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Marking Madden

(Hearts of Hollis #1)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  121 reviews
**This is the un-published original Marking Madden. The new re-release of Marking Madden, written by J.L. Leslie, is coming November 10, 2020! You can find the new link here**

I came to Hollis to leave my past. I couldn't get away fast enough. I made new friends and I found a new life. I even found love. Of course, there was h
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published December 9th 2016
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Anna lost in stories *A*
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc
I got the ARC of this book from one of the lovely authors in exchange for an honest review :) and I feel like I need to explain myself first... because I almost forgot to write this review... :) seriously, life and work has been crazy busy lately, that after posting some other reviews earlier in the week, I was so proud of myself, that I got everything ready on time, and now I can relax... and a day later I realized that I actually have one more to prepare for the week... :) since I am usually a ...more
Jamie Ellis
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You marked my heart.....

First of all, I loved this book!! Loved all the characters in it. Well except for Madden's mom and dad they are snooty pompous jerks in my opinion. I don't think anybody should look down their noses at anyone.
Madden and Jade start out with a kind of friends with benefits kind of arrangement. Well you can guess what that leads to, yep you got it Love!! The storyline is fast paced, sex scenes are hot. The only bump in the relationship is could you give up millions to be wit
Nicole Dykes
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Release date set for December 9th!

Emma Johnston
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As soon as this book hit my kindle I dived straight it. I am a huge fan of Nicole Dykes so I was so excited!

This story follows Jade who moved to the small town of Hollis to get away from her horrible upbringing. Here, she creates her own family and gets herself a job and a home. Madden left his home town, job and family to get away from his life in general and the woman that he loves....who also happens to be marrying his brother. What starts as a jealousy ploy, soon turns hot and wicked and you
Andi Jaxon
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Madden leaves Dallas and his rich life when his best friend and love of his life tells him that she's marrying his brother. After a 3 hour drive, he finds himself in Hollis renting a one bedroom apartment above the only bad in town. Things get a lot more interesting when the gorgeous blonde bartender shows him up to his room.

Jade ran from abuse and neglect at 16, found her way to Hollis and made a life for herself. Now, a few years later, sh
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-read, 2017, arc
Marking Madden is a great emotional story about two people who lived totally different lives. Madden grew up with a good family life. He moved to Hollis to forget the woman who left him for his brother. Jade's childhood was rough so she left her hometown and moved to Hollis to start over. I devoured this book in one sitting, it's well written and the characters are believable. Parts of the story are really emotional and the passion and pain mixed with pleasure. Two lost souls looking for someone ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

I was given an ARC for am honest review. I absolutely loved it, even cried. I love a book you can loose yourself in and be a part of. Madden is strong, sexy and very much his own man. Jade has endured things that she has allowed to make her a stronger person and not break her. These two start out helping each other, but find something they weren't expecting in the end. GREAT JOB GIRLS!
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So good. There is going to be such a juicy review
Jade: That’s really all I’ve ever been to anyone, just a fling. A pretty little play thing. I get a lot of male attention because of my looks, but it’s always an infatuation. We have fun together. Great sex. I’m entertainment until they find something real, something better.

Madden: “You wanna make your ex jealous?” I ask. Jade gazes up at me with those endless blues of hers. I don’t give her the opportunity to answer. I lean down and capture her lips. The kiss is meant to piss Brady off. That’s
Apr 17, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Riveting, sensual, and second chance romance story of Madden and Jade is sensational! Why waste time on wanting what was when something possible is right before your eyes-and it looks real fine! Great characters and fast paced story made this a MUST read. Loved it!
Allison Michaels
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jade’s just a young woman trying her best to overcome a bad past in the small town of Hollis, Texas after running away from home years before. Thanks to a steady job and good friends, she has a good life. The only bad spot is Brady Thompson, who unceremoniously dumped her after their time together the previous summer with no explanation. He seems to have rebounded quite nicely, though, as evidenced by his interest in a new woman. While struggling to keep her hurt feelings in check, Jade becomes ...more
Mindy Bigham
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Madden Steel has grown up with the finest things in life. He has been shaped to work for his father’s company with his brothers. When the woman he loves accepts a wedding proposal from his brother he knows he just needs to get away for awhile.  So what does he do? He steals money from his father and runs to the smallest town that he can find.
Jade lives in a very small town in Texas. She found the town of Hollis when she wanted to get away from her upbringing and start a new life. Working as a b
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
jade is a young girl with a terrible childhood. She runs away from home and start a new life in the small town of Hollis where she finds work at a bar. Madden grew up in a real family where his future is set out in the family business. When his great love says yes to a marriage proposal from his brother leaves his family and find the small town of Hollis where he rents a room above a bar. Jade and Madden are quickly attracted to each other and Madden offers to help Jade make her ex jealous. But ...more
Gwen Sargeant
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I could not put the book down. I woke up during the night and started reading. I have never read anything of Nicole Dykes so she is another author I will continue to read. Her characters Madden and Jade stole my heart. They are down to earth and very much like you and I. Jade came from a dysfunctional family that forced her to live in the streets for a couple of years. Madden, he is a rich man that had enough of his father and family and ran off to find himself and figure out what to do with his ...more
Ashley Carr, LSoR
This story was fantastic!! The characters were well developed and the storyline was intriguing. Madden and Jade were meant to be together, but they only got together to make her ex jealous. Now they have strong feelings for each other but their bubble bursts and reality seeps in. Will everything come crashing down when the bubble pops?
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the instant chemistry between Madden and Jade. The story grabs you and makes you want to not put it down. Jade and Madden come from different worlds but I think that just makes them appreciate each other more.
Paula Genereau
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my!!! This is a great book. I loved this story. When you love someone it's tough to see them with someone else. ...more
Amy  Crull
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet story

So I must confess that I was hoping for more of a story with madden and Amelia but I'm happy that it was such a simple crush and they closed the doors on it. I also must say that Brady started out as kinda a jerk but redeems himself later on..Ok onto Madden and Jade. This started out as to get over lost loves and make em jealous. It turned out to be so much more. Madden was doing what he thought was right but it turns out he really found himself a home. I liked Madden and thought he w
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Small town living takes a special breed, When Madden hides out in a small town he has no idea what is in store for him. These two have no idea what they are in for when they decide to make her ex jealous. I haven't read this author before but she has provided a good read with characters that hold your interest and make you smile. There is plenty of passion and a story that deals with life, short sightedness and the true love of family and that special someone. ...more
Lilly Charysma
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Hearts of Hollis” starts with a great couple. Jade and Madden are perfect for each other. Similar heartbreaks bring them together, even if different upbringing seems to want them apart. What starts as a friendship, turns into more, right under their noses. Once that line is crossed, there is no going back. But can our main characters settle into this “improved friendship”? Will they cross back the line and become friends again? Or will they become nothing at all?

She has been through a lot! She
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disillusioned with his life and the surprising turn it has taken, Madden pulls a disappearing act and hides away in the town of Hollis to escape a broken heart and a controlling father. There he meets Jade, who is nursing her own broken heart, and they come to a mutually beneficial arrangement which allows them to have a little fun together while also rubbing her ex’s nose in it, in an attempt to make him jealous. I really liked Jade, she’s down to earth and pragmatic. She had a hard life when s ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
JL Leslie is a go to author- her writing never fails to be anything other than amazing and entertaining.

Hollis, Texas- that's the place to be. I am so looking forward to this series and what will come next. Jade escapes her home to leave behind a good for nothing mother and an abusive stepfather and finds herself a family at the bar where she works. Madden Steele (the name in itself is sexy) escapes his family when he finds out what he thought was the love of his life is marrying his brother as
T.M. Payne
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book: Marking Madden (Hearts of Hollis: Book One)
Author: J.L. Leslie, Nicole Dykes
Publication Date: 12/9/2016
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne-Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars

Jade a young woman who had a shit life. She does what is needed though and lives her life on her terms. She has been hurt so much in her life and well the ex-boyfriend who was the last to hurt her is back in town.

Enter Madden. The rich guy who is running away from what he thought was love? A family who demands he does things
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a somewhat quick read for me but that isn't a bad thing. I found the pace of the book to be perfect, there was a decent amount of backstory on both characters without dragging it out unnecessarily. The premise of the story was also good. It was a refreshing change to see that it was the male character moving to a new town to escape heartbreak. It gave him a vulnerability but at the same time he was still a strong male lead.

I found a few grammatical errors that
Ida Jolley
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marking Madden was a really good book. I enjoyed it very much. It is a nice love story between Madden and Jade. Madden wasn’t happy living in Dallas or working for his family’s company. He wanted something else and after finding out the girl who he thought he loved, married his brother, he left town.
Jade is a bartender at Jack’s. She met Madden and they got involved. But only to make Brady jealous they said. Well it turns out they were each having feelings for each other. But there was also peo
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Omg!! What a book this was to read. It was one that just left me speechless on what to say or how to review it when I finished. This was definitely a page turner and one that you just can't not pick it up to finish. I really didn't like Madden in the very being and thought he was extremely rude. It made me laugh when Jade told him he was rude shortly after I thought it myself. It didn't take long for me to love Madden and Jade though. They are just perfect and hard not to love. I'm not going to ...more
Nancy Silk
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
"Jealousy And Love Collide"

In this fast paced story, told by alternating characters, Jade Bowen returns to a small town, Hollis, leaving an unhappy life behind. She builds a relationship with Madden Steele after losing his loved woman to his brother. Some how, he does have the chance to find someone who helps him forget his past. This novel is for adults due to content, language, and sexual situations. It's an eye opener as to the often raging emotions and conflicts. This story is okay, but seem
Chantal Baxendale
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a quick lighthearted read. My OCD got the better of me and spotted all the proofing errors, nonetheless, ignoring those, the story is a lovely read. I loved the fact that the story is written in both madden and Jade's point of view. The authors have done a great job at sucking the reader into the story, making me connect and fall in love with all the characters. I want to know more....what will happen next? This is book one of the series, rest assured that there is no cliffhanger to worr ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marking Madden is an excellent read! If you take two unlikely people and mix a sadness, a little humor, a lot of sexy and shake it all up then you have the story of
Jade Bowen and Madden Steele. After a nasty situation Madden that turns Madden's world upside down, he makes a spur of the moment decision, he gets money together and leaves Dallas and ends up in Hollis. It's there he meets the sassy Jade and their journey is one you don't want to miss.  They come from opposite sides of the tracks an
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Nicole Dykes is a wife and professional assistant/mom to two gorgeous girls. Currently residing in Kansas, she’s a lover of coffee, Kansas City Chiefs, and all things romance.

She currently has over 20 published books with her Monroe and Adamson series being the most popular. She enjoys cranking up the angst level, making her readers cry, and turning those tears into the coffee the fuels her writi

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