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Preservation by [Wade, Rachael]
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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.

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  • File Size: 2930 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rabbit Hole Press (April 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SOL6CW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,679 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By GCReading on August 27, 2012
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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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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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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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I started reading this book after I bought the sequel when it was on sale. It's been out for a while but I waited for the sequel to come out so I could read them together. Unfortunately, I'm not entirely sure I want to continue with the series.

I've read novels dealing with student/teacher relationships, but this was one of the least believable I've read. The story is about a college student/ aspiring writer named Kate who has had to put off school for years as she struggled to stay financially afloat. She meets her young, handsome professor named Ryan Campbell, who -at the start of the story - we learn has been cruelly dumped by his fiancee on the same day he's supposed to meet with a book publisher. Romancing his students is a familiar concept to Ryan, who has dealt with his betrayal by bedding every attractive female in sight. Kate is his latest conquest turned muse who attempts to build a lasting connection with the man she can't stay away from.

While the premise is promising, if somewhat unbelievable, the delivery leaves much to be desired. For starters, the relationship between Ryan and Kate is underdeveloped. We learn that Ryan has insecurities because of his failed relationship and Kate has trust issues and is unwilling to open up, yet they carry on for months without issue. Student/teacher relations are merely frowned upon? It seemed like there was a lack of consequences for these two, who seem to do whatever they please just because they can.

Kate, in particular, bugged me. She has two male best friends who openly admit to being in love with her and she's simply okay with them being around all the time, lending her shoulders to cry on when her romance is on the rocks.
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