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retired RN reader
2.0 out of 5 starsA sad display of filthy language and smut
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2016
The story line was a good one, but the book is too full of smut and filthy language. The F word is used almost every other paragraph which in my mind shows a great lack of writing skill. Normal people do not use the F word like this writer seems to think. Ms. miles do you really think all that F this And F that added to your story? Well it didn't and because of your over use of such crude language, I'll never read another of your books. Gratuitous sex scenes over and over were also unnecessary. Read some of David Baldacci's books. They are very well written, wildly popular and contain neither dirty language or sex scenes. I think you really are a very poor writer if filling your pages in this way is the best you can do.
I loved the story and plot, but I am completely disgusted with the constant use of the "f" word. It is not necessary to make a book exciting. I would have given it 5 stars if the "f" word had been left out of the book, or at least used only once or twice!
Her Royal Peepness Princess HoneyBunny BlayzeTop Contributor: Baking
1.0 out of 5 starsDon't Make My Mistake
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2015
I will begin by saying that I am a fan of both Nora Roberts books & her J.D.Robb series In Death. When I saw that she had allowed her name to be used, I made a huge mistake. I downloaded this book without reading a single review.
By 5% I was thankful this was a free read when I got it. The name dropping began to grow tiresome for me. Yes I read and loved those books/characters too but, where was Ava Miles story? Was what I was wondering.
By 12% (Chaper 7 ) 40+ pages in I knew I couldn't take reading anymore. If you took out all the name dropping, title and character mentioning in the pages I read you would have very little left.
The only recommendation I have is read the reviews don't make my mistake.
1.0 out of 5 starsRepetitive, overuse of the "F" word. (Small spoiler)
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2019
To begin with, it had a interesting plot line and I expected to enjoy it. But then the heroine, Meredith, began to annoy me with her constant gasping for breath, panic attacks and groping at her underwear for support. It was unrealistic to try to believe she would ignore a man who attracted her so strongly simply because he was a journalist. What really bothered me was the reference to the death where it was mentioned over and over that "she died from a heart murmur". The heart murmur alone will not kill you. A heart murmur is simply a sound the doctor hears that is caused by an underlying heart problem that may possibly kill a person, but kept being referred to as the primary cause of death--even by the medical examiner who should have found the underlying heart problem during the autopsy. The author should have done better research. Predictable and disappointing.
1.0 out of 5 starsAn ode to Nora Roberts and La Perla
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2014
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.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis title surprised me, and ended up Really enjoying the story, that is well done.
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2018
Meredith went home to cover her Dad's absence from the families well know newspaper, while he recovered from a heart attach. But, Mere also decided to use that time to write another story for the NY paper she worked for, and was to prove to her cheating ex-husband, that true love is possible, just like the stories that Nora Robert wrote in her books, that Mere had love to read since her teens. Mere decided that going home would be the perfect place to find Mr. Right. What Meredith wasn't counting on was a well know war correspondent, Tanner, coming to her town to teach at the college, and he was bought and sent there to stop Mere's story coming into print, by Mere's ex. Mere's ex was concerned that Mere was going to release info about him, that would cost him his political career.
The only reason Tanner agreed to take the job was Mere's ex was going to release info about Tanner's brother to the news if Tanner didn't do the job. Tanner's brother was also into politics, and Tanner always looked out for his brother, and his brother had turned his life around and was in a good marriage and doing good in the community, and Tanner didn't want anything to happen to his brother and family.
The other thing that Tanner didn't count on, was liking what he seen in Meredith, putting him into a spot of deciding how he was going to get out of doing anything to hurt her, or her family.
Then, the small quiet town had a problem, a problem that put Mere and Tanner working together. A problem that drew Tanner to Mere, and as much to her family. What happens...Well, it gets to be an interesting page turner that pulled me into Mere's family as well, and I couldn't wait to read what was going to happen next.
So, after getting upset that I didn't read the title past Nora Roberts name, and wondering what in the world did I get to read. I settled down and had a delightful reading experience by Ms Miles, that was very satisfying. Hope you find it to be also.
1.0 out of 5 starsDon't waste your time, I wish I hadn't!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 28, 2014
I'm not really sure where to start with this book. The story line was so bad I was open mouthed in amazement. I thought perhaps it was written 40 years ago, which would have made it a bit more credible. The hero is a well reknowned international media correspondent being blackmailed into making a woman fall in love with him. He gets blackmailed in person and has numerouse conversations with the blackmailer on the phone but as no time does he have the intelligence to record or film any of the conversations or even think to do an expose on the blackmailer who is an up and comming senator. This is probably because he can't get his mind off having sex with the heroine. In the last chapeter the heroine SWAPS NEGATIVES of the compromising photographs with the blackmailer. Can you even buy camera film anymore? Some reveiwers have said if you like Nora Roberts you will love this book. I couldn't disagree more, while I am not the NR expert that the writer obviously is, NR knows how to write a good romance story, this authors idea of romance is borderline soft porn, ok if you like that sort of thing, but personally I find it tediously boring.
5.0 out of 5 starsFabulous storytelling. I loved this book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 8, 2016
Oh my goodness I loved this book. I'm a huge fan of Nora Roberts and have read almost all of her books including the JD Robb series. This book is an enormous and superbly written tribute to one of the world's best loved authors. Ava Miles has done a terrific job. I loved all the little references to some of Nora Roberts best loved leading men, yep I too have a soft touch for the dashing Bradley Vane, what's not to like about him! This book is very similar to in style to Noras work, disheartened women who falls for the super hot guy, falls in love but something happens to split them up, they get back together after some dramatic events and then there's the ubiquitous happy ending. All this sprinkled with intrigue, drama and suspicious deaths which adds up to a perfect read. For me Nora Roberts best books are her trilogies and I'm delighted that this series is heading the same way, as soon as I've posted this review I'm downloading the next novel as I can't wait to read all about jillie and her man. Ava Miles thank you for creating a super series and I'm sure there are many more people like myself who also believe in Nora Roberts Land. Long live the happy ending.
You know, I have to say I was really disappointed with this book. As a reader who really enjoys reading books by Nora Roberts, I was really looking forward to reading this book. But what a huge disappointment. I didn't get through too much of it and left it alone. It had a weak storyline and the person in the book (who was a great fan of Nora's books in this book) just kept asking herself 'What would Nora do?'. a book has to really grab me in the first few lines amor pages, and this one didn't do that. Maybe the book would have got better if I had stuck with it, but I doubt it.
Seriously, don't bother. This book is incredibly badly written. I haven't read more than a couple of Nora Roberts books so unsure if her very good reputation is deserved. If it is deserved however, why oh why did she allow Ava Miles to use her name for this drivel. The premise of the storyline is so pathetic I can only imagine the author wanted to trade on Nora Roberts' name in order to assure she'd get her own name into print. The only thing she has assured as far as I am concerned is that I will never read any of her other books - if she has been allowed to print anymore that is.
Thoroughly enjoyable read, I am an avid Nora Robert's fan and thought I'd give this a go out of curiosity. I can honestly say hand on heart this book kept me wanting to read and read exactly like Nora has always done. Ava miles makes you want to keep coming back for more . I'm now onto number 3 and cannot wait to continue.
The story itself is a believable authentic and heartfelt romantic suspense and will keep you on the edge of your seat...sleepless nights abound. The relationships not only of Meredith and Tanner but of the whole Hale family make you want to be part of the story and make everything seem a little brighter