November 5, 2013

Book Review: Love and Relativity by Rachael Wade

Love and Relativity by Rachael Wade
Publication date: December 12th 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 RelativityLove and Relativity by Rachael Wade

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was awesome! Loved the writing, loved the story, loved the characters. This was the first book I have read of Rachael Wade's, but I definitely plan on going and downloading some of her others.

**I will say that I know this book ties in with another series of Rachael's, but it is a stand alone title and can be read independently. I have not read her Preservation series, and I was not confused or lost at all while reading this book. Apparently some of the characters crossover and intersect between this book and the series, but the story line of this book is totally independent.**

Okay, on to the review. I don't like giving a synopsis because you can read the one up with the book cover, and the author does it so much better than I can anyway! :) That being said, I absolutely loved Emma and Jackson. But, I especially loved Emma. I get so fed up with reading New Adult or Contemporary Romance books that have a lead female character that is whiny, clingy, indecisive, self-sabotaging, can't stand up for herself, etc. These girls get on my nerves and make me want to not even read the book. Emma was an entirely different story. Yes, she was flawed, yes, she had a tragic past she was trying to deal with, BUT she was still a strong person. She still stood up for herself, and handled herself and the situations she got into as an adult. Not as an immature little brat. Yes, she made mistakes and mis-steps, but this made me like her even more as a character. She was human. She hurt and she loved and she forgave and she asked forgiveness. And she did all of this without having to sacrifice her strength or dignity as a woman. She was feisty and headstrong and she knew what she wanted out of life. The only parts of her that were weak were the part of her that needed closure over the death of her sister, and the part of her that resisted giving her heart to Jackson.

Speaking of Jackson.......*sigh.* I love stories about bad boys with a heart of gold, or bad boys that will never change - unless they meet the right woman. Jackson was all of these things rolled up into one. He was a serial womanizer, hanging out in karoake bars every weekend with his group of friends, but yet he and Emma had a connection that neither one of them could deny. They have a past that ties them together, but presently they are more "frenemies." They have an uneasy truce that lets them be around each other. They spend half of their time flirting with each other, and the other half snarking and pushing the other away. But neither one of them can deny the pull that is between them. And when they finally give in, oh my word, sparks fly.

But Emma has plans for a future and changes that don't include Jackson. Jackson is stuck in Florida by his own choices, and Emma isn't willing to give up her future for a second time for a guy. Plus, Jackson is a player at heart, so he would never be happy just settling for one girl, right? At least that's what Emma tells herself. The angst and the push and pull between Emma and Jackson in this book was so well written and believable that it caused a physical ache in my chest when I was reading. That kind of truth is hard to find in a book, so that's why I loved this one so much.

Like I said, I will definitely be going and checking out Rachael's Preservation series. Not only because I really liked these characters and want to read more about them, but just because she writes damn good books. I highly recommend that you go and read this one if you haven't already!

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Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at and, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade.

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  1. Hey Jessica, thank you so much for such a lovely review and for being a part of this tour! Cross posting reviews to Amazon is always appreciated as well. I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed Jack and Emma's story. Thanks again for taking the time to set this up!

    Much love and happy reading,

    1. So glad I had a chance to read it! Thanks for being on my blog! :)

  2. I love bad boys with a heart of gold stories! :D So happy you enjoyed it it sounds like a fantastic story with great characters to boot! Awesome review!

  3. Looks great!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Thanks for the post, I really enjoyed readign your thoughts on this book. I am definitely going to check this series out!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I also can't wait to read some of her other books! :)


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