Dearest Clementine – Lex Martin

22351498Dearest Clementine (Dearest #1) by Lex Martin
Published April 17, 2014 by Lex Martin
Source: Purchased

Goodreads Synopsis: Twenty-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.

For this being my first ever New Adult book I was quite pleased. I didn’t have any stigma toward NA books so I wasn’t expecting anything bad, but I wasn’t expecting to like it so much either.

For the most part I really enjoyed this book. I had some issues with it, but nothing that left a bad taste in my mouth. As a writer myself Clementine was easy to relate to in more ways than one, however she had a way of self pitying herself that got a little annoying. Keeping in mind that this girl goes through some rough stuff in her life and has reasons to be insecure, but there’s a point when insecurity is pushed to a whole new level and just becomes redundant.

The romance and steaminess between Clementine and Gavin was nothing short of delicious and I absolutely loved the two of them together. Once Clementine stopped putting herself down so much and let Gavin in the book was magical. The hurdles that she had to climb over to get to a happy ending were intense, and a really good read. There were parts where my eyes bugged and my breath was stuck in my throat because I was so impressed at just how much this girl goes through.

In the end I was in love. Although I didn’t totally love her relationship with her roommates, but maybe that’s because I never had a ton of girl friends. It seemed weird to me the way they spoke to each other.

I definitely enjoyed this book and I will be reading the two companion novels Finding Dandelion and Kissing Madeline which are stories told from Clementine’s twin brother’s POV (Dandelion) and ex-boyfriend’s POV (Madeline). Lex Martin has a great style and I can’t wait to see more out of her. This was a great start to my journey to start reading more New Adult books.




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