The Kissing Game (Sunrise Key Trilogy, #2) by Suzanne Brockmann
Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: November 1st 1996
Pages: 290 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
This is Book 2 in a romantic comedy trilogy Suzanne Brockmann wrote in 1996 for Bantam Loveswept. The other two books are: Book 1, Kiss and Tell, and Book 3, Otherwise Engaged. The Kindle edition is mostly cleanly edited, with occasional paragraph-break problems.
The hero of this book is Simon Hunt, thirty-six-year-old brother of Leila Hunt, the heroine of Book 1, and his romantic interest is thirty-year-old Frankie Paresky, Leila's best friend.
Like Simon, Frankie has lived all her life on Sunrise Key, a small island near the Western Panhandle of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. Frankie has no desire to live anywhere else, though she's often had trouble making ends meet. Recently she became licensed as a private detective, and she alternates pursuing that career while also driving the only cab on the island. Simon has made a habit of teasing her since she was a child, and the Sherlock Holmes jokes at her expense have been far too many since he discovered her PI aspirations. But then one day a rich client shows up on the island and offers Frankie a chance to trace down a missing heir to an estate on the island for a huge salary and a potential $10,000 bonus. Simon immediately volunteers himself as Frankie's Watson, partly because as an antiques dealer he is dying to get his hands on the expensive antiques in the mansion on the estate in question. But mainly because he is dying to see Frankie in action.
Similar to Book 1 in this series, the hero has known and teased the heroine for years, and both have secretly been attracted to each other for over a decade. Simon hasn't approached Frankie because she's not the type of woman he can just have a quick affair with and forget--he gets restless after three weeks, tops, with any given woman, and therefore he's always stuck to tourists. Frankie has avoided Simon because she doesn't want to get her heart broken. Due to the case, for the first time in their lives Frankie and Simon are spending a great deal of time together, often in very close quarters. It soon becomes impossible for them to deny the passion they feel for each other, and their romantic journey is both humorous and breathtakingly passionate--and often heartrendingly poignant and tender as well.
This is a great continuation of a fun trilogy and well worth the read for Brockmann fans. For fans of romantic comedy in particular, it is a wonderful treat from one of the best romance writers in the business.