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Preservation (Preservation, #1) [Kindle Edition]

Rachael Wade
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Preservation (Preservation, #1) - Kate's Story

Reservation (Preservation, #2 ) - Ryan's Story

Declaration (Preservation, #3) - Carter's Story

Love and Relativity - (Stand-alone companion novel)

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.

Editorial Reviews


I devoured this book, I think in total it took me 5 hours to read. Most of you will probably be familiar with Rachael Wade's Resistance Trilogy books (Amaranth & The Gates) and I think this is her first contemporary romance, but let me tell you that she does this so well that she would definitely give the likes of Beautiful Disaster a run for their money. To all you Fifty & Travis fans - try this and welcome a brand new book boyfriend to the fold. 5 stars.--Melanie, Book Passion for Life Book Reviews

I've read Rachael's other novels (Amaranth & The Gates) and while I really liked them, this one blew me away! If you love contemporary romance, you need to read Preservation. By far one of the best romances I've read lately! I highly recommend and you will not be disappointed!--Tiffany, A Purrfect Read Book Reviews

This is a story about love, pain, loss and betrayal. I finished this book with tears racing down my cheeks and laughing out loud at the same time.--Keren, Gothic Angel Book Reviews

About the Author

Rachael Wade is the Amazon #1 bestselling author of the paranormal romance series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the contemporary romance, Preservation. When she's not writing, she's busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect wildlife and stop animal cruelty.

Product Details

  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rabbit Hole Press (April 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SOL6CW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Uhhh, are you kidding me right now? July 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't know which theme from this book bothers me the most. If this was real life you'd have every one of your friends urging you to leave this guy before he starts punching you in the face and they'd be giving you weekly "it's not your fault" talks.

Here are the book's lessons on relationships:

1) If you're pretty, sassy, and good enough in bed you can meet AND CHANGE a womanizing, selfish, lothario at risk of losing his job due to his long standing pattern of using his authority position as a teacher to bed and promptly discard an obscene amount of his students. But he's changed now. You are THAT awesome. But that's not the only great thing. Now that he's changed, condoms are optional! He's with you now so it's TOTALLY safe. Before you run around all crazy with your arms in the air hollering your protests hear me out, cuz it's totally true. See this equation I just randomly made up off the top of my head?

change x number of intimate partners / herpes = all std's cured!

SEE! The maths proves it. Later condoms! WOOHOO!!!!! UP TOP!!!!!

2.) When your now "changed" bf starts to exhibit passive control techniques instead of his usual aggressive techniques (just the flip side of the jealous and controlling coin) and your spidey senses tell you something's off it's because you aren't TRUSTING enough.

3.) When his demands start to interfere with your career, he's given a solid "nope" to you going to a business function, and you suddenly remember you have a spine and decide to go anyway terrible, terrible things will happen to you. It's God's way of punishing you for not listening to him. When he forbid you from attending a work function he was doing it for YOU. To save you from YOURSELF. That's all it was.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Characters Need Character May 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book was well-written and interesting to read; however, a story works a lot better for me when I can care about the characters. They need to be sympathetic, decent human beings. The male love interest in this story does a series of incredibly selfish things, and the last one would be a definite deal-breaker for most self-respecting women. I found it very, very difficult to see the appeal of this man who uses people. Good looks are not enough.

The female protagonist was appealling in the first half of the book; she has ambition and courage, coming from behind without family support or financial resources. However, around the middle of the book she makes a series of mistakes, runs out of gumption, and seems like a wilted sad sack by the end.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Eh.... August 27, 2012
By Damaris
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Last night I had a hard time falling asleep and decided to pick up a book that would be a fast read. I read the opening to Preservation and immediately found myself enthralled in the story. I knew from the opening that I could zoom through it.

It was definitely a fast read, very interesting, and for whatever reason, as much I wanted to DNF it, I couldn't. I read it until the end and was bothered by it all.

First I would like to say, it does have some sexy steamy scenes that I did enjoy. The beginning was great and I loved the tension between Ryan and Kate. I also loved Kate's best friends and even thought to myself that the girl was lucky to have them.

It wasn't until Ryan and Kate begin their little secret relationship that I really started to get bothered. I mean I don't even know where to begin. It felt like the author was trying to show readers that they were both messed up somehow, but finding each other and falling in love is what heals them. But it was the way she did this, that left me wondering how is their relationship good? It was abusive, controlling, manipulative, spiteful, I mean you name it, that's Preservation.

Any love I had for Ryan went out the door when he began to do things to Kate just because he wanted to show her that he can give her something and he can also take it away. There wasn't anything to like about them as a couple, at all. They purposely would do things to each other, Ryan had so many issues and needed to be seen by someone. I just couldn't grasp why Kate would want someone like him in her life. He was crazy!

Then, there was a scene that I felt was pointless. It just came off as if the author added it just to give the story a bit of excitement. I didn't buy it and I didn't buy Kate's reactions afterwards.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Romance Book I've Ever Read!! May 8, 2012
We've all heard the phrase Love Conquers All. But do we really know what it means to have that kind of love? Some of us are lucky enough to have that kind of love in our lifetime. Some of us will die without ever truly experiencing something so extraordinary. Because it's easy to say "Oh yes, we love each other unconditionally" But do you? Do you really?

"Have you ever picked up a book last thing at night, torn between wanting to read for an hour or to go straight to sleep? A word to the wise DO NOT ATTEMPT THAT WITH THIS BOOK. Seriously, I picked this up at 10pm hoping for an hour of reading before bed. Come 2:30am I'm just finished. That's it. Done. Read cover to cover. This book was delicious, I could not put it down. I'm off to bed with tear tracks down my face"
- This was my Goodreads status at 2:30 in the morning -

It's true, I picked this book up last night, fully intending to spend an hour reading it and then go to bed. Little did I know just how much I would get sucked in and not spat back out until 2:30am.
I read a lot of books. In fact most days, my head is buried in a book. But most of them have a Paranormal element to them. PRESERVATION was a touch outside of my norm, being that it's Adult Contemporary Romance / Realistic Fiction.
I have to be honest, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Yes, I've been known to read Erotica. Yes, I read Adult Fiction too. But no two books are the same and thank goodness that's so. We wouldn't want to read the same old, same old.
Well let me tell you, PRESERVATION blew me out of the water. It was not your typical romance. Girl meets boy, they fall in love. They have hardships, they overcome them, they live happily ever after. No, this was deeper than that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great price for good read
Published 11 days ago by Maddie967
2.0 out of 5 stars Preservation (Preservation, #1)
I just couldn't feel the characters and there was no chemistry. Everything happened too fast, too many women from Ryan's past made an appearance, dragging the story on and it was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Briana Pacheco
4.0 out of 5 stars Picked this up for free
Picked this up for free..and it was really good. Student/professor story with some twists. So glad i was able to get this one.
Published 2 months ago by Jennachia
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute love story!
Fast read, with a sweet ending. I would have liked to see the side characters developed more, but this didn't intrude in the overall plot.
Published 2 months ago by Wendy Oconnell
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept my attention
Preservation is the first book in the Preservation series by Rachael Wade. Kate and Ryan are hiding behind some pretty major baggage, and they use it to keep themselves from... Read more
Published 2 months ago by What's Beyond Forks?
2.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't like Ryan.
I just couldn't get into Ryan, he just seemed like a jerk (which can be okay sometimes) but I didn't see the other redeeming qualities to go along with it.
Published 3 months ago by Meghan
4.0 out of 5 stars Same problem with Love and Relativity
Loved this book.....just like the other r one but ending TOO RUSHED...yes there is a continuation in Preservation, which is great but the ending was quick and the forgiveness was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Dono
3.0 out of 5 stars some reservations, but good.
One major dislike I have so far in this well-paced, well-written story is that heroine is not someone I like or respect. Both she and the H have no morals. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Conjunxpigra
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings, but overall enjoyable
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Published 3 months ago by Emily Mamula
3.0 out of 5 stars ENJOYABLE

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I liked this book. In the beginning I felt bad for Ryan. He had his heart broken and he vowed that it wouldn’t happen again. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Halos Horns
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More About the Author

Rachael Wade writes edgy New Adult and Adult romance and science fiction. She is the author of the Amazon bestselling PRESERVATION SERIES, THE REPLACEMENT, and LOVE AND RELATIVITY, as well as the paranormal romance series THE RESISTANCE TRILOGY. When she's not writing, she's busy going to concerts, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. She's an avid Brandi Carlile fan and loves all things Tim Burton. Visit her at and, and come chat with her on Twitter @RachaelWade.

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