The Holiday Serenade (Dare Valley)

The Holiday Serenade (Dare Valley)

by Ava Miles

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International Bestselling Author Ava presents a sweet contemporary romance guaranteed to make you believe in love all over again.

Professional gambler Rhett Butler Blaylock is everything Abbie Maven doesn't want in a man-flamboyant, flashy, and unreserved. After a horrible experience in her youth, she has spent her life trying to make all the right choices, pouring her energy into being the best possible single mother to her son. But though Rhett doesn't seem to be husband and stepfather material, he awakens emotions in her that are as frightening as they are powerful. They had a fling she's never forgotten, and now he has followed her to Dare Valley, Colorado with the intention of winning back her heart...this time, forever.

Rhett's determined to show Abbie he can be the man of her dreams. He'll do whatever it takes for the woman he loves, including giving up his flamboyant lifestyle and bad-boy image. As Christmas approaches, he prepares a special surprise for her, hoping the holiday will work its magic and grant him a miracle. Will his holiday serenade heal Abbie's heart and convince her to give love a second chance?

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940148454274
Publisher: Ava Miles, Inc
Publication date: 10/17/2013
Series: Dare Valley Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 23,446
File size: 441 KB

About the Author

International Bestselling Author Ava Miles joined the ranks of beloved storytellers with her powerful messages of healing, mystery, and magic. Millions of readers have discovered her fiction and nonfiction books, praised by USA TODAY and Publisher’s Weekly. Women’s World Magazine has selected a few of her novels for their book clubs while Southwest Airlines featured the #1 National Bestseller NORA ROBERTS LAND (the name used with Ms. Roberts’ blessing) in its in-flight entertainment. Ava’s books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year and Top Editor’s Picks and are translated into multiple languages.

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The Holiday Serenade 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each book in this series is 5 stars. Enjoyable stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Just enough of everything.
pitterpatter13 More than 1 year ago
I didn't finish reading this book. I couldn't. I also ditched the other books of this author that I'd previously purchased. This is a Christian Romance? Not likely. The main character has been raped and then she hops into bed with a poker gambler? The sex scene is extremely explicit. Certainly not my idea of "Christian". I will not ever buy another of her books and I certainly won't purchase anything she recommends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book but only 95 pagrs! I feel kinda ripped off. Don't know if I want to try another.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holiday Serenade and Town Square are now in one book. Daring Declarations. They are both great books and if you buy Daring Declarations, you save $4.99. Town Square was a favorite for me since it was how it all began. This is a great series Loved each book.Ava is a great author!!! cmj
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read all of Dare Valley and Dare River,loved them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very short for Ms. Miles and because of that it does lose something. If I had not read books 2 and 3 in the series I would not have fully understood Abbie. Plus I wanted more back story on Rhett. Ms. Miles is a master of giving you just enough background to truly understand each characters motivation. With that sad, these are adult books, not so much because of the steamy scenes, which are limited, but because of the themes. As a fan of romance novels, it is so refreshing to read books that have real meat and heart in them. I am a giant fan of Ms. Miles and have been looking forward to Arthur and Harriet's story since the middle of book one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read most of the Dare Valley books and enjoyed them all. Nice easy reads with a little drama but no life and death. Even when you know how things will turn out, it was fun reading it.
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avid-readerLP More than 1 year ago
This was a very fun read. Of how the characters come together and how Rhett Butler was very persistent. He tried to make himself worthy for Abby. It was so nice to see how someone loved someone so much to keep pushing forward. And around the holiday season when feelings are on your sleeve. Everything came out in the end for a very happy ending.
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Nanbar More than 1 year ago
The story of Abbie and Rhett!! After a horrible experience as a young women Abbie spent her life trying to be the best mother ever with the help of her brother. Then along comes Rhett who was a force to be avoided by Abbie, he was everything a man of her dreams could be and she was not sure she deserved. Love.
Nonieof8 More than 1 year ago
I love watching strong men and women fall in love. Rhett sure lives up to his name and Abbie is a great role model for those who close themselves off from the world. There really is life after hurt.
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ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Holiday Serenade by Ava Miles is a lovely and sweet Christmas novella. Rhett Butler Blaylock is a professional poker player, with an act that includes two “poker babes”. He is in love with Abbie Maven and has come to settle down in Dare Valley and win Abbie’s love. Abbie is a single mother of a teenaged son who has tried to live a respectable life for her son. Dating a guy that is a professional poker play with “poker babes” is not respectable. In many ways, this was not the usual type of Christmas story because of Abbie’s past memories and overwhelming need to appear “respectable” in Dare Valley. Rhett is patient and does everything he can to prove his love. Will it be enough? Being a poker player, he’s betting that he can. This is a stand alone novella; however, if you have read the previous Dare Valley books you will enjoy being able to see many of the characters from the previous books. As secondary characters, they provide this story with the love and family theme that is Ava’s trademark and move the plot along to the HEA that you hope for – especially in a Christmas story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ava Miles does it again with another great Dare Valley Series romance! She paints a great picture of how true love, even for two people like Abbie and Rhett, can win in the end in the face of all kinds of hurt from the past. As always, her theme of love and family shines in this great romance, with a serenade to boot! Keep them coming Ava Miles!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books tells life like it is, so many turns in a persons life, Christmas time is here and it is a story that will fill your heart with much joy. Merry Christmas..... I think this is one of the best of the Dare series.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Abbie Maven was a single mother, enjoying the Christmas season by channeling Martha Stewart and trying to make the best holiday for her family as possible. Rhett Butler Blaylock, a professional poker player was betting on winning Abbie’s heart and making her his this Christmas. Abbie had painful memories from her past and could not trust herself or others. Rhett was trying everything he could to please her. Even if that meant changing up his poker act and getting rid of the hot poker babes. Abbie was trying to protect her son from the truth. And while trying to protect everyone she put up a wall. Will Rhett get past that wall? He was gambling that he will. The Holiday Serenade was a great holiday read. It did have mature themes so it was not your usual up beat happy all the time Christmas story, but it was a great read. Rhett loved Abbie and her son, he can only hope she will finally realize she loves him too. I enjoyed the characters and at the end of the book, the author lets us know we will see more of the characters. I was also thrilled to see the author added a recipe to the book for a gingerbread house. A great holiday read. (The subject of date rape is mentioned in this book). Rating 4 Heat Rating Sweet Reviewed By Rae Courtesy Of My Book Addiction And More
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: The Holiday Serenade Series: Dare Valley #4 Author: Ava Miles Published: A.M. Inc. Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 "The Holiday Serenade" by Ava Miles was the fourth one of this author Dare Valley series. This was the story of Rhett and Abbie where we find Rhett trying to win back the love of his life. The story takes place in Dare Valley, Colorado during the Christmas holiday season. What better time for these two...Rhett and Abbie to finally get together, however it wasn't a easy journey for them. Why was this? We find that Abbie had been hurt early on and she didn't want this to happen to her again. She was so determined that even though in her heart she wanted to be with Rhett she felt she had to protect her son with all cost. Why was that? Will Abbie to able to resist what all Rhett has up his sleeve? Would Abbie be able to receive what she was afraid of from this 'Flashy Car Shark Rhett Butler Blaylock?' The answers to all of these questions will be found from the read "The Holiday Serenade." This author has written a good love story that will put a smile on your face as you read. You will find yourself turning the pages and even laughing out loud. So, if you want a sweet romance read during the holiday or anytime this read will do it for you. Would I recommend? YES!
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
The holidays are a time of magic and love when dreams really can come true. What better place to be for the holidays than back in Dare Valley, where the warmth of the season, the charm of this small town and the determination of one man to break down the walls of resistance in the woman of his dreams? Flashy card shark Rhett Butler Blaylock shows his hand and bares his heart to Abbie Maven in a desperate gamble to win her love, forever. Abbie is equally determined that, in spite of her heart saying otherwise, she cannot be with Rhett, because she needs to protect her teenaged son. When will she learn what everyone else knows?? Once again, the entire town of Dare Valley helps play cupid in The Holiday Serenade by Ava Miles. Does Abbie really think she stands a chance with the odds stacked against her? Only Ava Miles can create romance like this, sweet with a dash of humor and a sleigh full of love. Ava Miles has added the sparkle of the season to her newest addition to the Dare Valley Series in a heart-warming novella that proves every season can be right for love! Looking for a great addition to your Holiday Romance reading? The Holiday Serenade is it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adored this book. What a fantastic story! I've loved this whole series but Abbie and Rhett's story is my favorite so far!  I laughed and cried and couldn't put it down once I started reading!
Emsy-VanWyck More than 1 year ago
An emotional journey filled with love and humor The fourth Dare Valley book, The Holiday Serenade, is a novella focusing on Mac Maven’s best friend Rhett Butler Blaylock and Mac’s sister Abbie.  Professional gambler, Rhett, a larger-than-life character complete with poker babes, stole every scene when he appeared in The Grand Opening. Once again, Miles let us know that there would be a story to be told about Rhett and single mother, Abbie. So I was eagerly anticipating "their book." Talk about book boyfriends, this Rhett would give Clark Gable a run for most charming gambler - ever! Abbie’s hesitance about trusting that charm is all too believable, but how could anyone not fall in love with him. (Yes, he’s Mac’s runner up in my book boyfriend list.) I was totally involved in this story to the point that I turned the phone and wifi off, so I could just read it without any distractions.  One thing to be aware of is the need to keep a box of Kleenex on hand when you read Ava Miles’ stories. Along with her wit that effervesces off the page, Miles also channels the deep emotional hurdles her characters face in a way that takes you along - every step - with them. I’ll find tears streaming down my face at points when I’m reading her books. Tears, I’m unaware of until my cheeks are damp.  The Holiday Serenade is a book that traverses emotional highs and lows and does so with sensitivity and humor. I know that I gave this book to a few friends at the holidays to introduce them to Ava Miles' work as it truly encapsulates her style perfectly.