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5 Kissing Daren Stars
Kissing Madeline is a standalone in the Dearest series. Each book in the series are standalones.
Daren is Clementine’s ex-boyfriend. Clementine is the main heroine in book one of the Dearest series. Daren was just drafted into the NFL, he’s a newbie and he doesn’t get much play time, but he’s still a very popular athlete. He’s recently single and ready to mingle. He has no intentions in settling with any girl.
Madeline landed her dream job. She’s a TV reporter for her local station. She wants to cover breaking news, something worth of substance. But her boss has other ideas. He wants Madeline to cover sports.
I love that the timeframe in Kissing Madeline is set after college. Each book in the series kind of progresses since Clementine’s book is during college. I loved Madeline. I love how confident and career driven she was. I also love her name, but I am biased because that’s my daughter’s name, but I digress. Madeline is no damsel in distress. She wants to make it as a reporter and is willing to work the hours to get it.
I’ll be honest. I was nervous reading about Daren. He wasn’t represented in the best of light in Clementine’s book, but I’m all about redemption. I’m also about reading the other side of the story. I loved getting to know Daren’s side. I didn’t realize all the problems he was dealing with in High School. I have to say, I do see him differently.
The banter and chemistry between Madeline and Daren is amazing! There is insta-attraction at first, but the book isn’t overly in your face steamy. It’s very tasteful. Madeline is a beautiful woman and Daren wants her. Madeline is all about her job and I love that Daren chases after her. I’m a sucker when the Hero goes after the Heroine. It’s completely adorable and cute.
Tell me later why we’re a bad idea. But tonight let me show you all the reasons we work
She’s more than just a beautiful girl with an awesome laugh. More than a sexy woman with a great personality. She’s just… more.
Madeline wants to be a serious reporter. She doesn’t want to interview Daren, because sports aren’t her field and it causes tension between Madeline and other co-workers at work. Daren also has ladies throwing themselves at him and Madeline has to deal with her cheating issues, which I completely understand. There are a lot of issues they have to deal with and it was delicious to read.
I wanted to be close to him. It was like I was addicted to him, to how safe he made me feel.
Overall, Kissing Madeline is a light steamy read. There was hardly any angst, but plenty of tension that kept me interested. What I enjoyed most was the character buildup. I really felt the connection between the two characters. I loved the sexual tension, the cute playful teasing and even the crazy issues they had to deal with.
If you are a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed.
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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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.