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When Peggy McBride moves to Dare Valley, Colorado, the last thing she wants is to meet a man. If she's learned one thing from her divorce, it's that love is a messy business, and as a single mom and the new deputy sheriff, she has her hands full. But when hotel magnate and poker player Mac Maven moves to town, she becomes enthralled by the very last man she would ever consWhen Peggy McBride moves to Dare Valley, Colorado, the last thing she wants is to meet a man. If she's learned one thing from her divorce, it's that love is a messy business, and as a single mom and the new deputy sheriff, she has her hands full. But when hotel magnate and poker player Mac Maven moves to town, she becomes enthralled by the very last man she would ever consider dating... Mac Maven has come to Dare with ambitious plans for his new project, the restoration of The Grand Mountain Hotel as a boutique poker venue. Only one person offers him a less than warm welcome: Deputy Sheriff Peggy McBride, who is dead set against gambling. But although Peggy's a fierce opponent, Mac senses a tenderness and passion within her that he longs to free. Having helped his sister raise her teenage son, he understands Peggy, and can see past her tough-as-nails exterior. When a threat to Mac's hotel surfaces, he and Peggy must join forces to find out who's responsible. Working together ignites the white-hot connection between them, and their cooperation takes a decidedly personal turn. But can Mac convince Peggy to set their differences aside and take a gamble on love?...

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The Grand Opening Reviews

  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]
    2019-05-01 19:41

    The Grand Opening is book three in the Dare Valley series by Ava Miles. First of all, look at the cover of this book! Isn’t it beautiful? I loved imaging what this hotel looks like. I knew I was going to love Mac Maven. I’m so excited to tell you all about him.Mac (Maverick) Maven is a poker player, and he’s good at it. But, he became a poker player out of necessity, to protect his family. And that is what Mac Maven really is, a man who loves his family and will do anything to protect them. He has built an empire of hotels with a poker venue. And his latest project is in Dare Valley. He has bought the Grand Mountain Hotel and is restoring it to all its former glory. He brought his sister and his nephew Dustin with him because they always stuck together. What he didn’t anticipate is the town’s Deputy Sherriff, Peggy McBride.“He was a poker player, she was a cop. Oil and water. There could never be anything between them.”Peggy McBride is Tanner’s little sister. She has a little seven year old son named Keith who I am completely smitten with. Peggy and Tanner’s father abandoned them when they were young. Tanner was left to take care of Peggy, their younger brother David and then Peggy’s son. Their father had been a mean drunk and a gambler. So Peggy hated poker players. And she is determined to do whatever it takes to get Mac Maven and his hotel to leave town. But every time she is near Mac, she can’t think straight. And Mac is determined to prove to her that he is not like her father. That she can trust him. “Mac picked up his bourbon and slugged it back. He knew he’d need more than liquid courage to get Peggy to give them a go. It was time to up the ante.” What I love about this family, the McBrides, and the Mavens, is the way they all love and support one another. They prove the theory that it takes a village to raise a child. The way that Mac has helped his sister to raise Dustin. And the way Tanner helps Peggy to raise Keith. And the way that Jill and Meredith befriend Peggy, even though Peggy tries to be the tough cop, she can’t resist these affectionate loving women that want to be her friends. Peggy is determined to keep her hormones in check with Mac. But there is a threat to the hotel that forces them to work together and also to perhaps explore the growing attraction between them. But this same threat may be the one thing that could ruin them as well. “As they left for the hotel, she realized she was treading on thin ice. She was wearing a dress and attending the final poker tournament. Had aliens invaded her body?”While we watch as Peggy and Mac work to resolve their feelings for one another, we still get plenty of Jill and Brian and Meredith and Tanner. And there is a new character introduced. We get to meet Mac’s best friend, Rhett Butler Blaylock. He is a character most definitely and I can’t wait to get to know him better. We are also introduced to the country music star, Rye Crenshaw who is the main character of Country Heaven. I enjoyed this book so much and the characters within as I have this whole series. If you haven’t yet, I hope you’ll give it a chance. Ava Miles, you are awesome!

  • Dianne
    2019-05-02 14:42

    Have You heard?Ava Miles has a HUGE Giveaway to celebrate the release of NORA ROBERTS LAND in an Audiobook version!Enter to win 1 of 33 audiobook copies!click on Banner to enter - Ends June 1, 2015 - INTL where allowed!Author Ava Miles has done it again! The Grand Opening is the third installment in her Dare Valley series, and quite possibly the best one yet! Filled with humor, a pie-loving moose, the quirky townspeople of Dare Valley and the kind of romantic tension that is fun to read about, Ms. Miles is fast becoming one of my favorite, light, contemporary romance writers! She is making a huge chick lit fan out of me with her talent for creating "the big hook," the one that pulls you in and won’t let go until that very last word! When a wealthy, self-made gambling man sets his sights on one of the town’s sheriff’s deputies, you can bet you’ll be in for an arresting time! (Sorry, I had to say it) Peggy McBride is a single mom, raising her young son on her own after being burned in the past by a nasty marriage and divorce. She wants a nice, quiet, safe town to raise her boy, but now a new hotel/casino is coming to town and along with it, is the owner, gambler Mac Maven, all handsome and rich and something about him just sets Peggy’s nerves on edge. Is it that he represents what she sees as trouble in her quiet town, or is it that he is causing trouble in her heart? How does he seem to show up at just when Peggy needs help? Trouble does come to Dare Valley, and Mac’s hotel is the reason. Could it be that Peggy was right about Mac being trouble? But is that really all bad?Ava Miles’ Dare Valley world is a wonderful place to visit, the inhabitants are warm, real and just flawed enough to be a joy to meet. Take a walk down the streets, see the surrounding nature, feel the sense of community, the heat of the romantic tension, and consider it a mini-vacation with a little mystery on the side.The Grand Opening is perfect reading for the beach, in front of the fireplace, or even as light bedtime reading. The worse that could happen is that you may dream about the pie eating moose!A review copy was generously given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.Series: Dare Valley #3Publication Date:  September 21, 2013Publisher:  Ava Miles, Inc.ISBN:   9781940565019Number of Pages:   313Genre:  Contemporary Romance/Women's FictionRecommended Age:  AdultsConnect with the Author:   http://www.avamiles.comAvailable to Purchase at:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble For more reviews check out Tome Tender's Book Blog or find us on Facebook.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-04 16:24

    Sorry to say, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the other 2 in the series. I just didn't like Peggy, and couldn't understand what Mac saw in her, I tried, I really did but it didn't get it, that's not to say I don't love this series cause I do, Peggy was just a bit of a bitch and I became more interested in the side story leading to Abbie and Rhett

  • Lawana
    2019-05-27 18:19

    This book wore me out, I found nothing to like about the main character. Peggy was SO not lovable!! I loved the previous books, but Peggy spoiled this one. I felt sorry for the people that were duty bound to put with her, Edward and Bella are more believable that this love match.

  • Jonetta
    2019-05-07 18:43

    The set upMac Maven plans to open a boutique poker hotel in Dare Valley. He's a wealthy businessman specializing in these type establishments and he's relocating himself, his sister and nephew to the city. Peggy McBride, who is Tanner's sister, the town's deputy sheriff and a single mother, has already attempted (unsuccessfully) to block his efforts and is still looking for other ways to keep the hotel from opening. The issuesBoth Peggy and Mac had fathers who had gambling issues that left an imprint on them. She truly believes that having poker tournaments in town will be the beginning of a cycle of corruption based on her experience. He has an unblemished history to date with every hotel he's opened in other cities. They have a strong, undeniable attraction to each other and Mac's determined to win her over. Peggy isn't above using some pretty dicey tactics to have his venture fail. What I loved about the storyMac Maven is a professional poker player who has committed his life so far to taking care of his sister and being a surrogate father to his teen-aged nephew. He takes the role seriously and everything decision he makes about his personal life is measured against the impact to the kid. He's honorable, smart, über sexy and loyal. I loved his style and how tirelessly he worked to win Peggy over and his relationship with her son was also pretty special.What drove me crazyPeggy McBride. I must admit I intensely disliked her for most of the book. Some of the things she did to Mac seemed spiteful. I completely understood her fears, got her desire to protect her son. But, Mac never showed up as anything but a really good man and she never seemed to see that because she was so self focused and determined to bring him down. What redeemed PeggyI was so worried that I'd finish this book with really bad feelings about her, thinking Mac deserved better. The book takes you almost to the finish line before you experience her transformation and the depths of her despair about what got her to that point. It was a gut wrenching moment, seeing a character get turned inside out. The bottom lineThis was a difficult and emotionally charged story. Typical of this series, the secondary characters play a strong role, having almost as significant a place as the main characters, without detracting from their romance. The result is a layered story, complex characters and a robust set up for the next couple's book. I really liked this one, despite and because of my issues with Peggy and I can't wait to continue the series. (I received an ARC from the author)

  • Angela
    2019-05-12 20:19

    I have to say that I hated Peggy from the very beginning of the book until the very end. I've never had such a strong dislike for a leading lady. I get having trust issues and family problems, but she was just a down right bitch. Mac had more patience than any man on the planet which made him seem very unrealistic but also very desirable. The storyline was a bit of a flop for me. It wasn't really all that interesting. I didn't like Abbie's character either. Mac, Keith, and Rhett were the only reasons I finished this novel.

  • Beth
    2019-05-25 19:18

    Peggy McBride is a single mom and Deputy in Dare Valley Colorado. She is making a life for her son, but along the way she has forgotten to live. Mac Maven wants to change that but his life is everything Peggy wants to leave behind. Mac runs a gambling establishment.When Mac's hotel is threatened, Peggy and Mac must work together to discover the culprit. Passion ignites and Mac slowly widdles down Peggy's resistance. But when one of her family members puts himself in a difficult situation, Peggy asks Mac to do the impossible. Will it destroy their tenuous relationship?The Grand Opening gives you the fresh and comfort feeling of key lime pie, unless the moose gets it first. Sweet and tender moments, laugh out loud funny and heart aching situations make The Grand Opening a fabulous hometown heart felt read.I received this copy of The Grand Opening from Aspendawn Books in exchange for a honest review. Written by: Ava MilesSeries: The Dare Valley SeriesSequence in series: 3Print Length: 351 pagesISBN: 1492271012Publisher: Ava Miles, Inc. Publication Date: September 21, 2013Rating: 5 StarsGenre: Contemporary RomanceLearn more at: Ava Miles' WebsiteFind this book on: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor more reviews check out Tome Tender's Book Blog or find us on Facebook.

  • Kisha
    2019-05-25 12:45

    I give up. I really liked one of her books (Dare River #1) so I keep reading more of them. This is one of the most unlikeable heroines I've ever read. I didn't want them to get together because he deserved better. PLUS, she was completely different in this book than she was in the first book of the series..I skipped the second one because the Jill and Brian parts really annoyed me in the first book so I didn't think their actual book would improve matters. Anyway, I thought it was pretty weird how in the first book, she was all about helping her brother protect her other brother, but in the third book, she suddenly hated that other brother because he reminded her of her father. Look, authors in the world. Conflict needs to happen but make it... reasonable. I did not get "reasonable" anywhere with Peggy's hatred of Mac, and I definitely didn't think it was reasonable that he fell in love with her, as rude as she was. She's all, "I don't feel comfortable smiling" and yet, she's got a little kid. Great life that kid has. p.s. I have never let people who clearly dislike me babysit my child. It just seems like a bad idea, but Peg apparently is chill about it. What?

  • ines M
    2019-05-18 17:35

    This is a phenomenal story! I enjoyed it from beginning to end!Decidedly well written; mystery, romance and humor in a superb combination. The banter deserves an extra comment. BrilliantI would love to see a following book about those wonderful characters. Their relationship has a lot more to be explored.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-02 18:47

    I don't think I've ever disliked the heroine more... I get the trust issues and all but she was just too much mean (and Abbie seems like more of the same). I've read books 1, 2 and 3 in this series, so I guess I've given the author a chance, but her female characters are all pretty unlikeable, while the men are great. I hate to say that, cause I was looking to really like the series.

  • Christine Campanella Perry
    2019-05-18 18:21

    Did not like Peggy at all from start to finish. Loved Mac (like all your male characters) but never once felt the love connection between him & Peggy. I'm not a fan of Jill either & she & and Meredith are quite annoying & immature in this book. While I get how everyone would find Keith cute - some of the things he says just are not typical for a child his age so makes him a bit annoying too.

  • Cindi
    2019-04-27 19:30

    Another hit for Ava Miles. I love her charActers and so does she. At the end of the Brooklyn she said she hated to end the story because she liked the main male character so much. Can't wait toread the next book in the Dare Valley Seri e s.

  • Alison
    2019-05-25 15:46

    I am really loving this seriesI love how in the current book Ava Miles includes the next book in the series into it and gets you hook, line & sinker for the next one.Peggy got on my nerve a little towards the end as she just wouldn't clue in & Mac was just yummy

  • Brittlwilliams
    2019-04-28 13:44

    Not my favorite of the series only because Peggy wasn't a very likable character. It was hard to enjoy the book when I kept hoping Mac would give up on her and go find someone who appreciated him. Hopefully the next book will be better, Abbie seems to be a much more lovable character!

  • CL
    2019-04-26 18:26

    I liked a lot of the characters and the story was nice enough. But Peggy was AWFUL. So predjudiced and narrow minded!

  • Meka♥books
    2019-05-16 13:43

    Mac (Maverick) Maven, a championship poker player/entrepreneur with an uncanny ability to read people is the only reason I want to read this book. I want to know more about this sexy man!

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-05 12:26

    Great book. Really loving this series

  • Dee
    2019-05-03 18:20

    Two-haiku review:She's a deputyHe plays poker, builds hotelShe doesn't approveShe's awfully meanHe loves her in spite of itHard to understand

  • Natasha εïз
    2019-05-25 13:32

    Gave this book 3.5 stars. Loved, loved LOVED Mac! It was Peggy that I couldn't really handle. I didn't care for Peggy when I met her in the other books and she made it tough to even remotely like her in this book. I understand what made her 'tick' but, to me, she was generally not a likeable person. I won't miss her in future books.

  • Mary-jo Lounsberry
    2019-05-12 16:26

    Great enjoyable readVery good storyline. Love the colorful and endearing characters. Highly recommend for a weekend getaway of reading. Can't wait to read the other books in the series.

  • Beverly
    2019-05-23 13:45

    I am not one to like gambling, but I loved this story. Was a little unhappy with Peg at times, but knew it would have a good ending. The section about worthless fathers was a tear jerker. The connection with all the people was very special. Will be reading more by this author

  • Aurelie
    2019-05-02 13:46

    Absolutely loved this series!

  • norma
    2019-04-26 17:30

    this book wasn't as good as the first two...I was glad I'm done with it and I hope the next one will be better

  • Arlena
    2019-05-03 16:26

    Title: The Grand OpeningAuthor: Ava MilesSeries: Dare Valley #3Published: CreatespaceAge Recommended: AdultReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: 5Review:"The Grand Opening" by Ava Miles was a wonderful romantic story of Peggy McBride and Mac (Maverick) Maven. This is the authors third novel in her Dare Valley series. We find that both of these two are new to Dare Valley, Colorado. Peggy was divorced, now a single mother that had moved to Dare to be closer to her brother and family. Peggy loved her job of being a deputy sheriff and it seems like all was going well for her until he meets us with Mac. Why was this? Mac was handsome and rich and had moved into Dare with his sister and nephew to restore 'The Grand Mountain Hotel as a boutique poker' venue and for some reason this deputy sheriff was against any form of gambling. Mac was well know for his 'High Stakes poker games.' What had happen in Peggy's life that caused her to feel so negative about gambling and had set her nerves on edge? However, there still seemed to be some 'tenderness and passion' that went on between these two when they were together but they were definitely on separate sides when it came to Mac's business. It was obvious that there was something that had gone on with Peggy that was holding her back that keeps her from wanting to live life to its fullest.This was a very moving story where there were many subplots in this novel that was going on...such as: Mac and Peggy comes together in the rescue operation in that involved a pie loving moose, ... with Marc's sister Abbie and his best friend Rhett Butler Blaylock,... a teenager reckless driving and the hotel having a bomb threat during a poker game. You will really have to keep up because this story moves very fast which makes for a good read. To get all the answers to the above you must pick up "The Grand Opening" to see how this author will bring it out the well written story to the reader. Be ready for a good read with a read filled with humor, 'quirky townspeople' and a loving romance that finally comes to light. I love the hero in this story being such a 'fighter, lover and best friend.' The heroine gave me a headache at time with all of her 'love hate relationship with Marc,' however in the end it all ....well pick up the novel to see for yourself!The characters were all so developed, well rounded and so very colorful only making this read a captivating read that once you started it you will not be able to put it down until the end. I found "The Grand Opening" was definitely a story of one's family coming first in this well written series by this author that I would definitely recommend as a good read.

  • Emsy Van Wyck
    2019-05-23 12:30

    A must-read inspiring romance with a bit of suspenseThe Grand Opening, the third book in Ava Miles’ Dare Valley series, was the first that I received to review (though I waited to read it until I finished books one and two) and is my absolute favorite of the series. Yes, I wanted to know more about the new deputy sheriff in town, single mother and straight arrow, Peggy McBride. It was clear from their brief interactions in the previous stories that Mac Maven, whose plan to restore the old mountain hotel to its former glory includes top-level poker tournaments, and staunch anti-gambler Peggy have definite sparks flaring between them. So, I couldn’t wait to read “their” story.Miles creates two wonderfully complicated and fascinating protagonists in Mac and Peggy. Long after I turned the last page and closed the book, I reflected on the challenges to their romance. The levels of trust and leaps of faith that each of them had to face. But most of all recalled the inspirational quality of their bond. This is the book, to me, that showcases Miles as a writer. If you were to read no other book by her, choose this one. (And I’ll guarantee you’ll read all the others too.) After reading The Grand Opening, Ava Miles was added to my “must-buy” list and her books have a permanent home on my virtual shelf of treasured titles to reread. Yes, The Grand Opening resonated strongly for me. Not just for all the points I mentioned, but also for the tightness of the story, the added mystery and intrigue, and for creating the character of Mac Maven, who has to be one of my favorite book boyfriends. (I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review and purchased a personal copy of this book.)

  • Pat
    2019-05-21 14:42

    Peggy McBride moved to Dare Valley, Colorado to be close to her brother and his family. She has settled in to her job as Deputy Sheriff, and raising her six year old son Keith as a single Mom. She likes this small town, and it's characters, and is happy living here. Until......Mac (Maverick) Maven arrived to renovate and open as a boutique poker venue the Grand Mountain Hotel. Mac is known far and wide for his High Stakes poker games, and his group of very popular hotels. He and Peggy are immediately attracted, but on opposite sides regarding his hotel. She hates gambling with a passion, which translates into a serious dislike for all Mac stands for. There are lots of interesting sub plots, one involving Mac's sister Abbie, and one of his poker playing friends Rhett Butler Blaylock. Mac and Peggy are thrown together over a rescue operation with a moose, reckless driving, bomb threats and their growing attraction. Grand Opening is a fast moving novel, and I learned a lot about the sport of poker playing. The only negative I could find was Peggy's persistent love/ hate relationship with Mac. I could understand her reluctance in the beginning, but he tries over and over to prove the depth of his feelings, and she, in most cases threw it back in his face. Very strong personalities and emotions play a part in this story. This was an entertaining read in spite of my occasional urge to shake some sense into Peggy!I received this novel from the publisher for an honest review.Pat Fordyce

  • Kooky
    2019-05-14 14:43

    In the previous book we met Mac 'Maverick' Maven and Deputy Sheriff Peggy McBride. They had already come to public blows when she objected to him re-opening The Grand Mountain Hotel as a poker and all star venue. Since their disagreement they have stayed clear of each other despite the undeniable chemistry when they are in the same room. Peggy doesn't see how they could ever work, "he was a poker player. She was a cop. Oil and water." Mac's family are now in town and incidents with a moose and with his nephew force them together. Peggy still doesn't approve of the hotel and keeps looking for a reason to close it but they start to see each other secretly. Peggy can't see past his occupation but after a fall out and then the wise Arthur Hale's advice, she finally comes around.I really like this pair in the previous book. They seem so ill matched in every way. He's a poker player, sometimes viewed as a seedy occupation, whereas she's a cop; he's a smartly dressed together sort of guy whereas she's all shapeless clothes, messy hair, no make up and mostly in 'mom' mode. He is just delicious, a dreamy male lead and it's not often I find myself sympathising with the man but when Peggy put him in an awkward situation and blackmailed him, I really felt for him. The possible standoff and following declaration outside the hotel was fantastic.As with all the books in this series, we meet other characters, get out appetites wetted before they have their own stories. We get introduced to Rhett and Abigail this time and I can't wait for their story.

  • Pam
    2019-04-26 19:24

    The Grand Opening is book three in the Dare Valley series by Ava Miles. It is a good book and can be read by itself, although it is better when read in order in the series. Peggy McBride is the Deputy Sheriff of Dare Valley and she takes her job seriously. She has been making friends with some of the ladies in town which is a first for her. Her life up until now has revolved around her work and her son. She moved to Dare Valley to be closer to her brother so he could give her son the attention he needed from a man. His father has made no effort to contact him at all. Mac Maven is a hotel magnate and a poker player. He has come to Dare Valley to restore the Grand Mountain Resort into a poker venue. He has set up several of these throughout the US and the world. He is very precise in setting them up and does not in any way condone any misbehavior or criminal activities on his property. He has hired Jill Hale to help him convince the city council and others that this is a viable construction and back it. Peggy McBride is totally against gambling of any type and sets out to investigate Mac and find something to help stop the resort. She is determined not to like Mac at all. However, when her plan fails, she is forced to stop and rethink her plans. Then someone threatens the resort and Peggy and Mac join forces to find the person or persons behind the threat. How will this turn out?

  • Cn
    2019-04-26 12:28

    I stayed up all night to finish 'The Grand Opening' in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I recognized Peggy immediately, I recognized her pride, her strength, her love and duty to her son, and her fear of being hurt by men who've disappointed her in the past. She didn't say much, but she didn't have to. Her actions spoke for her. As a single mother raising her son, she had to be even more careful with what she did and everyone around her.Mac Maven was the personification of all the things Peggy was wary of. Mac being a famous poker player was bad enough, a shrewd businessman who built exclusive poker hotels was worse, but a strong, passionate, loving family man was dangerous.Peggy's reluctance was so heart wrenching, you can feel her fear from the part of her that's been hurt before, but you can also hear the part of her that wants to be loved, cherished and protected. Her constant battle with her self and with Mac only made their story that much more amazing because of the growth both she and Mac experienced with each other.I love their rapport and their connection is amazing. I've read it two more times since.

  • Elisa Hordon
    2019-05-18 12:32

    Peggy and Mac, the couple you really never expected, I know they say opposites attract and hey they certainly have chemistry but a dedicated by the book Deputy Sheriff and a Professional Poker it really sounds to unreal and you know what for 90% of the book I really thought it was talk about fight, bicker, yell I kept thinking it would end better if they just killed each other lol but you know what as Mac says to Peggy you might be slow at first but you eventually catch up..hahaha I know pure romance right there in those words.What I love most about this series is the family, small town feel where each story is not just about one couple it is really about the town and everyone who lives in Dare there is always more than just the main story I love the little side stories that are giving you a snippet towards a future story or adding onto a previous story it's true loving family that grows and shifts with each book.