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Series: Preservation #1
Publisher: Rabbit Hole Press (Self-Published) on April 7, 2012
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
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.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
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.
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.