“You can’t walk straight on a new path when you have too much luggage on your back. You just keep swerving, trying to find a way to accommodate the weight.”
A Preservation Series Companion Novel
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.
Love & Relativity is a companion novel from Rachel Wade’s Preservation Series which I haven’t got the chance to read yet, in fact Love & Relativity is the first book I have read of Rachel which is a great read for me. Even I haven’t read the other books from Preservation series I don’t feel like I missed anything, definitely this book can stand on its own.
Coming from failed relationship and her sister death, Emma Pierce is still in the state of grieving. For years she didn’t give any boy a chance to penetrate the wall she built. Jackson Taylor is the ever present boy in Emma’s life. Ever since Emma lost her sister Jackson is on her side. He is waiting for Emma to open herself, to accept the tragic fast and move on, hoping when that time comes she’ll be able to see him the way he wanted to be seen. But Emma is well aware of Jackson’s reputation just like everyone else in the Island. Ans she doesn’t want to be part of it, because after what she’d been through she knows that it is the last thing she needs in her life.
“Fifty percent of life is others trying to push their own agenda on you—their belief system, their views, their convictions. The other 50 percent is you deciding whether or not you’re going to let them. Or if you’re going to form your own opinions.”
Normally I don’t root for a guy like Jackson, someone who do different girls night every night, but somehow this guy managed to win me slowly throughout the novel. His persistence and full of life aura is spot-on, plus his love for Emma is undeniably real.
As for Emma I like her down to earth persona. She is tough even though she doesn’t really know it. She made mistakes but she always own them, she asked for forgiveness even on tough situations and she also forgave.
Emma and Jackson dynamic is also well-portrayed. The banters between them are witty, sweet and sometimes emotionally charged that you can help but feel their emotions too. Like you are part of those conversations or literally with the characters while they banter.
Carter is another character to like. I think I’ll be reading this whole Preservation Series if that means I have the chance to encounter him again in other books. I hope he got the spotlight next time I pick up another Rachel Wade work. I like to know more about the guy and it won’t hurt to have one book about him and most importantly from his point of view. He seems got a great mind for everyone to read. He is peaceful, loyal, and I think he is smart too. It would be great to know his thoughts.
As I mentioned above this is my first foray to Rachel Wade’s works and I can’t help but noticed that she can really write an absorbing story. Coming from a dragging novel before I start this one I can’t help but compare the two books, and the writing style really make the difference why I have to stop the other book and devoured this one overnight. Rachel’s flow of writing pushed me to read more and more until there’s no more pages left to read. For a story full of drama and angst Rachel Wade successfully balance the story by adding some surprises that can make readers smile or laugh. There’s this reference to Jennifer L Armentrout’s Obsidian novel that makes me grin or smile. I can’t help it because if you haven’t notice yet the cover models of this book and Obsidian are the same.
“Holy crap,” Whitney shrieked when we made it out the door. “It was like Fight Club back there. I feel gipped! Where the hell was Brad Pitt?”
Overall, Love & Relativity is not only about romance and relationship drama, at its core is a story of forgiveness, acceptance, compromise, and stepping up for your dreams. Emma and Jackson are two soul who went through ups and downs of love and life and with their experiences we are given a view of how it is to be in love and to make big decisions around it.
* This review is based on an eBook I received courtesy of the author via Xpresso Book Tours.
About the Author
Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, 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.
The giveaway is provided by the author via Xpresso Book Tours.
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- A signed paperback copy of Love & Relativity and signed bookmarks
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