The Kissing Game

Reissued 2017 by Suzanne Brockmann Books
Originally published by Bantam Loveswept, December 1996
Reissued 2009 by Bantam Books
211 pages, 50K words
HERO: Simon Hunt, Antique Dealer
HEROINE: Francine “Frankie” Paresky, cab driver/private investigator
LOCATION: Sunrise Key, Florida
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Reissue originally published 1996

Friends to lovers…

When Frankie Paresky was twelve, she had a mad crush on her best friend Leila’s older brother, Simon. And while grown-up Francine still appreciates that Simon’s handsome-hot-and-sexy factor is off the scale, she’s well aware that he’s Sunrise Key’s most notorious ladies’ man. She’s glad to be his friend—his sharp sense of humor and love of laughter makes him fun to be around—but she’s careful to follow the “ten foot pole” rule. If she lets him get too close, her resistance starts to melt—but Simon only does short-term flings and Frankie’s looking for forever.

On a madcap adventure…

Simon Hunt can’t stop making trench-coat-and-fedora jokes when Frankie gets a license to become a private eye. Sunrise Key isn’t exactly overrun with crime or mysteries that need solving, so she’s as surprised as he is when a client walks in to her office and drops a hefty retainer on her desk. Her first big assignment seems daunting: find a man named “John” who vacationed on the island over a decade ago. But Frankie’s lived in the tiny tourist town her entire life and she soon realizes that the key to finding John lies in her tracking down his stepson—who just happens to be the boy with whom she shared her first kiss.

As Simon plays Dr. Watson to Frankie’s Sherlock Holmes, he quickly realizes that she’s good at solving mysteries. And when—not if, when—she finds and reconnects with her long-ago love, Simon might lose her forever. And suddenly, for this life-long fan of the one-night-stand, the idea of forever with Frankie is a whole lot less terrifying than the thought of forever without her…

Welcome back to Sunrise Key!

Set in 1996 in fictional Sunrise Key, Florida, The Kissing Game is the second book in the Sunrise Key trilogy, which includes Kiss and Tell (#1) and Otherwise Engaged (#3). The Kissing Game was originally published in 1996.


  • Romantic Times WISH Award for Simon Hunt
  • Nominated for RT’s Best Loveswept of the Year


An author of tremendous range and versatility, Brockmann proves herself a master of love and laughter.” 4 and 1/2 stars and WISH Award. Melinda Helfer, Romantic Times.


  • My original title for this book was FIRST KISS.
  • THE KISSING GAME is the second of three books featuring characters from Sunrise Key, Florida. The other two books are: KISS AND TELL (featuring Dr. Marsh Devlin and Leila Hunt, Simon’s sister) and OTHERWISE ENGAGED (featuring Preston Seaholm, the local billionaire).
  • I’d hoped to write two more Sunrise Key books — one featuring Pres’s right hand man, Dom, and the other featuring life guard extraordinaire, Hayden Young. Somewhere, I’ve got Dom’s story completely sketched out….
  • Sunrise Key is a perfect mixture of my two favorite Florida locations: Siesta Key, off Sarasota, and Sanibel Island, near Ft. Meyers.
  • I love the beach and spent more than ten years living on Siesta Key!