July 5, 2014 | by Alexis | Dearest Clementine

by Lex Martin
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)on May 25, 2014

Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult

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.

You know the old adage, “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, I fell in love with Dearest Clementine before I started it solely on its cover. Yes, I’m a total cover snob and proud of it!! Cover aside, I completely and simply adored Dearest Clementine. It had the just right amount of mystery, romance, and one hell of a leading male character.

Poor Clementine has literally been through the wringer and as a result completely closed herself off. She walked in on her now ex-boyfriend cheating on her. Her freshman year professor became obsessive and stalked her. So yeah…I don’t really blame her. To top off her guy problems, her parents are self-centered and have cut her off because she does not abide by their way of life. Clementine puts her life to words and eventually churns out a best-selling book with a different pen name. Struck with an awful case of writer’s block, she sets off to find her next story. That is where the class she mistakenly signs up for, a romance writing class, sets her self-discovering journey into full motion. Her professor wants the class to write a novella with romance and sex, but Clementine doesn’t really have much experience as she hasn’t had anything remotely close to romance EVER. This is where Gavin, the sexy RA and her inspiration, comes into play.

“Did you just use peer pressure as a verb?”

“God, you make me hot when you talk grammar.”

Ladies…there is a new book boyfriend in town and his name is Gavin. My goodness, he had it all. Under the guise of research, he wooed Clementine hard. He understood that Clementine wasn’t in a place where she could feel comfortable enough to date. Eventually, he was able to break down the walls that Clementine erected and made not only her, but me, fall for him.

“I want us to have a future, I want you to be mine, and I’m willing to wait as long as you need to get there.”

If you are looking for a fun, sweet, read then definitely pick this one up. I should forewarn you, this book is not particularly steamy but honestly, I didn’t need it to enjoy the story. I found the book particularly interesting as it relates to Clementine and her success as a self-published author. As a blogger, I got a glimpse of how hard it can be for an author to get past their writer’s block and what they deal with in regard to fans and criticism. The only thing I wished for in this book was a longer epilogue or perhaps one set farther in the future? The next book in the series, which can also be read as a standalone comes out next Friday and is about Clementine’s twin, Jax!