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 by Lex Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Clementine is a senior in college, but she isn't quite like other girls her age. A cheating high school boyfriend, and a stalker her freshman year in college have kept her from dating anyone for over three years. Her incredibly wealthy parents pay for nothing, and Clementine has to earn the money she needs to pay her educational expenses. She published a book (under a pen name) her freshman year that has become a New York Times best seller. Gavin is a sexy RA who Clementine has started noticing only to find that he has been wanting to ask her out since freshman year. Clementine accidentally signs up for a romance novel writing class, and as she struggles to write about things she has no experience with, Gavin is more than happy to step up and give her some real life examples.
Once I started this book, I didn't put it down until I was finished. the characters engaged me quickly and I didn't want to stop spending time with them. Clementine is a unique character and it was interesting going through this story from her perspective. She is an interesting combination of mature, inexperienced, strong, and insecure. On the one hand, she has experienced things in her relationships, family, and professional life that many older than her have not. On the other hand, she has missed out on many experiences common to those her age have because she has kept herself so closed off. I loved her honesty and wit. The support system she created through her friends was really wonderful. Gavin is completely charming and wonderful in basically every way. He's sexy, smart, patient, and fun. The physical chemistry between Clem and Gavin is spectacular, as is the genuine friendship that develops between the two of them. There are definitely some challenging situations that arise and compromise their budding relationship. Through everything, it was great to see Clementine's friends and brother rallying around her to help her get through the toughest times. I liked this book a lot and would definitely recommend it.
*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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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.