It's been months and I'm ashamed...
Author: Lex Martin
Title: Finding Dandelion
Release date: 9th of July 2014
Series: Dearest #2
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 330 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
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?
Warning! Slight spoilers!
I haven’t read the first book in the series, but having a secret and intense liking for specific amnesia stories (eg. boy and girl meet, fall in love, then one loses their memory and then one struggles to move on or win back their love, while the one without memories is blissfully and cruelly clueless), I simply had to get my hands on it, be it a second book in the series or not. Angst within amnesia plots is so painfully cheesy, overemotional and usually incredibly unnecessary, because there is always something insignificant, at least to the reader, that prevents the one without holes in their memory from revealing the truth and, in most cases, it’s because of the greater good or due to pointless selflessness. It all comes together like a bad soap opera and while annoying and making me roll my eyes, I cannot deny the glorious wonderful fluffy angst.
The situation isn’t really significantly different from my example scenario within this book, there is the boy and girl who experience an explosive attraction and get it on, only for the boy to hit his head after their sexy tryst and the next time they meet, the girl finds out that the boy is her roommates brother and apparently a huge ladies man, so naturally, it would be embarrassing to admit to her friends that she fell into the same trap as many others, and also, the boy doesn’t seem to remember her at all, thus she naturally assumes that she was so insignificant that he simply didn’t bother to recall her. And that would be the end for this lovestory if it only wouldn’t have been for the appalling driving skills of Jax aka the boy and him hitting Dani aka the girl with his fancy pancy BMW. He should have gotten a punch to the face for that and all the legal mess that comes with that by the way!
Apart from the overly used and cheesy amnesia plot, that I apparently love, I really liked the chemistry between the main couple. And I mean after they meet again and, due to guilt and to not be caught and thrown out of his soccer team, Jax takes her in and becomes her personal nurse. Their first meeting was undoubtedly hot, but I was more charmed by the time they spent living together, talking, having fun and simply becoming friends, friends that had the hots for each other, but sincere friends nonetheless. I enjoyed reading about them watch TV, of Jax taking care of Dani and her injured leg, them flirting, etc. They were cute and innocently romantic together. They built a steady and strong base for their blossoming relationship without it being dependant only on their attraction and only on the sexual aspect (although they had covered that part before, he simply wasn’t aware).
While I mostly liked Dani and Jax, each had gaping faults as well, especially our Romeo. The latter, despite his reasoning, past painful experiences and family issues, maybe I can’t say was a total ass, but he certainly didn’t act very rationally, nicely, honestly and considerate on many important occasions with his sister Clementine and especially with Dani. The biggest fail was him remembering his previously forgotten one night stand with Dani, which happened during the most awkward and inconvenient of moments mind you, and being and acting as he did after the revelation. That was a blow in the face for the girl, especially considering the issues and other heartache she had going on, and despite those being too much, slightly forces and unnecessary for the story, it did make grovel time for Jax more difficult and he had to work his butt, which unfortunately, I think he didn’t work as much as he should have.
You cannot go wrong with amnesia and angst, so yes, I liked the story quite a bit despite its flaws.