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International Bestselling Author Ava Miles shares a heartwarming and suspenseful novel about love and second chances.
Elizabeth Saunders is a woman of secrets, a rarity in small town Dare Valley. Her life hasn’t turned out like she expected after a tragedy forced her to flee her old life and hide her identity. Now she’s unmasked, hoping to put the past behind her—until the only man who ever captured her heart reappears.
Terrance Waters may look like a sexy Alpha Navy Seal, but he’s actually a celebrity chef. His star is rising with a new primetime TV reality cooking show until his dream hits a snag. His bad-boy image needs to be cleaned up. He’s arrived in Dare Valley to show the network how squeaky clean he can be, working as the head chef at Dare Valley’s famous hotel.
When Elizabeth and Terrance meet, he wants to pick up where they left off, but Elizabeth resists. Terrance is not a man to take no for an answer. Soon the sparks are flying, hotter than ever this time. But the danger from Elizabeth’s past appears, testing their newfound love and Terrance’s dreams of becoming an even bigger star. Can their love triumph over all.
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The Perfect Ingredient
Truly enjoying the Dare Valley Series! Thank you, Ava Miles - this book my favorite so far. The relationship challenges, the highs, the lows, the story of Elizabeth and Terrance was exhilarating! An all time pleasure causing outward laughter and tears was their wager of a date if Terrance attended and finished one of Elizabeth’s Latin dance classes. The events leading up to the class and the events during the class was THE best ever! I forgot I was reading a story and felt I was experiencing a real event ... a memory in the making!
The Perfect Ingredient for Healing
The Perfect Ingredient For Healing
Elizabeth Saunders and Terrance Waters may have a history filled with secrets, but that doesn’t mean meeting again years later will dilute the emotion and spark between them.
Terrance is a bad boy gone chef celebrity with the world at his fingertips as he prepares to launch his own cooking line as well as delving into the world of prime time television. But he’s not ready to leave behind the sting of Elizabeth’s abrupt disappearance from his life.
Elizabeth Saunders left behind all traces of her past and the terror of feeling helpless in the face of money and power...but she also left behind the passion and intensity that she felt with Terrance.
I truly believe there are times healing takes place because someone special is placed in your life as a catalyst. The heart can be willing to heal but be lacking the jolting force necessary to do so. Terrance and Elizabeth are both healing from pasts that affect not only the people they have become but leave them vulnerable to the very pasts that haunt them.
When Elizabeth’s past comes barreling into her present, it’s not only her that’s affected. This time she’ll need everyone she cares about to rally behind her and show her the unconditional love she truly needs. While Elizabeth struggles to tread water as she scrambles to find a way from the past destroying the life she’s made, Terrance is thrust into the limelight in ways that have the ability to destroy everything he’s built.
Elizabeth’s story touched me greatly as she went from being a victim that hid her past like a shameful secret to an advocate for others who needed her voice to speak first. So many times we are taught that it’s better to keep things quiet so we don’t interrupt the status quo of others’ lives. What a hurtful and exhausting and ridiculous thought. And while Elizabeth is busy learning that it’s okay to stand up for herself, Terrance is learning the difference between letting his fists talk for him and using his anger to defend someone who truly deserves it.
I loved this story, these characters, and Ava’s ability to always look for deeper meaning behind the relationships that develop. Her knack for showing healing and restoration in the hearts and souls of the characters we grow to love brings me back time and again.
The Perfect Ingredient
I love Ava Miles...I read the first book because it had Nora Roberts name in the title...and I was hooked. I can't put the books down. I read them on my iPad when I am home but I also have the books on my iPhone and will read on my breaks and during lunch. I wake up early some mornings and reach for the iPad or iPhone. Every chance I get I am reading one of her books. I love that when the book ends you have the opportunity to still see the characters and their stories in the next book.
I am anxiously awaiting the books about Natalie and Blake and Susannah and Jake.