We’ve Got the Drama, So Where’s the Kissing? // Kissing Games by Tara Eglington

KissingGamesTitle: Kissing Games
Position: Book Two in the Aurora Skye series
Author: Tara Eglington (How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You)
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 342
Rating: 3.5/5

The course of true love never did run smooth. For a girl who shares her name with a princess (a.k.a Aurora from Sleeping Beauty) Aurora Skye’s life seem fathoms away from a fairytale. Sure, she’s landed Hayden Paris, Potential Prince extraordinaire. And she got her wish — one first kiss with all the knee-trembling, butterfly-inducing gloriousness she’d hoped for.
But Aurora’s learning that a kiss is just the beginning of a story.
Instead of being the truly transcendent, utterly epic follow up it should be, her second attempt at kissing has literally landed Hayden Paris in the emergency room. If that’s not mortifying enough, the whole school is now referring to her as ‘Lethal Lips’.
Meanwhile it’s all systems go for her best friend Cassie – she and Potential Prince Scott are totally loved up and can’t stop kissing. Jelena (Jefferson High’s answer to Helen of Troy) has moved on from the heinous betrayal by Bad Boy Alex West and has unleashed her plan to rule the world by running for School Captain. Problem is Alex is running too and Jelena’s pulling out all the stops to prevent him from stealing her rightful place as ruler of Jefferson High – including offering Aurora’s Find a Prince/Princess Program as one of her campaign initiatives.
How is Aurora going to prove her program is foolproof and help Jelena win the election when her matchmaking manoeuvres seem to be throwing all the wrong people together – including the NAD and the hippy-dippy Ms Deforest — and she can’t even convince Hayden to kiss her?

I was extremely lucky to receive a digital ARC of this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

I fell in love with How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You when I read it, so I was definitely excited when I found out that there was a sequel that followed Aurora and Hayden’s adventures once they got together. When I saw Kissing Games (originally titled How to Convince a Boy to Kiss You in its home of Australia) on Netgalley, I got really excited and had to read it. Unfortunately, while it wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t my favorite and I think I’m just going to pretend that How to Keep is a standalone.

One of my main issues with this book was the glut of romantic drama. There’s romantic drama for the protagonist Aurora and her new boyfriend Hayden, but there’s also too much romantic drama for just about every other couple that formed in the first book or are forming in this book, especially since Aurora is trying to set up new couples for her friend Jelena’s run for class president.

That was another issue – Jelena was the cause of a lot of problems in this book because she just had to win the presidency, even if it meant using her friends without their permission. She wasn’t as bad as she was at the end of the last book, when there was a little bit of friendship drama, but she kept volunteering her friends for stuff that would help her without making sure that they actually wanted to help, including Aurora. Aurora wasn’t ready to start setting up couples under her Find a Prince Program, but Jelena thought it would help her campaign, so it was prematurely opened to the public and caused some of the romantic drama.

I was also disappointed with the way some secondary characters were developed in this book (SLIGHT SPOILERS). It looked like things might be looking up with Aurora and her mother, but then things went really downhill by the end of this book. Things started looking up towards the end with her father’s girlfriend, though, and rather than being happy that there was less drama in Aurora’s life, I was frustrated because it was at the expense of her mother and her character, plus it just seemed out of nowhere.

Again, this wasn’t really a bad book and there were some humorous and romantic bits, just like the first book, but the drama got out of hand and kept me from falling in love with this book like I did with the first one. I do want to see what else Tara Eglington writes, though, and hopefully this was just a fluke for me.




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