Love and Relativity
Author: Rachael Wade
5 out of 5 Stars
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.
Rachael does not disappoint with another great story from her Preservation Series. Although this is not one of the actual books within the series, it is nearly an extension of her side characters. I first became a fan of Rachael's with her Amaranth Trilogy. Being a huge paranormal fan, it was right up my alley and I loved it. As a reader being somewhat new to the Adult Contemporary genre, I was taken through a roller coaster of emotions with Preservation. When I heard from Rachael about book 2, Reservation, my stomach was in knots just thinking about where Kate and Ryan would go in their relationship. I almost talked myself out of reading it just because I could not stand to read about any heartache Kate would endure.
“We could stay. You could sleep it off and we can still go to
Disney with everyone tomorrow. Don’t you want to go to Fantasyland?”
I batted my eyelashes. Jackson ran his thumb and forefinger
over his lip, catching his grin and a speck of dried blood at once.
The second that grin appeared, it was as if the entire evening’s
events evaporated. “Why, Emma Pierce, do you want me to take
you to Fantasyland and make all of your dreams come true?”
He winked with his good eye.
When Love and Relativity came out as an extension of the Preservation Series, I thought this will definitely prepare me for Reservation. Well, it did and it didn't. Love and Relativity was more of a romantic roller coaster than Preservation. Rachael, what are you doing to me? I loved this story but had to fight to get through it. The love and loss between Emma and Jackson is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. So many obstacles for both of them to go over to be together makes you wonder if it's really worth it. It brings the cold hard truth about love and relationships to light, love makes you crazy and relationships take a lot of work. Being a fan of the "Bad Boy Club" myself, I cheering for Jackson on page one. This book is just one proof that all bad boys need are to be tamed by the right woman. Rachel's female characters in all her books have a strong backbone and actually use their brain. They are realistic and their actions actually make sense. Her stories are fictional but realistic fiction. Emma and Jackson will be no strangers in the Preservation Series, it will be interesting to see how they will tie into the story of Kate and Ryan.