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Dearest Clementine: Dearest Series [Kindle Edition]

Lex Martin
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Book Description

New Adult Contemporary Romance - Recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content
***This is the first book in the Dearest Series and a standalone novel.***

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.

ORDER OF BOOKS (Each can be read as a standalone.):
Dearest Clementine, #1
Finding Dandelion, #2
Kissing Madeline, #3 (Available now!)

Excerpt of DEAREST CLEMENTINE, copyright 2014 Lex Martin

Gavin's grip is firm on either side of me as he ducks down to look into my eyes. Even though I lean back, I can feel his minty breath on my face.

“Clementine, I want to warn you.” His voice is husky and deep. “I’m going to kiss you, and you’re going to like it. A lot. But I want to be clear that I’m not going to sleep with you because I want you to respect me in the morning.” His mouth lifts up in a wry smile. “This is simply one friend helping out another. Okay?”

Wait. Is he serious?

He must sense my apprehension because he rubs his thumb softly across my cheek. “It’s just an exercise, to get you into your story. I promise.”

I laugh, embarrassed, intrigued, and a whole lot turned on by the idea. He smiles again, but this time it’s different. His eyes darken as his hands glide over my hips. My breath catches in my chest.

“Gavin, I don’t think—”

He rests a finger over my lips.

“I’m doing this in the name of academics. You need inspiration? You’re looking at it. Now shut up and let me kiss you.”

Holy. Sh**.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 849 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lex Martin (25 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JRQ08HI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything I love to find in an NA read 14 Feb. 2015
By Nicola_1202 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Dearest Clementine had everything it I love to find in a NA read and with romance, angst, humour, and endearing characters it was thoroughly enjoyable read. Plus it had an added sprinkling of suspense.

" sex and a happily ever after. I don't do either."

Famous last words as when Clementine Avery meets Gavin Murphy attraction is inevitable. Because he's an absolute sweetheart - gentle, protective thoughtful and sexy. And whilst Clementine has her insecurities, she has fight and determination making her completely likeable; you simply can't not want them to find their happy ever after. But being NA, it's not plain sailing and with a nice dose of angst it held me captivated. Granted it isn't overly heavy of the sexual content, but the build-up and the romance was intimate, sexy and realistic. My only disappointment was how quickly certain elements of the storyline were tied up; some were gathering real momentum yet seemed rushed heading towards the finish line.

Lex Martin is a new author to me, but she has certainly ingratiated herself onto my list of authors I wouldn't hesitate to read again. And with a cast of secondary characters that injected humour and lighter moments, I look forward to reading Jax & Dani and Daren & Maddie's stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally unexpected! 9 July 2014
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I was expecting the typical young romance but what I got was so much more! I have a huge crush on Gav (yes, we have nicknames!) and all the characters were genuine and believable. The story had a mix of sweet, hot, drama and of course a HEA! Cannot fault this book. Look forward to Jax and Daren's stories!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Super Sweet Stars 27 April 2015
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Dearest Clementine is book #1 in the Dearest Series and the first book I have read by this author. I was gifted a copy of this book to read for Gemma Reads Too much.

I LOVE Clementine she’s as mad as a box of frogs but so incredibly sweet that you can’t help but adore her. She thought and verbalised all of the insecurities that women have at the start of a relationship. But never at any point did she feel cliché or overly processed.

When she went full-blown Ice Queen I absolutely cackled she was brilliant all hail queen Clementine!!!

Gavin, Gavin, Gavin god he’s was cute, at times he was almost a bit too sweet, but when he threatened Wheeler I swear I melted. He was the perfect balm for Clem and all of her cray cray lol

This book has a bit of everything, a love story, good friends, intrigue and a good dose of chilling suspense.

Personally I feel like the drama could have been amped up another few notches. Wheeler was a terrifying villain, he only made a few threatening comments but something about him made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!!!

I’m super pleased to say that I really liked all of the characters in this book, Clem and her friends had a wonderful witty banter between them and it felt real and authentic.

I am soooo looking forward to Jax and Darren’s books!!!

This book was great, it’s a quick read but it will keep you interested start to finish.

Dearest Clementine gets 4 stars from me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New BBF 12 Aug. 2014
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Aww! I really enjoyed Dearest Clementine. I think it's because I'm a big believer in fate, so I really appreciated the many coincidences and chance encounters that occur in the story (or maybe I'm just becoming really sentimental underneath my Brit cynicism).

Clementine 'Clem' (love the name) really made me smile. This was strange because on the surface she's kinda standoffish and I felt like I shouldn't have liked her as much as I did. Standoffishness aside, Clem's really funny, she has some great one-liners. Her secret life and disdain of romance writing really made me laugh.

On to Gavin...

I had two friends called Gav growing up, so it's difficult for me to see the name as sexy, but thankfully Lex Martin does a great job, making her Gavin my latest BBF! Gavin Murphy is an RA, who likes writing as much as Clem (my idea of a perfect guy is a hot guy who is into books and writing). I enjoyed the parallels between Clem's writing and their friendship.

To keep things interesting there's a clever hook! Martin adds a mystery thriller element to elevate the story above the usual NA plot. I'm not going to spoil this for you though!

I liked the secondary characters but wasn't the biggest fan of Clem's twin brother. A lot of his actions seemed extremely shady to me. There is one particular place in the story where I wanted to smack him!

4 Stars in my Sky!
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A really great read. Meet clemintine who has had everyone in her life walk all over her. Shes closed off and been through hell. Meet Gavin who is a super hot stud and is part of the same band as her room mates boyfriend. Put them together and sparks fly but Clem is having trouble seeing it. I enjoyed this story because there's suspense and a dark brooding stalker who's now back and a girl on campass that's gone missing. This is a must read. Looking forward to the next book by lex. Martin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, warm and funny 21 July 2014
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This was such a sweet, warm read, I really enjoyed it.
I got the warm and fuzzies just from the first base action in this, the chemistry the author created was amazing.
College senior Clementine is, at the beginning of the story, spiky and icy cold with everyone following a traumatic event in her past. She's unwilling to trust anyone. Gavin gradually breaks through her barriers by being all hot and emerald eyed and messy haired and fit and sweet and protective. I kind of loved Gavin to bits. Clementine's writing a romantic story but has no real life experience to base her story on so lovely Gavin gallantly offers to supply a little inspiration...
At the same time Clementine is in danger. Tbh that part of the story never really got very dark or scary it didn't matter because it gave lovely Gavin the chance to show off his growly protective side. Did I mention how lovely he is?
This was a really well written, enjoyable story that had some funny banter and slapstick as well as the love story. Recommended if you enjoyed Easy (different plot but similar vibe) or you're looking for a romantic escape that'll give you the warm and fuzzies.
This is a complete story with no cliffhanger but there are more in this series featuring different characters. I can't wait to read them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and easy read
Great read, a few twists and t urns which add to the angst.
Look forward to the other books I n the series.
Published 7 days ago by Dionne
5.0 out of 5 stars Really sweet.
Ignoring the main character's silly name I really enjoyed this book. Clementine was likeable even though she had had a hard life. Read more
Published 8 days ago by MAC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Bought the whole series!
Published 9 days ago by Dora912
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great read
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet like chocolate
I am feeling blissed out on sweetness.

Gorgeous, thoughtful, darlin' Gavin. He makes my knees tremble.

Clementine is a feisty badass of a girl. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cundykj
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Easy read
Published 3 months ago by islander
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this story cannot wait for some more in this series to be released on Kindle Free Books.
Published 4 months ago by Diana E. A. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant
This book was an amazing discovery. I was blown away with story, so well written and so different. I could not put it down, went to sleep at 2am. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Viv
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the book!
Published 8 months ago by Peter Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I liked this, Clementine was quite a hard character to like at first as she was cold and bitchy. But as the story went along and she thawed and we get to understand her... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lizzie
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