Sunday, June 29, 2014

eARC BOOK REVIEW...Finding Dandelion (Dearest, #2) by Lex Martin

Title:  Finding Dandelion (Dearest, #2)   
Author:  Lex Martin
Publication Date:  June 11th 2014 by Short on Time Books

Plot:  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?

FINDING DANDELION, the second book in the Dearest series, is a stand-alone novel. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.

 My Review 


☆I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you hun!!☆

"If you don't fight for what you love, don't cry for what you lose."


Finding Dandelion was just AMAZING. It isn’t often that I come across authors that I will go out of my way to read their work the moment they send me a copy, but,  Lex Martin is ONE of these select few authors that I make an absolute exception for. I LITERALLY sat and devoured this book in ONE sitting. No joke…I even didn’t notice when the sun went down to even turn on the lights in my house!  Haha

So the story…


Jax Avery:


The filthy rich, twin brother Casanova of Clementine from book one. He also happens to be Boston College's all star soccer player on probation and every woman’s wet dream.

Danielle “Dani”/”Dandelion” Hart:


Just your normal, average girl trying to get through college like everyone else and just so happens to be Jax’ sister’s new roommate.

Dani initially sees Jax on the street but doesn’t know who he is (although she notably remarks that he is really cute) and later meets up with him again at a nearby club where they end up....


in one of the back private rooms.

Things are great in the heat of the moment until life gets in the way and Jax is whisked away and ends up not remembering Dani. Sounds convenient right? But in Jax's defense, he has a good reason for it so don't throw rocks at him mkay?


*wink wink*


Lex Martin does a superb job as she keeps readers wondering what’s to come next. Will Jax ever recognize the girl he vaguely remembers but can’t get out of his head? Will Dani ever tell him the truth?

One thing’s for sure, Dani WILL NOT let herself succumb and be one of those meaningless girls that pass through Jax’s womanizing revolving door. Not that she regrets their one unforgettable tryst of course...


And with fate pulling them together over and over in numerous occasions, and the two beginning to develop feelings for one another, will Jax break away from his jaded past that jump-started his notorious man-whoring antics and take a chance on the brunette beauty? Even if she is one of his sister's friends?



And what of his budding but yet questionable soccer career? Will he be able to change his ways and make it to play as a professional? And if so, what will Dani’s presence in his life mean for his future?


AS FOR DANI... Will she follow her mother's advice and take a chance on life and love and just be happy?  Even if it means that means walking away from the man she loves?

Well’re in for a bumpy ride as emotions run high and stakes are even higher as Dani and Jax ride the highs and lows of life and realize the importance of: love, friendship, family, sacrifice, making choices and going for what you want, and the inevitable reality of death.

Can their budding love be what brings them together? Or ultimately be their undoing? And when a bad decision leads Jax potentially losing the girl who’s come to mean his everything, will their love withstand the odds stacked against them? Read and you will find out!

#A GREAT, GREAT addition to the Dearest series!! I’m still hoping for a Jenna and Ryan novella but am excited for how Daren’s story pans out!! Ugh!! He better dump that ‘slore’ Veronica!! My Gosh, Lex, you have ruined me on this series!! Damn you, woman! lol. And thank you for adding me in your thank yous! I was really excited about it. *hugs* :)

My Rating:
-Overall : 9
-Plot : 9
-Writing : 9
-Characters : 9
-Cover : 8.5-9

 About the Author 

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Author of DEAREST CLEMENTINE, FINDING DANDELION and KISSING MADELINE. I write new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters.

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