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.



I received an ARC of this book for an honest review. I have to give this book 5 stars! I write this review bitter sweetly because it’s an end to a series that I’ve completely loved! Kissing Madeline is book 3 in the Dearest Series. It is Daren & Maddie’s book, as soon as I learned that Daren was getting his own book. I’ve been desperate to get my hands on it!! One of my all time favorite female main characters is Clementine & just knowing that he hurt her in high school & how made me not like him. I believe I commented a few times in the Dearest series group on Facebook that I was wondering if Lex Martin could redeem him to me. Well she did & than some. Maddie & Daren know each other through mutual friends & due to different circumstances they find themselves single & new neighbors at the same time. There’s an attraction there from the start but both are a little gun shy so they decide to try the friends with benefits thing. As we all know that usually ends up turning into something more. I loved how Lex wrote both characters & loved the inner dialogue that they would both have when second guessing something, or trying to hold in how they affected each other. The chemistry between these 2 was off the charts!!! Lex knows how to write a steamy scene that’s for sure. But like I brought up in each book she’s truly skilled at the growth of her characters in each book & the friendships that are formed & nurtured. This book was no different we see the close friendships that Maddie & Daren have with their friends & we see how their friendship grows & blossoms, than leads to love. I’m so happy to have the chance to read this book that I did everything to drag it out because I didn’t want it to end but than I couldn’t wait to see what was gonna happen in the next chapter. I will be recommending this book to my book friends, it has everything you could want in a book. Friendships, drama, hot steamy scenes, a love story, & a bit of a mystery. Lex Martin is an automatic one click author for me & I can’t wait to see what other stories she brings me.


Lex is also posting a big giveaway on her author page on release day for anyone who posts their reviews on Amazon

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KISSING MADELINE (#3 – Maddie & Daren):

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DEAREST CLEMENTINE (#1 – Clementine & Gavin): Free at time of posting

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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


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 stakeand maybe even her life.



FINDING DANDELION (#2 – Jax and Dani):

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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 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?



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.

Connect with Lex:

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Make sure to stop by the Dearest series group this week as Lex will have lots of giveaways happening for release week!


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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