ARC Review: The Kissing Game by Marie Harte

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ARC Review: The Kissing Game by Marie Harte
The Kissing Game

3.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: February 4, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 320
Format: eARC

“I really felt like Harte was able to capture a lot of the same elements of that series, but also give Rena her own story that was unique to her.”
~ Under the Covers

If you have read Marie Harte’s McCauley Brothers and Body Shop Bad Boys series, then you know that this book is a long time coming. Readers have been begging for Rena to get a book and now that she finally got one, I couldn’t be happier.

I had some high expectations with this book because I was such a big fan of the original McCauley Brothers series. I really felt like Harte was able to capture a lot of the same elements of that series, but also give Rena her own story that was unique to her.

The hero, Axel, turned out to be a little different than what I expected him to be. He was alpha but also quite gentle at the same time. And in terms of the level of heat compared to the other series, this one seemed a bit more toned down.

There is also something else that I wanted to note. The cover is very different from what we normally see from this author. I guess that the publisher was going for the trend that’s quite popular right now, but I do definitely prefer her original covers. I think it matches the book a bit better. However, I can totally understand that they wanted to give Rena a special cover because of how unique she was.

Nevertheless, it was fun to read this book. I would suggest starting with the McCauley Brothers series if you plan on reading this one, just so you can experience Rena’s story from all angles before you finally read from her POV.


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About Marie Harte

Marie Harte is an avid reader who loves all things paranormal and futuristic. Reading romances since she was twelve, she fell in love with romance and happy endings and knew writing was her calling. Years later after the Marine Corps, Information Technology, and 60 hour work weeks, her dream has finally come true.

Marie lives in Oregon with her family and is constantly reading and writing.


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Thanks for the review.

I’m not a fan of these covers but, as you said, they are. quite popular

Kathleen Bylsma

Great review. I, too, wanted to know how Rena found her HEA!
Agree original cover line should have been used. This one gives a completely different feeling about the book. In fact, I thought it was about another series by another author when I first saw it! Thanks.

Amy R

Thanks for the review.


Thanks Annie for the review