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 Mike never saw her again.
Then tragedy strikes Dusty's family, she comes back into town and Mike thinks she hasn't changed back to the sweet, funny girl he knew but instead continued to be selfish and thoughtless, leaving her family alone to deal with their mourning. So he seeks her out and confronts her in an effort to understand what went wrong and to force her to sort herself out.
He finds out quickly he's wrong about Dusty Holliday. Very wrong. And right after Mike discovers that, the bond they had years before snaps back into place in ways he would never suspect.
But Mike Haines had a bad marriage then he played games of the heart for a good woman. And lost. In order to protect himself and his kids, he's cautious, he's careful to read the signs and he's not interested in finding a woman he has to fix.
Then he learns what happened to Dusty and he thinks she needs to be fixed. He swings, he misses and in this new game of hearts, for Dusty, Mike just got strike three.
Games of the Heart begins with Dusty being back home for her brothers funeral. It's been years since she spoke with her sister's ex-boyfriend Mike Haines. And she never expected him to show up at her hotel room to ream her butt because she's causing trouble with the family.
When Mike gets to Dusty's hotel room he never expected to do what he did, and never should have showed up there giving her crap about stuff he didn't know anything about. But when Mike and Dusty take a huge plunge to start a relationship. Mike keeps making assumptions about Dusty that aren't correct. And in doing so he might just lose her if he doesn't get his head out of his butt.. During this journey these two find themselves battling ex's, and family members to find what they have. Not only that though Mike's daughter Reesee and Dusty's nephew Fin are also having a romance. One that every one knows they will one day get married if something doesn't go bad first.
So all in all this was a wonderful book. With two beautiful romances in it. I loved Dusty and Mike they are awesome together. Even though Mike messed up several times I still loved them. And Dusty is an awesome character. She's not afraid to say what she means, and just let it all hang out. I loved her. And I loved all of the stuff that happened in this book even if it made me want to slap a few people around. Namely Mike and one time Fin. But they learned from their mistakes and this book had a beautiful epilogue. Probably one of the best I've read from KA! Now again I'm super excited for Benny's book. :)