Reviews for The Martinelli Affair
Guest chapter 1 . 1/13
chrisrose chapter 1 . 11/12/2013
This is like the gold standard for Chloe/Lex interaction - just perfect! I read this years ago, elsewhere, and rediscovering it again now I realize what an influence you must've had on me and the way I imagine Chlex interaction in my head. (Btw, I was honestly startled to note your Snow White reference in the beginning, which you didn't actually connect to Smallville's characters, like I did in my own pathetic imaginings, but I'm still sheepish! Another unconscious influence I suppose...*blush*) You're so great at writing Chloe's point of view. I love your writing style, your humor, and you've skillfully embedded some darker moments here too - very true to the Lex of the show. But you also illustrate beautifully why Lex needs someone like Chloe in his life who can help him lighten up a bit... someone to surprise and stimulate him, who can actually recognize his quotes and metaphors and match him in a battle of wits...and stubbornly refuse to back down.

I'll try to keep this review short and not list a million highlights, but one of my favorite moments: "I like you better like this." "Beaten and irritated?" "Not trying so hard to be friendly." It's funny but I also find it incredibly moving. Like a heart-stopping moment of truth. She SEES him... is capable of accepting the real him... if only he could come to accept *being* seen so clearly and understood so well. Which he resists... because he can't get past his childhood/upbringing? To protect himself *and* her from his so-called dark side? The way I just described it kinda sounds cheesy and romance-novel-y, but the way you wrote it was subtle and *not* saccharine - I'm just an over-excited shipper...don't mind me. ;) Your Chloe's starting to crack through Lex's defenses though and it's awesome. :) Oh, how I love the way you had her refuse to be intimidated by him near the end. And the very end is perfection too. Thank you for making me smile and making me think, with your extremely well-written, insightful slice of Chlex-life that should've been!
magic apple sheep chapter 1 . 1/15/2012
Oh god, this was perfect. If only (if only- fangirl moan) such interactions grew and because something later on in the series. Ah well, I’ll always have your Apple Juice. The snark was A and just plan cute. I want more, but sadly I know I wont get it. Hopefully someday you’ll come back and fulfill my dreams of a Clex-y epicness but until then:

You Rock!
shallowness chapter 1 . 4/21/2011
Loved the interaction between the characters. Nice lightness of touch, shaded with Lex's darkness. What I appreciated the most was that you never lost sight of who the characters are. And the coda is love.
Ella Palladino chapter 1 . 2/28/2011
Dude, this is awesome!
JDPhoenix chapter 1 . 2/28/2011
This was absolutely adorable. I love seeing characters interact outside their normal action and this did not disappoint.
Tanschana chapter 1 . 1/13/2011

Brilliant piece of work!
GameGuardian2x chapter 1 . 12/9/2010
Oh I love this. It's so happy and light, a nice break from the doom and gloom that smallville has become.

I adore your Lex, and his slightly stiff discomfort at mingling with the burgeoise. And Chloe is wonderul and snarky.
Gyreflight chapter 1 . 6/16/2010
I remember reading this on another archive some time back, so it was a nice surprise to find it here as well. I like both your Chloe and your Lex, and the whole thing is pleasingly and appropriately light, quirky and amusing – with an edge that catches the reader by surprise, but is even more appropriate to the characters concerned.

Oh yes, and: "When I was seven at a LuthorCorp picnic your father purposely stepped on my toes. Dad maintains that it was an accident but I don't think so." Now that sounds disturbingly believable…

hrhrionastar chapter 1 . 10/14/2009
This is SO funny! I love Lex's confrontation with the bottle. Adorable!

Also, this has some real emotional undertones-very believable Lex and Chloe. Yay!

Sarah1281 chapter 1 . 1/11/2009
"You probably seemed too happy and my father wanted to squash you."

I loved this line! Seriously, the whole thing was great.
khushiyan chapter 1 . 7/9/2007
Aw, bless Lex and his need to do everything. Hee. _
elleindie chapter 1 . 6/11/2007
Ths is a cute little story that makes me think. I liked the humor placed throughout and the way you portrayed them both. Thanks for the great story!

Rachel chapter 1 . 7/30/2006
I LOVE IT! You're Chloe and Lex are PERFECT!
LastScorpion chapter 1 . 11/17/2004
What a terrific story! I enjoyed it a lot, especially the ending, and the quote-duelling. My favorite line was "It takes you awhile but you sure are determined." LOL! Thanks for writing this and putting it up!
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