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Capital Games

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  507 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Let the games begin. Former Los Angeles Police officer Steve Miller has gone from walking a beat in the City of Angels to joining the rat race as an advertising executive. He knows how cut-throat the industry can be, so when his boss tells him that he's in direct competition with a newcomer from across the pond for a coveted account he's not surprised.then he meets Mark Ri ...more
ebook, 204 pages
Published December 2007 by Linden Bay Romance
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May 09, 2010 Juli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a book I read early in my m/m period and to this day have not really run into a character I disliked as much as Mark. He is a spoiled, arrogant asshole. He uses people as he wants with no regard of their feelings or wishes. I have read other books that have him When Adam Met Jackwhich I loved. However the character of Mark was still as deplorable in that book as he was in this one.

There are other books in the series I would be interested in reading, especially the one about Mark's son
Elisa Rolle
G.A. Hauser has to have a kink for English brat... and if she continues at writing so beautiful stories she will manage to pass me her kink!

Steve is a young executive at an advertising firm. He is a very successful man and till now he has had not interest in men (even if he has fantasized about a porn actor who performed in gay film when he was still a teen). Instead he is still mourning on his former girlfriend, a beautiful and strong-head Afro-American woman, who has dumped him with no apparen
UPDATED DECEMBER 2, 2013: Look what I got in the mail today!

OK, so the book wasn't a M/M romance lover's perfect dream... It was a bit far-fetched and a little hooky and drama-queeny. And MC Mark really did a number on his female fiancee and male best friend, but this is gonna make a damn good movie! *claps*

This book was made into a movie and the DVD will be released this December 2013. Here is a link to the trailer and you can visit the official website. BIG FUN!
It just wasn't working out for me. I did read 48% of the book (until chapter 10) when I finally begged off. Steve, a straight man, fell in love with Mark, a closeted gay man, way too quickly and with little emotional/personal issue or questioning of his sudden feelings. Then Mark barely reluctantly accepts these feelings and starts a secret relationship? Maybe you have to be in the mood for it, but it was too outlandish for me at the moment. With a bit more exposition or true conflict, I'd proba ...more
Dec 27, 2012 A.E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
01/18/13: Revised rating after a couple of years of reading m/m: from 3 to 2.

I like fast-food romance! While reading I couldn't stop thinking "this is no good, but I like it". The characters seem impossible: Steve, a hunky, former cop turned executive for an advertising firm, and Mark, the incredibly beautiful, sexy, charming, English new employee in the office. They find themselves competing for the same big and lucrative job and the dislike is immediate. When their firm organise a training cam
Mar 25, 2011 Arthur rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 25, 2012 Didi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't really like either Steve or Mark; though if I have to choose I dislike Mark more. He's pictured as this gorgeous long red hair green-eyed Brit who could charm anyone and everyone with his wits; not to mention accent. But I feel he's a shalow person who hurt people with his indecisiveness! And Steve, who start off as a macho men's man persona lets him get away with it. What's up with that!?
In all honestly though, this is a rather entertaining read, if you overlook the totally Hollywood-like
Nile Princess
Ugh, I have no idea how to rate this. G.A's writing has definitely improved since Miller's Tale, but there are still flaws. However, even with the lame insta-love and pathetically bad sex scenes, I was really enjoying this storyline. Up until 98%, I was actually going with 4* (well, 3.5 because of the aforementioned problems) but the ending?? What kind of corny, overly melodramatic crap is that? Who even writes that into a serious novel? Ugh. Way to ruin the book. Sigh. I guess I'll go with 3 st ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Kavisha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Kudrat Kaur
Feb 08, 2016 Kudrat Kaur marked it as 2016-reads-need-to-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ofy
This is truly one of the worst books I've read/come across/had the displeasure of reading.
I am really not that critical - if I enjoy it, it doesn't make my eyes roll too much and makes sense. Awesome - 3 stars.
But this... Ugh. I will finish it, just so I can fully write a review on it and maybe prevent some people from having to go through this travesty.

I'm seriously debating a 1 star - kind of momentous since it's been over a year since I've read a book I've disliked this much.
Bergur Arnar
Mar 12, 2015 Bergur Arnar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance
The only reason I read this book was out of consideration for the movie.
I thought it was quite simple and the plot was very thin. It's not a book I'd reccommend. It was mediocrely written and the characters were too simple and straight-forward. I did, however, like the African-American element in it.
May 01, 2008 Rhonda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So this was definitely just as cheesy & bad as the first book I read by this author. Again, I enjoyed it for those reasons! Well, and maybe the sex. ;)

Fantastically bad I think. Good stuff!
Jun 13, 2011 Xiomara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really liked it until I reached the ending which I didn't like. The book has a happy ending but in my opinion it's like a bad romantic movie's. Too cliched.
Nov 21, 2009 Lou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear, far too melodramatic for me!

Read for the Seasonal Reading Challenge Fall 09 task 20.2 (ABCs: C)
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
I read this book after the Action series and was surprised to see Mark as such a strong character in this book. It was great to see how Mark emerged and became comfortable with his sexuality.
Fernanda Parente
That's how I met my favourits character in books, Mark Richfield. He's amazing, full os flaws like all of us, so insecure as anybody else...just perfect :)
Oct 31, 2012 Charly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tolerable but unexceptional

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 5/10

- Doesn’t go off the deep end with the sex. It’s light, it’s fun, it’s not terribly detailed, and it doesn’t take up the majority of the story.
- Appearances by characters from various other Hauser books (see list at the bottom of this review). The universe she’s creating is a lot of fun, particularly if you’ve read any of the books that the one you’re currently reading intersects w
Jul 14, 2013 Willow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
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Jun 26, 2013 Beacullen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
The characters in this book are great, When they first meet they're both competing for the same job and basically hate each other. Steve has been working on the acct for 2 years, and when Mark..the new guy shows up and seems to be after the same acct. hes hostile towards him. When they're forced together at a company retreat, they cant deny their mutual attraction. I'm not a big fan of stories that involve cheating. But the way its presented in this story makes it a little easier to take. Mark i ...more
Sep 17, 2013 Tonileg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Contemporary Office romance with two gay-for-you clueless guys that find passion amidst the boredom during a work team building retreat. I don't have a ton of office work experience, but it is normal to have the co-workers so nosy about people's home lives? Because this must be the nosiest and annoying bunch of coworkers that Steve Miller and the English Mark Richfield in their Californian Advertising company. So there is a bunch of M/M sexy time with various police officier fantacies that Mark ...more
Mar 01, 2014 LauraZu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, gfy

Well, everything is right in the world now that Mark is no longer straight and has finally admitted he like d- I mean men... Or at least one man in specific, ex-LAPD cop Steve Miller.

Their relationship starts in a very confrontational way when Steve suspects the newcomer Mark is going to take a very important account from his fingertips in the advertisement agency he works. But one night stranded in the desert changes everything for them... But there's a catch, Mark is to be married in
Two and half stars. Strangely readable. Objectively this book has very little going for it. The writing is so weak I wondered if the author is a native speaker of English due to all of the incorrect usages of words and the not exactly wrong, but just kind of weird way words are strung together. The plot is unbelieable and the relationship evolution non-existent. One of the characters, Mark is utterly unlikable and I could not for the life of me figure out what the other character, Steve saw in h ...more
Aug 16, 2013 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again, dnf
What a disappointment. I loved G.A. Hauser's Naked Dragon, and with this book being turned into a movie, I dove head first into it, only to get stumped half-way through. The book started out okay, and I was enjoying it deeply. However, the book has a theme that I detest: (view spoiler)

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Betta Dimock
Nov 24, 2013 Betta Dimock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing love story and Just as great, it is now a Movie!

Way to go GA!! I laughed and cried! The actors chosen for the main characters were spot on and the quality of the film was excellent! You may have told us that this movie was a low budget film but that is so not how it turned out! I loved the whole file including the original music with lyrics written by a very talented authoress!

Capital Games is the first book of Mark and Steves love story, Not only did I laugh and cry during t
I am having a hard time rating this one!
I must say I have very conflicting feelings about that one..I don't know I was extremely disappointed. I watched the movie first and thought…"Meeh! well maybe the book will be much better." then I read the book and was farther disappointed! I hated all the Drama and all the crying DROVE ME FREAKING MAD!!! What the heck is wrong!! u're suppose to be two freaking MACHO males!!! It's like they are crying all the time!! and I must say I didn't care much for ei
Feb 21, 2015 JJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt, mm-romance
Capital Games is a story about a beautiful British man with long, black hair and a seductive accent who is thrown into direct completion with a tough-guy x-cop who has a sensitive side. Despite the animosity between them, they are hopelessly drawn to one another. Neither is out of the closet, so they struggle to conceal their love while working in the same corporate office. Although there is a prevalent romance element, the sex scenes are frequent and very hot and heavy. I haven't read much in t ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
This book was just not for me. It felt melodramatic and the dialogue felt a bit clichéd and childish to me. I had a really difficult time with Steve and Mark going from mortal enemies to (view spoiler) in a matter of minutes. I just didn't buy it. I didn't care for all of the tears either. Steve is supposed to be a tough, matter-of-fact, hard ass, ex cop. The tears made no sense to me. And finally, (view spoiler) ...more
Cee Brown
Mar 13, 2014 Cee Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy smokes. I read this when I first got into MM cause I enjoyed Mark/Sonya and needed to see where it would all lead.

Tonight (13-3-14)I got to watch the DVD, and holy smokes!!! It was like reading the book all over again. I can't believe how the scenes came back fresh to me and it was YEARS since I read the book.

I have made up my mind to revisit my old gang in the G.A. universe (I'm talking Microsoft WORD/HTML dudes).

The month of April will be dedicated to G.A. One book, maybe two a day til
Melanie Broyles
Jul 30, 2012 Melanie Broyles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! Without giving anything away, I got completely sucked into Mark & Steve's lives. I rooted for them, I wanted to scream at them, if I were a cryer then I would have cried for them, and I needed for them to see what I saw, that they were perfect for each other. The author did an amazing job on writing this book. You must read it for yourself to see how amazing it really is! I even heard that it was going to be made into a movie.;))
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About the Author Award-winning author G.A. Hauser was born in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA and attended university in New York City. She moved to Seattle, Washington where she worked as a patrol officer with the Seattle Police Department. In early 2000 G.A. moved to Hertfordshire, England where she began her writing in earnest and published her first book, In the Shadow of Alexander. Now a full-time ...more
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