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.

Rating

Ky4Star

 

Boomerang – Noelle August

18635166Boomerang (Boomerang #1) by Noelle August
Published
  July 8th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: purchased

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret. Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

I need more New Adult books that are funny and sexy. So often I find myself reading a New Adult book about a virgin or a girl with traumatic experience in her past and it felt good to break away.  I was able to connect with both main characters for various reasons and both had struggles that felt real. I not only enjoyed the story but I found myself laughing. Mia and Ethan both had a genuine voice.

I loved the focus on family in Boomerang. Mia and Ethan both had strong relationships with their families but they also had real interactions and struggles. Both families brought entertaining characters into the mix. The entire book had great secondary characters. I can’t think of a single character that didn’t serve a purpose or  feel naturally apart of the story. There are many times a side character is thrown into a story for little to no reason but there was none of that here. I know this is a planned series of companion novels and I wouldn’t mind reading more about half these characters.

Something unique to this book is that I connected more with the male character than the female. Don’t worry it isn’t because Ethan is feminine (because trust me he is NOT). First off we share the same birthday, August 11. How often does that happen? Never in my case. He grew up in a bowling, where he learned his earliest soccer skills kicking the ball at pins. You know who else grew up in a bowling alley? Me. My grandparents own a bowling alley and rather than my parents hiring someone to watch us all summer growing up, they let us hang out at the bowling alley with my grandma all day. Ethan also has a strong interest in psychology. I’ll give you one guess what I got my degree in. The final and maybe most important aspect that helped me connect with Ethan is his love of soccer. I played soccer for a majority of my life and to see it so accurately portrayed in a character makes me so happy. Reading about a character who is so genuinely passionate about a sport makes my heart happy. Dear Ethan. I am glad you aren’t real because I don’t think I would be able to handle it if you were.

Overall this was an awesome start to what I’m expecting will be an amazing series. If you are looking for something a little bit different in the New Adult genre I would highly recommend this one. I would also recommend this to anyone who is turned off from the genre because it is “too sexy” because this one balanced it perfectly.

Rating5star