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Game of Hearts: The Happily Ever After Company [Kindle Edition]

Kate Donovan
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Not a hero. Not a villain. Just a man afraid to risk his heart…and hers.

The Happily Ever After Company, Book 1

Aengus Yates broke Suzannah Hennessy’s heart. Twice. As an eight-year-old, she entreated the handsome young rancher to wait. He laughingly rebuffed her and went on to marry his beautiful fiancée. When he abandoned his family years later, Suzannah should have felt justified. Instead, her heart broke all over again—with disillusionment that the man she loved could do such a thing.

Now fully grown, Suzannah signs up along with her shy, self-conscious best friend to let a matchmaker find them husbands. Love may not be in her future, but there is adventure to be had in the Wild West.

Aengus has done his best to make a fresh start, to banish old betrayals. When Suzannah appears at his door, it’s clear she’s no longer a lovesick child. Now her womanly curves make his heart pound with desire. Yet he dare not trust himself to love again, and he plans to tell her just that…as soon as she stops berating him long enough to let him get a word in edgewise, to tell her he’s just trying to live an honorable life—against some very dishonorable odds.

Warning: Contains a love-soured heroine and a love-starved hero who’d like nothing better than to sweeten things up.



Product Details

  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 082176683X
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (December 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H9BJPS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dissed fiance shows up again. September 6, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This 1866 historical will delight fans of the mail-order-bride scenario. Suzannah must come to terms with losing the love of her life Aengus Yates. This Irish heartbreaker leaves her for someone else. Believing she'll never see him again, she travels with her best friend Megan to Bent Creek, a growing town in the Sierra Nevada mountains, to watch this woman unite with a successful mate in an arranged marriage. Another man waits for Megan in the background, knowing this relationship is doomed. Under a different name Aengus masquerades as Megan's betrothed. Of course, when he sees Suzannah again, it's her he wants, not Megan. Filled with light humor and touching romance, this is a novel of discovery and renewal as these young lovers find joy in each other... body and soul. Donovan is a skilled storyteller. Reading her work is like watching a good movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed November 24, 2012
By rjred
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The book was well written but I found myself slightly disappointed, as based on the book description I was expecting to read a novel where there is a lot of verbal sparring between the two main characters, but instead of verbal sparring (which,by the way, I love to read), they got married quickly, had sex multiple times, and worked through a few misunderstandings. The book was a good read but I almost didn't finish it just because it wasn't what I expected or wanted to read at the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good, sweet story.... November 28, 2012
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This was a sweetly told, intriguing story of a mail order bride. The book did skip around to a lot of different subject matter but in the end the two parallel love stories going on were worked out. The main characters Susanna and Aengus were fairly well written. The dialogue was only so so, but the overall story was nicely done. A good solid read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love February 3, 2014
By shellie
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Love, love was a great read to the end. However, I felt it ended abruptly. Will definitely look for other titles by Kate Donavan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Love it! July 14, 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book on my iPad while I was flying. I would recommend it to my friends and have recommended it to some.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The conflicts of a baggy main character. May 24, 2013
By Myst
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My main difficulty with this story was the personality of the main character Susannah. The way she nagged constantly was grating on the nerves. I enjoyed the way the family came together I just wish the main character was more likeable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LID December 20, 2012
By Lid
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I enjoyed this book even though @ times I was very displeased with the character Suzannah but as I read futher I sort of began to look past her faults and enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a good romance December 19, 2012
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This was a great read full of romance made you want to laugh and then bring tears to your eyes. I really enjoyed reading this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 months ago by Joseph A DiFede
3.0 out of 5 stars fairly good read
I enjoyed this book, but would have liked the heroine better if she wasn't such a know-it-all and a nag. Read more
Published 9 months ago by lindabee
4.0 out of 5 stars This story is a "keeper!"
Take the time to read this story, you won't regret it. Every word, sentence, chapter flows effortlessly, from beginning to end. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Megan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
Made me think first that the main characters were Meg and Ben but as I read further it was more Aengus and Suzy. It took me by surprise! Enjoyed it to the last sentence!
Published 20 months ago by Honeyboo
4.0 out of 5 stars A definite winner!
After several days of reading less than stellar ebooks, I was almost dreading reading this one. Imagine my pleased surprise when not only did I read it, but I did it one sitting,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Leslie Wirtley
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
I really enjoyed this story and would like to read more by this author. It was funny and sweet and had a really interesting story line. Read more
Published on January 16, 2013 by Rebecca Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartstrings story!
This story made me laugh and cry! The characters are ones you could relate to. I liked this Book a lot and would recommend it to all my friends who appreciate a good historical... Read more
Published on January 4, 2013 by Lyndsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
A very sweet telling of how true love will find you in the end. This is Romance at it's best.
Published on December 30, 2012 by Karen Sherratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book was so good I did not want to put it down. I wanted it to keep going to see what happened next in their lives. I will be finding another book written by this author.
Published on December 25, 2012 by Suzanne Zeitz
1.0 out of 5 stars If only I could give it less than 1 star
This was pretty bad - so bad that I didn't finish it. I actually had to stop reading before the hero & heroine even met b/c reading it was too painful. Read more
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More About the Author

I spent my childhood in Ohio and Rhode Island, where I wrote some fledgling stories in longhand/pencil. What a relief when I finally graduated to a laser printer! Meanwhile, we moved to California so I headed to Cal (UC Berkeley) for college, where I met my future husband, and together we survived law school at UC Davis. We've been married and practicing law ever since while having two great kids - a son and a daughter. I've had more than a dozen novels (and a bunch of novellas) published in genres including time-travel/fantasy, historical romance, legal thriller, romantic suspense, light science fiction and young adult. Most recently, my historical romances are being re-released in electronic format; my first young adult sci-fi was released (MECH GIRL); another time-travel story is in the works; and more science fiction is on the way. Full disclosure, I watch a ton of TV and movies, and virtually all of those are sci-fi, paranormal or irreverent comedy. I'm not looking for angsty or heartwarming fare. I leave that to Hallmark, which I'm told does a fine job of it. I just want a rousingly good story - to read and to write. Oh, and I'm a Niners fan and a wanna-be archaeologist, so be forewarned.

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