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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 continues 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.
©2014 Kristen Ashley (P)2015 Audible Inc.
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By Up All Night Book Blog, (Abby) on 06-19-15

great narration with two love stories

I listened to Kristen Ashley's At Peace and absolutely loved it. We got to know Mike Haines in that story where he was a good guy and liked Vi, but was not the right guy for her. And in At Peace we also learned that Mike loved the farm next door. He bought a house overlooking it. We just didn't know yet that the reason he loved it so was for Dusty Holiday.

The two are straight shooters and waste no time getting reacquainted. I enjoyed this about the two of them.

The Burg Series is a slow build series. It's more about the journey than one specific thing happening to the couple and you really feel like you get to watch them grow. For me, personally I need the pace to move a tad faster, but that is just this series feel.

We also got a bonus love story here between Reece Haines and Finn Holiday. This was sweet. Kristen Ashley doesn't write YA but this sure had a flare of it and I enjoyed the young love story in addition to Mike Haines and Dusty Holiday.

Because I enjoyed this story but needed to feel like more was happening I would give the story a three.

Narration: FLAWLESS 5

So that's where I get my 3.75. Is this worth an audible credit? Absolutely. I think it's the type of story you can put down and pick up because Kristen Ashley sure writes lovely romance that can make you feel good despite my reader preference on pace.

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By vicki on 06-27-15

Favorite of the series

This book was my favorite of the series. I loved Mike in book 2 and had been rooting for him to win Violet but it wasn't to be. It turned out for the best. Mike and Dusty were meant to be. Dusty had been in love with Mike since she was 12 and he was 17 or 18 and he saw her as his best friends little sister. In spite of a number of bumps, from annoying to life threatening, this book shows a family of blood and friends come together to form something beautiful. This book is well worth the credit.

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By julie wilkinson on 08-27-17

One of Kristen Ashley finest pieces of work!!!! It's like two stories in one....who doesn't love good value for money!!!!

Having read this in print more times than I should actually admit to......I thought I'd see if I could achieve getting anything done.....(so hard to get housework,shopping etc. whilst having my nose constantly stuck in a book) and WOW two days later I have a tidy house and painted my whole garden fence!!!! So going to start turning all my favourites of hers into audible..... next up Tate,Ty,Tanner and my all time fave Hank xxx

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By Amazon Customer on 07-24-16

solid story line

What made the experience of listening to Games of the Heart the most enjoyable?

The development of the story line and the re introduction of the previous characters in this series the way they were naturally woven into the pages of the unfolding novel.

What did you like best about this story?

The way Mike realised that he had made wrong assumptions three times by jumping to some assumptions without talking to her.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The way he introduced a new woman into his childrens lives and the way they seamlessly accepted her.

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable read in this Burg series...but you do need to read them in order to understand some of the other characters personalities and relationships.

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By Dim on 05-07-17

Not my favourite.

I found this book to be my least favourite of the Burg series. I found it to be a bit slow going and boring. The love scenes are unimaginative and lacking in detail. The performance is not too bad but there are a lot of male monologues which I found hard to listen to from this narrator. The story is a mixture of 2 love stories, the adults and the kids, which is ok. Overall, I think OK is the best way to describe the story.

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