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The Games [Kindle Edition]

Patricia McLinn
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Medals can be won, careers can be made, hearts can be lost.

From the pomp of Opening Ceremonies to the good-byes of Closing Ceremonies, join three remarkable women during the Winter Olympics. Tessa Rutledge, once an Olympic champion figure skater, returns as a coach, encountering her first love – and heartbreak – and testing her ability to forgive. Alpine skier Kyle Armstrong has made a mistake that could cost her Olympic gold and any hope of reconciling with the man she loves. Biathlete Rikki Lodge is just happy to be at the Games, until she meets a hockey player who demands that she puts everything on the line.

Let The Games begin!

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Editorial Reviews


"Fast-paced, vivid and true-to-life, McLinn's The Games captures the personal drama and compelling stories of the greatest sports event on earth ...A gold-medal winner."  --Christine Brennan, USA Today sports columnist

"Written with invigorating, breathtaking passion ... (Will) have you cheering, sighing, and all choked up throughout...  This is an exceptional read, a winner worthy of the gold, and one I highly recommend!" --Marilyn, Romance Designs

"THE GAMES accurately portrays the emotional roller coaster an athlete rides...Pride, excitement, disappointment, relationships, doubt, relief, joy, pressure." -- Michael Weiss, U.S. Olympic figure skater and three-time U.S. Men's Champion

"THE GAMES is your ticket behind the cameras and inside the hearts of the Winter Olympics." --Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author

"A wonderful book! ...The characters are so dynamic, so believable. The tension of the various competitions is nerve-wracking. ... A story you won't be able to put down, and one you'll not soon forget."

Product Details

  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Craig Place Books (January 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BSH1TU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional - Emotionally Charged - A Winner January 1, 2006
The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat! For many of us those words conjure up the opening scene of the commercials for the Olympic games, but for me, they will certainly invoke memories of Patricia McLinn's newest emotionally charged romance THE GAMES.

McLinn has brilliantly put together a multiple cast of lively characters from Amy, the youngest, looking for her first touch of glory; to Tess, her coach, whose memories of past glory held bittersweet feelings of betrayal; and Andrei who looked for forgiveness from the one woman he could never forget. Some were strangers to one another but in the end, Rikki, Lanny, Kyle, Nan, Rob; all found and were strengthened by the bond of friendships that grew during the competition.

Whether athlete or spectator you will find THE GAMES to be a wonderfully emotional rollercoaster ride of human drama in a behind the scenes look at the Olympics. Written with invigorating, breathtaking passion, I found myself jumping up and cheering for the wins, and sobbing out loud during the defeats. While the behind look at the competition was fabulous, I certainly don't want to overlook mentioning the sensual romance aspect that will also have you cheering, sighing, and all choked up throughout this wonderfully compelling read. This is an exceptional read, a winner worthy of the gold, and one I highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As thrilling as the real thing February 9, 2006
I was holding on to my copy of Patricia McLinn's book THE GAMES to read next week while the Olympics are on. However, I glanced at the first page and couldn't stop. This is an exciting story about three athletes and their friends/loves. By the end, I was so hooked I hoped every one of them would win a gold medal.

I also learned a lot about the Olympics, the events and scoring. Fascinating stuff.

You'll love this book anytime you read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! February 3, 2006
Whether you're a fan of the Olympics or not you'll love this book.

Interesting characters, a pace that will keep you turning the pages, and great writing, all set against the fascinating background of the Winter olympics. Before, after, and during THE GAMES in Italy, is a great time to read this book. I simply loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars out of the shoot wonderful June 2, 2013
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Loved the way she brought you into the angst of what it is like to compete and be there amongst all these people from around the world. The love stories were great but the personalization of the characters had me enthralled in the story itself. Nicely done and look forward to reading other books by Patricia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling February 6, 2013
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Loved this read. All the characters meshed well and each character had an interesting story in itself. Well written, the suspence, the romance kept you reading well into the night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, sweet, and hot January 22, 2013
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This was a really enjoyable romance that had some nice hot scenes, and a variety of characters so that there was a romantic story for everybody. Well written, good characters, I'm putting Patricia McLinn on my list of favorite authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Game On! December 27, 2012
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Wow how well we're the games represented in this book! The trial and tribulations of a sports person is beautifully portrayed. These are some beautiful people who never loose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it September 30, 2012
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The story flows are very smooth. I have never read stories about Olympics before, the details makes it interesting. Patricia certainly takes me for a ride with this story. I particularly like the endings where all of the characters are accounted for.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved it!
I have read books about the Olympics, but The Games really came to life for me. I was able to get into the main characters' minds. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Auntie S
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book about Olympic athletes
Enjoyed the book. Was worth the purchase price. Since there was three main story lines, wish it could have gone into more detail about each one of them
Published 8 months ago by bridjette
4.0 out of 5 stars the Games a good read.
The characters were believable, the plot was interesting, the setting was exciting. What more can you want? This is a good read with romance and action combined.
Published 9 months ago by Linda Pennington
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed
The Games offers a behind the scenes look at the winter . Olympics and a cast of very likeable characters woven skillfully together. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Elizabeth Harmon
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished
This book is the story of multiple relationships in different stages. The previously star-crossed, the young and new, and the love crossing professional boundaries. Read more
Published 17 months ago by pb_reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting perspectives
The book has several stories taking place at once and switched constantly. I think it could have been better if the focus was on one and the other characters were not as dominant.
Published 20 months ago by scrapbdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, fun to read!
I really liked this book! It was easy to become attached to the characters and the plot was believeable. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dragonfly
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read
Loved it! Was a bit confused in the beginning, but then the story flowed very well together. I love all things olympics and this book was great!
Published 22 months ago by Localorita
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More About the Author

I'm most proud that my readers say my books blend "laughter and tears" with characters who "live and breathe." Those elements, along with a dash of humor, unite my 30+ romance, women's fiction, and mystery titles. I'm especially grateful to my readers for multiple visits to the USA Today list in 2013.

I had a great childhood, though I ran away from home - heading for Hollywood. Alas, Dairy Queen came before the train station, depleting my capital and preventing my becoming the only Oscar-winning screenwriter under 10. Instead, I received BA & MSJ degrees at Northwestern, then became a sportswriter. That training in dialogue, character, motivation, conflict shows in Winter Olympic-set romance THE GAMES, "a gold-medal winner."

Journalism took me from Rockford, Ill., to Charlotte, N.C., then 20+ years editing at the Washington Post. Journalism shows up in my mystery series, "Caught Dead in Wyoming," starting with SIGN OFF and LEFT HANGING. Elizabeth Margaret Danniher's high-flying TV news reporter career crash-lands in tiny KWMT in Sherman, Wyoming. As she tries to find her way in a new life, she is drawn into mysteries...and into the lives of 2 very different men.

I'm now in Northern Kentucky, writing full-time. You'll find me at, and hanging around social media, especially Twitter and Facebook - feel free to tell me to get back to writing.

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