Published by Rabbit Hole Press on December 12, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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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 and Relativity by Rachael Wade is a standalone novel that incorporates characters from her Preservation series.
Emma Pearce is still grieving the death of her sister as well as a failed relationship. Jackson Taylor is the philandering bad boy that was there for her when she needed someone the most. He literally picked her up, wrapped her in a blanket and cared for her in the days following her sisters death.
This is a story about love, forgiveness, taking chances, and following your dreams.
I found Emma to fairly level headed and I felt her regret and sadness through the pages. Jackson and his friends were funny to me and typical of what I would picture young men who have grown up on the beach to be like. They were rowdy, domineering, fun-loving bad boys. Jackson and Emma had an interesting relationship. It was sort of a friendship but it was based entirely on grief. Not for Jackson but for Emma. Jackson took care of Emma and she would run to him when she needed comfort. However, she really knew nothing about him. I thought that in a way she used him. With that said though he definitely allowed it. I think it’s obvious that he had feelings for her long before she ever realizes that she has feelings for him.
Of course Jackson is a man-whore (aren’t they all), therefore Emma always holds him at arms length. No matter how tingly and hot he makes her feel. Her previous relationship ends with the guy cheating on her and she’s very wary of Jackson and his endless sea of women.
Eventually though they do get together and it’s nothing like it should be. I found myself mad at both of them for their stupidity. But I also found myself at times proud of them for their ability to talk out their feelings and make difficult decisions on their future regardless of how they felt. I know it sounds confusing now but once you read it you’ll understand. There is a lot that Emma doesn’t know about Jackson.
Both of them have demons to battle and let me tell you it gets pretty ugly. I was very angry at Jackson after a particular incident and I was terrified that Emma would forgive him easily. He was just plain wrong and deserved to reap everything he got in the aftermath in my opinion.
This does not end in a cliffhanger although I wouldn’t have minded an epilogue or even a sequel. I felt like there could definitely be more of their story told.
I really enjoyed Preservation and I liked how this book intersected with some of those characters.
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