AUTHOR:  Lex Martin

GENRE:  Contemporary Romance

Available @ AMAZON

(Published April 14, 2014)

REVIEWER:  Pistol Annie



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.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  ‘Tis the season — and the reason that I’ll be posting reviews during the month of December for some of my all-time favorite books.  These are the titles that always seem to find their way back onto my reading stack year after year.  I’m dubbing it a celebratory tribute to Auld Lang Syne, adding a little extra sparkle to brighten the arrival of the New Year 2018, as I step back and remember beloved book friends and their stories.

Oh my darlin’ Clementine — what a fabulous debut for you and your creator, Lex Martin!  Of course, there have been others since Clementine and Gavin’s book was released in April of 2014.  And I enjoyed and loved Finding Dandelion and Kissing Madeline equally.  Each are complete standalones.  There are, of course, carry-over characters in each of the stories.  Like most readers, I always worry that the next books won’t stand the test of the first’s perfection, but both two and three did without a misstep!  And that’s when the author became an automatic one-click.  

As an avid reader, I just love when a book kidnaps me.  And I thoroughly enjoyed every moment spent as a hostage in this delightful and well-rounded — sometimes angsty and mysterious plot.  It’s an absolute must-read in my opinion — whether you’re a fan of New Adult books or not.

A well-balanced romance heated with sexual tension that sparks an undying flame, laced with a “come into my evil web, said the gross spider to the little fly” type of kidnapping suspense.  Readers will probably have no problem putting the clues together and solving the crime – but I assure you it doesn’t detract from the highlights. 

Clementine attends Boston University and is one smart and strong individual who loves books and writing. Being a trust fund baby has no meaning to her — and the relationship with her rich parents is strained and close to zero. She’s holding more than one secret close to her vest and fears the truth ever surfacing. She also has a twin brother named Jax, who’s a soccer star down the road at Boston College and a playboy extraordinaire that will certainly make you beg for more, too.  Look forward to meeting up with Jax again — that is, if you take the mission and complete the series.

Gavin Murphy walked on to the page and I swooned. Every girl’s college experience should include a sexy Residential Assistant exactly like him. He’s a journalism major already working at both the campus newspaper and as an intern for the Boston Globe and plays in a popular band. Adorable from head to toe, inside and out. A barrel of sweet inspiration for Darlin’ Clementine in more ways than one – Gavin Murphy was a perfect match for her.  And yeah, he’s definitely HOT!

A great cast of supporting characters in generating the angst and suspense, along with humor and friendship in spades. Some you’ll absolutely be mesmerized by and love, while others will make you angry and turn your stomach.

I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t expect to find such a strong and totally captivating day of reading.  But I got goosebumps, thrills and chills, and a read that left me smiling and satisfied beyond anything I imagined.

From the pretty cover to the very last page, this is a favorite read across all genres. It’s a pleasure to once again highly recommend Lex Martin’s remarkable debut novel to one and all.


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