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*ducks for cover from the crazy KA fans*
First let me just say that I LOVE Dusty. She is so great and pretty much is my kind of fly by the seat of her pants kind of girl. I think she might be one of my favorite KA heroines because usually she just decides something and goes with it whatever the consequences. Whether that is hooking up with the guy she had a crush on since she was 12 after a funeral or moving across a few states to help out her family, she decides and just does it.
***“I grabbed my shot of tequila. Then I tossed it back. When I put my empty down to the bar and after I took in a deep breath, I informed her, “I like you. I need a new best friend. I’ve added you to the top of a list that has one name. Yours.”***
I liked the relationship drama that developed between Mike and Dusty. They hit the ground running in this and then Mike being a stupid Alpha KA man that he is screwed it up. Because they have to do that at least once in a book I think it is in KA’s writing contract. But Mike did it spectacularly and he knows it.
***”Yeah, I told you she was The One. Problem is I made it so I wasn’t the one for her. And unfortunately, I live in the ‘burg, she lives in Texas. I got two kids to look after and I don’t have the cake to fly down there and throw myself on my sword….”***
Enter the kids. I usually hate adding kids into my romance novels but really KA usually makes them pretty great so I don’t normally mind and I didn’t here for the most part. Reese (Mike’s Daughter) teams up with Fin (Dusty’s Nephew) to find a way to get Dusty back in town to help her family and thus be available for Mike to win back. It is a great plan and now they have a budding little romance of their own.
Like I said I loved all the Mike/Dusty relationship stuff and I liked the Reese/Fin cute little relationship stuff too but sometimes it seemed to overshadow the main couple. Still overall not bad.
My only issue was with the actual plot of the story. I was a little bored with it. Fin wanted to keep the farm and his mean Aunt Debbie wanted to sell it due to some jealousy issues mostly. It was sad to see how greed and jealously could split a family apart like that after the death of a family member put the board in motion. But I think things like that really happen in some families.
Still there never felt like there was a lot of meat to it and while there are some great speeches and heartfelt moments I never felt like something big was going to happen. But then it did happen and honestly it seemed so random. I know that was the point but still it felt a little cheap *still ducking for cover*
KA hospital scenes always gut me. Even though I’m usually pretty sure that things are going to be okay because 20+ books in there has never been a non-HEA they are still so emotional and stressful. Again this one was done right and really ripped my heart open.
So even though the side plot isn’t quite as good as I hoped, the rest of the story made up for a lot of that. Where is this burg since I feel like it would be a great place to visit for some entertainment you just have to make sure not to get caught in the crossfire.
Shel: In Games of the Heart we get Mike and Dusty's story. (You may remember Mike from Vi's story a few books back). As with several of KA's other books, this novel features the "second chance at love" theme--not in a way that feels recycled, but in a way that felt perfect for Mike and Dusty. He needed someone he could trust with his heart after being trampled by Audrey and Vi. She needed someone she could trust after the string of losers she'd been with in the past. When a sad event brings them both together, the opportunity arises for them to take a chance on each other and they do, without delay...and as you've got to know...not without some trouble as well. Interestingly, the trouble that finds them, or that they make, isn't what you'd necessarily think when it comes to an ex-wife and two teenage kids. Instead it comes from an awful sister and her schemes and an incident at the end that was an idiotic vengeful act that went horribly, horribly wrong. Court: SO here is where it gets dicey for me...and maybe why I couldn't quite get into it a few months back. Themes in this novel hit home, and while I wouldn't have been able to read this entire book in a few days a few months ago...this week I did it. I finally did it...and all of this family drama definitely felt familiar and embraced me, so I did the logical thing and embraced it back. Just WHOA on this story, these people, these kids, their land, their legacy and all of the day to day in between. And Mike Haines loves his dog, and that made me love him even more.
Shel: What I loved about Mike and Dusty was that their love was evident early and it was strong. They communicated with humor and love and respect. They didn't hide things and they owned their mistakes. I also loved that KA didn't feel the need to add any extra drama by manufacturing problems where they didn't need to be any; she instead created loving and open relationships. And while I'm at it, let me say that I loved how far out she took the ending too. Court: I KNOW!!! Not that they always had the answers either, but there wasn't this soul crushing angst for a stupid reason here. There were big things happening, and family and openness that is seriously beautiful. Hard truths, and epic love. Games of the Heart is an epic story.
Shel: I have lots of love for Kristen Ashley and she absolutely never disappoints. I cannot wait to have grab her next book and dive back into her world. Court: Bring me Frankie and Bennie!
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Games of the Heart is book 4 in The 'Burg series and this time it features Mike Haines who played a big part in earlier books.Read more