I have had ‘Nora Roberts Land’ by Ava Miles on my TBR pile for a while now, and finally got the chance to read it. I also downloaded the audible audiobook to alternate between listening and reading. I mostly listened.
I liked the story, the town, the characters, and the plot.Meredith Hale is a recently divorced woman set on empowering herself, and NEVER letting another man get too close to her. So she invented an alter ego for herself, Divorcee Woman, and went out and bought herself a slew of La Perla under garments. Armed with silk and lace, Wonder Woman has nothing on her.
Meredith is an investigative journalist, and goes back to her home town, Dare Valley, to watch over her grandfather, and help with the family paper. She also plans on proving her ex-husband wrong by finding her own, Nora Roberts, hero. Rick blames Nora Roberts for their divorce. Claiming Nora’s books give women unrealistic expectations about love and marriages. Ha, right!
Tanner McBride is a War Correspondent, and his new boss (Rick) has given him a new assignment, seduce his ex-wife. He is supposed to make Meredith fall in love with him, and keep her from writing a story, and airing all his dirty laundry to the world. He didn’t plan on falling in love with her.
I liked Meredith, and she said some really funny things throughout the book that made me laugh out loud. I liked the fact that she was moving on after her divorce, and not crying in a corner somewhere. She was a funny, smart, and strong heroine. I also liked the fact that this story was full of more than just romance. There is suspense, and crime solving in this book too. The first half of the book moved a little slow, but after that the plot moved along nicely. The action in the book is not ‘edge of your set, biting your nails’ kind, but it did the job nicely.
I liked Tanner as the hero. Meredith compares Tanner to ‘Roarke’ (the hero in J.D. Robb’s novels) throughout the book, and he measures up nicely. Jill, Meredith’s sister was likeable, and I can’t wait to see what happens with her in the next book. I enjoy stories that are set in small towns, and Dare Valley fit that bill.
The author did a good job of showing what was going on throughout the story, and not just telling. There are a few hot sexual encounters in this book between the H & H, but they are not vulgar or nasty in any way.
There were a few things that did drive me a little crazy about this book. Meredith and Jill kept referring to her ex-husband as ‘Rick the D*ck’. He was a d*ck, but it was said many, many times in the first half of the book. Too many times in fact. In the first half of the book there was also quite a bit of breast tightening when Meredith looked at Tanner. It was just said way too many times. With those things aside I enjoyed Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles, and will be giving book 2 in the ‘Dare Valley’ series a try.