|BEST OF THE BEST|
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.
I was so happy that Mike got his own book after what happened in At Peace. I love Mike and Dusty together and even more I love the story line between Clarisse (Mike's daughter) and Fin (Dusty's nephew). I liked Mike in At Peace but I fell in love with his character in this book!! I was also really drawn to Dusty and loved how she was with Mike and his kids as well as her own nephews. This is just another great read from Kristen Ashley that again drew me in from the beginning and wouldn't let go until the end. This also has one of the best epilogues that I have read.