A few weeks ago a sweet lady called Lex asked me to be part of her cover reveal, which wasn’t possible for me at that moment. Instead, a while later, I received an awesome review copy. I say awesome because it is damn awesome!!!!
4,5 bright shining stars for this book!
First, check out this awesome cover:
And the blurb:
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.
DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. Look for book two, Finding Dandelion, in July. This New Adult romance series is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.
Sooooo, what did I think about the book?
It’s sooo awesome and sweet!!!
I’m not going to talk about Clementine and Gavin, thought they are really adorable and I love the portrayal of Clementine as someone who is damaged but has a hard time to really move on. Well, okay, I did for a moment, but that is what most of the other reviews also talk about.
What I loved was the (maybe not even intended) unreliable narrator. I’m not talking about keeping things hidden or twisting the truth, I’m talking about the story in a story.
During the book Clementine needs to do two things, finish a new book so she can pay her tuition and write a romance for one of her classes. At the start of the book we learn that Clem is an indie author who has already made big money with her first book, about her own last year of high school, the promotion of this book is one of the main threads throughout the story. And we also learn that she can’t write when it’s not about something she has experience with herself, hence Gavin playing the book boyfriend a couple of times ‘to really get into character’.
Putting two and two together I couldn’t help but be curious if this book is actually the story she is writing during the whole of the book. Clem is dating a sexy RA, they actually play many of the scenes she describes in the book and while we don’t know what drama unfolds in the book, we do know that this story makes for great and captivating reading. Is Clem the one narrating the story or is her story only a secondary story that is hinted upon, being very meta, during most of the book.
So, yes, I loved the unreliable narrator, even if it wasn’t intended.
I adore the writing style of the story and the characters were very cute.
I’d totally advise people to pick up this book, read it and devour it, and then start making puppy eyes at Lex so she will bring out the other stories sooner.
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What Lex has to say about herself:
I write new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When I’m not writing, I live a parallel life as an English teacher. I love printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, I’ve lived all over the country but currently reside in the City of Angels with my husband and twin daughters.