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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.
Dusty was okay. She had her points but she didn't come across to me well. This could be because she put up with Mike's nonsense.
And I was bored with the plot so I gave up reading about 60% in and just skimmed the rest, hoping it got better. Not so much.
Currently this book is tied with Breathe (featuring another a$$hole, Chace, who was decent as a side character but sucked as a hero) for worst KA book ever for me.
What I loved: Mike Haines is, I think, one of KA's better developed heroes. He's at a much different place in his life. He's mostly settled, knows what he wants for himself and his children. He's in an established home, established job, he's raising his kids like he wants. Only thing missing is a good woman and he proves during the book that he won't settle for something (or someone) that won't fit in his vision for his future. Though almost all of KA's heroes tend to be older, none have struck me as confident in their future as Mike Haines. Unfortunately I also disliked him immensely. A hero needs to have some compassion for others that aren't in his circle of loved ones and Mike is not that guy. He was a dick so often that he made me cringe. Just because you're an alpha male doesn't mean you get a license to be an ass to everyone.
Dusty was great. Too great. The woman had no faults that I could discern. Sure, it was easy to read about her and I had no trouble experiencing her emotional ups and downs with her, but she literally did everything right.
The highlight of the story is the secondary romance between Fin and Reesee. This is one of the things that KA does better than anyone: make her reader care about all the characters. I loved following the romance of these teens and I'm a sucker for the "find your soul mate in high school" trope. Fin was a perfect mini-badass and Reesee jumped off the page as a young woman finding out who she is and where she fits.
Like the previous books in the series (except At Peace, that was perfect) Games of the Heart had too much going on. There's suspense, but KA throws out too many red herrings which made the book too long.
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. First I would like to say that I loved Mike and Dusty together and I was so happy that he finally got his HEA. I also loved the young romance between Reesee and Fin and the Epilogue with them made me very happy. So with all this loving why did I rate this book 3.5 stars its actually been my main complaint of this series its just to long. Although I love the stories they take me forever to read because I'm just bored by the 50% mark. All the day to day just kills me, really do I care how often Dusty changes her toe nail polish? Absolutely not, and that's the kind of stuff that fills pages in this series. So now that my whining is over I look forward to the next book in this series.