In Kissing Games of the World by Sandi Kahn Shelton, Harris Goddard’s death complicates things for more than just his grandson, Christopher, whom he has raised since the boy’s mother died four days after he was born. Harris’s death is extremely inconvenient for Nate, Christopher’s father, who can’t imagine fitting a 5 year-old into his workaholic lifestyle. Jamie, Harris’s housemate, is broken-hearted by the loss of her dear friend, as well as the knowledge that she and her son, Arley, will lose Christopher and will no longer be able to live in the house she’s grown to love. She’s also embarrassed by the fact that when the paramedics came, they found her in somewhat questionable circumstances.
So when Nate and Jamie meet, she thinks he’s a horrible father who is separating her from a child she loves. Nate thinks Jamie has set up a questionable living arrangement, hoping to get her hands on Harris’s money. They tolerate each other in order to survive the situation and learn some lessons along the way.