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Games of the Heart (The 'Burg Series Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Kristen Ashley
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the balcony of his house, Mike Haines can see the quiet, commonplace beauty of the Holliday farm. But what he remembers is the little sister of his high school girlfriend, Dusty who grew up there. As a teen, Dusty had gone off the rails but when she was a kid, she was sweet, she was funny and she had a special bond with Mike. But after high school, she took off and Mike never saw her again.

Then tragedy strikes Dusty's family, she comes back into town and Mike thinks she hasn't changed back to the sweet, funny girl he knew but instead continued to be selfish and thoughtless, leaving her family alone to deal with their mourning. So he seeks her out and confronts her in an effort to understand what went wrong and to force her to sort herself out.

He finds out quickly he's wrong about Dusty Holliday. Very wrong. And right after Mike discovers that, the bond they had years before snaps back into place in ways he would never suspect.

But Mike Haines had a bad marriage then he played games of the heart for a good woman. And lost. In order to protect himself and his kids, he's cautious, he's careful to read the signs and he's not interested in finding a woman he has to fix.

Then he learns what happened to Dusty and he thinks she needs to be fixed. He swings, he misses and in this new game of hearts, for Dusty, Mike just got strike three.


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  • File Size: 1717 KB
  • Print Length: 600 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KYH3P4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every cent March 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I finished reading Game of Hearts and I loved it.

What I love about KA is that she brings in so many characters in her boooks that you really get emotionally invested in the stories and you fall in love with them every single time. And because of the length of her books you get a chance to live with those characters and they feel like family and it gives you that warm happy feeling ...every single time.

I was not a fan of Mike Haines before - as he was trying to get between Vi and Joe and I wanted him gone. But OMG I am a huge fan of his now. I love these alpha males and when you find one like Mike - who I was not expecting to be so great - it is like decadent icing on a triple layer chocolate cake.

Just a few things I really enjoyed about the book are
* Dusty fell in love with Mike as a teenager and never fell out of love with him. I really loved that they had this relationship before and were able to build on it and take it to another level.

* I loved the fact that it was the man jumping to conclusions all of the time and not the woman. I also loved how he apologised for his jumping to conclusions. :) But these false conclusions were cleared up quickly and did not linger throughout the book.

* I liked that this time the sister was the evil one and not the ex-wife a nice twist. Although for a moment it looked like we would have 2 evil ones but the ex-wife redeemed herself in the end.

* An added bonus was the relationship between Fin and Reesee - alpha male at such a young age - yummy.

* Those moments that were totally Alpha such as Mike taking a call from Beau when he and Dusty were doing the deed and setting him straight.

* But most of all I liked that Dusty was a strong woman.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite August 20, 2012
By Penp17
Format:Kindle Edition
Let me just state first up that I love Kristen I think that her work is amazing and the fact that she writes so quickly,and comes up with these rich stories filled with complex and loveable characters makes her some kind if genius. I love her use of language and her ability to create a world from thin air and juggle all the pieces with out letting any of them drop is truly wondrous. In Games of the heart she has given us a fantastic story with a truly kick ass leading lady ( Dusty) and a true alpha male ( Mike)loves his job and his kids and manages both so well. The story is fabulous and the side story of Fin and Clarisse is just icing on the cake.

However I have one major problem with this story and that is the conversations and exchanges that the characters have. Every single one them is so bloody heart felt! It seems they can't even have a discussion about cake with it turning into some sort of love in.The overuse of deep and meaningfuls in this book actually make the true exchanges of love commitment seem slightly trivial. it bothered me so much that I was actually skipping chunks of dialogue to get to the next point. I'm not sure why Kristen seems to have gone overboard in this book with these exchanges, maybe she saw that readers responded well to these in her other books ( and let me tell you when she uses theses correctly her words can pack a literary punch the likes of which you rarely get to read let alone see in every single item of an authors body of work) so she decided that if a little was good then a lot would be great? I spent alot of the book thinking to myself No one talks like this!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Fin, Rees and Dusty! March 18, 2012
By MsBaba4
Format:Kindle Edition
"I love you," I whispered.
His face went soft and God, God, he was so f****** beautiful.
"I'm a guy," he stated bizarrely, then went on equally bizarrely, "I don't live and breathe clean. But I prefer it. Have I just bought myself a life of pickin' my way through your jeans, tees, belts,bras and panties to get to the bathroom?"

4.5 stars.

"Don't play games of the heart, honey, even if you're doing it to protect one."

God, God, God, I love Fin (Dusty's nephew) and Rees (Clarisse)! And Dusty. Oh, yeah, I love them. Bunches. I'm gonna say this straight forward. Kristen would have been an amazing Mom! I don't know how she does it but...well, she does it perfectly. All the time. Rees and Fin's characterizations, their feelings and behavior felt so real and palpable. On top of that, Dusty was an outstanding heroine. It happens not all the time but I have to say that Dusty was the backbone of Games of the Heart along with two wonderful "kids" (Fin and Rees). She clearly overshadowed the hero. Dusty is such a kind-hearted, warm, gentle yet determined, independent and feisty woman. The interaction between her and Rees was so amazing! I absolutely adored the romance between Fin and Rees. Very cute! Gosh, I have a little crush on him. Kinda sick, I know, but I can't help it. Such a fine young guy! I really liked Mike but I had a hard time to warm up to him despite his heart-melting, stomach-plummeting, mind-numbing, soul-enriching kisses. I'm not sure why I had issues with Mike because he is a good father. It was just not insta' love for me. Ultimately, he grew on me, though.

Rees is shy and insecure. Further, she has absolutely no idea of her beauty and she thinks she's got no talent at all. Her brother's talents are very obvious and visible.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't go wrong with a kristen Ashley book!
Published 16 hours ago by sk
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it but it didn't knock my socks off
I've read many of Kristen Ashley's books and this one followed her usual formula, I enjoyed it but it didn't knock my socks off. Some of them have just not this one.
Published 4 days ago by kayla brown
5.0 out of 5 stars None of KA's books disappointment me. I have yet to give her anything...
None of KA's books disappointment me. I have yet to give her anything under 5 stars. I love this author. Read more
Published 4 days ago by DeviousDee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this series!
Published 5 days ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars This book stole my heart.
After falling in love with Mike in a previous book, we finally get his story, and boy it was a good one. Love him and Dusty together. Read more
Published 12 days ago by CCast
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Game
In the middle of At Peace, I was ready for Mike Haines' story. From the moment, Violet let him go, I was happy to see that Ms. Ashley had his story written. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Ginny Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
The reviews do not do the story justice. I love love Mike Haines story. Omg this was one of her best. Great read.
Published 19 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
Ahhhhh! Mike & Dusty! Can it get any better?! I would love to see this series go on & on because it's just that great! Next one to read will be about Merry and.......? Cheryl? Read more
Published 23 days ago by silvia
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Ending for mike
I really liked how everyone was portrayed in this story. The hard lessons thought even had me thinking we often let things go to easily without holding people responsible for their... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Again
When I started reading this I was not sure I would like it as well as some of the other "Burg" books. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Nancy
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More About the Author

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing's changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

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