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Dearest Clementine

(Letters #1)

4.76  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Clementine has been taken by a creature of darkness.

Dorin is a fiend in love who must find Clementine before losing her forever.

While on his desperate search, Dorin pens eight dark and romantic monstrous tales, written only for Clementine. Each story serves a purpose, and that is, do monsters have the ability to love, too?

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Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Published August 6th 2020 (first published July 28th 2020)
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Candace Robinson is quite the versatile and varied authoress. I've read many of her short stories before, and I've always adored her fantasy books and young adult novels. This time, she's begun a new series entitled Letters, and it's meant to be a conversation between two lovers, Clementine and Dorin. In the first book, Dearest Clementine; Dark and Romantic Monstruous Tales, Dorin is searching for his beloved, as she's gone missing. He writes her a letter and shares a tale with each corresponden ...more
Candace Robinson
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a collection of dark and romantic stories within a bigger story. I loved writing them so much and this is one of my most favorite things I’ve written! 🖤
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This short story collection is a succulent piece of fiction bearing heart and teeth: ferocious, mysterious, and highly imaginative. Accompany a monster named Dorin, who has lost his love and writes her letters and tells monstrous tales while searching for her.

As the collection begins with a Dorin's first letter to his Dearest Clementine, who first wishes that he was dead. Dorin's reflections on his love and loss proceed with the tales he writes about as a vehicle for the emotional toils he is g
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
I loved this collection. I’ve never read a collection like this before. A story wrapped inside several stories. Dorin is trying to find his beloved and in the mean time he’s leaving a trail of stories behind.

Romance and horror at its best—who knew they belonged together?
Gerardo Delgadillo
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a collection of short stories featuring out-of-the-ordinary romance. Meaning, this work has a unique take on romance, where the protagonists are the opposite of what we're used to. Monsters, actually. Monsters with big hearts. Letters to "Dearest Clementine" are intertwined in between the stories--a clever conduct to move and relate the tales together.

Overall, a great, out-of-the-ordinary horror-romance short story collection!
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love letters, dark tales of romance. Candace Robinson has outdone herself with DEAREST CLEMENTINE, a collection of tales told through the eyes of a romantic at heart, even if it is a demon’s heart.

This collection has all of the atmosphere of Gothic romance as Dorin writes to Clementine, stolen from him by another. These lovers are not your typical pair, they are monsters who live in the shadows, but they prove that even the darkest among can love. A quick read overall, but savor each short stor
Amber R. Duell
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I beta read this and LOVED it! Each story is so unique! My favorite part is all of the letters between stories which ties everything together while also telling a story of their own.
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it
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Janet Womack
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dearest Clementine is a collection of deliciously macabre short stories that combine horror and romance in a new and unique way. If you've ever wondered if monsters can love and what lengths someone will go to for the ones they love, you'll love Dearest Clementine. A book for all of us that understood Frankenstein's monster. ...more
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Candacs Robinson’s short stories are the best!
R.J. Garcia
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This collection of suspenseful stories was brilliantly tied together. It was also full of imagination. I love the cover and each story in this book.
Theresa Braun
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this collection Candace Robinson dares to explore what it’s like to find love (and lust) in the darkest of places. Be-splattered with lots of blood, these alternate realities are an imaginative slice of both human and non-human struggles, which ask us to consider whether all hearts beat the same. The letters Dorin sends Clementine, which appear between the stories, are a reminder of that theme that binds this whole book together. His devotion illustrates how hard it is to let go of the ones w ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by this book. It's unique, and an awsome-a a new favorite for sure. .)

Clementine was taken from Dorin, and while he searches for her, he writes her letters and companies them with stories for her to read. There are a total of 8 stories in the book, each very, very different, but have one thing in common: love. And one message. No matter what kind of monster you are, no matter what you have done so far, everyone deserves to love.

It's just so romantic... :)

What surprised me the m
S.G.D. Singh
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A collection of deliciously monstrous tales, filled with macabre romance and haunting adventure!❤️
Ann Keeran
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Letters to Clementine that contain tales that are darkly romantic. Even monsters have a soft and loving side.
Emma Katherine
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read my full review here:

Opinions: Woah! Woah! I'm going to need life support after reading this book because every page was freakier and more emotionally straining than the last! This is a whole new genre for Robinson, and I LOVE it! Readers will be completely immersed in the chilling atmosphere, touchy violence, and the indescribable, racy romance! The letters between Clementine and Dorin were absolutely adorable and deserve every ounce of adoration rea
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This collection of stories is dark, romantic and a little creepy, then wrapped up or connected by letters to Clementine. It was such a creative and unique way of writing a book of short stories!! Each story grabbed and pulled you in right away, then kept your interest throughout. I loved and enjoyed them all, but I definitely had my favorites. Probably my two favorites are, LAUGHTER IS ALWAYS BETTER and WRONG IS POSSIBLY RIGHT. I also really enjoyed the Dear Clementine letters!!! I relished this ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This was so much fun. I've never read a collection of short stories quite like this. Dorian is on a quest to find his missing love, Clementine. We get snippets of his journey to find her, along with eight short stories he writes for her during his search. Each has a paranormal/dark fairy tale/horror element, but is centered on the dark and twisty characters finding love as well. I love it when monsters find their happy.

***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary ARC of this book.***
Alexa Whitewolf
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is easily my favorite compilation by the author, despite it being a mix of short stories. I adored, ADORED the varied cast of characters, the challenges they were facing and the way it all played out. All told with an underlying desperation by a man seeking out his bethroed, this short story collection will have you hooked from start to finish!
Amber Hodges
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A collection of short stories that are mixed with paranormal romance and a twist of horror, and wow does it work! I found myself sucked in to each one and needing more, more, more! Each one is the perfect length to keep you satisfied and ready to find out what happens in the next one!
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another knock out from author Candace Robinson. Each story left me wanting it to be a full length novel!
Patricia Thibodeaux
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved every one of these short stories. They are all so different but with the same creepy feel to them. I couldn't even pick a favorite because they are all so amazing. Do yourself a favor and read this book. You will love every single one of the stories. ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not like anything I've read before. Alternating letters to Clementine about his quest to find and rescue her, Dorin writes her dark faerie tales. Truly a beautiful thing to read; I couldn't put this down. ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Thank you so much to Candace Robinson for the pdf download of dearest clementine : dark and romantic the story was good and so was the writing I like books that have multiple stories in them makes it more fun I like short stories, this had so much going on some of it was unexpected you would never expect this book to have blood guts and death with a lot of romance I have read almost all of her books she is my new favorite author I’m a huge fan of hers an overall good read while stuck in quaranti ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy by the author, all thoughts are my own

After reading the first letter and story I knew this was something different. I've never read something like this before, stories in letters all connecting.

These stories are each unique, dark, creepy and oddly romantic. It doesn't sound like it should work together but it really does.

If you love being creeped out, enjoy dark tales, getting lost in a book or are looking for something new/a new author to try give this/Candace Robinson a go
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an eARC to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to Candace Robinson for giving me access.

These dark and romantic tales are exactly what the heart needs when wanting a quick read. Each story is super short and to the point.

I love how Candace can spin a tale that we've known since childhood and recreate it into something more.
Shanna D
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dearest Clementine: Dark and Romantic Monstrous Tales by Candace Robinson. This is a new author for me, but I really enjoyed her work and talented storytelling. I’ve honestly never read anything quite like this book before. It contains a dark twisted love story, passion, and twists and unexpected turns that keep you engaged and captivated. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Dearest Clementine: Dark and Romantic Monstrous Tales” is one of the most unique dark gothic tales in the modern market. The book is a collection of dark tales, eight in number, with the common denominator to have been written by Dorin to Clementine. Dorin and Clementine are lovers, but… Clementine is missing, as Dorin search for her, he writes her letters and includes a dark tale to each one. As the book progresses the tales evolve, everyone building upon the last, creating an increasingly sha ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing read! a collection of 10 short dark romance stories that written as love letters by Monster Dorin to his lost love Clementine. the tales bring a variety to a book as stories within a story. The short stories are well written and in depth filled with emotion, horrors, twisting nightmares, with elements of myths and fantasy entwined together to create something truly unique! A must read for lovers of horror, romance, love, dark themes, and mystic.

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