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Don't Play Games

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Should she stake her future on him?

Kate had been brought up to believe that promises were not to be given lightly, and despite her husband's lies and blatant infidelity, she'd managed to hold on to her integrity--if not her ability to trust.

Alex Dalton didn't dabble in power games the way Kate's husband had. When Alex played, he played to win. He sized up the odds and neve
Paperback, Harlequin Presents #823, 188 pages
Published October 1985 by Harlequin Books (first published May 1985)
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A pretty unusual HP. Why because when the book starts the heroine is married to a grade-A dick who is rude to her and cheats on her. Despite all of this she has continued in the sham of a marriage for five years because she believes in vows but that night, she meets the hero who shows an interest in her, a interest her husband seems to encourage and she has FINALLY had enough and asks for a divorce. Her hubby tells her he will grant her a divorce if she comes on the cruise that the hero arranged ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Verity rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Verity by: Danielle
Heroine got an upgrade after her nasty pimp hubby drowned. Loaded Hero immediately lures her into marriage of benefits & heroine finds out during their 1st hammer time that 2nd hubby could glaze her doughnuts much bettah than her expired hubby did. Throw in a weird mom-in-law, the usual viperish OW wannabe, big mis, U got a tasty HP gem filled w/ fan friggin tastic dialogues, a luvable hero, a kick-ass heroine who can volley back from every improbable angle.
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Oy, this was a good one! I liked Alex a lot. He was a tough man's man, and a highly astute businessman. Pretty savvy with human nature. Most especially, he knows how to treat women with respect. I was a bit worried how things would go, since Kate is married at the beginning of the another man. He's a lousy husband, no question. I was actually hoping he'd get killed off (terrible of me). And what he asks Kate to do for her divorce, well he proves to be a huge slug. Let's just say things ...more
This was an interesting read. I am giving it four stars for:

1) A feisty, independent heroine
2) A wonderful hero who is scrumptious, very hot and kind....but not quite so perfect
3) Not one, but two delicious evil women....OW and vicious Mother-in-law
4) A unique story line.

Now for my disappointment. I think the transition from her husband's death to their marriage was just too fast. It wasn't in character with her much wanted independence and it was a bit unpc for such a terrific heroine. She had
Pretty standard HP fare. They meet when she's married to another man who promptly drowns while swimming off the hero's boat. Hero convinces heroine to marry him. His mother causes grief by setting her up to see the hero with an old flame. There's a pregnancy yada yada. Nice but not exceptional.
A good, basic older story. I'm not sure the first husband had to be so gruesomely killed off at the beginning, but it did move things along. I liked the emotional tension in this one -- nice balance of giving you hints of the hero's feelings without making them obvious.
Rating: 3.5

I really wanted to know WHEN the H fell for the h but that question was left unanswered. Nice read but the beginning felt like that CM's book (can't remember the name right now)

Very enjoyable book. Despite insecurities from a bad marriage and cheating husband, the heroine knows how to stand up for herself against a scheming mother-in-law and the OW.
a woman has reached the end of her rope and wants divorced from her cheating husband, and he agrees only if she agrees to "be nice" to a man with whom he wants to do business. the hero is that man, and wehn the husband comes to a rather deserved end in the story, the hero steps in and....not a totally realistic story, but still, the feeling of the heroine are aptly portrayed.
more than 5* and it comes from a reader that prefers virgin heroines cause can forgive them usual faults that ladies in novels suffer,but when author adresses one as sophisticated and experienced but doesn't deliver that's hateful ;) but Mary Kathleen delivers: keeps her head high,mind sharp and stands her ground. Actually I can't remember last harlequin novel I enjoyed so-plot is twisted but reasonably and everything is solved and explained,nothing felt rushed or too silly... I tend to auto buy ...more
Une vieille édition que j'ai lu, relu et encore relu !!!
Chaque lecture est toute aussi prenante que la précédente !
Un de mes favoris !
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