bush is a book pet peeve of mine! Overall impression: This one was rather disappointing. I really had high hopes for Jill and Brian because I liked them in the first book. I couldn't connect with either of them here. Half the time, I wanted to shake sense into them both and the other half, I wanted to bang my head against the wall. I'll give it some time to see if I want to read the next book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    The set up Jill Hale and Brian McConnell have been best friends since they were eight years old. At some point, Jill realized that her feelings went beyond friendship and imagined they'd spend the rest of their lives together. But when he decided to go to culinary school in New York without telling her until moments after graduation, he broke her heart and crushed her trust, separating them for the next eight years. Now he's returned to Dare Valley wanting to make amends and Jill's not having any The set up Jill Hale and Brian McConnell have been best friends since they were eight years old. At some point, Jill realized that her feelings went beyond friendship and imagined they'd spend the rest of their lives together. But when he decided to go to culinary school in New York without telling her until moments after graduation, he broke her heart and crushed her trust, separating them for the next eight years. Now he's returned to Dare Valley wanting to make amends and Jill's not having any of it. The issues There was more than Brian's breach of trust that destroyed his friendship with Jill but it was the icing on the cake after having rejected the notion of their relationship becoming more than best buddies. He misses what they had and wants desperately to get it back. He's also not being forthright about his reasons for leaving New York and when a "friend" shows up unexpectedly, Jill's not sure she can trust him enough to commit her heart and career to Brian. What I loved Jill seemed a little on the immature side in the first book so I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy her story as much as her sister's. However, she had more moxie and toughness than I gave her credit for and I became a fan quickly. Jill's business savvy set her apart from her peers, having started her own coffee shop when she was barely out of school and managed it exceptionally. She's a loyal friend and rather fearless in dealing with everybody. She was just as passionate in her relationship with Brian, even as he repeatedly tested her trust in him. Brian was deliciously flawed, so well meaning but boneheaded in the choices he made over and over again. His feelings for Jill were never really in question but his fear of losing her created obstacles time and again. As much as I wanted to scream at him for some of the decisions he made, I also couldn't help falling for the guy. And he had some serious skills in the kitchen! Do NOT read this book if you're hungry as he's pretty detailed about some of his French concoctions. He's one of the sexiest chefs I can recall and was incredibly romantic. The bottom line This was the hottest, steamiest romance made even more delectable because of their friendship (and Brian's culinary talents). Brian and Jill liked and knew each other so well that you just wanted it to work. Their business and personal issues were adeptly woven into the story, providing a level of realism I found extraordinary. There are some really tough moments that will try you emotionally, but I love a good cry. There's also a secondary storyline that sets up the next book so very well and I'm dying to start it. I love this series and am glad I've got the next two books in the pipeline. (I received an ARC from NetGalley)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amanda (Hootie) Clark

    I have no idea how to even rate this book because I'm feeling so many mixed emotions. French Roast had the makings of an amazing story that I would love. Childhood sweethearts who grew up together and became even closer in High-school, separated by hurt feelings and misunderstandings trying to salvage a friendship several years later. It all started when Brian took Jill on a date and after she tried to give him her virginity he dumped her to bang a hot cheerleader which crushed Jill's young hear I have no idea how to even rate this book because I'm feeling so many mixed emotions. French Roast had the makings of an amazing story that I would love. Childhood sweethearts who grew up together and became even closer in High-school, separated by hurt feelings and misunderstandings trying to salvage a friendship several years later. It all started when Brian took Jill on a date and after she tried to give him her virginity he dumped her to bang a hot cheerleader which crushed Jill's young heart and ruined their friendship. Shortly after, Brian delivers the death blow to their friendship. He's moving to New York to pursue his career as a winning chef when the two were supposed to go to a school closer to home, together. During the 8 years apart with them not speaking to each other Jill became a successful business woman, running her own little eclectic coffee shop while Brian spent his time in New York screwing the boss's wife and ruining his career. Now he's back in town to lick his wounds and try to salvage his reputation. Damn. I really wanted this to be a winner for me and went into it with high hopes because I love a good childhood sweetheart story, and I loved ALMOST every thing about the book...except....THE HERO! GOD! I have never come across a hero I hated more. Brian was the antithesis of a hero, he was the most wimpy, baby, anti-hero EVER! So he ruins his career (fucking the boss's wife does that) and comes crying back to Jill. His best friend who he loves dearly just not THAT way. Poor baby has had a tough life wanting to be a chef. His mother left him with his mean father who constantly berated him about his career choice. The townsfolk thought he was gay for wanting to work with food. Ugh. Wimp. Anyway, He and Jill decide to open a restaurant together so he doesn't have to work at a family steak house and can prove to himself and everyone else that he's worth his salt. The thing is, they don't agree on any of the plans as a team. That's when his sultry ex-lover, Simca, blows into town with an offer to start a restaurant together and help him get his reputation back on track. Here's why I hated him. Throughout the story he and Jill are trying to make a relationship between them work. She's always loved him and he's always felt something for her so they try to make a go of it. The entire time he was developing something with Jill, his hot, older, sexy French lover from New York is strutting around town trying to get her claws back in Brian. She wants him back in her life and bed, makes it no secret and Brian STILL entertains the idea of going into a partnership with this woman who he has an intimate knowledge of. All the time knowing in his mind that Jill won't like it. He keeps this idea a secret from Jill throughout the majority of the story and can't understand why she doesn't trust him? Really? I couldn't decide if he was just clueless or heartless. He's the root cause of Jill's insecurity after dumping her in high school for a perky blonde cheerleader and now that his smoking hot ex is back in town she's supposed to just magically believe Brian could want only her? You know, Jill may have had her own inner demons to overcome and I get that he can't take sole responsibility for her self esteem but this guy did nothing but make things worse (being a 6 foot tall average redhead is no match for a perfect Parisian goddess) AND then tried to turn it around on her. Like it was her fault he couldn't stay away from his ex and because they have history together, Jill's just supposed to suck it up and understand? I couldn't fathom why he just HAD to go into business with an ex-lover and not even entertain the thought of just opening a business himself...WITHOUT the ex! Not saying it didn't happen eventually but his fucking dilemma of "should he or shouldn't he" got on my last damn nerve. You never keep an ex around. PERIOD! Rule #1 of relationships. He knew that because during a moment when he was alone with his ex he started having flashbacks of them in bed! UGH!! Goddamn, I really hated this guy and the more I talk about him the more I want to lash out irrationally. From the minute I read his first POV chapter I knew I hated him and that feeling never changed. He didn't grow on me and I started hoping Jill would just end up a strong happy woman by herself. This was a first time in a romance I didn't want the main couple to end up together. Jill's character is someone I can understand because we share some of the same insecurities. I knew why she felt the way she did about Brian and didn't trust his feeling for her. It's hard to be rejected by someone you love and watch them go after someone prettier. The only thing I didn't like about Jill was that she put herself in a life changing situation in the heat of passion. I had held out hope that she would have been smarter about things but I guess when you've always had deep feelings for someone that gets in the way. Another thing I hated was how she felt she had to apologize to him for "hurting him". This was another instance where I felt Brian was turning the tide against Jill. He gave her reasons not to trust HIM and he got all butt hurt when she didn't want to be with him anymore. GOD! HE was such a damn baby. I have to stop or I'm going to sit here and start bitching all over again. I loved Jill. Hated Brian. The saving grace of this book was the story between single mother Peggy McBride and the sexy businessman Mac Maven. I found myself hating every chapter that didn't involve them because their connection and chemistry was exciting. He's in town trying to open up a gaming resort and she's a sheriff hell bent on protecting the town from what she knows could ultimately lead to criminal activity. The setup was fantastic for these two! French Roast obviously wasn't a winner for me. I wanted to mark this one "DID. NOT. FINISH." so many times but my anger at Brian fueled me to keep reading to see if he ever got his head out of his ass. I thought maybe he would redeem himself but not even the ending could pull this one from the wreckage for me. I need some time to cool off after this one made my blood boil so I'll get to the next story eventually because Ava Miles is a fantastic writer and storyteller. I just hated her fucking "Hero" in this one. I'm glad I got this one free because I'd probably be slitting my wrists right now had I paid for it. IF you like a hero with a vagina and no goddamn brain then French Roast is your next read. *thumbs up*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    Have You heard? Ava Miles has a HUGE Giveaway to celebrate the release of NORA ROBERTS LAND in an Audiobook version! Enter to win 1 of 33 audiobook copies! click on Banner to enter - Ends June 1, 2015 - INTL where allowed! Welcome back to Dare Valley, CO! Book two of the Dare Valley series, French Roast by talented author Ava Miles is a completely captivating Contemporary Romance starring two of the characters from book one, Nora Roberts Land. I fell in love with Jill Hale’s quirky and charming char Have You heard? Ava Miles has a HUGE Giveaway to celebrate the release of NORA ROBERTS LAND in an Audiobook version! Enter to win 1 of 33 audiobook copies! click on Banner to enter - Ends June 1, 2015 - INTL where allowed! Welcome back to Dare Valley, CO! Book two of the Dare Valley series, French Roast by talented author Ava Miles is a completely captivating Contemporary Romance starring two of the characters from book one, Nora Roberts Land. I fell in love with Jill Hale’s quirky and charming character in book 1 and was thrilled that French Roast was her turn to dive into the “love” pool. But will she sink or swim? After being best friends for years growing up, upon High School graduation, Brian McConnell shreds Jill’s heart by going off the culinary school in New York. That. Was. Not. Supposed.To. Happen. Jill was just getting up the nerve to let Brian know that she wanted more than friendship and he kept this huge news from her? Years pass and their relationship is now non-existent, Jill cannot get over what she took as betrayal, but today she is a successful coffee shop owner, independent, colorful and full of small town business savvy. She takes everything life tosses at her in stride, until Brian returns to Dare Valley, even more handsome and sigh-worthy than before. And there goes her heart into overdrive, again. Can they finally get together now? After all, hadn’t she secretly harbored thoughts of being Mrs. Brian McConnell for years? Between outside influences, inner turmoil and secrets not shared, these two are like over-caffeinated donkeys often pulling in the opposite direction from where they want to be. And of course, the entire town is all eyes and ears to the fodder for the gossip mills! Ava Miles has raised the entertainment bar, again! Both of these characters will steal your heart with their antics, attitudes and fears. Can small towns be fun? If it’s Dare Valley, definitely, as Ms. Miles decorates her pages with small town charm and citizens. I read to be entertained, and I was, completely with this light and airy romance peppered with pitfalls and setbacks! Who knew being the “fly-on-the-wall” could be so much fun? With her creative genius and sense of humor, Ms. Miles has penned a fast-paced, warm and endearing tale that had me smiling at the end and plotting MY preference for the next duo to “gamble” with the “badge” of love. (Yes, that was a hint to the author!) Do I recommend this series for lovers of romance? Oh, yes, absolutely! I need to thank the author for my review copy! Next time I need a few smiles, I'll be reading this again! Publication Date: August 7, 2013 Publisher: CreateSpace Series: Dare Valley, #2 ISBN: 978-1492110156 Number of Pages: 354 Genre: Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit My Rating: 5 Stars! Available at: Amazon / Barnes & Noble For more reviews check out Tome Tender's Book Blog or find us on Facebook.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    I always tell myself that I will no longer read these silly, meaningless little romances, but I still seem to find one or two unread in my library. This is the second in the Dare Valley series and, although the author did a better job including more townspeople in the ensemble cast, I wasn't won over. My major problem is with the lead romantic characters; their hang-ups and problems seem so trivial and insignificant. I simply couldn't understand what withheld them for speaking plainly to each ot I always tell myself that I will no longer read these silly, meaningless little romances, but I still seem to find one or two unread in my library. This is the second in the Dare Valley series and, although the author did a better job including more townspeople in the ensemble cast, I wasn't won over. My major problem is with the lead romantic characters; their hang-ups and problems seem so trivial and insignificant. I simply couldn't understand what withheld them for speaking plainly to each other. Like I said, just too silly and frivolous for me. I prefer characters with more substance, more maturity, and real life issues.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Two-haiku review: Childhood BFFs He broke her heart when he left He's back-- and wants her He's an idiot Proves untrustworthy again She needs confidence

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jill Sanders

    Loved loved Ava has a gift of taking you places and making you fall in love with the people along the journey.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    French Roast takes us on a heart warming trip to hometown USA. Jill Hale lost the love of her life when Brian McConnell left town. Now he's back after years without contact. Brian is trying to rebuild his life and he wants to include Jill in his plans. Jill has a successful career but she has always dreamed of reuniting with Brian. We get a front row seat as they embark on a rocky road to renewed friendship, romance and trust. From the Prologue, I was completely and utterly hooked. I found the sto French Roast takes us on a heart warming trip to hometown USA. Jill Hale lost the love of her life when Brian McConnell left town. Now he's back after years without contact. Brian is trying to rebuild his life and he wants to include Jill in his plans. Jill has a successful career but she has always dreamed of reuniting with Brian. We get a front row seat as they embark on a rocky road to renewed friendship, romance and trust. From the Prologue, I was completely and utterly hooked. I found the story memorizing, sucked into the hometown charm with all its meddling, gossip, friendship and family. Ava Miles weaves a hometown tale that captures your heart and touches your soul. Her realistic, imperfect, characters jump to life and make you want to get to know them more. I cried, I laughed and I definitely picked Jill's side. French Roast is one of those stories where the characters become your friends. You can't help but come away with a warm feeling from this wonderfully endearing story. I received this copy of French Roast from Ava Miles - Aspendawn Books in exchange for a honest review. Written by: Ava Miles Series: Dare Valley Sequence in Series: 2 Print Length: 356 pages ISBN: 1492110159 Rating: 5 Stars Genre: Contemporary Romance Age Recommendation: Adult Learn More at: Ava Mile's Website Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For more reviews check out Tome Tender's Book Blog or find us on Facebook.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Fantastic audiobook, the narrator nailed the voices and emotions perfectly. I won this not knowing this author previous work but wanted to give her a try. I loved her pacing, characters and style. This was a perfect second chance read for the hot days of summer. Romance, Coffee and Steam

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I love the Dare Valley series so far. Although Brian and Jill drove me nuts because they kept going around and around with their trust issues... I was beginning to think they would be better NOT together...the story did surprise me toward the end and I thank the author for that. A reader can only take so much frustration with the main characters. Now onto to Dare Valley #3...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janeiowa

    I didn't find the main characters interesting enough to care what they were involved in. Both of them seemed to be immature and having too much "teenage angst" even though both were older than that. Jill seemed to brainless and just silly.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    Ava Miles has brought readers back to Dare Valley Colorado, and put us in the midst of the town’s very boisterous and colourful business owner Jill. Losing her best friend and crush just before graduation from high school, and not quite fitting in with the dynastic feel of the family newspaper business, Jill went her own way after school and has opened a coffee café. This little town has grown, and benefitted from her café, the hot spot and gathering place in town. But she has dreams: big ones. Ava Miles has brought readers back to Dare Valley Colorado, and put us in the midst of the town’s very boisterous and colourful business owner Jill. Losing her best friend and crush just before graduation from high school, and not quite fitting in with the dynastic feel of the family newspaper business, Jill went her own way after school and has opened a coffee café. This little town has grown, and benefitted from her café, the hot spot and gathering place in town. But she has dreams: big ones. When her estranged childhood friend returns after culinary school and years working in New York in a 5 star restaurant, Brian is looking for a change, and a chance to regroup away from the drama of New York. Never having really given up on being friends, or more, with Jill, he’s working to repair their fractured relationship: unwilling to go too far, for Jill deserves forever and more. Jill is outwardly rambunctious and has a joie de vivre that is fun to watch: a redhead with the temper to match, she gains strength and sustenance from the town that knows her so well, even as she chafes against some of the memories that people refuse to release. Brian suffers from some of the same issues with the town residents, although his family was far less idyllic than Jill’s, he also wants to redeem his reputation in the eyes of the town, even as he cringes at some of the encounters he has. The two are involved in a delicate dance as they seek to recover from the death of friend, and heal old wounds while offering themselves up to the potential of disaster in their business and personal relationships. It wouldn’t be a small town if there wasn’t plenty of input and interference from others: with old lovers returning, new friendships being built, and the dynamic between Jill and her newlywed sister Meredith taking turns to add drama, laughter, support and build the overall sense of community so integral to this story and a large part of the smile factor when reading. Little insets from these secondary characters solidify the fun from the first book, and set up potential for further installments. Dare Valley truly is a lovely small town, and manages to present a touch of the idyllic, we do see and understand the struggles that both Jill and Brian have with the community knowing them so well, and watching their every move. Laughter, tears and an unrelenting optimism are just a few of the many highlights within the pages. I received an eBook copy from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Dinwiddie

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I definitely loved this book. It made you, laugh, cry, scream. It gave you love, romance, friendships, hurt and past betrayals. Taking your emotions all over the place and yet giving you an HEA. I loved having both Jill and Brian's POV. The only thing I wasn't sure about was having Peggy's POV. I get the next book in the series is about her and Mac but then we should have had some of Mac's POV too. So it was a little off in that res I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I definitely loved this book. It made you, laugh, cry, scream. It gave you love, romance, friendships, hurt and past betrayals. Taking your emotions all over the place and yet giving you an HEA. I loved having both Jill and Brian's POV. The only thing I wasn't sure about was having Peggy's POV. I get the next book in the series is about her and Mac but then we should have had some of Mac's POV too. So it was a little off in that respect so I gave it 4 stars. Brian has come home to Dare, CO after his life and career crash in NYC. He decides it is time to try and mend fences with Jill, his childhood best friend. Jill wouldn't have any of it until they their best friend dies unexpectedly and they turn to each other for support. Jill has loved Brian her whole life and felt betrayed when he went to NYC for school instead of Denver like they discussed. She now owns the local coffee shop and is trying to talk Brian into opening a restaurant together in hopes it will keep him in Dare. Of course things aren't that simple. They don't agree on anything regarding the restaurant and then Jill gets offered a great job opportunity while Brian's ex-lover shows up in town wanting him back with her in NYC. Now can they must find a way to get past old hurts and navigate through a new maze of issues so they can finally have their HEA.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeene Hobbs

    not my cup of coffee Book 2 of this series continues with the story of Jill & Brian. They grew up together. Brian left after high school, breaking Jill's heart. He's back. She is a successful business owner with new opportunities on the horizon. Enter Mac Maven. Tanner McBride' sister Peggy the cop has also moved to town. Thus begins the romance for book 3. All the angst associated with friends trying to move on to lovers and the excessive lack of trust Jill has with Brian didn't suit me. The not my cup of coffee Book 2 of this series continues with the story of Jill & Brian. They grew up together. Brian left after high school, breaking Jill's heart. He's back. She is a successful business owner with new opportunities on the horizon. Enter Mac Maven. Tanner McBride' sister Peggy the cop has also moved to town. Thus begins the romance for book 3. All the angst associated with friends trying to move on to lovers and the excessive lack of trust Jill has with Brian didn't suit me. The possible courtship between Peggy and Mac is much more interesting. Jill seems to have a split personality, the bright chipper coffee bar owner who Mac knows will help his new project succeed is delightful and someone I'd want to be friends with. The Jill that makes it almost impossible for Brian to earn her trust is weak and too confusing. Maybe I'm too old (57) to remember what it was like to be 26 even though I recall clearly the high school best friend who was never my boyfriend.

  16. 5 out of 5

    sue

    I haven't read book 1 in the series, but it didn't seem to reflect on me reading this one, I think you could read this as a stand alone, its very easy to get into and take up the story. Most of the blurb says what its about. But Brian returns home, and this is where he picks up with his long lost friend Jill. His love. He wants to win her back, but how? She has a proposition for him, but she doesn't know that he will use this to his advantage! Its a very good romantic read with all the twists, turns I haven't read book 1 in the series, but it didn't seem to reflect on me reading this one, I think you could read this as a stand alone, its very easy to get into and take up the story. Most of the blurb says what its about. But Brian returns home, and this is where he picks up with his long lost friend Jill. His love. He wants to win her back, but how? She has a proposition for him, but she doesn't know that he will use this to his advantage! Its a very good romantic read with all the twists, turns, angst and love that any romance has, its a lovely summer read. I could imagine myself sat in the garden or on a beach somewhere reading this. I've not read any by this author before and found her style of writing very easy flowing and nice to follow. Why not get it for your summer vacational read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I read the first book and it wasn't bad, if unrealistic and over-written in parts, but I got maybe a third into this and gave up. One reason the hero left was because everyone thought he was gay for wanting to be a fancy French-style chef. Yeah. I had a hard time wrapping my head around that too in this day and age. But there was never any indication that hero or heroine saw this as anything but an insult, a slur on his character. Jill tells him now he's back he can prove how red-hot sexy and ma I read the first book and it wasn't bad, if unrealistic and over-written in parts, but I got maybe a third into this and gave up. One reason the hero left was because everyone thought he was gay for wanting to be a fancy French-style chef. Yeah. I had a hard time wrapping my head around that too in this day and age. But there was never any indication that hero or heroine saw this as anything but an insult, a slur on his character. Jill tells him now he's back he can prove how red-hot sexy and manly he is. Gay men can be manly too, dear. Then she attacked an old friend (Pete) for daring to end a relationship with someone who got killed a few months afterwards in the previous book. You're allowed to do that. It happens. Bleh. Childishness doesn't appeal to me in a heroine.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nisha Baines

    I did not like it. Maybe because the first book characters were so brilliant I expected more. I just did not get the whole I trust you I trust you not. I want to be with you and do not with you part. Jill appeared weak, and so did Brian. Saving Grace was guest starring Tanner McBride, and Mermaid, of-course Arthur Hale. Also the tangent and the start of Mac and Peg story. Keith is adorable. I guess if its full on romance I need a better story then I trust You and I trust you not. The characters I did not like it. Maybe because the first book characters were so brilliant I expected more. I just did not get the whole I trust you I trust you not. I want to be with you and do not with you part. Jill appeared weak, and so did Brian. Saving Grace was guest starring Tanner McBride, and Mermaid, of-course Arthur Hale. Also the tangent and the start of Mac and Peg story. Keith is adorable. I guess if its full on romance I need a better story then I trust You and I trust you not. The characters were shallow and inconsistent. They were not grown up. I dont want to read about people with emotional maturity of a 12 year olds. I know its fiction, yet, this story just missed me. I had to push myself to finish it! I am going to move on to Peggy. Cause I liked her and Mac

  19. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    Disclaimer: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation. Back in September, I had reviewed Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles. I instantly fell in love with the story. This book didn't disappoint in any way. During Nora Roberts Land, we met Jill and her friend Brian. They had a major falling out prior to the beginning of the book. It was never really explained. In French Roast, we get to see more about what went on with Jill and Disclaimer: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation. Back in September, I had reviewed Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles. I instantly fell in love with the story. This book didn't disappoint in any way. During Nora Roberts Land, we met Jill and her friend Brian. They had a major falling out prior to the beginning of the book. It was never really explained. In French Roast, we get to see more about what went on with Jill and Brian. We learned why they fought and we get to see them make-up. I was so glad to see Jill's story. I really felt bad for her in the first book. It was great to see her to get her happily ever after. Now I can't wait to sink my teeth into the next book in the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    LIke I said about "Nora Roberts Land," too sappy, too shallow, too much! I was a sucker and took the bait when Miles left me hanging on a storyline in "Nora Roberts Land." I'm bad about needing to find out how a story ends even if I don't like the book that much. So I bought "French Roast" and was thoroughly disappointed. The characters were too unbelievable and so annoying. It's hard to believe there is anything that will keep these characters together beyond six pack abs and deep green eyes. T LIke I said about "Nora Roberts Land," too sappy, too shallow, too much! I was a sucker and took the bait when Miles left me hanging on a storyline in "Nora Roberts Land." I'm bad about needing to find out how a story ends even if I don't like the book that much. So I bought "French Roast" and was thoroughly disappointed. The characters were too unbelievable and so annoying. It's hard to believe there is anything that will keep these characters together beyond six pack abs and deep green eyes. Then, to top it all off, Miles introduces yet another thread to draw you in to the next couple's story. No, Ava Miles, I WILL NOT fall for that trap again!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    OMG, what drivel. This book read like bad fanfic written by a 16-year-old. The repetition was mind-boggling (70 instances of God/Jesus/Christ used as an exclamation, 4 - 5 mentions of Brian's blue eyes--twice they were specifically described as "Bengal-tiger blue")...I could go on, but I'll spare you. Bad enough that Brian was an absolute brat when he didn't get his way, but he also got a bit rapey when Jill didn't want to get physical. There were glimmers of good writing, but they got buried by OMG, what drivel. This book read like bad fanfic written by a 16-year-old. The repetition was mind-boggling (70 instances of God/Jesus/Christ used as an exclamation, 4 - 5 mentions of Brian's blue eyes--twice they were specifically described as "Bengal-tiger blue")...I could go on, but I'll spare you. Bad enough that Brian was an absolute brat when he didn't get his way, but he also got a bit rapey when Jill didn't want to get physical. There were glimmers of good writing, but they got buried by the dreck.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sunshyne

    Tear jerker This book had me in tears. I felt Jill's pain over and over again. Losing one of her friends in such a abrupt way and then fighting over and over with her childhood love. This book definitely had me intrigued and it didn't let me down. It is definitely a page turner and once again I must say I look forward to the next book which is just purchased. the characters in the books feel familiar because of how the families tie in together. I love the writing style and the backstory.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Finally finished it. I cannot remember the last time I read a book for that long. For me, it was not that exciting. Jill irritated me, Brian irritated me, Peggy irritated me. I mean, Jill has had a cruch in Michael since school and then he left to pursue his career as a chef. Now he is back (not by choice exactly, since he slept with his boss` wife) and wants to be with Jill. Peggy is overreacting. Finally finished it. I cannot remember the last time I read a book for that long. For me, it was not that exciting. Jill irritated me, Brian irritated me, Peggy irritated me. I mean, Jill has had a cruch in Michael since school and then he left to pursue his career as a chef. Now he is back (not by choice exactly, since he slept with his boss` wife) and wants to be with Jill. Peggy is overreacting.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    This was not a great follow up book in this series. Jill and Brian are horribly immature and whiny, and it was hard to feel any connection to them, much less root for them as a couple. Jill needs a smack upside the head, and Brian needs a good dose of man-up - and that had nothing to do with his being a chef! The constant lies between these two was tiresome as it was grating. I barely forced myself to finish this book, and now I'm torn - do I buy Peggy and Mac's book?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Meh. The heroine is so needy and desperate it is very unattractive. She has had fantasies of a relationship with the hero all her life but due to him being a panty waste jerk he constantly disappoints her and she keeps running back for more. Then she finally takes a weak ass stand and he magically comes to his senses, and she is thrilled. It makes me sick to my stomach.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

    This is the 2nd book in the series and the second Ava Miles nook that I have read. I liked it and like her. Like the other authors I read, she is able to bring her characters to life. Make them like old friend e's of yours. Also,maybe deep in my heart I want to live in a small, old fashioned town, because I loved the setting. Not so much Alaska as the town itself.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Bowater

    Enjoying the series Enjoying the series Enjoying the simple stories which have twists. recommend to those who enjoy straight forward interesting relationships. Have a good read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mel Emerson

    After reading Nora Roberts Land and being introduced to Jill and Brian, I had to read French Roast to see how their story developed and the outcome, plus meeting new characters. Ms. Miles did not disappoint. Can't wait to start reading the "Grand Opening".

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Ladies Night In Blog)

    Really great series Really great series I really enjoy this series. It's sweet, it's funny and the story line is never lacking. I really enjoy that each story sets up the next book and also checks in with past story lines. I can't wait to read the next one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Roxie

    I loved this book even more than the first. SUCH ANGST and drama and passion. WOW. And I also love how she introduces that characters of her next book fairly early on in her current books. It helps you get to know them and become more emotionally involved with them.

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