Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
Title: Kissing Madeline (Dearest, #3)
Author: Lex Martin
Release Date: April 27, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Design by: Krista Ritchie
Goodreads’ Book Description:
What’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.
DAREN SLOAN. Bless Daren Sloan.
I’m a huge fan of this NA series, and I honestly thought I could say that Clem and Gavin’s story would always be my #1, probably because they were my originals. But now? After Daren Sloan? HA! He has taken over and swiped that number #1 spot.
“Her smiles do something crazy to my chest. Like they’re drawing out air I haven’t breathed yet.”
Do you see that? Sloan is a hot-shot footballer who spouts of these absolutely perfect thoughts that leave me in a disarray of tears and feels. He’s got the greatest sense of humor, and he genuinely cares for Madeline McDermott.
“It was like I was addicted to him, to how safe he made me feel.”
Maddie is a journalist trying to pave a way for herself, but somehow finds that she is in charge of filming segments with one gorgeous Daren Sloan (who also happens to be her new neighbor wink wink I’m dying here). She and Daren have an insane amount of chemistry and feed off each other whenever they are near.
“It’s a sick disease, this thing with Daren. He infiltrates my every thought, dances through my dreams at night, and fills my head with flights of fancy.”
Starting a friends-with-benefits arrangement was the craziest and the greatest thing Daren and Maddie could have done. They are explosive together, but my favorite part about their relationship is their incredible friendship.
“Because when I allow myself to think about my future, I want one with him so badly my heart hurts with longing.”
Maddie and Daren’s story is all kinds of steamy, hilarious, crazy and overall, fan-freaking-tastic. I can’t even pinpoint why this book is now my favorite in the series; it’s just the whole story wrapped up in a bow for me. It was so well-written, as per usual, and was just the best way I could have spent 4.5 hours of my life. I loved this story, the characters, the dialogue and the way it made me feel.
If you’re a fan of this series, obviously you need KISSING MADELINE in your life. If you haven’t started this series, 1) why????????? 2) Grab the first book, DEAREST CLEMENTINE, which is free right now and make no further plans for your day. You’ve got a new NA series to get through 😉 You’re welcome.
Links: Amazon US (on sale for $2.99 release week only!) | Amazon UK | Amazon CA
Don’t miss out on the first two books in this incredible series!
DEAREST CLEMENTINE (#1 – Clementine & Gavin): <<< THIS IS FREE RIGHT NOW!
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.
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FINDING DANDELION (#2 – Jax and Dani):
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 it 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?
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About the Author
Lex 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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Signed paperbacks (international): Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin, Eyes Turned Skyward by Rebecca Yarros, Tool by Sabrina Paige, Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie, A Second Chance at Paris by Cole McCade, Frenched by Melanie Harlow, Three Nights with a Rock Star by Shari Slade, Loving Maddie by Kelly Jamieson, Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti, Pretty Pink Ribbons by KL Grayson, When You Are Mine by Kennedy Ryan, Dirty Proof by Jade Eby, True Blue by Jules Banard, Every After by Rebecca Paula, an Off the Map ARC (winner’s choice) by Lia Riley, Everything Has Changed by Mia Kayla, Twice in a Lifetime by Ruthie Henrick, Love Me Back by Michelle Lynn, Love Nouveau by BL Berry, Away by BA Wolfe, Undone by RE Hunter, Truth in Wildflowers by Kimberly Rose
Paperbacks for US only (ebooks if international): Lighter by Gia Riley, Wings Over Poppies by J.a. Derouen, Torn by Eleanor Green
Ebooks: Any ebook by Elisabeth Grace (winner’s choice), Always You by Stephanie Rose, The Fragile Fall by Kristy Love, Feel Again & First Came You by Faith Andrews