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Review: Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin

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.

This story had everything I wanted: characters easy to love, a bit of mystery and suspense, a whole lot of sweet and plenty of heat. Clementine is kind of grumpy but it’s her defense mechanism and it works for her. After some really bad luck with guys, she just wants to focus on school and her career. Her first love cheated and then her trusted mentor turned into a creepy stalker. Her mother blamed and shamed Clementine for the awful men in her life while her twin brother is still BFFs with the guy who cheated on Clementine. With. Her. Best. Friend.

It’s easy to see why she doesn’t like her family and isn’t interested in men or dating right now. Who could blame her? Gavin knows enough about her to NOT make a move, but he makes himself an invaluable friend when she needs it most. He’s kind and patient and puts her first, which nobody ever does for Clem. I loved everything about this book and don’t understand why this series isn’t more popular. I mean, how am I just discovering it NOW when this book was released in 2014? I grabbed the other two books in this series right away upon finishing this one and can’t wait to read them.

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