on March 6, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Drama, New Adult, Romance
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A sequel to the Amazon bestselling romance, Preservation, told from Ryan’s point of view.
Old Habits Die Hard.
Ryan Campbell is not only leaving his title of Professor behind to move on to bigger and better things at Simon and Warden Publishing, he’s also become Seattle’s rising literary star. Sitting on the overwhelming cusp of newfound fame, he learns soon enough that being popular has its downside.
Attracted to the buzz surrounding his new career, former lovers begin to creep back into his life, and potential ones emerge with enticing advances. While he works to juggle reserved, yet stressful, wedding plans with Kate and his new public image, he has enough to manage without worrying about Carter and Dean—Kate’s loveable albeit eccentric friends—and their latest shenanigans.
Surrounded by a lifestyle that includes temptation at every turn, Ryan finds himself immersed in a world full of scandal and lies, where his oldest weaknesses thrive and his ghosts return to haunt him. Questioning whether his life with Kate is his best path, he must discover if he’s still capable of being the man he aspired to be when she first became his, or if happily ever after is only an illusion.
Reservation by Rachael Wade is book two in the Preservation series. This is the sequel to Kate and Ryan’s love story. It’s always difficult to review a sequel without giving too much away. I hope that you will pick up Preservation and give it a go. In Preservation, we’re introduced to Kate, a college student with an angst ridden childhood. Her adult life isn’t that great either. She’s surrounded herself with male friends, Carter and Dean. She had no time for romance, when it took everything she had just to stay afloat. Ryan is Kate’s professor in a writing class. He’s not shy to angst himself, having been cheated on by his fiance, which caused him to go on this downward spiral in a sea of women, namely his students. So yea there’s a lot of turmoil in the first book and the ending holy moly!!
But now here we are and Reservation is told in Ryan’s pov. Something I always appreciate by the way, if it’s done right. This is most definitely done right. In fact I’m not sure if the tone of the story would have resonated with me if the pov switched back and forth or even if it was entirely done in Kate’s voice. No this had to be Ryan and Ryan alone. I think the impact was harder, the story more emotional, and it allowed us to sympathize with Ryan.
Reservation is one big ball of angst ridden mess. Kate is still in St. Lucia teaching. Ryan is back in Seattle, teaching and kicking off the promotion of his new book. A book deal he stole out from under Kate. When I think on it, it’s actually amazing these two even found their way back to each other. Then with all the added junk that happens in this story, well I’m not sure any relationship in real life would survive. In fact, I thought to myself several times that this was it for them. There was no coming back after some of the stuff that goes on.
Ryan only wants to make things right between himself and Kate. He knows he has a lot of making up to do and he’s determined to move forward. He wants nothing more than to put the past behind them. But that requires something from himself that he’s not too good at going without. CONTROL! Everything about Ryan screams control. Yes he’s alpha but not in a caveman sort of way. Yes he’s all sexy, tatted up, womanizing, professor bad boy, but he doesn’t reek of testosterone. I think of him more as a quiet alpha. He struggles with is lack of control throughout the majority of Reservation. This story though, or the culmination of this story in my opinion, is about Ryan learning how to handle his need to control everything and allowing himself to forgive even himself when he can’t.
Reservation isn’t just about Ryan though. It’s also in a very small way, about Carter, Kate’s best friend. If you remember correctly from book one, Carter is in love with Kate. Kate however, does not love Carter in the same way. Ryan and Kate’s relationship was a very hard pill for him to swallow and we get to see glimpses of that in this book. It’s actually a really good set up for his book, Declaration.
Kate and Ryan’s story is a rocky one for sure. They learn many valuable lessons in Reservation. Long distance relationships are very hard. Communication is very important. Love truly does conquer all.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*