I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Reservation by Rachael Wade
Series: Preservation #2
Published by Rabbit Hole Press on March 6th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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.
Ok, so at first I was completely cringing about the idea of this book. The end of Preservation is about Ryan and when he and Kate first met and his thinking while he was talking to her. That’s great and all but I certainly didn’t want to read another book which is exactly the same as the first with a different pov. Nope, this gal doesn’t have time for that!
But, good news! I was totally wrong and although this IS from Ryan’s perspective, it actually starts from where Preservation left off. Ok, there was a bit of a reminder at the beginning which I think Rachael could have pulled out a little, it was redundant but I had JUST read Preservation so I’m guessing if that were not the case I would have enjoyed the little reminder. Fortunately it wasn’t even that much.
Then the plot for this one really starts. These two… I should do a vlog instead but I think it would be too redundant seeing me shake my head over and over again. Ryan and Kate just can’t get a break! Sure they both have some serious issues to work through but geezus people, learn to work WITH the person you love… can we? Maybe?
The angsty part, which is quite a bit of this book had me worried for both of them. And funnily enough I can’t side with either of them. They are both doing things that the other doesn’t like but do they back off, hell no. Their independence is too important to them, really that was more Kate though. And although Ryan has a long list full of crap he is doing wrong I think the things Kate does winds up putting him right into this horrible black hole. The poor guy just can’t get out even though he desperately wants to!
I read this in a very, very short time. All the drama going back and forth kept me up late into the night. The ending was great and I cannot wait to pick up book three!