Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin ~ New Review

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Title: Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1)

Author: Lex Martin

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 18 2014


4 stars

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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 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 romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content

Becs’ Review

Dearest Clementine is a standalone new adult contemporary romance with two companion novels planned for later in 2014 starring Jax and Daren, both secondary characters in Dearest Clementine.


Well, I very much enjoyed this.  It’s a seriously cute and light-hearted new adult romance that has an almost young adult feel to it.  It’s a feel good novel with a gorgeous hero to melt for and will most definitely leave you smiling.


Clementine is a college student with a bit of an ice-queen reputation going on.  After a bad relationship and a betrayal, she’s completely closed herself off to guys and is hiding behind an emotional defensive wall a mile wide.  She’s also been abandoned by her selfish, egocentric parents and stalked by a seriously creepy professor during her first year at college.  She’s really rather vulnerable and a little alone although she has great friends that will really make you laugh.  While I felt for Clementine, sometimes her lack of self-worth and often her lack of faith and trust did drive me a little wild!  Despite the traumas of the past, she’s got an incredible tight circle of close-knit friends and she’s actually got a lot to smile about.


And then we have Gavin – the guy who is determined to melt that icy heart and he’s just about as perfect a new adult hero as you’re likely to find.  He did make a couple of decisions and kept a couple of secrets that damaged his relationship with Clementine but, on the whole, he’s sweet, sexy, funny and very caring.  Highly swoonworthy!


I found this really charming – the interaction between Clem and her friends is hilarious especially when they try out-skanking each other via text!


I glance down at my screen. “Jenna, why are you texting me when you’re three feet away?”

She smirks. “We’re going to play Out-skank.”

“I’m sorry. What?”

“We’re gonna help you talk about sex. The point of the game is to see who can out-skank the other. Harper and I are going to send you dirty texts, and you have to write us back.”

“Where do you come up with this?” I’m shaking my head as I read her text out loud: I want you to touch my man-slinky.


I look up at Jenna and Harper, and the three of us crack up.


Dearest Clementine is full of fantastic character development, a beautifully paced plot with plenty of sexual tension between the two main protagonists and a spine-tingling suspense plot bubbling away in the background.  It’s a lot of fun and I very much enjoyed it.


4 stars


Purchase Links

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AUS



If you enjoyed Clementine’s story, Jax and Daren have their own books coming out later this year. Look forFinding Dandelion in June and Kissing Madeline this fall.

Finding Dandelion Synopsis:

When Dani Hart and Jax Avery collide on his twenty-first birthday, the rules are obvious. Or at least they should be. No names. No strings.

Jax has never had a problem with a hit-it and quit-it before… until he kisses the beautiful girl dancing in the cage.

But Dani knows better. One night with a sexy stranger means nothing more than a little fun. And keeping it anonymous means keeping her heart safe from getting attached… which might work if Jax wasn't her new roommate's brother.

Finding Dandelion is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.



Lex 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 she currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.


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