Why did I want to read this book?
I was so interested to learn what makes Clementine tick. She sounded so fierce in the blurb that it kept me wondering how on earth Gavin was going to get past through her defenses.
What worked for me?
Clementine is a really unique character. She’ll be the first one to admit that she’s a little bitchy and she will never let you in unless you’re her best friends and even then you might not know everything about her completely. She’s been burned by an ex-boyfriend and a stalker professor and she’s put up walls so high, it’ll take a very patient and determined to scale those walls. But that’s what makes her so easy to relate to, despite her prickly disposition. But when she slowly opens up, you see her softer and vulnerable side and realize at the same time how strong she has been, how strong she still is as a person.
Gavin, on the other hand, was such a dream. I can totally tell his tactics for getting close to Clementine and I love how he stays determined to scale those walls. I love how he seems to understand her needs and learns when to give her her space and when to push. He isn’t perfect but you can really tell how much emotions he has developed for Clementine.
I love the pacing of Lex Martin’s writing as well as her characterizations, from the main OTP to the supporting characters who I had hoped (and yay! it came true) would have their own stories.
What did not work for me?
Nothing really as this was a great and entertaining read from a new-to-me author.
My over-all take on it?
This was a wonderful debut from author Lex Martin. I loved the pacing of the story and the way the romance unfolded. Clementine’s character was the selling point for me for this book. I loved her voice and her imperfections and her prickly sometimes slightly bitchy exterior and yet soft and vulnerable inner self. Pick this one up and you just might find yourself with a keeper.
About the Author:
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.
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