Kissing Games of the World: Book summary and reviews of Kissing Games of the World by Sandi Kahn Shelton

Kissing Games of the World

By Sandi Kahn Shelton

Kissing Games of the World
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2008,
    400 pages.

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What if the one person you can’t bear to be with is also the one person you can’t bear to be without?

Jamie McClintock is a free-spirited artist and single mother who has at last found peace and freedom sharing a farmhouse with an elderly man and his young grandson. But when the old man dies, her idyllic country life comes to a halt, as the old man’s estranged son, Nate, returns to claim the house and his child.

Jamie can’t stand Nate’s slick, arrogant, salesman-like approach to parenthood, and Nate is irritated by her laid-back, earth mother view of life, not to mention her fondness for artsy knitted vests. This is definitely not love at first sight. But as they try to work out the logistics of raising their two little boys—reluctantly enduring everything from games of hide-and-seek with Daddy’s BlackBerry to breakfasts of headless teddy bear pancakes - their lives become hopelessly intertwined. It’s not until they’ve gone their separate ways that they both realize that sometimes love sneaks through the door you were sure you’d slammed long ago, and that rescue from the past can come from the unlikeliest places.

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"An absolute treat, Shelton's work rarely falters and is filled with realistic twists, complex characters and a moving conclusion." - Publishers Weekly.

"Starred Review. Shelton's third novel is an engrossing, charming, and often funny exploration of love and the relationships that result." - Library Journal.

"Sexy hero, lovable heroine, adorable kids – Kissing Games of the World has it all. A complete delight. Fall into this buoyant, funny, genuinely touching story of two incomplete people finding the rest of themselves in each other. I loved it." - Patricia Gaffney.

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Debb
Kissing Games of the World
This was the first of Sandi Kahn Shelton's books I have read, but it is certainly not the last! Jamie's relationship with her son, Arley and the other characters in this book were heartwarming and so very real. I laughed out loud many times and shed a few tears. Some twists and turns that you won't expect, right up until the end, I was up late more than once with this book in my hand! I loved it! I am going straight to Amazon.com to get more of Sandi Kahn Shelton's books!

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Tanya
Kissing Games of the World
This book was an easy read and a gave the reader a clear view of human relationships. It showed an insight into the wounds that we carry as children and why at times every decision we make reflects those wounds.

The book was not too clear about the reasons why the dad that died was so removed from his family and why he then became so involved with his grandson.

It also was troublesome that the female character was so dependent on so many people and her actions did not reflect the welfare of her child.

I t was a good read and at times it kept you coming back for more.

Rated 2 of 5 of 5 by Christi
not good
I found this book hard to finish. The characters felt shallow and trite. I think the storyline had potential, but it didn't seem to move and again, I cared so little for the main players that part one just seemed to go on forever. I would not recommend this book.

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Tricia
Heartwarming story boasts nicely drawn characters
What a nice story. I was swept up into it quickly and enjoyed it until the last page. I would hope to see many more novels of this caliber from this author.

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Jinny
Kissing Games
I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. The characters are well-drawn and stay true to themselves throughout. The story is engaging and it's twists and turns were entertaining, although the ending was somewhat predictable.

Most enjoyable and authentic, I thought, were the portrayals of the young boys and their own delightful dialogues and adventures.

I missed these people when the book was over and wanted to follow them through further adventures.

Rated 3 of 5 of 5 by Ladyslott
Cute Romance
Kissing Games of the World is a cute romance, a good if predictable story; boy meets girl, they hate each other on sight but feel an attraction to each other they can't hide. We all know how the book will end up, and the author doesn't vary the formula very much. The characters were pleasant, the children were cute and it was a nice way to spend a few hours. If you are looking for a pleasurable and light read for the beach or a rainy day at home this book will satisfy that need very nicely.

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The author of two previous books, Sandi Kahn Shelton is a feature writer for the New Haven Register and a frequent contributor to Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Redbook, and Ladies’ Home Journal. She lives in Guilford, Connecticut. Visit Sandi Shelton's website and blog.

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