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International Bestselling Author Ava Miles shares a heartwarming prequel about two of Dare Valley’s favorite characters and their early journey falling in love.
Abbie Maven is every bit a lady.
Rhett Butler Blaylock doesn’t mingle much with ladies.
Being a professional poker player, the only lady he spends time with is Lady Luck. Yet, despite their differences, he can’t fight the temptation of getting closer to Abbie. He imagines she smells as fresh as a hot July peach and tastes even more tantalizing.
She makes him want to be a better man.
Abbie can’t ignore her brother’s best friend—the man who makes her son laugh. They are as different as ocean and desert, and yet she can’t stop her heart from opening to him… Or her body. Someone had destroyed both a long time ago. Rhett makes her come alive again.
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. Abbie has to decide: are moonlight serenades enough?
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Another great book
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."
A sweet look at the start of one of my favorite couples!
Rhett has been one of my favorite characters throughout Ms. Miles' books (isn't he everyone's?!) and being able to read about the start of him and Abbie falling in love was wonderful! I love being able to really delve into the backstory of characters, to see how they got to where they are.
I can't wait to read about the next couple!
Please note: I received an eBook copy for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
What sweet story
First I must say I think Ava has the most beautiful book covers and I look forward to see what she comes up with next. These two people in this story have been in her stories since the beginning and have shaped her series. Take your time to read this quick story. Enjoy