Title: Dearest Clementine (Dearest #1)
Author: Lex Martin
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 18, 2014
SynopsisTwenty-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 out...in 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 contemporary romance series is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content. Look for the second book, FINDING DANDELION, this summer.
Dearest Clementine was not what I expected. What did I expect? An easy breezy quick read. However what I got was more, much more. Lex Martin offers up the funny, the romance, the angst which is a must have for me, plenty of sparks AND a mystery.
Our young Clementine has been roughed up by life. Her boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend. Not a new spin right?! Wait! There is more. Clementine also has a nutty professor that stalks her and well to do parents that basically leave her to fend for herself while they busy themselves with their high society lifestyle. These events change Clementine’s point of view to “NO ONE” can be trusted.
In comes Gavin Murphy who Clementine refuses to even put on her radar. Except that he’s also her RA so there is no way to avoid this cutie. Circumstances and their friends conspire to keep throwing these two together. I can certainly appreciate the slow burn – it was a nice change from the instalove. Gavin is charming, funny, smart and makes you just fall in love with him. Clementine, going against type here, is no spoiled little rich girl either. Secretly, she is a very successful YA author who writes under a pen name. Gavin may just be the medicine she needs to “cure” her writer’s block.
I had never heard of Lex Martin but boy am I glad to have found her. Her writing is smooth, flows easily and is quite entertaining. It’s not easy to bring the sexy without being tacky or cheesy but Lex does it quite well. The supporting cast of characters, including Clementine’s twin brother Jax, are very likeable. Lucky for us there are more books coming in the series! Speaking for myself, if Dearest Clementine was the appetizer, then I can’t wait to get to the main course. Don’t just add this one to your TBRs, buy it, read it and tell a friend.
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About the AuthorLex 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.