Monday, April 27, 2015

Release Blitz, Giveaway & Eliza's Review: Kissing Madeline (Dearest, #3) by Lex Martin


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.   

Title: Kissing Madeline
Series: Dearest, #3
Author: Lex Martin
Release date: 27th April, 2015
Rating: 4 "sweet thing" stars
Cliffhanger: No

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Lex Martin manages to bridge the gap between New Adult and Contemporary in a way I find appealing and effortless. I've enjoyed every book in the series so far and Kissing Madeline is the winning hat trick of her trio of Dearest novels.

Daren and Madeline are characters that have been introduced in Dearest Clementine and although their roles were minor, the impact was greater. It's a great welcome to see them return but it's in KM that we really see them come into their own.

“I hate you,” she says under her breath. 
“It’ll pass. Then you’ll love me. I promise.” 
She turns and glares. “You shouldn’t make promises you can’t keep.” 
I grin and motion toward her. “You need to be careful. I always keep my promises.”

From the little known about Daren previously, I knew enough to know he'd have to work his little socks off to change my opinion of him and I was curious to see how Lex would do that. Turns out I needn't have worried as she achieves it by page 2.

Neither Daren or Maddie are strangers to sacrifice and discipline, in their careers they strive to be at the top of their game. Their respective love lives however are in the relegation zone. Walking in on her MMA fighter boyfriend and the cage girl sees Maddie swear off athletes and focus on her career as an on air reporter. Something Daren is also doing, his near miss with his trifling hoe of an ex girlfriend means he's not interested in pursuing anything that will distract him from making his mark in the NFL. Until their careers collide.

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Filling in on a sports segment means Maddie gets a whole lot closer to quarter back Daren than she ever wanted too. The onscreen chemistry is undeniable and eventually spills over to their personal lives. Due to the nature of her job and the fear of any conflict of interest they agree to keep it casual and out of the public eye.

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I didn't get the same sense of intensity from their personal stories as I did from the characters in the previous books but it certainly made up for it in its suspense and steam.

With a winning touchdown of epilogues it's the perfect end to a wonderful series. KM was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015 and Lex Martin certainly delivered for me on that front.

..I close my eyes and rest my head on her chest, never more content with my life. And for the first time ever, it has nothing to do with football.

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DEAREST CLEMENTINE (Dearest, #1 - Clementine & Gavin) Amazon | Nook | Kobo | Paperback

Dearest Clementine

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) Amazon | Nook | Kobo | Paperback

Finding Dandelion Official Cover

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?  

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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