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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,827 ratings  ·  145 reviews
If there?s one point that Jamie McClintock and Nate Goddard can agree upon, it?s that love is overrated. Jamie doesn?t have time for it. Nate doesn?t need it. And they certainly don?t want it from each other.

Jamie, a struggling free-spirited artist, is a devoted single mother who hasn?t been in a serious relationship since her boyfriend abandoned her after their son was
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Crown
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Brandy
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one by Maddie Dawson! I really enjoyed it.
Laura
Apr 20, 2009 rated it liked it
This book took me forever to read. Basically, I had trouble getting into it, but kept plodding along, reading a few pages every few days, anyway. I liked it at the start, and found the atypical family of four charming and interesting, but soon realized they were not the characters I'd get to keep for the rest of the novel. In comes Nate, whom I hate instantly. He is such a clueless, self centered, pushy, smarmy salesperson... I just didn't want him to be a main character of the book, or to be ...more
Marleen
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Contrary to Matchmakers for Beginners, I was less taken with Dawson's Kissing Games of the World, which for starters, has a title I couldn't really understand. In this story, single-mom Jamie McClintock and single-dad Nate Goddard, who have nothing in common, find themselves crossing paths and living in the same house, if only for awhile. I will admit there were little nuggets of wisdom here and there, about parenthood and life in general, but I wasn't convinced. I thought the story could have ...more
Anita
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
loved loved loved this book. sympathetic with the single parent struggles, liked the storylines. empathetic characters. good good.
Tamara
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book that has you thinking

This isn’t a typical happy ever after story. The depths of the characters and their various struggles were real. Jamie was a woman who may have been a artistic hippie, but deep down she has strong moral codes. She didn’t look for man to take care of her. She had a friendship with an older man who was raising his grandson on his own just like she was raising her son on her own.

Harris’s long time friend Cooksey didn’t like Jamie but I think it was more because the woman
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Anita
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, adult
The Kissing Games of the World was an impulse buy at Target earlier this week. One of those, 'hmmmm, this looks decent' kind of days. I get most of my books via www.swaptree.com, which I highly suggest checking it out if you've not heard of it. Anyhow, so the book was very good. A very mild type of drama I was looking for. It was more about Jamie and Nate finding themselves than finding each other. Oh they "collided" a few times, and it was wonderful and beautiful, but what was more important ...more
Angie
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I cannot think of a moment in this book that I would change, where I was bored or critical. The characters were just so well drawn. I loved the characters and would love to know what they are doing know. The climatic ending was a bit abrupt, but my that is tied to my desire to not let the characters go.
Heidi
Jan 27, 2009 rated it liked it
This book would have gotten a solid 4 1/2 stars if not for the language. Upon reading the first few pages, I realized how long it had been since I had read a book by an author who knew how to write. Shelton KNOWS how to write and create a story. She understands characters. Although it was definitely a romance, it was also a study on how our pasts mold our future decisions.
Batsheva Goldstein
Great story line

I really liked the characters of this book. They were complex and had to learn how to be better people . The kids are the best part . It's a book that makes you laugh and cry for the pain the adults are going through.
Kim
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is well written and warmly done. Everyone learns something about themselves and their world by the end of this book. Almost everyone has personal growth, even the jerks. It is sweet, sad, funny, and romantic at the same time.
Michele
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Sandi's books, and this was my favorite. I didn't want to leave these characters -- I want to know how they make out -- will they be able to make it all work? Very enjoyable read!
Nancy
Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The characters are written with such depth that they felt like real people. The author crafted the personalities so well, I couldn't put the book down.
Jan
Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great romance. Believable characters, very enjoyable.
Robin
Nov 30, 2008 marked it as to-read
Can't remember why I wrote this down but it must have sounded intriguing!
Julie Ritenour
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit, library, 2009, more
I picked this up based on the cover and the title. The characters and story drew me in from the very beginning. I'll definitely look for more by this author
Sally
Dec 12, 2008 rated it liked it
A nice read. Nothing heavy here, but a very enjoyable read with well drawn characters.
Cyndi
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
A fun easy read about a single mom living with an older man who dies and the chaos and love that ensues
Judy
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Title and cover are a little misleading - this is another wonderful human story from Sandi Kahn Shelton
Sue
Nov 30, 2008 rated it liked it
This was entertaining, but sort of a romance novel with some literary pretensions.
Parisan
Oct 31, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dragged on

The premise sounded interesting. The title was interesting and implied a lot of travels. But this book was SO boring and so long. Every character was so awful. Jamie was literally a pain in the ass. WHO DRESSES THEIR CHILD IN CROCHET VESTS? Who goes around living in the world WITH A CHILD without a real job or any real income? How does she truly just expect her sister to pay her way through life for both her and her child? Nate was a psycho with no emotional capability. Tina was just
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Diane D White
I'll Explain The Math

For the longest time while trudging through Dawson's disappointingly predictable tale, my rating was a 2. I mean, once Harris died and Nate showed up, this book's ending was clear as day, and Dawson chose to let us intuit this only a few pages into her relatively long novel.

That came too soon, in my opinion. She hadn't made me care enough yet about these people for enthusiasm to propel my long and winding walk towards an unsurprising destination. I really only kept reading
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Melissa Dinwiddie
Quite a character arc!

Harris screwed up his family, walking out on his wife and son, Nate. A known womanizer about town, he ruined his son’s life. And yet when that same son becomes a widower when Harris’s grandson, Christopher, is only 5 days old, it’s Harris who raises the boy, making up with Christopher for his sins with Nate.

Now, 5 years later, a young mom, Jamie, is boarding in Harris’s house. She doesn’t have the context that a Nate does, and loves Harris as a good friend and father-figure
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Loren Bhagwandeen
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, the story line started off right away. I hate when books start off super slow and take forever to get to the point, but this one, everything just took off. At times, I did not like Nate's character, and Jaime was too indecisive to me, but she was overall a really great mom. I didn't realize how much i was enjoying this book until I was about halfway through and I didn't want to put it down at 3am! The only reason I took off a star was because Jaime's sister kind of ...more
Pam
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE Maddie Dawson! This was her first book and i read her most recent book "Match Making for Beginners" first. I think maybe this one started a bit slow, but maybe that's only by comparison.

Maddie, I call her Maddie, really knows how to develop her characters and make you feel like you know them. Only Steven (King) and now Maddie seem to know how to do this to the max. She really knows how to build empathy between the reader and the characters. Even the ones who aren't so hot or nice or lovely.
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Geri Mauriello
So nice to read something uplifting. I've been a" mystery" reader since 7th grade and was given my first Nancy Drew but I have become so tired and so sickened that every thriller out there is about a women teen or child chained to the floor bed or wall. Where is your imagination writers. A true mystery who done it ? And until that starts to change, and stay up all night trying to solve the mystery books are being written again , I will continue to read books by the Maddie Dawson's of the ...more
sharon mason
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story, strange title

Maddie Dawson writes a good story with well built characters that have a likability even though flawed personally. Nate is both of these things, an excellent salesman but kinda messed up inside where all his feelings are hidden. Especially from himself. All he knows is that he's angry as hell. His outside personality is well doused in humor and charm. And then he meets his five year old son and everything changes. Christopher, his best bud Arley and Jamie, Arley's mom
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Caitland Orlicz
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, easy read that would make a relatively decent (maybe slightly depressing) romcom

I read another of Maddie Dawson’s books and liked her writing style so decided to give this one a shot. I loved the characters overall, thought they were well-developed (though Nate might have been a bit too over the top in his introduction). It was a quick, easy read, but I felt like the ending was rushed. I had maybe 40 pages to go thinking “How is this possibly going to end in 40 pages?” I think it was a bit
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Corina
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The is a story of single mom raising her son in the home of Harris. Harris is not a very likable character. Harris in his younger left his wife and young son to take up with another women in this very small town. He wanted nothing to do with his son, Nate, so it is ironic that Harris raising Christoper, Nate's son. He has taught Christoper to hate his father. When Harris dies Nate shows up to claim his son. This is s story of finding love, of learning to be a father, of finally realizing that ...more
Donna
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finnish
Read this one because I really liked Matchmaking for Beginners, but this one--not so much. This one had situations that would have been quirky and interesting but all the people populating them (exception possibly the main female character and the kids, who weren't 3-d characters but rather props for adult drama) were people I didn't want to spend time with, who, in fact, I found not just not sympathetic but verging on poisonously dysfunctional. The developing romance made me cringe and think ...more
Scott Chapman
Plowing my way through Ms Dawson's books as fast as I can.

finding each one as enjoyable as the last. Agree with one reviewer that this story ended up quite abruptly!
Lots of characters to love, some to pity, some to loathe. Jamie's sis, Lucy, is clueless a nd I don't think she's as well meaning as she thinks she is. The reader will have fun, as I did, casting actors to play the parts of these people, should a movie be made.
Very entertaining, not too deep.
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