Title: Kissing Madeline (Dearest, #3)
Author: Lex Martin
Release Date: April 27, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Design by: Krista Ritchie
BlurbWhat’s the worst thing about wanting a sexy NFL football player? Everyone else wants him, too. After catching my boyfriend getting deep-throated by a skanky cage girl, I’ve learned my lesson – never date a professional athlete. Never. Besides, I have more important things to worry about, like not blowing my shot to make it as a broadcast reporter. I won’t let anything get in my way, not even the new “it boy” of the NFL and my hot-as-hell neighbor. What's the worst thing about getting death glares from his new neighbor? It doesn't make him want her any less. I’ve worked my ass off to make it to the pros. The last thing I need is the complication of a relationship, especially since my last one was a total train wreck. But I can’t stop thinking about the feisty girl next door with the smart mouth. And I’d love nothing more than to show her what to do with that mouth. Friends with benefits might be the best idea he’s ever had. Or the worst. Kissing Madeline is a companion novel to DEAREST CLEMENTINE and FINDING DANDELION. Each book is a stand-alone.
My review (Arc provided)
I love this author and this series! I was so excited to get the opportunity to read the third book and it didn’t disappoint. After reading Dearest Clementine I still wasn’t sure what to think about Daren (H). I wasn’t sure if I would like him or if he would come across too cocky. Well I was pleasantly surprised and dare I say he may have been my favorite. :/ Sometimes you don’t need all the alpha cockiness and Daren was like the perfect guy. Sure he had faults made some big mistakes but not to purposely hurt people. I’m so glad I was able to get to know him in this book.
Maddie (h) was a super cool girl. I want her as my friend! In fact I want the whole clan to be my friends. What I loved so much about Maddie is that she is a strong woman, driven, beautiful, and centered. She doesn’t take bullshit and she’ll call you out on it but at the same time she is fragile too. Daren and Maddie had great chemistry it was fun reading about them. I enjoyed the college banter.
After Daren realizes he finally can’t be with Veronica anymore he finally calls it quits. She has been a toxic presence in his life for too long. She isn’t supportive and doesn’t trust him. Daren decides to focus on his career as rookie quarterback for the Rebels and not let a woman get in his way. He can’t focus on a relationship right now he needs to focus on the game. When Maddie is the assigned reporter to the Rebels and has to interview Darren who also happens to be Boston’s most eligible bachelor sparks fly. Maddie isn’t ready for anything and either is Darren but they both feel their connection.
Maddie needs to focus on her career and after being badly burned by her boyfriend the last thing she needs is another cocky jock that all the girls want. She knows if they act on their attraction she could lose her job and not be taken as a serious reporter. But one drunken night changes things and now they have to live undercover. What will happen if their secret is discovered?
This book wasn’t over the top angsty which I liked. Darren and Maddie seemed very mature and for the most part honest. They dealt with their issues head on and didn’t fall for rumors (mostly). What I also thought was unique is that Veronica didn’t get involved or try to sabotage things like a lot of authors often add to novels for extra drama. The only reason I didn’t give it a full five stars was because I guessed the twist, it didn’t deter me at all from absolutely loving the book though. I can’t wait for more from this author!
Oh yeah, if you like hot sex but not over the top it’s here!
If you haven’t read the other two books in this series I highly recommend them.
Thanks Lex for another great read!
Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B00WRDSPSW
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/
DEAREST CLEMENTINE (Dearest, #1 - Clementine & Gavin) My review
Free! Amazon | Nook | Kobo | Paperback Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn't mind being called bitchy and closed off. It's safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good. Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out...in the name of research, of course. As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.
FINDING DANDELION (#2 - Jax and Dani) My review
Amazon | Nook | Kobo | Paperback When soccer all-star Jax Avery collides with Dani Hart on his twenty-first birthday, their connection is instantaneous and explosive. For the first time in years, Jax isn’t interested in his usual hit-it and quit-it approach. But Dani knows better. Allowing herself a night to be carefree and feel the intensity of their attraction won’t change anything when it comes to dealing with a player. So when Jax doesn’t recognize Dani the next time he sees her, it shouldn’t be a total shock. The fact that he’s her new roommate’s brother? That’s a shock. Dani doesn’t regret that night with Jax, just the need to lie about it. Since her roommate has made it clear what she thinks about her brother’s “type” of girl, the last thing Dani wants is to admit what happened. Jax knows he’s walking a fine line on the soccer team. One more misstep and he’s off the roster, his plans to go pro be damned. Except he can’t seem to care. About anything… except for the one girl who keeps invading his dreams. Despite Jax’s fuzzy memory of his hot hookup with his sister’s friend, he can’t stay away from her, even if that means breaking his own rules. But there are bigger forces at work–realities that can end Dani’s college career and lies that can tear them apart. Jax realizes what he’s losing if Dani walks away, but will he sacrifice his future to be with her? And will she let him if he does?
About the AuthorLex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she's not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she's lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.
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