Blog Tour Stop: Review & Giveaway - Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin

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Finding Dandelion (Dearest #2)
Lex Martin
A New Adult Romance
About Finding Dandelion
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.  
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Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1)
goodreads-badge-add-plus-d700d4d3e3c0b346066731ac07b7fe47 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.

DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.

★★★★ 4+ Stars!

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

Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin is the second book in the Dearest-series but it can also be read as a standalone. Personally, I hadn't read book one, Dearest Clementine, yet and while I could follow the story perfectly, I think it might have been an even better reading experience after having read book one first. But still, that minor detail did not diminish the fact that author Lex Martin has managed to positively surprise me with her fun, thrilling and original NA novel.

Finding Dandelion is the story of Jax and Dani. Two complete opposites. At least, at first sight. Dani is the school soccer star, and the ultimate player. He's the kind of guy who has girls falling all over him wherever he goes which is why Dani has always thought he's way out of her league. See, Dani is the kind of girl who just likes to blend in. She's a bit shy, lacks a bit of confident and she's set her own passions aside to follow her dad's rules when it came to choosing a major in college.

Still, one night of Dani deciding to be bold, sexy and reckless leads to her and Jax's explosive, passion-filled one night together that will change both of them forever. Even though, afterwards, Jax doesn't seem to "remember" what his memorable one night stand looked like. And to make matters worse, they keep running into each other all the time.

"If this is part of his game, I'm lost. Hook, line and sinker."

After their one night together, things become a bit complicated. On one hand, Dani and Jax manage to build up a solid, carefree friendship but on the other hand both of them still have lingering memories from that one night that make both of them want more than being "just friends". But can they both let go of their fears and take a leap of faith in order to fight for what they truly want?

"I obviously care too much and I don't want to set myself up for heartbreak, and that boy has disaster written all over him like the S.S. Titanic."

Overall, Finding Dandelion was a sweet, fun, very well written NA romance that I very much enjoyed reading. It had a bit of humor, some steamy scenes and a some highly emotional ones as well. Both Dani and Jax were ultimately very likeable characters who both had issues but who you couldn't help but root for in the end. Lex Martin is for sure an author I will be looking out for in the future and I'm already looking forward to catching up with the rest of this exciting new series!

**ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

About the Author
Lex_small 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, this native Texan has lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.  
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