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Capital Games (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. Januar 2010


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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 Richfield. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth and fashion-model good looks, Mark is used to getting what he wants. About to be married, Mark has just nailed the job of his dreams. If the determined Brit could just steal the firm's biggest account right out from under Steve Miller, his life would be perfect. When their boss sends them together to the Arizona desert for a team-building retreat the tension between the two dynamic men escalates until in the heat of the moment their uncontrollable passion leads them to a sexual experience that neither can forget. Will Mark deny his feelings and follow through with marriage to a women he no longer wants, or will he realize in time that in the game of love, sometimes you have to let go and lose yourself in order to really win. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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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 writer in Ohio, G.A. has written dozens of novels, including several best-sellers of gay fiction. For more information on other books by G.A., visit the author at her official website. www.authorgahauser.com


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Capital Games- A Joyfully Recommended Title 20. Februar 2008
Von M. Nix - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
YES! Anger, frustration, jealousy, and passion all happened between two ad executives competing for the same high dollar account. Steve Miller is currently one of the top salesmen at his company, when newcomer Mark Richfield is hired and lands a huge account within days of employment. Steve expected the advertising world to be less dangerous than his stint as a Los Angeles police officer, but corporate politics seem to be taking over both his personal and professional life with the all likelihood of breaking his heart in the process. Mark is polished, sexy, charismatic, British and everything Steve admires in a man.

When top management and company executives are required to attend a team building retreat, the sparks, arguments, tension, and sexual desires all explode when Steve and Mark are on their own in the middle of the desert. In Capital Games, I found both Steve and Mark to be men I liked. Steve was upfront and honest about his feelings, though easy to anger. Mark, as sexy as he was, drove me nuts with his desire to please the people in his life, from his family to his fiancé. And see, that one little problem word: fiancé? Can Steve convince Mark to become a permanent fixture in Steve's life and cancel the wedding?

I enjoyed watching the relationship unfold and especially the sexual attraction between the two men and the games they played! HOT! Humorous note: look for mention of the book The Kiss, also by G.A. Hauser. The reference was tied to the plot of the story and was fun to see Steve pick it up for his reading pleasure. Capital Games for me is a Joyfully Recommended Read!!!!

Beth Anne
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Strange men, strange writing, strange accents 28. Mai 2013
Von Miannie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I've read a lot of M/M romance in the past decade and being a bit of a cynical she-dog, I've come to expect certain things from the genre: bad writing, implausible plots, non-existant editing, illogical character development, female characters so daft it borders to the offensive, et cetera, et cetera. (I should mention that there are exceptions to this, though they are few and far between. It always makes me very happy when I find a well-written, plausible title in this genre though). However, the majority of books usually have some redeeming factor that keeps me reading, keeps me rooting for the characters, keeps my interest. Not so with "Capital Games", though. I don't usually like to write bad reviews, but this effort is so singularly horrid that I felt prompted to warn others off.

Steve is supposed to be the macho ex cop to Mark's more sensitive (if competitive) British expatriate. There is nothing macho whatsoever about Steve. He's ex LAPD, which makes my brain automatically supply a burly, uniformed man's man, but there is nothing in Hauser's narrative that supports this figment of my imagination.

The character of Mark is a whole barrel of problems of his own. He's supposedly from a "wealthy background" and has "title, breeding," but for some reason that I can't quite figure out, he talks like he's escaped from the set of "Only Fools and Horses" - and that's being generous. Being a British English-speaker myself, I've cringed my way through most of Mark's lines. Most of what he says is embarrassing at best and inaccurate at worst. He has apparently lived in America for a long time and is educated in America; I think Hauser would have done herself and her (British English-speaking) readers a favour by letting this circumstance shape the way he talks.

Another of my big problems (don't worry - I won't go through them all!) with this book is the writing. It's just not good. "After what felt like frenzied activity, Mark disengaged himself from Steve..." is just one of many, many examples that made me think, "Huh?". There were also several occasions where I struggled to figure out who was doing what, because both men are refered to as "he" ("He did this to him"). I will admit that I've read the 2009 version of this book and I'm hoping that the update I've seen other people talk about in the comments includes some serious, serious editing. The earlier version reads like a very rough draft. And while I'm on the subject of editing: if you have a British English-speaking character, why not let a British English-speaking person take a look at this character's lines? Works (sort of) for Elizabeth George, and I'm sure there are plenty of British M/M fangirls out there who would provide this service for the modest price of a copy of the finished product and a mention in the acknowledgements.

I'm willing to suspend my disbelief a lot for a good M/M read, but I can't suspend it enough to enjoy "Capital Games". I've read other titles by G. A. Hauser that have been better, but this just isn't good.
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Reconciling sexuality not an easy task. 27. April 2008
Von Bob Lind - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Following his resignation from the police force (and subsequent end of a relationship with a foxy female attorney), Steve Miller put his social life on "hold" as he competed for a promotion at a prestigious advertising agency. At a "team building retreat" in the New Mexico desert, Steve is teamed with his main competition at the firm, a charismatic and handsome Brit named Marc, and both men are very surprised by the turn of events when a night stranded in the desert turns into the most satisfying sexual experience either has ever had. Neither man had considered himself gay or bisexual, with macho Steve's past dating history and Marc's current engagement to be married. When it happens again (and again), with even more intense feelings, Steve is reconciled to the fact that he is indeed in love with Marc, but Marc - unwilling to confront his family, friends and fiancé - continues with his wedding plans, much to Steve's chagrin. It's a dilemma both men are agonizing over, with family and friends trying to help them make the right decision.

As usual, G. A. Hauser spins a realistic and engaging romantic tale, with just the right amount of erotic content that never gets in the way of the story she is trying to tell. There's a cute wink-wink to her devoted readers, when one of the characters, in trying to reconcile his gay leanings, picks up a gay romance novel called "The Kiss" ... one of hers, of course! My one "nitpick" here is that the title is a bit misleading, as one expects a story based in Washington DC or at least within the financial industry, but that doesn't merit any reduction of the rating, which is five stars out of five.
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Enjoyable Simple Pleasure 3. April 2009
Von Purdue Fan 1994 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book was consistently recommended to me via my Kindle and given the synopsis, I thought I would enjoy an executive-based gay novel instead of the typical twink at a club type of story. What I didn't know was I began reading a gay version of a Harlequin Romance. This book is not for my straight friends. Potential readers are forewarned - this book is spends more time describing the intimate segments of the main characters relationship than developing a plot. If you are looking for a gay Harlequin Romance, this is for you.

What is unfortunate about this novel is it had the potential to be more than a romance book. Both characters are heavy hitters in their advertising agency and both characters are in the closet. As with any romance novel, of course both are extremely attractive and there is a power struggle. Without giving the plot or ending away, both have commitments to either family or significant others that they are dealing with as they become more attracted to one another. This could have been great - it had all the elements that could relate to readers.

Besides the number of pages spent describing the sexual escapades of the two, where this book fell apart for me is how quickly Steve falls in love with Mark. He declares his love for him after the first date. At that point, the character that Hauser had done such a good job developing totally fell apart for me. He became that obsessive twink instead of the masculine, mature character I had envisioned.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the book at times. It isn't one that you will be raving about to friends but it is one that you may enjoy reading as a simple pleasure and a break from the typical complex novel. As long as you know you are picking up a gay version of a Harlequin ... your expectations will be correctly set and you will enjoy this novel so much more. I'll probably be picking up another one of Hauser's books in the future.
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Ambivalence 9. März 2008
Von K. Peoples - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This book is about ambivalence of several kinds: over the sexuality of the two protagonists (straight or gay), and over their feelings for each other. Steve and Mark have each been the protagonist in two previous works by this author, in each case the guy found a hot lady to fall in love with, so they both (and everyone else) thought they were straight. Steve's relationship with his girlfriend had already devolved into a friendship without sex, but Mark, who lived with a beautiful gay roommate (in love with Mark) with whom he did NOT have sex, was engaged to and close to marrying his fiancee, Sharon. While Steve never had any difficulty resolving sexual orientation once he realized what he felt for Mark, Mark was on the verge of marriage to someone he'd once loved and had lots of ambivalence over what he should do about it in light of his exploding interest in Steve.

The two were competitors for an extremely valuable account for their advertising firm and hated each other instinctively because of the competition. Then they fell head over heels in love with each other and each had, at least early on, to fight strong ambivalence over their competing needs: to win the account (job) or to win the honey (love and steamy sex). More ambivalence.

It's a good book and I recommend it, but I can only give it four stars instead of five because I basically became disgusted with Mark well before the end of the story. I liked Steve and generally believe that he did what he had to do, except I wasn't sure why he went to the wedding after he'd realized he was being played. He was glad he did, but I didn't believe that Mark was brave enough or strong enough to do what he did at the end of the book, even though the author wrote his actions into the plotline. Enjoy; maybe you will have a different reaction to Mark than I did.
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