Another stipulation in the bet, probably due to the fact that Evan has hit on Jane in the past – or it could be related to his reputation as an international playboy, is that Evan must remain celibate while he is in Dare Valley. However, not even his current date knows how exaggerated that reputation is. Now, women like to be seen with him, but before he became a billionaire, he had been a recluse, going to school and working on the inventions that would make him his fortune. At that time celibacy had been the norm for him. Losing the biggest gamble of his life and needing to live within a budget, Evan, using the pseudonym Evan Murray, rents a room in a Victorian home in Dare Valley, where he intends to stay for the next month. Lately, he has been bored with his life, but this new adventure may just be what he needs to stir up his creative juices again. No one in town, other than Jane and her boss, Rhett, as well as their significant others, know his true identity and that is the way it is supposed to stay until the month is over.
Besides owning the Victorian home where Evan is renting a room, Margie Lancaster works as a barista and manager of Don't Soy with Me, the local coffeehouse. Since the first moment she tasted one of the Kemstead Bakery's cinnamon rolls, experiencing the mingled flavors of comfort, love and the sweetness of life represented by the pastry, Marjorie has longed to share that feeling with others. Pouring it into everything she does at the shop, she has been saving up to one day own a business of her own. When she heard that the Kemstead Bakery was up for sale, she jumped at the chance to own it, even promising to continue the Kemstead legacy of providing love to its customers through their cinnamon rolls, if they would only share the recipe with her.
When Evan appears on her doorstep, Marjorie is struck by her attraction to him, something that only grows stronger the more she is with him. She is glad that he is going through a celibacy period since she does not condone dating amongst her renters, including herself.
Needing a job to keep busy while he is in Dare Valley, Evan takes Marjorie up on her offer to pay him to paint the bakery. Knowing that the good-hearted woman was willing to put a dent in her bank account to help him, because she thought he needed money, humbled him. Her trust and generosity meant everything to him. But she tempts him in ways that no other woman has. Will he be able to make it through the month without succumbing to his desire for her?
A fun tale, THE BILLIONAIRE'S GAMBLE, the first installment of author Ava Miles' DARE VALLEY MEETS PARIS series, is a heartwarming, yet sexy, contemporary romance that will leave you with a grin on your face. The first of four installments in this mini-series, none of which are meant to be read as standalones, will have readers eager for the continuation of the series with THE BACHELOR'S SECRET, due to release on August 12, 2015.
As Evan spends more time around Marjorie, he is quickly losing his heart to her and he knows the desire is mutual. But he does not want to end up breaking her heart, either, and he begins to wonder if he will make it through the month. There is a lot of sexual tension in this installment of the mini-series and it ends on a cliffhanger that leaves readers longing for the next section. Known for her sweet, funny, emotional stories, Ms. Miles' has penned another winner with this tale. A great read for an afternoon's escape!