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Love and Relativity by Rachael Wade

love and relativityGitte: 4 stars
Jenny:  4 stars

Gitte:  Love and Relativity is an emotional story of heartbreak, tragedy, love and letting go of the past.  Everything life throws at you leaves a mark no matter how young you are. Unresolved emotion and tragedy can stay with us; leaving unhealed scars and can determine our future actions and feelings. This story is about Emma and Jackson; their story will take you on an emotional ride that will have you in tears, leave you frustrated at times yet have your heart melt the next.

I have to say Jenny, that I strongly urge every reader of this story to listen to ‘The Story’ by Brandi Carlile before starting the story. The Author says: “If you want to get to know Emma and Jackson, everything you need to know is there.” I agree completely, it set the mood for me, brought emotions to the surface and I think it made me connect to these characters and feel all the angst, the emotions, the love and frustration so much more strongly.

Jenny:  I hadn’t read Preservation and didn’t know the characters, but this in no way deterred from my enjoyment of this book.  I was still able to follow the story, connect with the characters and it certainly has made me want to pick up a copy of Preservation (Book 1) and Reservation (Book 2) straight away!

Gitte, I totally agree with you.  The author urges us to listen to “The Story” before starting this book and it was indeed an emotional experience.  First time I’ve cried BEFORE I’ve even started the book and that song certainly make you eager to read and explore the story of Emma and Jackson.  It made me desperate to know about them in fact.

Emma and Jackson share a bond which is so beautiful, so desperate and so fragile. You certainly feel every emotion spending time with these two characters – anger, frustration, love, heartbreak and happiness.  The author certainly puts us through our paces.

Gitte: Emma and Jackson have had a poignant moment. A moment resulting from a tragedy; a moment both of them withdraw from only to be reminded by issues left unresolved.  How long can you let yourself drift until the past catches up with you and sets you on a different path to which you were intended to walk? How well do you truly know someone until you have seen the rawness of the worst moment in that person’s life? The moment they either hit rock bottom or you become their saviour…their inspiration.

Jackson, seriously, what can I say? I fell for him completely. Yes he was a bad boy, a gorgeous one. Yes he has a reputation for his bad behaviour with the girls on the island. He is cocky, self-assured with buckets full of charm, who wouldn’t fall for him? Then, when you get to the vulnerability and the un-requited feelings, well, I defy everyone’s heart not to melt into a puddle on the floor.

Now for Emma; she was quite a complex character; timid yet strong, assertive yet unsure of herself, quite a contradiction at times. She seemed strong and confident on the surface; she knew where she was going in life, she had her path planned, in some respects she was wise beyond her years I thought.

This sweet girl has seen tragedy in her life; its consequences deeply scarred her. Her inability to come to terms with her own actions and what happened marring her and distorting her plans and decisions and the reasons for making them. Scared to give her heart, only for it to be returned to her broken.

Jenny: Jackson! Wow! Exactly Gitte, what can you say.  I loved him.  I loved who he was, who he wanted to be and I loved how he was with Emma.  It was in these moments that we saw such a beautiful, soulful side to Jackson, rather than the persona he showed to everyone else.  There were times I questioned him and his decisions, but overall, here was a guy ……an absolutely gorgeous guy, who, against the odds was trying to better himself to prove his worthiness to the girl who had completely stolen his heart.

“My problem is, I can’t do this shit anymore, Emma. The girl I fucking love is sitting across from me, and I can’t have her. I can never have her because all I seem to do is hurt her, and it’s killing me, alright?” 

Jackson tries to stay away, to give Emma space but there is an invisible connection and a bond they shared from a tragedy and unbelievably strong chemistry whichwas felt in every scene they shared.  Wow! Talk about chemistry in abundance….these two definitely had it!

Emma was sweet, and yes Gitte, she was a complex character.  Emma thought her life was all mapped out for.  I must admit there were a couple of times I despaired at the things she said and the way she treated Jackson, but at the end of the day, he certainly wasn’t faultless, so I was able to give Emma a bit of leeway .  Emma was dealing with a lot… the death of her sister, an cheating, awful ex and a secret that was eating her up.  She swept her issues under the carpet, thought they were buried , until the moment she is forced to face her past head on.

I must admit some of the to-ing and fro-ing between Emma and Jackson did drive me a bit crazy and I wanted to slap the pair of them at times, but their tender and even sensual moments brought them back to me.

Gitte: I loved this story of how one moment in time can bring two people together and how the poignancy of it determines their later actions yet how life, emotions and time gets in the way only to be what is needed in order to heal, understand and find the true meaning of forgiveness and love.

Jenny:  I really did like this story too Gitte.  It was a good friends to lovers story of two people, very opposite in some ways who, even though at times bring out the worst in each other, are like two halves of one whole.  Just getting them to sort their issues out and see that is the hard part.  I really did enjoy this one and can’t wait to get stuck into Preservation and Reservation.

 

Be sure to listen to ‘The Story’ by Brandi Carlile before reading Love and Relativity

 

You can check out the Preservation Series by Rachael Wade here 

Preservation (Preservation, #1)

Love and Relativity

Reservation (Preservation, #2)

Book #3 Declaration – no release date as yet

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Reservation (Preservation #2) by Rachael Wade

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SYNOPSIS
A sequel to the Amazon bestselling romance, Preservation, told from Ryan’s point of view.

Old Habits Die Hard.

Ryan Campbell is not only leaving his title of Professor behind to move on to bigger and better things at Simon and Warden Publishing, he’s also become Seattle’s rising literary star. Sitting on the overwhelming cusp of newfound fame, he learns soon enough that being popular has its downside.

Attracted to the buzz surrounding his new career, former lovers begin to creep back into his life, and potential ones emerge with enticing advances. While he works to juggle reserved, yet stressful, wedding plans with Kate and his new public image, he has enough to manage without worrying about Carter and Dean—Kate’s loveable albeit eccentric friends—and their latest shenanigans.

Surrounded by a lifestyle that includes temptation at every turn, Ryan finds himself immersed in a world full of scandal and lies, where his oldest weaknesses thrive and his ghosts return to haunt him. Questioning whether his life with Kate is his best path, he must discover if he’s still capable of being the man he aspired to be when she first became his, or if happily ever after is only an illusion.

 


Reviewed by Gitte: 4 stars

Reservation is the sequel to Preservation where we first met Kate and Ryan.  I read Preservation nearly a year ago but I hadn’t forgotten these two characters. I remembered their emotional beginnings and them being two scarred and damaged souls. Both are aspiring Authors; a Teacher and a student with each their own emotional baggage. And yeah…I remembered Ryan; I don’t think anyone would forget this gorgeous tattooed alpha male who has just the right dose of vulnerability and a huge heart as well.

Due to this being the sequel, I am hesitant to say too much as I do not want to give any spoilers; rather I recommend you pick up Preservation then move onto this one. This series has everything we look for in a good story. I loved it.  Book #1 was emotional, frustrating, hot and addictive and book #2 managed to surpass it for me in the emotional stakes. I am not sure what it is about reading this story in Ryan’s POV but I can tell you if it hadn’t been, the effect on my heart would be nowhere near as strong and my feelings would have been of an entirely different nature when it came to the crux of the story. His voice has such an impact and my heart hurt one minute following by a racing pulse the next.

Seriously, the pace and the obstacles in Kate & Ryan’s story just plays with the reader, you are on a ride where you can see the pitfalls you know what possibly could or may just be coming. You scream at your kindle for Ryan to stop and think. You scream at Kate for her to just listen and believe. You want to hurt the instigators and the facilitators with something hard and basically tell them in a polite way to just go do one. But the reader has no voice…the reader watches it play out with a racing heart and feels the pain and the confusion. (Oh and enjoys the yummy factor because yeah..Ryan he is just….wow!)

Ryan needs control. He feels lost without it, though the control he needs now is very different to the control he craved in his past. A past that has damaged him and comes back to haunt him in the most dire and consequential way in this story. He receives an opportunity that looks great on paper and in the bank but threatens to uproot any foundation he has achieved. The anger, fear, lack of control, feeling helpless and his strong need to protect Kate culminating into one immense emotional and heart-breaking climax. Ryan loves with passion and is fiercely protective. He loves to a fault yet carries so much guilt and anger, his focus is on making up for the past rather than living in the present….paying attention to what is happening right now. What he has. He knows what he stands to lose though but how does one man prevent the inevitable when everything and everyone work against him? Waiting for him to fail….

Then we have our Kate. She has been ‘knocked down’ and hurt. Her past leaving scars that are carried unhealed into her future culminating into a severe trust issue. Being let down by not only the people that should care but the ones who themselves have an inability to reconcile their own feelings ultimately placing Kate in situations outside of her control. As this was Ryan’s story to tell I wanted to yell in frustration at Kate several times, needing to remind myself that if I was her, with her issues would I not question and react like her? However, ultimately my heart hurt for Ryan and he had my tears.

We get to catch up with Carter and Dean, Emma & Jackson and I cannot wait to read Carter’s story next in Declaration. His journey I am so sure will be another emotional ride!


THE PRESERVATION SERIES by RACHAEL WADE is available to purchase below

Preservation Book One   :: amazon us | amazon uk | our review
Reservation Book Two :: amazon us | amazon uk | our review
Declaration Book Three : amazon us | amazon uk

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Preservation – by Rachael Wade

SYNOPSIS
Fear is sabotage’s sweetest weapon.

Kate has no time for meaningless romantic charades, and definitely no time for hot college professors who are full of themselves and smitten with her. Constantly battling eviction notices, tuition she can’t afford, and a sick, dependent mother, the last thing she needs is to be distracted with someone else’s complicated baggage.

When she stumbles into Ryan Campbell’s creative writing class, he is only “Mr. Campbell” to her, until Ryan finds himself captivated by her writing and she is forced to face their mutual attraction. His cocky know-it-all syndrome is enough to send her running in the other direction, and his posse of female admirers and playboy reputation are enough to squander any odds in her favor.

But underneath Ryan’s abrasive facade is something to behold, and she can’t stay away for long. Ryan and Kate must decide who they’re willing to become and fight against their former selves if they want to make things work. That’s if academia, vicious vixens, old skeletons, and their own mastery at self-destruction don’t pummel their efforts first.


Reviewed by Gitte

Ok..before I start I have to tell you a secret..I have a strange relationship with free books. When I see a free book on amazon that sounds fairly decent I get it..but 9 out of 10 times I don’t read it, it goes in a folder and stays there. Not quite sure why..Then yesterday I thought I’d have a peek at Preservation which I got free and I was hooked from the start…my kind of book and I thought how many of these little gems are sitting on my kindle being ignored. Because Preservation was FAB!! I wish it had been longer though, I wish I could have gotten to know Ryan and Kate better through their past…but what a treat at the end after the epilogue ;0)LOVED that!!! (Won’t spoil it!)

Preservation is the story of Ryan and Kate two damaged people who aspire to become published writers and who have erected walls around themselves to ward of love and hurt. Their relationship begins as Teacher/Student but they are roughly the same age due to Kate having gone back to college late). They both carry emotional baggage from their past which creates one extremely messed up relationship! Both characters are completely lovable, I understood them but that didn’t mean they didn’t annoy the hell out of me at times. Ryan..sigh…my kind of hot arrogant but completely lovable tattooed alpha male..If you read this all I’ll say is: PHOTOCOPIER…bloody hell..I had to read that scene twice!!!! (Ok I lied…I may have read it more…)

Oh and I LOVED Carter and Dean..I wanted more of them…

Definitely not enough of this book..that’s the only thing I can criticize..I wanted more!


THE PRESERVATION SERIES by RACHAEL WADE is available to purchase below

Preservation Book One   :: amazon us | amazon uk | our review
Reservation Book Two :: amazon us | amazon uk | our review
Declaration Book Three : amazon us | amazon uk

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