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USA Today Bestselling Author Ava Miles of the #1 National Bestseller NORA ROBERTS LAND presents a fun, emotional, heartwarming romance about finding happily ever after…in a dog park.“I am adding Ava Miles to my list of always reads like Susan Mallery, Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, and NORA ROBERTS.” Marjay's Reading BlogJane Wilcox has a secret. She’s been the incognito poUSA Today Bestselling Author Ava Miles of the #1 National Bestseller NORA ROBERTS LAND presents a fun, emotional, heartwarming romance about finding happily ever after…in a dog park.“I am adding Ava Miles to my list of always reads like Susan Mallery, Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, and NORA ROBERTS.” Marjay's Reading BlogJane Wilcox has a secret. She’s been the incognito poker scout to a rock star poker player dressed as a smoking hot poker babe. Now that role is over, and she’s living in small town Dare Valley, working as a dog walker—or so everyone thinks. Without her Jimmy Choo heels and Prada gowns, she’s trying to find her new sexy Inner Swan and a fairytale romance, but she’s afraid she might have turned back into “Plain Jane” until she meets Matt Hale in the dog park.The sexy lawyer has a rambunctious dog that needs her Dog Whisperer skills and slowly they move from friends to lovers. Matt is one of the good guys, a hero, totally boy-next-door material. He’s returned to his hometown after experiencing a tragedy. He was unable to find justice for the woman in his last legal case, and now she’s passed away and given him her dog. He’s vowed to give Henry a good home and right the wrongs in the system, so he’s running for mayor of Dare Valley.Jane and Matt fall in love during sunset walks in the dog park, but soon Jane’s secret past comes back to haunt her and harms Matt’s bid for mayor. Can Jane and Matt’s love survive the controversy?...

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The Park of Sunset Dreams Reviews

  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]
    2019-04-14 01:26

    The Park of Sunset Dreams is book six in the Dare Valley series by Ava Miles. In this book we get to know some of the members of the extended family of the Hales. We are introduced to Arthur’s brother George’s family.Matthew Hale was a big time lawyer in Denver. But he’s had it with the big city. He feels as though he failed his last client who lost her battle with cancer and he has lost faith in the system. He inherited his client’s dog, Henry, so Matt and Henry pack up and move back to the town he was raised in, Dare Valley. His Mother and brother Andrew are also there now. He has started a small practice and with the endorsement of his Great Uncle Arthur, his practice is flourishing. But his relationship with his newly acquired dog is not going so well. Henry will not behave. His chance encounter with the dog walker, Jane, at the park, though, is just what he and Henry need.Rhett Blaylock is now a happily married man, so he had to give up the poker babes he used in his poker tournaments who were really incognito poker scouts. So his two poker babes had to give up their costumes and find another way to explain their presence with Rhett. So Jane Wilcox is now Rhett’s dog walker with his cute little Chinese Crested dog, Annie. “Without her longtime alter ego, she was just plain Jane, Again.”Jane has crazy dog whisperer abilities and when she sees Matt struggling in the park with his dog, Henry, she offers to help him find his inner alpha and control his dog.“If you get Henry in shape, you’ll be a miracle worker.” Truth be told, if she could get Matt Hale to fall for her, she’d be a real miracle worker. But miracles had never run in her family.Matt loves living back in Dare and he wants to give back, to make a difference. So he has decided to run for Mayor and if that race is successful, perhaps even go further into politics. He has fallen hard for Jane but she is obviously hiding something. She has secrets she is not willing to share. So how will she feel when he tells her he wants to run for office? Will she support him?Jane loved all the years disguised as Rhett’s poker babe. It gave her the anonymity she craved. She grew up the daughter of a career politician and every second of her life was scripted to make her father look good. But her parents never showed her any kind of love. So after college when she and her best friend, Elizabeth, met Rhett, she had a new family. She has fallen in love, though, for the first time, with Matt. When she finds out he plans to run for office, she is horrified. And what if her secret got out? What would it do to Matt’s reputation as a candidate?“The one thing she’d sworn never to do was fall in love with a man like her father, a man who wanted to be in the spotlight, a man who wanted to be in politics. And she’d done just that.”This book was a fun look into the world of poker tournaments. I love that in each one of these books, we get plenty of the characters from the previous books, updates on their lives. And the family bond even between the extended families is so heartwarming. The Hales stick together and support each other, no matter what. And this is proven time and time again. Matt and Jane each have their burdens to bear and with the love and support of the Hales and for each other, hopefully they can put the past behind them and find a future together.

  • Jonetta
    2019-03-29 03:28

    Originally posted on The Book NymphoQuick summaryUp until recently, Jane Wilcox was one of Rhett Blaylock's two "poker babes" who were disguised as sexy, flamboyant distractions. As Raven, she was actually a Harvard MBA-educated poker scout who, along with her partner Vixen, astutely measured the competition before and during tournaments. Jane's now retired, bearing no resemblance to her secret alter ego. Enter Matt Hale of the town's newspaper dynasty. He's a successful lawyer who's returned home to escape the rat race of big city living. He's also inherited dog Henry, an adorable but poorly behaved pooch that creates the opportunity for Jane and Matt to meet in the park. The issuesJane has many reasons for keeping her poker babe past a secret and it's not just her involvement at risk. She comes from a political family and vowed she'd never go down that path again. When Matt decides to run for town mayor, her resolve is tested on several fronts. What I lovedJane's relationship with Matt began with their meetings in the park when he observed her well behaved pooch, Annie. The romance develops so naturally with their pets an important part of the relationship, providing comic relief and precious moments. I loved them as a couple and both were well developed characters individually. Jane's secret past impacted many others so it wasn't a simple issue between the two of them. It was a complicated and thorny issue that didn't have easy answers, which put meat on the bones of the conflict. Family plays a strong role in the story, both those biological and those borne from long term relationships. It's a theme of this series that is Miles' signature and it resonates throughout. The bottom lineTwo wonderfully crafted characters, a lovely adult romance, charming pooches and a small town with all the right dynamics make this another winning story in the series. I've yet to be disappointed and can't wait to devour the next one. I love Dare Valley and Ava Miles' stories. She can't write them fast enough for me. (I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

  • Dianne
    2019-04-14 01:08

    Is it something in the air around Dare Valley or is it the magic of Ava Miles’ pen and her love for creating beautiful, heartwarming tales that once again has me smiling, sighing, near tears and raging like a momma bear? The Park of Sunset Dreams is romantic, contemporary and simply magnetic!Pretty and petite Jane Wilcox has a past that she would like to keep private, but Matt Hale, of THE Hales, a successful attorney who has just come home after years away, wants to know everything about this adorable woman. He knows she can tame even the rowdiest dog, but he’s finding she has tamed him with her sense of humor, sense of adventure and that special something that calls to him. Like two puzzle pieces meant to fit together, alone they are perfect, but when the world interferes Jane backs away. It isn’t that she doesn’t have feelings for Matt, but his possible future represents almost everything she has run from. But it’s her last secret that could ruin him and possibly destroy not only what they have, but her relationship with two of the most important people in her life. She will not allow it, no matter the cost to her.Along with the charm and warmth of a small town there is sometimes another, darker side that occasionally rears its ugly head. Will Matt’s bid for mayor become a mudslinging event for his opponent’s overzealous mother? What if she gets wind of Jane’s secret? Will the power of love be strong enough to reign triumphant? Ava Miles writes from the heart about living, loving and the joys and pain each can sometimes cause. Always blending humor, honor and a touch of small town gossip, Ms. Miles brings each of her stories to life with characters one can admire, sigh over and never forget as they become like family.Three dogs, two people, one love, along with the magic of Dare Valley and Ava Miles equals warm romance that makes me smile and while craving more.I received an ARC edition from Aspendawn Books in exchange for my honest review.Series: Dare ValleyPublication Date: may 20, 2014Publisher: Aspendawn BooksISBN: 9781940565088Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

  • Beth
    2019-03-29 03:27

    Ava Miles once again has imagined a marvelous story of home, heart, family and romance. She has taking is back to Dare Valley to follow the budding romance of Jane Wilcox, successful investor, and Matt Hale, attorney and political hopeful. It all seems like a perfectly budding romance till Jane's past threatens Matt's political aspirations. Matt must decide if Jane is worth the risk to his career while Jane struggles with past demons, she was raised as a part of a family that was purely a political machine.This story is about family, born and or found in those around us. Even when life takes us in different directions, the bonds we create can become our deepest sanctuary in time of need. Those are the people we can rely on the most.Miles has a way of bringing the everyday joys and sorrows of life into written words for us to enjoy. Magically transporting us to a beautiful town called Dare Valley and giving us a heartwarming tale that will stick long after you've finished reading.I received this ARC copy of The Park of Sunset Dreams from Aspendawn Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication May 20, 2014.Series: Dare ValleySequence in Series: 6Publication Date: May 20, 2014Publisher: Aspendawn BooksISBN: 9781940565088Rating: 5 StarsGenre: Adult Contemporary RomanceRating: 5 Stars

  • Cindi
    2019-04-16 02:36

    I really like this series. M y next read is going to be the next one in the series "Perfect ingredient". I wish I had found Ava Miles sooner, but then I would have had to wait for each "next" book in the series to come out.

  • Susan
    2019-03-28 01:07

    It took awhile but I finally got around to reading this book. My favorite story is still Rhett's. Anyways I gave this book 2 stars because I was disappointed. I felt like the story dragged on but yet there story was over so fast. Like there wasn't even meat to the story I guess you can say. Also, I felt like Elizabeth's parts in the story felt misplaced. I understand why Miles put those scenes in the book, but at times I just felt like they did not belong and as though I was reading two books instead of one. In addition, I felt like we knew a lot about Jane and her history but we don't know much about Matt. I know this story is based more so on Jane's perspective but like we still need some background details about Matt. It just felt as though we got a brief summary of Matt's background and character and that might be why I like Jane.I was digging Matt's character until Jane went in to see if, telling him the only way she could tell him her secret if she pays him to be her lawyer. He flips out not wanting the money claim he has a strong moral compass and his past experience. However, he goes behind her back and has his family dig up her past. Like what heck!? What makes you think that, that is okay? She is obviously trying to protect people she loves and you think "Oh well if I figure it out by myself then it's okay? Get over yourself. Also, as I was ranting about Matt to my friend she told me that he could be disbarred for his actions because Jane can sue him for being unethical. The reason why is because Jane went to him and told him basically I want to tell you this and the only way I can do it is if you become my lawyer. Because he declined he cannot go and research information about why Jane needs a lawyer, what did she do.

  • Diane Driscoll
    2019-04-06 02:08

    Author Ava Miles book “Park of Sunset Dreams” is a book that I didn’t want to set down and was the first book from her Dare Valley series that I have read. With its picturesque writing of the small town of Dare Valley, the dog park, the characters and the town’s people, it’s certainly to keeps ones interest. It’s a window into a small town with a small town atmosphere. I enjoy reading Ava Miles’s latest book in the Dare Valley series. It had me laughing at some of Henry’s antics, hoping for a character to obtain or succeed with their dreams, reflecting of my own life that was similar to what the characters went through or was going through, rotting for certain characters to prevail, anticipating what was going to happen if X should happen or would happen, and felt the emotions of the key characters and what they were going through as I read the story. If you like romance stories then this is a book for you! I would recommend it to my friends and family."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."

  • Tammy
    2019-04-01 06:22

    5 + stars!!This is the first book that I have read by Ava Miles and it was wonderful. I loved how the relationship built between Matt and Jane and that they both knew immediately that they didn't want to lose each other. Matt was trying to move forward in politics and Jane was to scared for her past to come out, because she knew that it would damage his campaign and that she could possibly lose him.Neither wanted to lose what they had together, so in the end they faced everything head on and their relationship came out that must stronger.Disclaimer: I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Cas H.
    2019-04-21 04:25

    The Park of Sunset Dreams by Ava Miles is not to my taste. I did not like the way this book dwelt on the dogs so much, and also it was a huge deal in this book that both parties had money. They seemed like regular folks until they started comparing the prices of wine in each other's houses or the price of the houses they owned . I felt that it was not about building a relationship, but having sex with each other since they both found each other attractive. I feel that this book is not for me, but someone else may love this book so please enjoy it.I received a free copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

  • Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
    2019-04-02 06:32

    I really enjoyed the story of Jane and Matt. I always find myself rooting for the good guy and I am glad to see that Matt is one of them. ava tells a beautiful and heartfelt story of love . can wait to read more of her work. I think the scenes with Henry are great too.

  • Diana
    2019-04-18 01:20

    I absolutely detested this book. The characters were ridiculously one-dimensional & the plot was all about slut shaming. Dare Valley: where women are reformed tramps & the men are manly men. Blech.

  • Heather Williams
    2019-03-22 01:22

    Great book! Love the characters! Can't stop reading this series!

  • Sandra Roberts
    2019-03-21 04:23

    Great bookI loved this book as much as the 5 before it. Can't wait to start the next one. Which I will do soon.

  • Allison
    2019-04-06 01:08

    I'm really enjoying the series and have become invested in the various characters.

  • Dawn
    2019-04-20 00:16

    I like how it portrayed a smart woman who gains confidence in herself. Priceless.

  • Eileen Dandashi
    2019-04-09 00:16

    A sweet, heart-warming story of love, family and friends -- a feel-good HEA, About the Story: Jane Wilcox comes from a political family, receiving little love as a child, rather she was an instrument in gaining more votes. To save herself, she decides to team up, along with her friend Elizabeth, with Rhett who spotted them while playing poker. When he found out how much they knew about poker and their extremely high IQ’s graduating from Harvard he hired them as his poker babes.After eight years of friendship with Rhett, his life changes when he falls in love, moving to Dare Valley. He asks his poker babes to join him but in a different capacity. They no longer had to be in disguise at the poker table.Both Jane and Elizabeth were happy to be in Dare Valley. Jane particularly loved the walks and life she envisioned for herself there. She was out of harm’s way, her family no longer able to hurt her.Matt Hale, attorney, decided to return to where he was born, join his uncle who had lived in Dare Valley all his life. Matt’s mother and one of his sister’s returned as well. Matt had a desire to help and felt he could do that by running as mayor of the town.He meets Jane Wilcox in the park where he walked his dog. She walked her dogs there, too, and here the romance begins. Will their newly founded relationship be able to stand against the secrets that Jane carries?My Thoughts: I always like a love story in a small town setting and when that story unfolds in such an appealing and comfortable way, it makes it even more gratifying. Many of us who live and work in big cities, run ragged with work, dream about a time less complex and an existence simplified as only a small town can give.Even though I was reading book 6 of The Dare Valley series, I didn’t feel I had missed a necessary part of the back story. This book easily stands alone. However, now that I’ve read this wonderful story of love in a small town, family strength and friendship bonds which hold a person together when all seems desperate, I’d like to continue with the rest of the series.I enjoyed the interplay between the dogs and the characters. We’ve all come to realize how much animals mean in our lives and how much peace comes with having them around, but only when there is harmony between owner and pet. When Matt has issues with his adopted dog, Henry, it helped move the story along, both in bonding with Jane and with providing a backdrop for why he had returned to Dare Valley. Henry’s problems were actually his problems accepting Henry as his dog. He felt him more an obligation, providing a home for him out of guilt which the dog felt.Ms. Miles engages the reader by creating a small town, Dare Valley, so realistic, I physically could taste it; the cold, shivering out on a walk with three very adorable dogs; the mountains with fireball sunsets at the park; a glass of wine like no other (in fact, I enjoyed many glasses of wine!); and the romance that grows between Jane and Matt.But paradise shifts. Problems of Jane’s past could destroy her chances of a simple life in Dare Valley, her past could take down Matt and his dreams, too. The story was well-paced, with a plot that kept you wanting to know how it all gets resolved. We all want happily ever after. It was only possible when family and friends pulled together and Jane’s desire to quit hiding from a past that may have healed her childhood wounds, but now was capable of destroying her future.I was given this sweet read by the author for an honest review. I whole-heartedly recommend the series if this is an indication of how Ms. Miles weaves her stories.

  • Pam
    2019-04-17 00:25

    The Park of Sunset Dreams is book 6 in the Dare Valley series by Ava Miles. I loved this book. It keeps up to the same standards as the first book. Jane Wilcox was delighted and even relieved to give up her disguise as Raven. Raven, along with her friend Vixen, was a secret poker scout for Rhett Butler Blaylock. For seven years she and Vixen had hung on Rhett’s arms while he played poker. No one realized they were anything other than poker babe. Now that Rhett decided to stay in Dare Valley to marry Abbie and raise a family, their disguises were no longer necessary. Rhett did still play in tournaments; but Jane and Elizabeth went with him as his dog walker and publicist. No one suspected they were the former Raven and Vixen. None of them wanted this information to get out as it could be embarrassing. Jane chose to keep his dog, Annie, and train her. Annie became close to her own dog Rufus and it was deemed better for Annie to stay with Jane. Annie’s clothing allowance was abundant and Jane had fun buying and putting Annie in neat clothes. When he played poker, Rhett held Annie when possible. When they were not working, Jane would take both dogs on a daily walk. Then they would return home where she would review tapes of other poker players to see if she could catch something that would give them away at tournaments. Matthew Hale, his brother Andy, and his mother had moved back to Dare Valley. Matthew and Andy wanted a slower paced life that that of Denver. Their mother needed to get away from her ex-husband. She had finally had enough and left. Matthew set up his law practice and reveled in the amount of free time he had. He had brought Henry with him. Henry had belonged to a former client of his whom Matthew felt he had let down and that the system had not worked for. The only problem was that Henry did not mind Matthew at all. Matthew would take him for walks but it would be Henry who would get his way. That is until Henry met Jane. From the very first, Henry minded Jane. Matthew wanted her to teach him how to handle Henry. Jane agreed and they met each day towards sunset to walk the dogs and practice obedience. As Matthew and Jane got to know each other, Matthew found Jane was pretty closedmouth about her background. His brother googled her and found out she came from a prominent political family. For some reason, though, she was estranged from them. She was also a wealthy woman in her own right. However, the years between Harvard and now were blank. There was no trace of where she was. However, he felt that given time, she would trust him enough to tell him. Before that, however, he decided to run for mayor of Dare Valley and before he could tell Jane about it, she found out about it from someone else. She ran from him as she did not want anything to do with politics even though she loved him and he loved her. Can they get over this hurdle? Will Jane ever be able to tell him about Raven and what will his reaction be when she does? Will Henry ever mind Matthew?I loved this book and this series.

  • JoAn
    2019-03-21 04:10

    The Park of Sunset Dreams by Ava Miles is another Dare Valley contemporary romance. I have been waiting for Jane’s story since Rhett, Jane and Elizabeth moved to Dare Valley in The Holiday Serenade. Ava has a wonderful way of describing the beautiful Colorado scenery that the people of Dare Valley enjoy each and every day. Her descriptions are so colorful and detailed that I feel like I am right there in the scene whether walking in the park with Jane and Matt or sitting in Janie’s living room with her and the dogs. Matt Hale is a cousin of “The” Hales who has returned to Dare after several years away working as a lawyer in Denver. He was crushed when he lost a case that he felt he should have won for his client who then died soon after the loss. He has adopted the client’s dog, who he named Henry, and moved to Dare Valley to learn to live again. He has also decided that he wants to run for Mayor of Dare.Jane works for Rhett Butler Blaylock. She was originally a “poker babe” named Raven; but now is known as his dog walker. She loves dogs, stocks and poker. Jane has a family that taught her early in life about the “dark side” of lawyers and politics and she has sworn to never get involved with any man that is a lawyer or has political aspirations. Jane is a strong character that has learned how to make it on her own without the help of her family. She is a good friend to Rhett and Elizabeth and will do anything to keep them safe from harm – even if it means giving up her own dreams. When I started reading this story about Jane and Matt Hale, I saw a train wreck waiting to happen and I couldn’t wait to see how Ava would resolve all of the issues between Jane and Matt. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing many of Matt’s family members that I had read about in Ava’s previous books. It was like catching up with old friends. Matt is one lucky man to have his family and extended family to support him now that he is back. Matt’s “Easter Brigade” contributed to laugh out loud moments as I read. You just can’t beat small town characters and the good and bad that goes along with living in a small town.The plot moved along with twists and turns as Jane’s secrets were revealed to Matt. Matt and Jane were strong characters that really grew within their relationship. It wasn’t an easy relationship for either of them; but Matt never really gave up. 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.

  • Pat
    2019-03-24 06:32

    This is the delightful story of two people living in Dare Valley for very different reasons, who meet walking their dogs.Matthew Hale is a attorney who retired from the big city and returned to family and friends in Dare Valley. A legal case that rocked his soul made him leave. He is now the owner of an unruly, lovable dog named Henry and has opened his own practice, happily enjoying small town life. He is even giving some thought to running for mayor. Jane Wilcox is living the quiet life of a dog walker. She has a beautiful home, friends and two very well behaved dogs. Annie, a Chinese Crested puppy who loves dressing up and Rufus a chocolate Lab. She and her best friend Elizabeth are Harvard graduates with an MBA. They have been using their degrees quite differently than expected for the last few years. They both work for Rhett Butler Blaylock a professional and widely known gambler, who has settled in Dare Valley with his new wife. Rhett is very protective of "his girls" and keeps their secrets close to his heart.Matt and Jane walk their dogs in a little park just before sunset practically ever day. Matt is impressed with Annie in her delicate little outfits and Rufus because of their perfect behavior. He also is impressed with their owner for a different reason. Jane comes to the park to hopefully catch a glimpse of Matt and his crazy dog Henry. She feels something pulling her in his direction. It starts with some simple dog behavior suggestions, to private lessons at Jane's home. It becomes much more than dog training.There is no game playing in Matt and Jane's relationship. They both have things in their past that effect who they are now, but want to open up to each other. Jane's dilemma is how to tell Matt the truth without revealing other people's secrets she is not free to divulge. They agree that honesty is so very important, but Jane is fearful her secrets will effect Matt's run for Mayor. This novel can be read as a stand alone, but the other books in the series are such wonderful small town stories it would be a shame to miss them. I highly recommend them.I received this eBook from the publisher for an honest review.

  • Sandy
    2019-03-26 05:27

    Jane Wilcox has a secret. She’s been the incognito poker scout to famous poker player Rhett Butler Blaylock. That gig has ended and she is now living in Dare Valley, Colorado - working as a dog walker. She meets hot, sexy attorney Matthew Hale in the dog park where she goes daily. He's unsuccessfully trying to control his very rambunctious dog, Henry. She helps him out when he gets knocked down by an exuberant Henry and tangled up in his leash. This girl has some serious "dog whisperer" skills. She had been hoping to get to know him, so this was the perfect opportunity.Matt has moved back to his hometown after he was unable to find justice for the woman in his last legal case. She has since passed away and given him her dog. He’s vowed to give Henry a good home and right the wrongs in the system, He's starting his plan by running for mayor of Dare Valley.Jane Wilcox is an enigma - wrapped in mystery and reluctant to share information about her past. Matt is skilled at cross-examination and extracting the truth. When they fall in love it becomes apparent that there are complications that must be addressed for Matt's bid for the mayoral candidacy to be a success. Jane does not want her past revealed for many reasons. Can their fledgling relationship survive the scrutiny? It's a conundrum that is not easily solved.One of my favorite things about the book is the descriptive language of the author, Ava Miles. When she describes a wine tasting you can almost taste the wine! Superb! Reading this book was an out of body experience at times. You really felt like you were there in the moment. That ability is true writing talent. Escaping reality and going someplace new is why I read. This is my first book by Ava Miles, but it won't be my last. I intend to immediately read the entire Dare Valley series, and anything else she has written. I loved The Park of Sunset Dreams, and can't wait to read what happens next in this sleepy little town. Oh, and let's not forget the dogs. They were a story all on their own! Such fun! I think you will enjoy taking a trip to Dare Valley as much as I did.*ARC provided by NetGalley.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-16 03:20

    The Park of Sunset Dreams by Ava Miles. I rarely read contemporary romance, but Ms. Miles is quickly changing that! This book is about Jane, a dog-walker who is new to Dare Valley and is hiding a big secret about her past; and Matt, a former big-city lawyer who moved back to his slower-paced hometown after a heartbreaking case. They meet while walking their dogs in the same park, and quickly discover the desire to spend more time together. As they get to know each other, Jane discovers that Matt is running for Mayor of their town...and she loathes politicians after being raised by one. Matt finds that he has a hard time learning anything about Jane's past, as she is very tight-lipped about it. They go through a lot of ups and downs while trying get on the same path, accompanied by three adorable dogs. The book is laced with humor...I was laughing out loud in many parts, and read almost the entire book with a smile on my face! This is the first book that I have read by Ava Miles, and it certainly won't be the last! I look forward to going back to read her previous books, and anxiously await her next ones. There are some passages that are confusing (it is hard to determine which character is speaking/being referred to in places), and some inaccurate information (the Knights of Columbus have a "Tootsie Roll Drive" each year, but the money does not go to the Council, all proceeds go to benefit people with intellectual disabilities). However, the book is otherwise well-written and the characters very engaging. I highly recommend this book!!!! Please note: 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.

  • Emsy Van Wyck
    2019-04-17 22:13

    Grabs you by your heart and soul. A cannot-put-it-down page-turner.This spring, Miles released the sixth Dare Valley book, The Park of Sunset Dreams, that focuses on one of Rhett’s former poker babes cum dog walker, Jane Wilcox, and Merry and Jill’s cousin Matt Hale.Matt, who recently moved back to Dare after becoming disillusioned with his work in a Denver law firm, calls on Jane to help him with a misbehaving dog he inherited from a client. He knows Jane can help him as he watches her each evening at the dog park where she walks Rhett’s attention-getting, dress-up, accessory dog as well as her own chocolate lab. I love the fact that Jane, who considers her non-poker babe self to be a “plain jane,” is considered by Matt to resemble a young Audrey Hepburn. Once again, Ava Miles creates characters that we can both relate too and enjoy a bit of a crush on. Yes, Matt is a good guy, a really good guy, and Jane, well she speaks for every woman she feels insecure about her looks and appeal. If The Park of Sunset Dreams only consisted of their romance and scenes with the three dogs, this would be a fabulous book. But Miles throws in some additional twists and turns, including the deep secret of the poker babes’ identities, and this becomes a fabulously, fantastic book!Yes, once again, Ava Miles has written a cannot-put-it-down page turner that grabs you by your heart and soul and won’t let go. When you get to the end of the book, you’ll understand the title - and all its layers of meanings.

  • Kooky
    2019-04-05 22:17

    ARC from NetgalleyI'd never heard of this series or this author but the description on Netgalley had me intrigued. Well, wow, I shall now read the rest of the series.The main characters are Jane, who to the public is a dog walker but is full of secrets, and Matt, who is a lawyer looking to run for mayor. Both are new to living in the Dare Valley although Matt used to live there when younger. They meet in the park when his wayward dog gets him trouble and Jane wades in and takes the command of the situation. Jane offers to help train Henry, his dog, and help Matt in how to handle him. The story that unwinds and is not twee small town type story but neither is it way out ridiculous, it's perfect for these two and the other friends and family around.The characters are genuine, they really felt like human beings when I read the book. From the descriptions it was easy to imagine what they looked like, what the park they were standing in looked like, her house, their dogs, all of it, I had a clear picture in my mind. Then their conversations, they were witty and the sense of humour ran through the book making me smile. The banter back and for between Jane and her friend Elizabeth was realistic and I felt I was an onlooker on Dare Valley rather than just reading the book.I look forward to reading the other books in this series if they are up to the same high standard this one is. I have a happy smile on my face after finishing this book.

  • Jackie
    2019-03-27 03:16

    Ava has done it again. I love the whole community of Dare Valley and can't wait to visit again. This is the story of Matt and Jane. Matt is related to the Hale family and has come back to Dare Valley to settle down with his family and get away from the fast paced life of Denver. Jane is hiding a secret and decided to move to Dare Valley with her boss Rhett and her best friend Elizabeth, who also holds the same secret. Jane is a dog walker for her boss Rhett, and loves to buy cute little outfits for Rhett's dog. She is in the park when she meets Matt. He has a dog that he inherited from a previous client and isn't sure how to handle him but with Jane's help he figures it out. Jane and Matt fall for each other but Jane has a secret that might destroy Matt's plans.Love this book so much that I finished it practically in one night. I love little old Hazel and how she tells Matt that she knows how to bury bodies. I laughed so hard at that one. It reminds me of my friends who are in the same mind frame of burying bodies if people make us upset. I also like how Matt dubs his volunteers The Easter Brigade because of their clothing.Thank you Ava for writing another wonderful story and can't wait to read Terrance and Elizabeth's story which is set to come out this fall. I was so hoping that they had a story coming because there is definitely something there.

  • Amber
    2019-04-13 22:32

    The Park of Sunset Dreams is the first Eva Miles novel I have read and I have to say I immensely enjoyed it. Although it is number 6 in the series and I have yet to read the others (thou I plan on it in the very near future) this book is easy to follow. Jane grabs your attention with her background and the intensity of clothes that background has; her ability to taste win and know what it is without looking. The way she tastes that win leaves you wanting to have that feeling or that win. Then her vulnerability pulls you in more and your rooting for her to get courage and rope Matt in. These two characters keep you on your toes and at the edge of your seat wondering where their tale of heartache and past demons will take them. They surprise you, they angry you, and they make you fall in love. You watch them grow as a couple and as individuals. Matt’s family adds flavor to their story. They are a close nit family and they have you wishing you were a part of it. Uncle Arthur is my favorite, love the honest straight forward old man and cannot wait to read his story. If you love contemporary romances in line with Nora Roberts and Susan Mallery then you will love this book. 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

  • Cayla
    2019-04-09 04:08

    The beginning was excellent-a great set-up for the rest of the book. I love the dog. His preference for Jane over Matt makes me crack-up. Matt's so easily frustrated and the dog obviously feeds off of that. But it's really sweet when Matt finally connects with him and they develop a bond of their own. But on to the real plot of the book. Jane's background is full of secrets, both sad and potentially harmful to Matt's ambitious plans. She's smart as a whip, but her family doesn't appreciate her for it. They used her until they no longer had a use for her and pretty much dropped her like a hot potato. She doesn't want to experience that again. It's hard for her to come to terms with it...until Matt enters the picture.What I also like about it is that while Matt hates her past, he still admires her strength. The ability to walk away from it all--wealth, prestige, an "easy" life, etc. And came to small-town Dare? Inconceivable to the average person. But Jane isn't the average person. Jane is her own person and he knows that. The one thing that bugs me the most is that the sexual scenes weren't even relevant to the overall story. It wasn't even necessary! (But this is why the book is classified as a "contemporary romance.")

  • Winnie Lim
    2019-03-31 00:28

    This has been by far the best book by Ava Miles. I must say that her writing is getting better and better. The Park of Sunset Dreams like its title is really the most romantic book of the series. From the time they met at the park walking their dogs, I started falling in love with them. The addition of the dogs was a really surperb idea. I had a huge laugh over the antics of Henry, how he make life difficult for Matt but listened when Jane commanded him to. I loved the way Ava wrote about why Henry was being so naughty with Matt. It was really touching. I laughed and teared throughout the whole story. Apart from describing how Matt and Jane fell in love, I absolutely loved the many descriptions in the book. "Sunset was upon Dare Valley. it's fiery orange, primal reds, and soft pinks touching the towering mountains around her." Wow!!! I can just picture that scene in my mind and I just long to be there to see that spectacular view. Ava Miles has an amazingly magical way of spinning a story that makes you just wanna read more. I really cannot wait for Elizabeth's story.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.

  • Cathy
    2019-04-13 03:34

    This is the first book I have read from Ava Miles, and it definitely won't be the last. I loved this book, and highly recommend it. It's a very well written story with some comedy regarding dogs and lots of twists and turns. Ava has a talent of bringing you into her story, and leaves you not wanting the story to end.Jane Wilcox is a poker scout and is an estranged Senator's daughter with lots of secrets and insecurities. Matt Hale is a lawyer wanting to run for Mayor in his small hometown of Dare Valley. They meet in a park where they are both taking their dogs for walks. Jane is very good at managing dogs and tries to help Matt in getting his dog's attention and respect as well as obedience. He asks her for help regarding training his dog, Henry. They are attracted to each other and start to fall in love. When Jane finds out Matt is running for Mayor, she decides to break up with him because of her past and the fact she is afraid she will be a liability to his campaign. Please come with them on their journey to see if they can overcome all their problems and insecurities. You won't regret it.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.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-01 23:35

    ***"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."***I have read some of Ava Miles's books in the past and although I have enjoyed them I never loved them really. After reading this book though I love her. I'm one of those readers that have to get into what they are reading and feel some kind of connection to the characters. I felt that right away with Jane, she has given up her alter ego and her slutty looking clothes that went along with the job she was doing with her friends. She and her best friend work with a professional card player to analyze other players and the way they play. During this job she and her friend dressed up to look completely different to appear as no threat. Still watching the dogs that belong to her former boss she meets Matt and his very rambunctious dog. He has noticed her before but when she uses her Dog Whispering powers to help him out he begins to see her more. When she finds out he is planning on running for political office she freaks because that could mean her past will come out to be known. Even though she has come to love him will she be able to deal with this whole mess? Read it and see!!!!

  • Jamie Steadman
    2019-04-19 00:28

    The Park of Sunset Dreams by Ava Miles Jane Wilcox cannot let anyone know who and what she did before she came to Dare Valley as Rhett Butler Blaylock's dog caretaker because it could harm some of the people she loves if they found out she was Raven the glamorous poker scout for Rhett Butler.Jane has seen Matthew Hale around town almost everyday she hopes to get to know him better and she gets her chance when she sees him in the local park where he is having trouble with his dog. Jane suggests they get together so she can help him train his dog to be better behaved and he agrees to meet with her.Each day when Matt is with Jane they are becoming more than friends and falling in love with each other day by day, but when Matt decides he wants to run for mayor of Dare Valley their relationship changes. Matt doesn't know Jane's secret. She is afraid if her secret was exposed it could damage Matt's political career and their relationship. Wow! Great book! I will be looking for the rest of this series and other books by Ava Miles. It was hard for me to put this book down and it kept my interest through the entire book.I received an eBook copy for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own.