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Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  9,329 Ratings  ·  813 Reviews
Journalist Meredith Hale’s ex-husband claimed her Nora Roberts addiction gave her unrealistic expectations about marriage, and she believed him. All dreams of happily ever after—or Nora Roberts Land as her mother calls it—went up in smoke. But when her family asks her to temporarily help their Dare Valley, Colorado newspaper, she decides it’s time to change her life and pr ...more
Nook, 337 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 (first published June 24th 2013)
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She Abshire Yes I did and it is a sweet romance. It has wonderful characters who work really well together. It also has a great atmosphere in the small town. It…moreYes I did and it is a sweet romance. It has wonderful characters who work really well together. It also has a great atmosphere in the small town. It has it's steamy moments but not to the extent of other books. I love the story and the series. If you ever read Nora Roberts books you will love all the references to them. Give it a try I think you will like it too. :)(less)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Nora Roberts Land is book one in the Dare Valley series by Ava Miles. Country Heaven was the first book I read by Ava Miles, and I completely fell in love with it. So, when I decided to start this series by her, I knew I would enjoy it. But, I got so much more than that. If you are a fan of Nora Roberts you will enjoy this book with its frequent references to the many books written by Nora Roberts and the characters within. But if you have never read a book by Nora Roberts, you will still enjoy ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this one. I have read quite a few Nora Roberts books, especially her Romantic Suspense books.

Don't have much time to review. Work is busy and I am just back from Edinburgh, where my son received his First Class Honours Degree in History!. LOL. I am such a bragger.

Lots of references to Nora's books and also to JD Robb books. I ADORE the IN DEATH series. I love Roarke .... and Eve.

Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles is a 2013 publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the author and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Meredith's husband, " Rick the Dick", told her that reading Nora Roberts novels gave her unrealistic expectations about love and marriage. When she finds herself divorced, she thinks maybe her ex- husband was right. There was no happy ever after in real life.

When her family needs some help running the Dare Valley newspaper in Colorado, Meredith ge
The set up
Meredith Hale is still reeling from her recent divorce. Her slimy ex-husband accused her of having unrealistic expectations from their marriage because of her "obsession" with Nora Roberts romance books. She hasn't read any since the divorce, her confidence shaken and believing maybe he was right. Now he's planning a U. S. Senate run and wants her to keep quiet about the details of their split, insinuating publicly that she was the problem. Now she's out to prove her romance novels are
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo, series
3.5 good feeling stars

Authors writing books based on their love for other authors and the fictional characters created are quickly become some of my fave reads( see K.C. Dyer's Finding Fraser, Shannon Hale's Austenland and Catherine McKenzie's Arranged). Nora Roberts is a gal that tends to receive her share of her lovers and haters. Personally, I tend to find them fluffy and fun and good palate cleansers, especially after a heavy read. When I saw this advertised freebie, I was fairly intrigued
If you've read a Nora Roberts book, you know how romantic they are, with hearts healed by love and that ever popular "Happily Ever After" ending, and the book fades to a rosy glow. The heroes are swoon-worthy, larger than life and-well, you get the picture, a "dream guy!" For journalist Meredith Hale, these books were like an addiction, she longed for "that man," a hero, someone who would love her as she is, sweep her off her feet and they would have the storybook ending. When Mere's cheating, s ...more
Ashley Daviau
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this isn't the best book I've ever read, I did thoroughly enjoy it nonetheless! Nora Roberts books have always been a guilty pleasure of mine so when my aunt gave me this book, I knew I had to read it.

And I'm glad I did because it was exactly how I expected it to be, a fun and entertaining story that didn't require me to think too much. It was a tad bit predictable at times but let's be serious, pretty much all books of this type are a bit predictable because they kind of all follow the s
Aug 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Book seemed like it would be cute, but its definitely meh. Way too many Nora Robert's references. Did the girls in this book never read any other romance novels? She's not the only good author out there!
Meredith has super high standards too - no wonder she can't find a man. I found her serial dating and how they made fun of the guys behind their back insulting instead of funny. For example, Meredith can't date guys who weigh less than her, because she 'has principles'. I guess someone should hav
3.5★'s - Being a fan of Nora Roberts, of course this book caught my attention. What a great set up to a story. Nora Roberts books killed a marriage. Funny. As an avid reader, well, obsessive reader, I think I have had something very similar happen to me. I've been told a time or two that "it is just fiction" so I loved where this was coming from. I enjoyed the story and the characters. It was a lot more heavy in the suspense part then I anticipated and that was welcome. All of the references to ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG!! If you love Nora Roberts you will love Ava Miles. For being her first book you'd never know it. Her writing style is great and easy to get into. Loved the setting of the book, Loved the characters so much was sad and happy when the book ended. Looking forward to the next book in the Dare Valley series.
It reminded me of Nora's small town romances you read about in her books. Definitely a author to look for great things to come.

Another liked it but didn't love it book for me. It was a nice enough read and I did enjoy the Nora Roberts and J D Robb references as I do love her books. I found myself skimming in the middle as it was starting to fall flat for me.

Thankfully it did pick up towards the end though. The author did a nice job wrapping everything up.

The setting for the story was in Colorado. I have a soft spot for the state. ❤ Its beauty is breathtaking. Here is one of my favorite spots. Maroon Bells. If you ever
Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles

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 upm 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 ass of an ex an
Janell Stewart
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
This book is so well written and heart warming! It has everything you look for in a romance novel... great writing, strong characters, hot men, great dialogue and did I mention hot men?! Ms. Miles is an incredibly talented writer and this being her 1st book, well I just can't wait for the rest! A MUST read for all!!
Becky Lower
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! In fact, it made my list of top reads of 2013. Using Nora Roberts' books and characters as touch stones in this book brought a smile to my face. It was a clever premise, but Ava didn't really need any help. Her book is a great read.
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper-shelf
loved loved loved this book! could not put it down.
Joyfully Reviewed
Journalist Meredith Hale’s ex-husband, Rick, claimed her love for Nora Roberts novels caused their marriage to fall apart. True love and happily ever after — aka Nora Roberts Land — simply don’t exist, or so he said. Meredith’s not so sure. Now single and armed with La Perla lingerie, Meredith trades in Manhattan for her hometown of Dare Valley. Ostensibly, she’s helping out her father and grandfather by temporarily taking a position at her family’s newspaper. But Meredith has a secret story in ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars

I feel like I don't know what to think of this book. Obviously, reading a book called 'Nora Roberts Land' suggests that there are going to be some references to Nora's books and since I'm a big fan of Nora's writing I figured that would be fine.....but it just rubbed me the wrong way. I think it's because of the sheer number of times a book/character of Nora's were mentioned - it was too much. I just felt like it crossed the line from being 'similar to Nora' ( a good thing) to 'trying t
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, origin, my-own
I like this book very much.
The author has a similar writing style to Nora what is a very great plus of the book.
It is possible not to like heroes. The inner voice of the heroine introduced the humour.
As its title indicates author and heroine are fans of the work of Nora Roberts. Mentioned in the book are the names and titles of her books. I will admit that as Nora's fan I had a problem with assigning the surname to the title sometimes. Evidently time for a re-read.

With pleasure I will read next
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, freebie
~2.5 stars~

This made for an "ok" romance. It was a predictable and pretty simple, but for a freebie I cant complain much.
Angela Covarrubias
This review first appeared on Romance With a Book.

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 gave this book 3.5 hearts.

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
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
Okay, so I was loving this book to the moon and back in the beginning. I only gave it 3 stars, why is that? I'll get to it.
My pros were as follows. I got my hands on this book because I am a huge Nora Roberts fan. Guilty pleasure and all that. I saw her name and of course I had to get it!
From the beginning I was already itching to find out exactly how Meredith and Tanner would meet. Their circumstances were pretty unique. I was seriously almost biting my nails here, which is something I never d
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love stories that take place in small town communities. So I looked forward to be introduced to a new series of romantic novels that took me to Dare, a small town in the Rocky Mountains, CO. We follow Meredith Hale, a young former journalist who, still suffering from a nasty divorce, returns from NYC to her home town to help out in their family-owned very reputed newspaper. In the past, Meredith had spunk but she lost all her confidence when her ex-husband betrayed her.
Let me get to the point:
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved "NORA ROBERTS LAND" by Ava Miles. It is witty, intriguing, suspenseful and romantic. It's about love lost, hope and love found. It's about courage, heartbreak, relationships and family. The writing is excellent. The book grabbed my attention from the first, it's a hard book to put down once started so make sure you have time to read the whole book ASAP. It is also action filled with surprises and twists, the ending resolves in an unexpected way which makes it even more fun. For those of ...more
Michelle N
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is easy to tell that Ava has a love for writing, and is a true fan of Nora Roberts. I am also a Nora Roberts enthusiast, and I felt this book did great justice to her! This was a wonderfully written suspense novel that I think will make Nora proud. You loved all of the characters (except those you weren't supposed too). I can't wait for the other books in this series, and revisit Dare Valley. If you love a good suspense romance, then you will love this book!

Ava took us on a wonderful journey
I enjoyed this book and as a fan of Nora Roberts (and J.D. Robb), it was a "bonus" to recognize most of the references made about Nora Roberts' books and characters that were sprinkled throughout this novel.

Although the premise is a bit far-fetched, the characters are engaging and the suspense and tension built around the investigation of mysterious-and-sometimes-deadly circumstances with menacing bad guys helped me buy into the lengths an aspiring national politician seemingly would go to in o
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Nora Roberts so when I read the premise for this book I was intrigued. I am so glad that I decided to read this book. Meredith and Tanner are perfect as the lead characters the interactions between the two kept me hooked on reading more. The minor characters in the book each brought something to the story especially Jill and Brian ( I can't wait to read their story) Meredith and Jill's grandfather was also great I loved the relationship that they all shared.

The plot was pretty fast
Gina Briganti
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They say a title can sell a book. That’s definitely true for me with this book. I knew the moment I read the title that I would read the book. Nora Roberts sold this book to me. If you know me, you know that I love Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb. She has inspired me to be the writer I am today.

Ava Miles had a lot to live up to, so it’s good that she is a gutsy writer. She took risks with her story, risks that might have turned a reader away. I was surprised by those plot twists, which separated Nora Rob
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a free Kindle book. It is a series so, obviously, they are hoping you'll like it well enough to buy the other books in the series. They've sold me. Norah Roberts is my guilty pleasure. I particularly love her books after I've read a few heavy hitters. Ava Miles is not Norah Roberts, but her book was very enjoyable (and free) so I will be reading the rest of the series in the future.
Nitzan Schwarz
Apr 13, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
After letting this book hang for a long while and realizing that I seem to lack any interest in finish it, I've moved it to DNF.
Not a bad book or anything, just didn't like the MCs and their romance, so it turned out not to be the book for me.
Great Read

I really enjoyed this book. It has a couple of different storylines mixed in and they both take you on a ride. I loved the fast paced writing and I really loved the characters. I can't wait to read the others in this series. Another thing, no cliffhanger.
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“My husband never transformed into a handsome prince. He stayed quite firmly in the reptile family, a chameleon, perhaps? And I’m pretty sure that if I had ever lost a shoe—even if it were priceless, like a limited edition Manolo Blahnik—he wouldn’t have lifted a finger to find it. Why didn’t I see that he was never going to be my prince?” 3 likes
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