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Love and Relativity by [Wade, Rachael]
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A Stand-Alone Preservation Series Companion Novel.

Preservation (Preservation, #1)
Reservation (Preservation, #2)
Declaration (Preservation, #3)

Love, life, and happily ever after? It’s all relative.

Marine biology student Emma Pierce lives in paradise—geographically speaking, anyway. Stranded on Sanibel Island, Florida, she works at a nursing home by day and spends her nights dodging the island's infamous bad boy, Jackson Taylor, at her favorite karaoke bar. Trying to heal from the loss of her sister and a failed relationship she rerouted her life for, she's ready to graduate and finally leave Florida behind.

When a run-in with Jackson and his rowdy crew goes sour at the bar one night, sparks fly and irreversible damage is done. It’s no secret that Jackson loves to get underneath her skin, but this time he's gone too far. Now all he wants is to earn her forgiveness before she's gone for good, but their ideas of closure—and the future—are enough to keep them worlds apart.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 322 pages
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  • Publisher: Rabbit Hole Press (Dec 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHHFZJ2
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa24f5660) out of 5 stars 117 reviews
43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2549b7c) out of 5 stars There is such a thing as too much angst Jan. 29 2013
By Book Worm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book as I read and enjoyed Preservation, and as it was a freebie what was there to lose. I know what I lost and it was patience. I know that angst filled romances are popular and that complications always occur in contemporary romance, but this story has enough for several novels. There were just so many complications that the drama became too much for me. There was just complication after complication after complication, leading to more angst on top of more angst. The actual time Jackson and Emma were actually together and happy was such a small part of the book that I never felt like I got respite from the angst. I'm not joking about that either, they were only together and happy for about 15% of the book, in the middle.

I also have to say I had issues with both Emma and Jackson. Let's start with Jackson. Jackson is a bad boy sleep with anything who makes Travis Maddox (Beautiful Disaster) look like a saint. He is such a jerk at numerous points throughout the book that I found it impossible to like him a lot of the time. But then the he could be super sweet. But my biggest issue, for those of you who don't like it when the Hero can't keep it in his pants you will hate Jackson. Jackson declares his undying love for Emma, saying he has been in love with her for 3 years. Emma doesn't know what to make of this and asks for time. Two weeks later he is banging another girl because (his reason when she finds out)' I didn't think you wanted me'. Two weeks. Come on. Some undying love.

And this is where I have issues with Emma. Emma accepts this way too easily. She is at times a doormat to him, and yet at other times is super strong, and tells it like it is. I have to say because of this I found it hard to get a real read on her character as she flipped from one to the other too much. At times I really liked her and other times I wanted to knock some sense into her.

Not all of it annoyed me. There were no annoying editing issues, the book was written well, and it has an ending. I really liked the supporting characters. I just personally felt that with a little less drama and angst, and with some more happy parts, this could have made a good read. The final issue I have though is that although you get your happy ever after, due to Jackson's sleeping with anything ways and all the past angst, it felt more like a `happy for now', and what we all want from a romance is a happy ever after.

Will I read it again? No
Would I recommend it? No. But if you like REALLY angst filled complication after complication contemporary romance reads and don't have a problem with hero's who can't keep it in their pants you will love it.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2549c9c) out of 5 stars Best Rachael Wade Novel to Date Dec 12 2012
By Kate Givans - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I laughed. I cried. I read until I needed toothpicks to keep my eyes open! In short, Love and Relativity made my very short "epic love story" list. But in more depth:

"There's nothing left of me, because you have it all. You were right. I am no good for you--not now, and not in the future."

That. Right there. And so much more is why Love and Relativity is currently my favorite Rachael Wade novel, and probably one of my favorite reads this year.

Jackson is totally bad-boy-with-a-good-heart yummy. He tries his hardest to stay away from Emma, to do what's right by her. He wants more for her than him, but their love is fueled by sheer magnetism and Jackson isn't the bad boy he thinks he is. He's caged himself in, simply put up walls because of the things he's been through, which really just makes him all the more desirable in the end.

Emma is struggling with her own issues: an ex-boyfriend that hurt her at the worst time possible, her own walls and inhibitions, the grief and loss of her sister and the secret that binds her and Jackson together - the one thing that tells her that there's more to Jackson than meets the eye. But figuring it all out is easier said than done.

Be prepared for some serious swooning and steamy scenes. And don't be surprised if you spend half the book wanting to ring either Jackson's or Emma's necks because we, the readers, can see they are perfect for each other but one or the other seems to think that they're better off sabotaging the entire thing.

My favorite character from Preservation also plays a pretty big role in Love and Relativity. I got to know him better and I got to see him happy, which I totally loved. He's the sweet, pure hearted guy who most girls overlook because he lacks that bad boy edge. But to me, he's beyond yummy and totally the kind of guy I would marry. So for me, Love and Relativity also righted and the wrongs I'd felt at the end of Preservation, making Love and Relativity all the more enjoyable.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By S. Welter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Where do I sign up??? I want a guy who sleeps around with anything that moves but really is in love with me. Then he is manipulating, controlling and evasive. Could he please take what I want and am thinking out of the equation and decide what's best for me and our relationship? Great! How about playing mind games and being a bit too sexually forward? Check! *sigh*

If you want an intelligent book written by an intelligent woman about intelligent women I suggest picking up a Jenny Crusie. One of her characters would have pushed Jackson off the dock and gone to found someone worth while.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3770ca8) out of 5 stars Small-Town Small-People Going Nowhere. Jan. 30 2013
By RandOR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Please find the review by Book Worm posted January 29, 2013. I totally agree.

Initially, I was going to just leave a comment on that review, but I felt that I needed to add a starred review to counter some of the irrational 5-star reviews that brought me to this book.

I find it depressing that the main characters are all so uninspiring. Highlight of their week is getting drunk at Pete's on Friday night. They all have menial jobs. Emma is an aid at a nursing home. Whitney is a hotel maid. Jackson is a part time hanger-on at a marina. Small-town small-people with low ambitions trapped and going nowhere. Even Emma, who is at least going to a local Jr. College, who at least is voicing intentions of "Getting off the Island", is showing by her actions that she is doing little more than dreaming, and I have no great expectation that she will ever break free. Jackson is totally uninspiring. A handsome local bad-boy to whom Emma is drawn has nothing to offer but poverty, fist-fights, misguided cock-sure posturing, and getting drunk. Is this someone you'd want your daughter to interact with? Shudder. Emma is briefly attracted to a new guy at Pete's... "He was thin instead of built like a linebacker, but his geek glasses and tattoo-covered arms were pretty damn sexy." Oh, come on Emma. Quit digging.

I'm sure that there are many people who live like this. I just don't need to read about it. I am at 41% and I'm going to bail. The second half may get better, but I won't be there to find out.

Randy
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24f82ac) out of 5 stars There's nothing left of me, because you have it all. Dec 9 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I just want to say that I haven't read Preservation, and I can vouch that you don't need to read it to get this. Carter, which is the character from the other book, offers you a little of his back story, but either way it's irrelevant to what happens here because it has nothing to do with Jackson and Emma. Just wanted to point that out.

Oh, I loved this! Unlike most of romance books out there, it was different than what the usual is today.
Yeah, Jackson's a playboy, and Emma completely changes him. But that's about the only thing that makes this sound the same as every other romance out there. Trust me, it's not. Rachael Wade handles it completely different and I was thrilled at the direction of the story and where it ended.

I can't really talk about this without giving anything away, so I just won't go into detail too much. Let's just say there's more to Jackson than Emma thinks. And ultimately she doesn't give everything up for him, which is very important because I needed this in my romance - a strong-willed heroine that knows when to put herself and her dreams first.
I was bummed for the most part of this, Jackson kept making mistake after mistake after mistake, but see, that's why he's a believable character. Nobody changes overnight, I'd like to think the-power-of-love is that strong, but it's not. I was so sad for him, life sure dealt him a s***ty card, but at the same time he was so frustrating, it's no excuse for him to still act like a child at his age. I even hated him at one point. I'm glad with where his story went because he needed to get his s*** together for himself, not someone else.

The romance is actually believable! It's not out of the blue, BAM "I Love You", insta-love crap. These two have some serious history together, and it makes a lot of sense that there were intense feelings between them.

I loved the way it was written too. Great chemistry between Jackson and Emma, I loved Carter and Whitney, I hated Jeff and stupid Chris. They all felt real to me. Amazing character development. There's some humor thrown in there, too. And the obligatory graphic sex scenes that I just have to mention because one - they were hot, and two - people like to know about this before they read things.
Anyways, read it, I really loved it. I just wish I could have talked more about it without giving all the twists and turns away.