{Book Review} Preservation by Rachael Wade

August 3, 2012 Reviews 9

Pages: 272 pages
Publication Date: May 25th 2012 by Rabbit Hole Press
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Author
Series: N/A
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, 150+ reading challenge,Just Contemporary challenge,  Standalone Challenge, ABC challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon

Summary(from Goodreads):

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.

This book is a school girls fantasy. I would say it fits into the new adult genre. The characters are in their mid 20s. I really enjoyed it. By the end of the second chapter I was sucked in and didn’t come up for air until a few hours later when I realized that I devoured the book in a single sitting. 

Both Ryan and Kate are jaded and damaged and because of this they are guarded and keep people at a distance. What I liked about this book is that you could tell they liked each other from the beginning, but they both had a lot of internal struggles to deal with before they could be together properly. At first, I was annoyed that Ryan knew Kate was “different” so early on. I felt like he didn’t get to know her well, but I quickly saw that this wasn’t an insta love thing- it was a gut reaction and it didn’t affect the deeper story line at all. I loved that about Preservation. Yes, they get together quickly, but it is so much more than that. Preservation is about two flawed individuals that need to do soem self evaluation and growth and try and make things work. 

Charlotte is fiercely independent and I get that. I can relate to it, but even I think she goes too far with it. And Ryan is the typical guy that was burned and then turns to a womanizing but no deep connection path. I loved seeing their character growth throughout the book. They each had little setbacks along the way, but in the game of life- who doesn’t? It was very realistic and very addicitive. 

I loved Preservation and can see it as the type of real and smart book that I would go back to for a re-read. If you are looking for a more mature read about how two people can grow up and try to make it work, Preservation is a great book to pick up! 

4/5 Gavels

About the Author:
Rachael Wade is the author of the Amazon #1 best-selling paranormal romance series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the best-selling contemporary romance, Preservation. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and her work has been published in The Storyteller, A Hudson View International Poetry Digest, and Amulet Poetry. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect wildlife and stop animal cruelty. The first title in her post-apocalyptic sci-fi romance series, The Keepers Trilogy, is set for release winter of 2012.

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9 Responses to “{Book Review} Preservation by Rachael Wade”

  1. Jessica S.

    I’m intrigued by new adult novels, and this one kinda reminds me of Teach Me by R.A. Nelson. I must check this one out. 🙂

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    I love when a book grabs you like that and the next thing you know you’ve consumed the whole thing..what a rush. Awesome review and I like the cover.

  3. Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue

    This one is definitely on my TBR for someday. It just seems like a book I’ll adore and I’m curious to see if I do. Great review, Michelle! You really piqued my interest in this one all over again. 🙂

  4. Kelly

    I like to watch people grow. I don’t like womanizers, but you say they grow and have setbacks.I have this book just haven’t started it yet.Thanks

  5. DeeDee Griffin

    Thanks for the review! I’ve had this book for a while but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Sounds like I need to move it up on my priority list. I’m loving the new adult genre!

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