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Games of the Heart (The 'Burg #4)

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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 Mi ...more
ebook, 600 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Kristen Ashley
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Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-reads


I feel like I always start my reviews for Kristen Ashley books with a shit load of GUSHING!


No one writes books like she does. ABSOLUTELY NO ONE. So, with this being said, how can I not freakin gush? Huh???? You tell me?????

Okay, that is said. Phew!


Now, I can move on with some sort of review.....

Dusty Holliday and Mike Haines have known each other since they were young. Mike dated Dusty's older sister in high school and was great friends with her brother. Life took bo
5 + stars

I loved this book! Loved it!

I don't have time to give Games of the Heart the review it deserves, but what I can do is share a few things I loved about this story.

What I loved the most was the sweet, swoon-worthy, budding relationship that developed between secondary characters Finley (Fin) Halliday and Clarisse (Rees) Haines. Fin (Dusty's nephew) and Rees's (Mike's daughter) young romance stole the show, so to speak, and my heart. Whenever they were given story time, I became giddy and
5 Swoony stars!!!

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Lets be honest here… I should know not to doubt KA, but I wasn’t thrilled to be reading about Mike when I first heard about this book. After reading about him in At Peace, I wasn’t that impressed. But damn, I was wrong about him. He was an amazing guy, wonderful dad and I loved him! Plus he had the most kick ass heroine in The ‘Burg series so that just made the book all the better!

Mike Haines and Dusty Holliday have history. It stated twenty years ago, when they were teens and
ღFloღ the coffee addict
4.5 **love you bunches** STARS

“I've been involved in lots of games of the heart, gorgeous. Rolled the dice time and again, took a lot of risks, took a lot of falls. Finally seems I'm winning. I'm not about to play it safe now.”

It was time again. This girl was in serious need for some Kristen Ashley escapism and it was excellent. Although it didn't start out that way. Mike and I had a rough time getting to terms with each other.

I was not a fan of him playing second banana in Joe & Vi's s
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
UPDATE: Rating edited September 21, 2013. From 4.5 stars downgraded to 4 stars.

"I love you," I whispered.
His face went soft and God, God, he was so fucking beautiful.
"I'm a guy," he stated bizarrely, then went on equally bizarrely, "I don't live and breathe clean. But I prefer it. Have I just bought myself a life of pickin' my way through your jeans, tees, belts,bras and panties to get to the bathroom?"

4.5 stars.

"Don't play games of the heart, honey, even if
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars!

“I read your diaries. I caught your pass in that hotel room. I listened to your offer to stay. I saw you wave good-bye at the airport and got your call before I’d pulled out of the parking lot. You fell with a kiss. I know, honey, because I was right there with you.”

Mike Haines and Dusty Holliday knew each other growing up. Twenty years ago Dusty went through a hard time and moved away to Texas, and only a family tragedy brings her back. Mike and Dusty reconnect at her brother's
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Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"We're gonna explore this and I hope to God that feelin' I got is not wrong because I tried time and again to make it feel wrong but all it ever felt was right."

SO. MUCH. EPIC. SWOON!!! Yet another GORGEOUS, touching, heart warming story about love and family. Seriously, Kristen Ashley can do no wrong! Every time I start one of her books, its like I instantly relax and am at peace and every time I finish one of her books, I am left with the absolute most happy, full feeling. It literally giv
~ Becs ~
I’m going to be in the minority here and go against the tide of 5 star reviews and just give this one 3 stars.

I swear Mike Haines has got some deep down and dirty secret on Kristen Ashley’s editor and he threatened her with exposure if she took her red pen to him because, boy, can that man talk. I’d get up in the morning, he’d be talking. I’d go make coffee, he’d still be talking. I’d go to work for 10 hours and get home and he’d still be going on. OK – so most of what he said was lovely and gav
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Awesome!!!! Kindle Price Drop!

Gearing up for Frankie and Benny's story!!!

The first 4 books in the series are only $1.99 for a limited time!

#1 - For You -

#2 - At Peace -

#3 - The Golden Trail -

#4 - Games of the Heart -


Maybe because I’m the mom of three kids who are not kids anymore, but who used to be kids, then became teens, o
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of KA & contemporary romance
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5+ stars – Contemporary Romance

I’ve been looking forward to Mike’s story and anxious for his HEA ever since he stole my heart when I read At Peace. Games of the Heart lived up to my high expectations and then some. It’s one of my (many) favorite Kristen Ashley reads. I loved it! I adored everything about it...the amazing hero and heroine, touching young love secondary romance, great ensemble cast of characters, emotional story, and gratifying epilogue.

Mike is such a swoon-worthy hero...he’s a
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
4.5 Stars

"I'm so sick of men toying with me like that, playing games with my heart."

I'm proud to say once again KA has delivered! This story was so heartwrenchingly beautiful! I have been eagerly anticipating Mike's story since At Peace. I think I sort of had a soft spot for him since that book. Games of the Heart is all about the games we play in relationships and the risks you're willing to take for love. And if anyone has had to deal with games and risks it was Mike Haines and Dusty Hollida
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** 4.25 ***

A buddy read with the KA addicts at BB&B

Finally!!! This book got us back on track with a strong, smart and funny leading lady, perfect to stand up to the typical alpha male Mike, who was not as much of a jerk as the other alpha males in this series so far. I finally got to enjoy the story and writing of KA without raging over another man who is horrible to the mother of his children, or at least, he tried to be somewhat decent towards her. I find this to be a theme in this series
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
♦ 5+ "Hey, Angel" Stars! ♦

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After reading the emotional roller coaster Rule by the author C. D. Reiss, I wanted to read something lighter but still amazing. I am always sure I will like something by the fantastic Kristen Ashley and Games of the Heart was no exception.

This book belongs to KA's The Burg series, which is still an erotic romance but with suspense as well. In this case, this read is about Mike Haines (the hot cop who always had an eye on the little siter of the Holliday family) and Du
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I adore this series. I read all of Ms. Ashley's contemporary series, and no matter how much I liked the Colorado Mountain, it still can't be compared to the 'Burg.

We met Mike Haines in At Peace, a great guy, cop, single father. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you want to want to look at it) he didn't get the girl. He's extremely cautious about the women he dates, after all he's responsible for his children, and the fact that his ex was a piece of work doesn't exactly help. But it
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
This is a beautiful beautiful love story!

Or two actually!

Mike and Dusty


Reece and Fin!

Love it!

Although, must say, I find it hard to connect to Dusty and found her a bit annoying. But, is it Dusty herself (who I found rolling my eyes at a few times, since she was so bloody perfect!!) or the fact that I have had this issue with KA heroines in the past, and Dusty came at the end of a massive months long re read of a few KA series?

Once again, a woman, with no experience in a "mother" role, comes
Cover & Title - 4 out of 5
Favorite Lines - “Are you asking me to marry you, honey?”
“No, I’m tellin’ you by the end of this year you’ll be wearing my rings, bearing my name and, probably, pregnant with my baby.” & “Holy fuck,” Sully muttered, his eyes on Mike. “Funeral hook up. Didn’t know you had that in you. Impressed.”
Favorite Character - Dusty

this story is about love.

Mike, baby this following statement made me want to have your babies & be your sex slave.
“The One.” Mike declared
Loved it!!! Mike surprised me, don't know why, I mean it is KA!! Bit wasnt expecting him to have the badass alpha side going on. But he did, and a dirty side! Mmmmm. Fierce and protective of his family. His love for Dusty. Loved Mike!
Now Dusty. Well I get why so many love her and have a crush on her. She rocked!! So strong and confident. Loved her.
Fin and Reesee!! Beautiful.
Don't know why I kept putting this one off.
Stacey is Sassy
The Games were played and the Hearts were won.

Games of the Heart has always been a tricky one for me to love. In the back of my mind, I have the Mike and Violet shenanigans playing. I also struggle with how Mike acts for the first half of the book. Yes, I knew he'd dealt with an ex-wife that would make any man insane...but...SHE...WAS...HIS...CHOICE. Luckily, he moved on from her and managed to somewhat have his life back on track. But...the way he handled Dusty in the beginning...and stuffed up
WOW! Seriously WOW! I literally just finished reading this book like two minutes ago and i absolutely loved it Games of The Heart might even be better than At Peace for me. Dusty, Mike and his stealth kisses. LOVE IT! Dusty is now my favorite character from KA. She's just so damn cool. When I was little girl I probably would have inspired to be her. And Mike....He's dirty. I'll just say that. The crime and suspense part is actually very surprising and not what I was expecting.

I don't want to s
I’ve loved you since you were twelve and I’ve read your diaries, you can’t deny you felt the same fuckin’ thing. You weren’t old enough then for my thoughts to go there but we both know that bond started then and we both know just how it changed when it snapped tight in that hotel room.”

This book was amazing!!!! This is exactly why I love KA books. All the feels, the fantasic romance, the hot and sexy times, the wonderful secondary characters, all of this makes the perfect KA magic recipe.


5+++ Stars Unbelievable, I was hooked from beginning to end and KA had my chest in knots and tearing up for the last 70 pages. I completely connected with these characters and there were some scenes that were very tense and moving...and I am not just talking between the main characters, but between sisters, mothers and sons, the whole community seemed to have intense connections.

This was a beautiful romance with two incredible love stories completely intertwined. The dialog at times was rough w
Jennifer Kyle
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brownsburg, Indiana...I Abso-freaking-lutely Love This Town!!!

"You get home, don't tell anyone or we'll have to send the crew out to cut out your tongue. Most folk think Indiana's a state to drive right through. They took a minute to eat our food, experience our hospitality, understand the depth of our loyalty and they did it in fall when the trees are in color, no one would ever leave."

This is the 4th Book in the 'Burg Series so if you find yourself up to this book then you are as smittened w
Stand by for major swooning…. Ready…. Here it comes….


Another amazing book from Kristen Ashley that firmly plants The ‘Burg series right next to the Rock Chicks as my favourite KA series. Absolutely freaking gorgeous!

As the younger sister of his high school girlfriend, Mike Haines has always had a special bond with Dusty Holliday. She, in return, has loved him for as long as she can remember. Dusty left town years ago, but when a tragedy brings her back to tow
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing

5 Gorgeous Stars

Every time I finish a Kristen Ashley book I'm so happy because I just read perfection and I’m conversely so sad because it's over. And again I feel this way with Games of the Heart. This author writes so descriptively telling the most beautiful love stories with characters I could read about for days and days without ever getting bored. This stands as the fourth book in The ‘Burg series and it’s no less enthralling than the first three. When you travel to The ‘Burg you’ll find de
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
ok, seriously?! seriously?! can the woman do no wrong. I loved her Rock Chicks series, loved loved the Mystery Man Series, and absolutely adored the Colorado Man series. After that I was in Kristen Ashley withdrawal, so I decided to give The Burg a chance.


I loved this book. I loved everything about it. But what I absolutely loved the most, is that Kristen Ashley has managed to create one of my most favorite heroines I have ever read about EVER!

Dusty has some bad times in her past, but she
RomanceBookVixen ~ Vianca
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT!!!! I have no words to express how I feel. This book was just so freaking GOOD. It was plain ole fashion romance. ...sigh.. I cried, laugh, and fell in love with the characters. I cannot believe how much I miss reading about teenage love until now. Fin (Dusty's nephew) and Reesee (Mikes daughter) were so adorable. I think I need to read a YA romance soon. Also the best Best EPILOGUE EVER!!! Aside from This Man Confessed and.Fifty Shades Freed . I am so glad Mike got his HEA after being ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Reread! Still perfect....

4.5 Stars....Sigh....Perfection....
Reread review June 2017
Yay! I still love it! This was an audio read and read, read reread. Lol! KA is rubbing off on me. The narrator is good. All other comments still apply. Love Dusty and Mike, but Reese and Fin are fantastic. Love me some Finley Holiday. I'm happy I visited this one. Happy reading!

Origional review November 2014

I love this book. I was so very sweet. That's the best way I can describe it. I found myself shedding little tears of joy but also sadness. I loved all the points of vi
“Are you asking me to marry you, honey?”
“No, I’m tellin’ you by the end of this year you’ll be wearing my rings, bearing my name and, probably, pregnant with my baby.”

Oh boy .....

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Mike Haines and Dusty Holliday's story is just sooooo full of LOVE ! Probably one of the fastest hook-ups in a KA book ever ! Bu wait , there is more .. Best part about it though is that this just isn't Mike and Dusty's story . This is also the story of Fin ( Dusty's nephew ) and Reesee ( Mike's daughter ) as well ! O
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Other Books in the Series

The 'Burg (6 books)
  • For You (The 'Burg, #1)
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  • Golden Trail (The 'Burg, #3)
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“Are you asking me to marry you, honey?”
“No, I’m tellin’ you by the end of this year you’ll be wearing my rings, bearing my name and, probably, pregnant with my baby.”
“You gonna order me to kiss you so I can get all tingly or are you just gonna stare at me?"
He knew his smile hit his eyes when he muttered, "Kiss me, honey.”
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