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No connections. Play it safe. These were the rules Ivey lived her life by. Until she hit Mustang, Colorado, a perfectly imperfect town where the citizens were welcoming, and one of them included the tall, beautiful, macho-man rancher cowboy Grayson Cody.
On the run for a decade, Ivey knew she was supposed to play it safe. But she was tired of being on the run. She wanted normal. She wanted real. She wanted a home. And she wanted Grayson Cody. And Grayson Cody wanted Ivey. No one who looked at them couldn't see they belonged together. There was one man in this world for Ivey and one woman in this world for Grayson Cody. So they fell in love.
But just as quickly as they fell together, they were betrayed and torn apart. Separated for years, Ivey was certain her life would not include her rancher cowboy. Until the town of Mustang reached out to her when Gray was in trouble. Even though she thought he broke her heart, she charged in to help. Then Gray and Ivey discovered they were betrayed, and, not only that, but Gray had an enemy who would stop at nothing to defeat him.
©2011 Kristen Ashley (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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By CAROLYN on 02-28-16


Ivey, together with her older brother, were nomads and had been hustling around the States since Ivey was 12.... until they landed in Mustang - her brother thought he'd found love but it was actually Ivey that would eventually find it with a handsome, sexy, dimpled Ranch owner named Grayson. Grayson knew this beautiful, fragile, innocent 22 yr old woman was different and , from their very first meeting, they were drawn to each other..... although it didn't start off too well.

Grayson was very understanding, thoughtful and kind to Ivey guessing at the vulnerable and precarious position she was in. So he took it day by day to tempt her to stay with him, to tempt her to trust..... and to tempt her to be his. Then, just as they had finally found happiness, they were both bitterly, heartbreakingly and utterly betrayed.... a betrayal that would take years to heal, a betrayal that brought years of heartache, a betrayal that changed the direction of Ivey's life and a betrayal that would make her some lifelong friends.

So their broken hearts, dreams and trust wasn't going to be easy to fix, lives had moved on... Ivey was now famous, had hardened her heart and was doing well. But unfortunately Grayson's Ranch had suffered one man-made disaster after another and had hit rock bottom - and it was then that Ivey finally stepped back into his life.... to save him - and the Townsfolk of Mustang. Because Ivey had initially made friends there and had finally felt the desire to stop hustling, get a job and put down roots.... roots that were viciously torn up with the heartbreaking betrayal by someone whose motives she never doubted or questioned..... but alas she should have done.

Another enjoyable KA romance, it spanned years, was so frustrating during their breakup and for the time lost so unnecessarily, there was passion sex and explosive chemistry, some good secondary characters along with a villain or two and a love story that endured.... despite time, drama and each other's vulnerabilities and wrath. Told from Ivey's POV, great narration and an Epilogue that spanned months then years.

Worth a credit? Yes, it wasn't my favorite KA book, I felt there was a lot of unnecessary descriptions and the story did seem to go on a bit.... but nevertheless an emotional love story that deserves to be heard, savored and enjoyed.

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By Traveling Reader on 03-01-16

Longing and Hope

I was excited about this audiobook version because Kristen Ashley is an automatic download. I didn't notice until I was a 10th of the way through that I had already read this book, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this story again. This story had the beauty of two people from different worlds coming together and choosing to make it work against many odds. The heartbreak of life interfering and the struggle of finding that beauty again. I was undone. Savannah Richards brought even more to the book with her narration skills. It's been a long time since I have listened or read a book more than once. This one is good enough to come back to for a third time.

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By Cheshire on 08-11-16


This was a beautiful and emotional story that was delivered with a brilliant performance. Had been getting a little bored with the usual plot line of KA books, but this one restored my interest. Loved it.

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By Kayleigh on 06-15-16


Loved everything about this book and the narrator was fabulous. Grayson Cody is everything you would want in a man.

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By kristy on 09-10-17


loved it but than with Kristen Ashley i always do. play it safe is a ten from ten.

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By Rosslyn on 06-23-16

Ivy, Grayson, Mustang and Family

This story is a little like February and Colt, characters from Kristen Ashley's The Burg Series. Two people who should always have been together but are torn apart. The reasons for the tearing apart create an interesting tension all through the book. I love Kristen Ashley's humour. The balance of tears, troubles, passion and laughter are just right and there is always something unexpected, that makes her writing so very enjoyable.
The narration of this performance is impressive.

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