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Clementine realizes that Gavin is a very attractive man; yet, at first, she dismisses his subtle advances toward friendship because of her past hardships.


  • Publication Date: May 25, 2014
  • Series: Dearest, Book 1
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1682305945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1682305942
  • Publisher: EverAfter Romance
  • Genre: New Adult & College Romance, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance,

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.

Recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content


This story originally unfolds as a romance; however, you will soon find out that it has some serious convictions and situations that surround the characters lives. Lex Martin writes about a woman named Clementine who is a Best Selling Young Adult Author in college. Her mother treats her like she doesn’t exist, she becomes unintentionally distant from her brother, her Professor has a dark side, and her ex-boyfriend toys around with her best friend so I don’t blame her for having trust issues.

Well…then she meets Gavin. Clementine realizes that Gavin is a very attractive man; yet, at first, she dismisses his subtle advances toward friendship because of her past hardships. What catches and holds my attention throughout the entire story are the characters. Clementine is beautiful to everyone, except she doesn’t see it when she looks in the mirror. She feels self conscious and keeps her distance with everyone that shows an interest in her. Her friends are total divas that love her and try to protect her even though they know her self damaging tendencies do more harm than anything else. Gavin is a reporter and a guitarist who played football in high school, so all of the women find him naturally irresistible, especially Angry Red. And then there is Jason Wheeler. I love the mystery that the author brings to the plot even though he is a monster which no one should care to sympathize with. This twist makes the other characters human and more likeable in my opinion. The pace was a little quicker than I am used to; however, this does not hamper your imagination because the author provides enough vivid description to allow you to see the point of the story. I was thoroughly engaged in Clementine’s life that I found myself wanting her to sleep with Gavin earlier in the story. The tension that builds between the two characters and the emotions expressed are so unnerving but the relationship does not continue until there is a solid foundation of trust which I can definitely appreciate.

I recommend this story to my female club members since it is based on Clementine’s point of view. The story digs deep into her life to share with the reader what she is feeling and how she is learning to break free of the chains from her past that she has forged herself into. I really enjoyed reading about her struggles because I relate to them and I feel that some of the dilemmas that she faces will allow others to have empathy with Clementine’s thought process. I am very enthusiastic about reading Lex Martin’s next book called Finding Dandelion which will be about Clementine’s brother, Jax.

WARNING: This is for a mature audience since it does contain language and sexual content.