Preservation (Preservation, #1) [NOOK Book]

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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)

Kate has no time for meaningless romantic charades, and definitely no time for hot college professors who are full of themselves and smitten with ...

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Overview

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)

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.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045340953
  • Publisher: Rachael Wade
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 2,228
  • File size: 318 KB

Meet the Author

Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, Love and Relativity, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she's not writing, she's busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at www.RachaelWade.com and www.LightsOnOutreach.com, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Preservation by

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

    Preservation by Rachael Wade
    Book One of the Preservation series
    Publisher: Rabbit Hole Press
    Publication Date: May 25, 2012
    Rating: 3 stars
    Source: Bought on Amazon

    (I actually read this book back in June 2012. But, I figured since I just read Love and Relativity, why not write two separate reviews for the books). 

    ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

    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.


    What I Liked:

    The romance in this book was definitely both my favorite and most bothersome part of this book. Kate and Ryan are an amazing couple - when they get along. I really like Ryan, and I totally feel for him throughout the book. HIM, not KATE. He didn't seem like the irritating character of the story, and even though the story was told from Kate's point of view, I was on his side, not Kate's. 

    Nevertheless, I really liked the progression of the relationship between Kate and Ryan. They are so on-and-off, but it helps build the relationship. Right up until the end, they avoid each other at times, and get together at other times. It would always be KATE, jealous of Ryan's past, or trying to exert MORE independence/control over Ryan. I'll get to that in the next section. 

    Basically, the romance was great. The chemistry was DEFINITELY steamy. Ryan is the good guy. There is a small, insignificant love triangle, but it's mainly Kate and Ryan, with someone who loves Kate, but we as readers know that isn't going anywhere romantically. 


    What I Did Not Like:

    UGH I DISLIKE KATE SO MUCH. Like, seriously. She is the entire reason why this book got knocked down two stars. Or, Ryan is the reason why this book got as many stars as it did. Whichever way you want to look at it, just know that I do NOT like Kate.

    I can understand a woman wanting to be independent of her man, and do things on her own. I get that. But Kate... no. She wasn't trying to retain her independence. She was trying to control Ryan and then some. She was jealous of the women of his past, even though she knew all about them. She didn't ever trust Ryan, because of his past, and didn't believe him, or even listen to him at times. SHE IS SO STUPID. UGH. STOP TRYING TO CONTROL THE POOR MAN.

    If she liked him so much, she would have made more of an effort to hold onto him, instead of constantly pushing him away. She would have accepted the help when she needed it (and boy did she need it). Sometimes, you need to say "bye-bye!" to your pride and "independence", and let someone help you out. Especially someone who loves you. Oh, Kate.

    I totally read this book more than once. But I skipped over many, many parts, and went straight to the beginning, or to the parts where things were going great. Because honestly, the rest of it was Kate moaning and whining and trying to make decisions that she thought were right, but in reality, we could all see that she was just being stupid. Are people that shallow? That's sad.


    Would I Recommend It:

    Yes, to romance lovers, because the romance and chemistry really saves this book. Otherwise, you should probably pass. 


    Rating:

    3 stars. I will continue reading this series, and probably Ms. Wade's other books, but if the "independence" and trust issues turn up again, I might not be so open.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

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    The book starts with a little back story on Ryan, the hero. I wa

    The book starts with a little back story on Ryan, the hero. I was glad for this back story because it prevented me from thinking he was a
    complete jerk. He's wounded, allowed himself to go down some less than stellar roads, and is finally ready to turn himself around. Kate
     has so much heaped on her shoulder she doesn't have time to play patch up the poor professor. The heart wants what the heart wants
     and you can only resist for so long. I was proud of how honest Ryan was with Kate.

    Kate made mistakes too, some that cost her personally more than Ryan's mistakes cost him. Near the end I was a little afraid I was not
     going to get my HEA but the author pulled it out of her hat perfectly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

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    Preservation is the first book in the Preservation series by Rac

    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 getting close to anyone. The title, Preservation, is perfect because that's what this is about. Self Preservation. It makes them act out in crazy and ridiculous ways, but I think that makes it more believable. 
    Preservation by Rachael Wade was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Awesome

    Loved this book, but can't seem to find the others in this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Good book

    Well written but the ending wrapped up to easily.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Bad

    Poorly written. How was this rated so high?
    Characters were not well developed, nor consistant. The attraction between the main characters never made sense. She didn't build the attraction between them. It was difficult to finish and to give it even one star.

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  • Posted April 6, 2014

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    A crazy, emotional, somewhat angsty roller coaster ride

    Kate Parker’s life hasn’t been easy, but she’s not letting that stop her from following her dreams. Working part time, pursuing her writing, and attending college are almost all she has time for, and with her relationship history, that’s fine with her. She has her plate full and best friends Carter and Dean to take up any spare time that’s left. Romance doesn’t stand a chance. Or at least she thought it didn’t.

    Ryan Campbell is condescending, conceited, and possibly the hottest college professor Kate’s ever seen. And it seems he’s not immune to her, either. But a string of discarded female students has left him with one hell of a reputation, and just when he’s decided to clean up his image, in walks the one student he just can’t stay away from.

    The Verdict...
    I honestly wasn’t sure about this book when I picked it up. The cover didn’t do it for me, the general premise isn’t exactly new, and it seemed the characters might be those self-loathing types that deny their feelings for so long that I just want to slap them. So of course I’ve fallen madly in love with the whole series.

    Kate’s past is a bit dark, but the story isn’t about that. It’s about who she is now, a determined college student, a little older than average, and not about to let anyone walk all over her. She’s not so sharp-tongued and hard-edged that I couldn’t relate to her, and she’s not so beaten down that she dragged me down with her. She’s the kind of character you not only understand but actually feel, speaking and behaving and reacting so realistically that I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading fiction, not living inside someone else’s head. Although it feels a little like she might be living in mine…

    Ryan is just as complex and confusing and frustrating and wonderful as any perfect, perfectly real guy. He’s got one hell of a past, but again it’s not dwelt upon, even though it twists the plot of dramatically and comes back to bite him in the ass more than once. But despite his cocky little smirk and his previous womanizing ways, I had no trouble believing him when he said he wanted to make something of his relationship with Kate. Perhaps he’s just the ultimate project, that man that every woman believes she can be the one to change.

    But no, I’m pretty sure it’s just a testament to Wade’s writing. She’s taken the taboo teacher/student relationship and written it in a way that I absolutely understood it, understood the how and why when it came to Kate falling for him, understood the way it grew and worked and blew up in their faces, only to come back together again in a way that I didn’t feel like one character was too forgiving.

    Preservation is a love story about two imperfect people finding something good and redeeming in each other. It’s not a relationship handbook or a lesson on how to fix someone, but rather a story of two people who somehow made it, despite their pasts and their present odds. If you’re looking for a moral lesson, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for something to pull you in and make you believe that romance exists, even for those who think they don’t deserve it, this is the book. It’s a crazy, emotional, somewhat angsty roller coaster ride, and as entertaining a romance as you can find.

    ***FicCentral received this book from Xpresso Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review. Even so, we're far too opinionated to let a freebie influence our thoughts or the contents of the reviews w

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    True to life romance.

    I don read lengthy reviews for fear that they might have spoilers.
    Kate and Ryan both have baggage and they struggle to overcome it instead of taking the path of least resistance. I appreciate the fact that she asserts her independence,I don't see it as whining. The character development is excellent and the story is engaging.
    Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Great read

    I fell in love with the characters despite sometimes wanting to slap a few of them a time or two. The book was so well formed in every way. Such a brilliant take on a modern day love story. It made me angry, sad, happy and hopeful. I'd recommend this book wholeheartedly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

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    Good story!!

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

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    Kate Parker has already been through hell and back, but when she

    Kate Parker has already been through hell and back, but when she finally gets the chance to start College and pursue her dream of becoming a published writer. Busting her butt working, taking care of her mother, and classes she clashes with one of her professors Ryan Campbell. She can't stand his arrogant attitude and know-it-all behavior. The more she runs into Ryan the more she sees behind his mask and the more Ryan wants Kate.

    I had a little trouble reading this at first, it was rocky start. Once I got past I immediately ran through it. I couldn't wait to see what waited around the corner for Kate and Ryan. Ryan with his womanizing and Kate with all her insecurities was a mix of hot mess. I will definitely be reading the next two books in the series.

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

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    Wow. I absolutely loved this book and I devoured it! Rachael Wad

    Wow. I absolutely loved this book and I devoured it! Rachael Wade is a phenomenal writer. From the very first page, I was captivated. There were times when I laughed, cried, got pissed off. Everything. It pulled out all the emotions and I loved every minute of it!

    I love Kate. Kate is working her butt off and trying to go to school and make something of her life. She is busy taking care of her mom and she is not looking for love, and most especially not from her hot college professor!

    Ryan was happy. He was engaged and ready to move forward in his life and a professor of creative writing. That is, until he walked into his apartment and found that love of his life cheating on him---with no remorse, let me tell ya! That marked the end of love for Ryan....or so he thought.

    Kate is drawn to her cocky creative writing professor. But his playboy ways are a huge turnoff for him. She tries to avoid it, but it's just too hard.

    You have to read the book for more. Don't want to spoil it. It was just so good and I cannot wait for book 2!! I am officially a fan!!

    *Copy provided via the author and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

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    I have to give it to Rachael on this one. I totally did not anti

    I have to give it to Rachael on this one. I totally did not anticipate the emotional roller coaster she put me on reading this book. This book is not a mystery, or action read in any way, it is pure emotion. I have yet to have come across any book of this type. From the very beginning, you are at war with yourself as a reader for who Kate wants to be with. She has so many better options than Ryan, and this man will break her heart. Through this book you will feel all the obstacle's Ryan and Kate will go through to have a relationship and believe me, they have a lot of obstacle's. This is true life people, read it and you just might learn something. Enjoy!

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    Reviewer: Bex Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Fairies Preservation by Rach

    Reviewer: Bex
    Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Fairies

    Preservation by Rachael Wade has been sitting patiently in my tbr pile on my kindle for approximately a year. Yes I could kick myself for waiting so long. It was a thorough good, entertaining and drama filled read.

    The main character Kate, was very easy to follow and like. The author has created a very real character with her protagonist. Kate has a fair amount of baggage that she carries around with her, causing a whole heap of dramatic and tension filled fireworks when Ryan enters her life.

    The story made me smile and laugh, especially with Kate's interaction of her two male sidekicks. They were such endearing and fantastic characters. On the flipside, I was completely pulled into Kate and Ryan's story. There were several moments that completely floored me - a credit to the fabulous piece of writing by Rachael Wade.

    A must read for sure if you're looking for contemporary romance with edgy characters and a fresh plot.

    Disclosure: This was a purchased and personal read.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

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    Kate and Ryan are two people who are just not cut out for a seri

    Kate and Ryan are two people who are just not cut out for a serious relationship. Ryan missed the biggest career opportunity of his life when he forgot something at home, went back, and found his fiance knocking boots with another man. Ever since then he has never let himself get too close anyone or stay with the same chick for too long. If you don't get too attached to them, then it won't be so painful when they leave you, right?

    Kate isn't looking for a relationship at all. She's not had the best experiences when it comes to dating. Not to mention the bad hand that she was dealt with her father leaving her and her mother when she was younger. She not only had to deal with an absent father but then her mother deteriorated leaving Kate to fend for herself. It's safe to assume that Kate's built a pretty strong wall around herself. She works really hard to stay afloat in life and takes great pride in handling things herself.

    This was an enjoyable read. You have two people who have messed up pasts and psychological issues that they need to work out before they can fully commit to the relationship. There is no main villain or anything majorly crazy that goes on in the story. It's just a nice story about two people overcoming their past to create a future together.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    This was absolutely a great love story! I believe there was a go

    This was absolutely a great love story! I believe there was a good amount of conflict that really can put you on edge, and for me, I liked that, as there were unexpected turns that this story takes us, and you definitely will want to know what happens next! I enjoyed that part of the story was taken place at a college and writing was a main theme in both Ryan's and Kate's life. Speaking of these two, I think they are both well developed characters. They both have had some unfortunate situations in their past, and in ways, it might threaten the relationship (from casual to serious) that they have wonderfully formed. I liked both Ryan and Kate. In the beginning, we get a peak into Ryan's mind, and we definitely see why and how he turned into the player/arrogant person he is, when he meets Kate. The rest of the story is really in Kate's POV, and we see even though she's 25, she still has the dream to be a writer, to be an author, and enrolls in college, and she doesn't let her past get in the way of that dream. She takes some creative writing classes, and one of them is taught by Ryan. Their love story was written well, and I can see how they developed strong feelings with one another, and how that turns into something much much more...much more...Yes, there are some love scenes, and I think they are necessary, as the romantic tension/attraction that leads to that point really makes you want to, what will happen next, and if you enjoy a good romance, you will love this. I have read some stories that take place in Seattle, and this one was just as great, as there were places that were described really well, and for a while now, I've wanted to take a visit up the coast.
    This was a great Novel, and I recommend it! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Great read! One of my favorites this summer!! I got this book fr

    Great read! One of my favorites this summer!! I got this book free on my kindle and wasn't expecting it to be this good!! The story line will suck you in and the firey romance is enticing!!

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

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    HOT DAMN!! I have been left speechless!! I read this book in le

    HOT DAMN!! I have been left speechless!! I read this book in less than a day. I was addicted to the story. I loved Kate, she's so fiesty and I found myself cracking up several times while reading it. Ryan is so effin sexy! The chemistry between Kate and Ryan was HOT HOT HOT!!! Like salivating hot..too hot to handle. Be careful, this book may burn you! The story line was AWESOME and that ending...perfect :-) You also get to read some of Ryan's POV's at the end and goddamn I wish there was more!! I want more!! If you haven't read it yet, what the hell are you waiting for?!? I bow down to you, Rachael Wade!

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