Preservation Series by Rachael Wade
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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.
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.
*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Featuring characters from Love and Relativity.
Carter Montgomery spent most of his life blending in, and he liked it that way. It was always better to be seen, not heard. And while a theatric streak and friendly demeanor might have fooled most people, he knew the truth—he was the shy one. The quiet kid most people forgot about. Some might have considered that a bad thing, but those people all wanted to be in the spotlight.
The only place Carter didn’t mind attention was on stage, with The Hellions. Once content in his comfort zone in Seattle, Washington, he only knew three things: confrontation was to be avoided, keeping the peace was priority, and the moment he lost Kate Parker to Professor Ryan Campbell, he had no clue what to do with his life. Playing gigs, working at Pike Place Market, and watching BBC after the love of his life sailed off into the sunset just wasn’t going to cut it anymore.
Desperate to escape his rut, he takes a cue from Kate and chooses a random place to relocate—a small island across the country, where no one knows his name and memories of unrequited love aren’t found at every turn. Just when he thinks he’s found the perfect place to unwind and sink back into the shadows, in bursts Whitney Sinclair, a saucy firecracker who loves life and refuses to settle for second best. Full of contagious energy, she dares him to be brave, convincing him that it might finally be time to tell the world what he wants.
It might be time to make a declaration.
Carter needs a change. All the reasons he's stayed in Seattle don't fly anymore. Everyone moved on, found new things while Carter was still just Carter. Desperate for a change he runs to a small ocean side town in Florida. He doesn't know what he's going to do once he get's there, but he knows that he is determined to leave his baggage in his past, especially one Kate Parker.
After having his heart stomped on again and again in the first two books of the Preservation Series it was about dang time that the sweet, best friend, Carter got his own story! From the beginning of this series I was rooting for Carter. That secret deep down side of me wanted him to be with Kate. Oh yes Ryan is hotter than hell, but Carter was the best friend. The guy that was always there to pick up the pieces, the guy that Kate didn't know she needed. The guy I secretly rooted for while I prayed that Kate and Ryan worked it out. Luckily for us Rachel Wade knows better than me and broke Carter's heart and sent him fleeing to Florida, where I can honestly say I fell even more in love with Carter.
In Declaration Carter no longer has his friends to lean on to help him figure out the path his life should lead. It's just him and never ending beaches. But Carter is smart and he quickly falls in step with the sunny life of Florida. Things fell in place pretty quickly for Carter, friends, a job, and a place to stay, but no matter how good things seemed to be on the surface; Carter still felt like he had a hole in his heart.
Kate messed him up pretty freaking good. But Kate wasn't his only problem and it took him moving to Florida to really figure it out. Being in Florida not only brought more sun to Carter's world, it shined a light on the truth of what Carter was running from. In Declaration we see Carter struggle with who he was, who his thinks he is and who he wants to be. We see him grow from the boy next door, to a man ready to take charge of his life. Sure it's not all sunshine and beaches, but Carter is Carter and his disposition is amazing.
I was in love with Carter before I read Declaration but now I see Carter in an entirely different light. I realized that in the first two books we really got a small side of one well rounded and incredibly adorable and sexy Carter. In Declaration we see all of Carter and if you don't fall even more in love with him in this book then there is something seriously wrong with you.
Declaration was a sweet read that drew me in like a rainbow after it rains. I settled in, got nice and cozy and wanted to live there. Rachel Wade did such an amazing job of giving Carter and all the characters in this story a voice. Each character was full of life. It was like talking with my friends as I read this book. Words flowed easily, the story flowed easily everything was just perfect. I could devour a book by Rachel Wade everyday. That's how easy it is to get into her stories. These stories are written with heart and soul, Rachel Wade is on those pages and I gladly soaked it in.
Open to US and Canada:
--a Declaration guitar pick necklace, and an e-book copy of Declaration