Release Blitz and Review: Kissing Madeline

Title: Kissing Madeline (Dearest, #3)

Author: Lex Martin

Release Date: April 27, 2015

Genre: New Adult  Contemporary Romance

Cover Design by: Krista Ritchie



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.


      5 hearts

This is the 3rd and final book of the Dearest series by Lex Martin.  I have been meaning to read this author for a few months now and am so thrilled to finally meet all of her characters!  This book takes us back to Daren, childhood friend of Clem and Jax from the first two books. I admit, I wasn’t terribly drawn to Daren earlier in the series.  He had been kind of a dick to Clem and although he apologized, I wasn’t interested in knowing his story.

Thank you Lex for making me see the light!  Daren is oh so perfectly yummy!  Whether he is flirting, signing autographs for fans, joking with teammates, sending flowers, or sharing hot fudge sundaes, the man is a catch!  Most importantly, he finds himself wanting to spend time with Madeline in whatever capacity she will allow. And he is willing to go as slow as it takes, to convince her she is just as attracted to him and he is to her.  Their relationship starts out as neighbors, then turns into friends with benefits.  Eventually, their feelings get the best of them.  I appreciate that both characters were honest and open about what was going on, even if it made them uncomfortable. 

I also liked how playful their relationship was. A good sense of humor goes a long way in cementing a friendship.  Both maintained their professionalism--whatever was happening at home didn’t overtly bleed out into their business connection.  It was great to see all the other couples from the series pop up and hang out together.  There is some suspense and I admit to being wrong about who was to blame for all the issues happening.  That’s good writing! 

Finally, I am a sucker for an epilogue and Lex wraps this series up in a bow and delivers it in the final chapter of the book.  Very satisfied with the ending!  Wonderful author to read.  So happy that she took a chance and published her words for all of us!  You will want to read this series in order, just to understand the dynamics but the book could be picked up as a standalone without missing out on too much.  I look forward to reading this author again in her future endeavors! 

Dearest Series Book links

DEAREST CLEMENTINE (#1 - Clementine & Gavin):

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 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):

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?

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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