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Game of Hearts (The Happily Ever After Company #1)

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  142 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Not a hero. Not a villain. Just a man afraid to risk his heart…and hers.

The Happily Ever After Company, Book 1

Aengus Yates broke Suzannah Hennessy’s heart. Twice. As an eight-year-old, she entreated the handsome young rancher to wait. He laughingly rebuffed her and went on to marry his beautiful fiancée. When he abandoned his family years later, Suzannah should have felt j
Paperback, 317 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Zebra
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"Russell Braddock, founder of The Happily Ever After Company, always hopes his matches will result in flying sparks. But in this case they could ignite an inferno he can’t control."

The basic set up: Suzannah (Suzy) Hennessy and her BFF Megan sign on as mail-order brides. At least Megan has a groom waiting for her in California, Suzy's just along for the ride - she's too heartbroken over that dastardly Aengus. How did he break her heart? She proposed when she was eight and he turned her down and
Meg Kinch
For once, I'm at a loss as to how to rate a book, so I believe I will leave off of the star ratings. There were parts that were okay, good parts, really good parts, and then not so good parts. I didn't really care for the heroine at all. She had her moments, but overall she bugged the crap out of me. I did like the hero a great deal of the time and the secondary character Ben Steele was a favorite of mine along with the boys. Overall, it is a lighthearted read and is worth giving it a try, but s ...more
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I think I would have enjoyed the story more if the premise had been more honest. The premise implies a turbulent relationship that goes wrong between the hero and heroine. There was no relationship between them. The heroine carries on practically half the book about how the hero did her wrong; yet he didn't do a single thing to her. The imagined wrongs were all a result of her self righteous priggish attitude. She annoyed me and pretty much ruined the book.
DNF at 40%

Despite the fact that this book made me laugh on several occasions, I wasn't able to finish it. The biggest problem I had with it was the characters, especially female ones. I was taken aback by the lack of modesty and proper manners customary for young unmarried women in the time period the book is set in.

To summarize, I did not enjoy reading this book, nor would I recommend it to others.
Preeti C.
A rather predictable romance, with humorous moments and irritating ones. The hero was fairly likable, but I liked Megan so much more than Suzannah, though both women were shockingly naive despite their difficult pasts. No real surprises anywhere in the story--the "revelations" were repeated so often as to become redundant.
I really enjoyed reading this. It was a nice light read.
I won't make the effort to read the rest of the series, but this is enjoyable as a stand-alone story. I personally loved the ending, it was the best part for me and it made me smile lots :)
Susannah drove me crazy and there really wasn't much of a love story. There were just too many little stories trying to be shoved in to a book that should have been longer so it could be fleshed out more.
It was a nice read. Not an OMG you have to read this book! Some times a little hokey. But it was well edited. That helps a lot in the long run.
Victoria Lovell
I enjoyed the book. Wish it would have been a little longer with more gradual build in the relationships.
Yuki Ramble
liked it though the ending seemed to sudden.
Danielle Christon
A little slow in the beginning but picks up.
Measie Elizabeth
Don't bother...Annoying!
surprisingly i liked it.
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