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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
Like many male and female friendships in high school, Jill Hale found herself in love with her lifelong best friend Brian McConnell. As graduation rolls around, Jill finally gets up the nerve to tell Brian how she really feels. However, as these things tend to go, Brian has other plans…in New York City where he dashes off to become a culinary genius. With her heart torn to pieces, Jill sees Brian’s tight-lipped plans as a betrayal and their friendship dwindles until it no longer exists. The next time Ava Miles introduces us to Jill in French Roast, eight years have passed and she is a successful coffee shop owner in search of a new business venture. Fate steps in, giving her a chance to make amends with her ex-crush and ex-best friend who returns to town to “find himself”.
In a place like Dare Valley the secrets, miscommunications, and barely hidden sexual tension between Jill and Brian send the rumor mill into overdrive. Ava Miles does a fantastic job of showing the differences in Brian and Jill’s new expectations of their relationship. Brian sees this business venture as an opportunity to get his career on track, his best friend back and have his dream girl in his arms. Jill, while still pining for Brian, isn’t so sure that going after her dream of being Mrs. McConnell is a smart decision. Together these former friends take you on an entertaining ride complete with small town gossip, a conniving ex, secrets, and an investor with ulterior motives. French Roast is a full-bodied romance with a rich small town flavor.