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Waiting to Lose

(The Contest #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  28 reviews
What happens when you win a love you don’t think you deserve?

Long distance relationships are tough and there are two sides to every story. No one knows that better than Jake Morgan and Madi Ryan. It’s not just about falling in love; it’s about staying together when everything in the world wants to tear you apart.

When Madi’s attacker is released on bail, Jake decides he’ll
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May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.25 No More Waiting Stars

Waiting sucks. Remember Christmas Eve when you were a kid....that waiting for sleep to come so you could hurry up and wake up. Or waiting for that cute boy to notice you. Or the next book in the series to come out. Yeah....waiting sucks. This is worth the wait.

Warning: This is the second in The Contest Series. You could read it as a stand alone, but it makes more sense to read them in order.

Madi met the sexy rock star Jake by winning a contest (Book 1). They fell in lov
Zeia Jameson
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So you read The Contest and you want to know what happens next? It gets crazier! And awesome-er!

Waiting to Lose IS SO GOOD!

Here's what we've got:
Sexy time? Check.
Hilarity? Check.
Suspense? Check.
The feels? Check times a million!

This was probably one of the best #2 in a series I've read! The depth of the story was kicked up a notch and the plot got cranked up to 11!

Madi and Jake thought they had it figured out, but they both soon realize that neither of them thinks they really deserve each other
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the continuation of Jake and Maddie's story. It's sweet, a little angsty, and even has a little mystery to it. I absolutely loved the epilogue
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
The Contest (The Contest #1)
Waiting to Lose (The Contest #2) by Dawn L Chiletz
3.5 stars and 4 stars!!!

“She walked into his life in a contest and now he had to compete with his heart and his head to keep her away.”

So, I can now say I have read every single Dawn L Chiletz book, I started with The Fabulist, then read Confessions of a Carpool Captive and have worked backwards to this authors debut books, The Contest and its sequel, Waiting to Lose.

“You’re my steak, too.”

One t
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think it was possible for me to love this one more than the first book, but holy cow did I! FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!!! The Contest was so sweet and adorable. Waiting to Lose is also sweet and adorable but with some mystery, drama, ALOT of holy crap moments and still a ton of awwwww moments. Once again, I wanted to crawl inside the book and be a part of it. I absolutely LOVED it!!
Catherine Dewes
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love how the author tied all of the storylines together! Full of surprises and unexpected plot twists with characters who are totally relatable! Great sequel! P.S. I would love to read a book written from Kendra's perspective (hint, hint!)!
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A million stars!!!
This. Was. SO GOOD!! LOVED IT! I really loved The Contest, and Dawn has out done herself with this sequel! Perfect! Jake is Fantastic! And Madi is SO freakin awesome! I loved it!
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
“Because once I let myself feel the way I feel for you, everything became clear.” This book is part 2 of The Contest, where you take a peek into the lives of Jake and Madi. Ugh, I really wanted to love this book more but I couldn’t. There were still spelling errors and there were moments where I just didn’t want to read anymore BUT there were good moments too. This book just felt a lot longer to me than it actually was (5-6 days on one book for me is RARE). A nice enough read, I was committed to ...more
This book gave me more anxiety then the first one. There was a lot of back and forth and conflict that was beginning to be too much. I found the main character more annoying in this one as she was more insecure and doubted herself, but in the first one she was more confident and that is what made Jake fall in love with her.

Good followup to the first series. I would really like to see a book on Kendra and Rob's story though :)
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Continuation of Jake and Madi's story. This fellow is quite dramatic -- he's worried, he's romantic and he's so in love with Madi that it's annoying to read about.

There's a good deal of drama -- people going after Jake for various things -- and this tests their relationship.

We learn more about Kendra, who is interesting, and needs her own story.
Crystal Andrews
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake Morgan

I wish Jake Morgan were a real man. I would love to be able to google him and listen to his voice! I am so happy to have this story about Jake and Madison and the peak into Kendra's life as well. I think everyone wins with this one!
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dawn has quickly moved to the top of my TBR author list. I adore all her books! Some of the commentary was big too love-dovey, but overall, I freaking loved this book! Madi and Jake's story is so full of emotion, ups and downs, love and forgiveness. Highly recommend!
Jennifer Dale
I am bummed that this book didn't live up to the first book. :( Excited that it is finally over.

Overall Positive: nothing much. I did complete the story; where as, sometimes when I am at a certain point of dislike, I will just stop. So I guess you could say, I never got to that point. But Unfortunatley, I was very close and skimmed a page here and there. I was actually glad when I looked down and saw that i was FINALLY at 95%.

Overall Negative: Everything....
** Most importantly, the lake of humor
Alicia at Mean Girls Luv Books
3.5 Stars

Waiting to Lose is a great follow up to The Contest. It picks up right where book 1 left off, so be aware that you have to read it. These are not stand alone books. If you have not read The Contest, stop reading this review. It does contain slight spoilers.

In this book, Madi and Jake are together and going the long distance thing. He is still on tour and she is back to school. Their relationship is still a secret to the public to protect Madi's privacy. However, the tabloids have matche
Kristin  Reads
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect conclusion to The Contest Book 1. OMG..This book had my heart pounding. I am so shocked and floored by what happened. This book had a lot more twist and turns than book one. It was a lot more SEXY!! This book left me breathless a lot.

Jake and Madi's relationship in this book is tested big time. Their relationship was hit hard. I was fighting for them the whole time. They are perfect together. Their bond, their love, it was incredible.

You know how Jake was SOB in the first ha
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first!

I already liked Madi and Jake so it didn’t take much to push me into serious crush mode!
This follow up novel hit the spot as Madi Ryan and Jake Morgan’s journey continued. Their relationship had already faced some challenges but they loved each other and were determined to make it work. Jake was a musician though and much of his life was on the road. Trust is difficult in the best of circumstances and with distance, and disturbing threats looming over them; their new r
ByoBook Club
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first!

I already liked Madi and Jake so it didn’t take much to push me into serious crush mode!
This follow up novel hit the spot as Madi Ryan and Jake Morgan’s journey continued. Their relationship had already faced some challenges but they loved each other and were determined to make it work. Jake was a musician though and much of his life was on the road. Trust is difficult in the best of circumstances and with distance, and disturbing threats looming over them; their new r
Sheena May Ocampo
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I'm at a loss for words. For one, I wasn't expecting the twist. It was nerve-wracking in a very good way, I mean who could hate you so much to have someone do such awful things, right? But that'll make you drool for more, it'll make you want to read more to the point that you wouldn't want to put the book down. Also, Madi and Jake's love story is beyond real! When Jake and Madi thought that they had it all figured out, well, that's what I thought, too. I thought I already knew what was going to ...more
Petra Gleason
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great finish to Madi and Jake's story. Book one ended at a place that could have easily been the end of their story. Madi and Jake were together, most of their issues were resolved and they were happy. And that's where we pick up here. But there had to be a second book that showed how Madi dealt with Jake's absences and his presence in the public eye. I'm glad to say that I came out of this book liking Jake just as much as I went into it. I think Madi kind of went from one extreme to ...more
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
You definitely need to read The Contest prior to reading Waiting to Lose as Madi and Jake's story continues. This one took a little longer for me to get into, and Madi and Jake often irritated me. However, everything after the 80% mark kept my attention. I thought I had it all figured out, and most of it I did, but was still glad that there was an element of surprise with some unexpected details. One of my favorite scenes was Thanksgiving dinner at the Ryans'. It made me smile and laugh at how r ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Contest. I was extremely happy with the way it ended, so I was more than a little nervous to read Waiting to Lose because I knew Jake and Madi would have to work through more issues. And there were definitely issues to work through from managing fame, distance and trusting each other all while dealing with outside influences. This story had it all - it had me guessing up until the very end with plenty of humor and romance throughout. And the ending was absolute perfection. I loved ge ...more
Amel  Armeliana
Apr 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Finally, finished!!
I need months to finish this book. 5 Months. At first, I thought it would be a quick reading because I really liked The Contest. But then in the middle it's kinda bore with the insecurity issue.
I mean, yes, Jake Morgan is the hottest singer in the planet but then why? Madi really had an issue with insecurity, as if she couldn't believe a famous singer like Jake had fallen for her. Well, maybe I couldn't believe either if I am the one in Madi's position, but no way in an infer
there are no words to discuss how much I've loved going on this journey with both Madi, Jake, and their amazing family. This two book series has taught me so much about what loving your equal should truly look like and feel like. I feel so connected with both these characters and I'm in love with their love for each other. i'll love this series for the rest of my days. thank you for creating such a wonderful love story that I could hold in my heart forever.
Angi Naerebout
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good sequel to The Contest. Lots of drama- maybe too much drama... Overall Madi was less annoyingly insecure. That mostly happened at the beginning. The epilogue was great because it had tons of stuff. It was waaay more... um, graphic than the first book. Definitely not as sweet- so be prepared for that. Overall it was good
Dawn Trepczyk
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the continuation of Jake and Madi's story. This was an amazing story.
Melissa Stack
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Love the story line of Jake & Madi. It is a definite must read. ...more
Coralee Corrigan
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
amazing read
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, kindle, own
I just got off a crazy roller coaster ride with this story!!!
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Dawn L. Chiletz is the author of The Contest, Waiting to Lose, Enough, Can't You See, The Fabulist, Confessions of a Carpool Captive, The Praetorian, Angry Annie, Book Boyfriend, and Strings She currently resides in Illinois with her two boys, and three dogs. When she's not binge writing or reading, Dawn can most likely be found somewhere on social media making a sarcastic comment or watching anim ...more

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