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Love and Relativity (Preservation)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  1,248 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
A Preservation Series Companion Novel

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
Paperback, 338 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Rabbit Hole Press (first published December 2nd 2012)
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“I’m not asking to get back together right now. I’m going to walk out of here, and you never have to see me again if you don’t want to. I’m only asking you to remember this—” he leaned down to bite and tug on my lip, “the way I can make you feel, and to ask yourself, when the first new fucker puts his hands on you, whether or not he’ll be able to love you like I do. Because I guarantee you, his cock will never feel as good as mine, his arms will never hold you the way mine can, and he’ll never ...more
Rachael Wade
Dec 13, 2012 Rachael Wade added it  ·  (Review from the author)

A Note from the Author

***Clearing a Few Things Up About Characters in L&R and the Preservation Series***

Since Love and Relativity released, I’ve been getting some questions about which characters will be getting their own book, who from L&R shows up in the Preservation Series, etc. At the very beginning of L&R, there is an author’s note that explains this briefly, but I figured I should clarify it all here in a little more detail for those who are confused. :)

Love and Relativity IS
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
4.25-4.5 Stars

My torso spasmed and heated beneath his touch, and my eyes fell shut. "Open your eyes, baby. Look at me." He pressed his forehead down to meet mine, my eyelids fluttering open at his command. "Look at me and tell me you don't want it."

**Smirks** Nice teaser line, eh? I was privileged enough to beta read this for the awesome Ms. Wade. This was whole lot fun to read, too, especially when I would vent out my frustrations, bang the palm of my hand to my forehead and vent my frustrat
A. Bookzilla.
Jan 27, 2013 A. Bookzilla. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
27.01.'13 - Free in the Kindle store!

I just want to say that I haven't read Preservation, and I can vouch that you don't need to read it to get this. Carter, which is the character from the other book, offers you a little of his back story, but either way it's irrelevant to what happens here because it has nothing to do with Jackson and Emma. Just wanted to point that out.

Oh, I loved this! Unlike most of romance books out there, it was different than what the usual is today.
Yeah, Jackson's a pla
Words... Can't find the words....

LOVED LOVED LOVED this book, Emma and Jackson are AMAZING together. What they go through is so real. Jackson is absolutely on top of the "Maybe if I wish really hard, he will leap out of the book and show up at my front door" fictional boyfriend list. Again their story is so realistic, and I really felt like I was on the journey with them.

Now I know everyone is questioning the correlation with the Preservation series. Love and Relativity can be read as a standal
Kate Givans
Dec 12, 2012 Kate Givans rated it it was amazing
I laughed. I cried. I read until I needed toothpicks to keep my eyes open! In short, Love and Relativity made my very short “epic love story” list. But in more depth:

“My problem is, I can’t do this shit anymore, Emma. The girl I fucking love is sitting across from me, and I can’t have her. I can never have her because all I seem to do is hurt her, and it’s killing me, alright? Seeing you like that last tore me open and ripped out my insides. It feels worse than the three years I could
Nov 07, 2013 Farrah rated it liked it
Sweet, steamy, and a great New Adult romance, Love and Relativity was an enjoyable read. I didn't completely love it, but I definitely liked it.

Emma was a good heroine. She knew what she wanted and nothing was going to keep her from achieving it. She was strong and likable. I thought she was great.

Jackson was a sweetheart. He had a crush on Emma for a while and didn't have the nerve to do anything about it. He truly cared about her and was devoted to making her dreams come true, which I thought
Margaret (Margot)
Feb 02, 2013 Margaret (Margot) rated it it was amazing
This is the first novel I've read in a long time that could have actually been told about real people. The characters aren't mega-millionaires, they aren't CEO's of a successful business. They are dreamers, even though they may not realize it at the beginning. Souls who have experienced the hardest life has to offer and still carry on with their lives. They deal with their grief differently, but learn through their friendship more about themselves. It's a little sugary sweet, but I think it's ne ...more
 Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
Star stats:
Jaded Adult: 5 Stars
Forever Young: 5 Stars
Over All: 5 Stars
Genre: Mature Young Adult, New Adult, Adults, Woman's Fiction, Chic-lit, Realistic, Contemporary, Romance
My Book Boyfriend : Toss-up between Jackson and Carter!
Most Like Me or who I want to be: Whitney. She a great friend!

I'll admit that most time I pass over Author's Notes and the like because I'm in such a rush to start the book I'm reading and find my escape deep in the pages. But this time I was stopped
Jan 30, 2013 CJ rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult-romance
I downloaded this book as I read and enjoyed Preservation, and as it was a freebie what was there to lose. I know what I lost and it was patience. I know that angst filled romances are popular and that complications always occur in contemporary romance, but this story has enough for several novels. There were just so many complications that the drama became too much for me. There was just complication after complication after complication, leading to more angst on top of more angst. The actual t ...more
I loved this story! I would definitely put this one in the more realistic New Adult Category. Love and Relativity introduces you to Emma Pierce who is suffering guilt and grief from the loss of her sister from a Drunk Driver. She is in a rut but desperately reaching toward her dream to become a marine biologist and get off of the island (Sanibel, FL). She has a strange love/hate relationship with the small town bad boy Jackson Taylor. Jackson and Emma are like magnets that are pulled by an elect ...more
R. C.
Dec 08, 2012 R. C. rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Love and Relativity is kind of a spin-off of Preservation--well, not really a spin-off but an accompanying book in that Carter, Kate's bff from Preservation, has moved to Florida and is one of the side characters in this story.

This book features Emma, the tortured 20 year old who is trying to pick up the pieces and move on with her life, and Jackson, the bad boy womanizer who might be the only one who can save her. I enjoyed both the characters who were both vulnerable at times and aggressive at
Dec 26, 2012 Candy rated it really liked it
Wow! I liked this one so much I read it twice in a row! The author's note in the beginning of Love and Relativity instructs readers to first listen to the song "The Story" by Brandi Carlile before continuing further (the song being the inspiration for this story). I'm glad I was obedient! Not only was I introduced to a very talented musician (love the song!), I was able to understand the motives of the characters and why they did the things they did.

Emma Pierce and Jackson Taylor are one of my
Heather andrews
Dec 14, 2012 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
GRRRRR so much frustration, I'm not sure if it goes to Jackson, or Emma, or maybe the crap they put each other through. Jackson at times I wanted to strangle, and Emma at times I wanted to whack her across the head and yell "JESUS WOMAN HE LOVES YOU GET YOUR CRAP TOGETHER!" I cried alot, I mean the tears just kept on coming. I think I cried right up until the last page. Emma and Jackson obviously care so much about each other, but they're not sure of how to deal with the feelings, and then somet ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Hbeebti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies
I loved this! This was one of those books that was easy to get into. I loved the friends to lovers story. Jackson the man whore was delish! I figured there had to be more to him then his whorish ways, and there was. This book focuses on death of a family member and learning to deal with it. Also there is the romance that has a couple of rocky starts. But there was a moment around 70 something % and Jackson opened that sexy mouth and I was shocked and horrified with what spewed out. It was someth ...more
Andrea Heltsley
Dec 06, 2012 Andrea Heltsley rated it it was amazing
I was so moved by this book! I read another one of Rachel's books and thought it was just okay, so I wasn't sure about this one, but it looked too good to pass up:)
There was strong character development and they really moved me. This was a new adult book not to be missed! Now I'm going to go back and read her Preservation series after this awesome book.
Holy hot sauce, Jackson is one bad guy that could steal your heart. There was compassion under that carefree playboy's facade.
This is a story th
Jan 26, 2013 Lindsay marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-freebie
Amazon Freebie 01/26/2013
Keren Hughes

Have you ever read a book that made you laugh, cry, get excited, get infuriated and eventually you find yourself emotionally numb? If not, then prepare yourself and read Love and Relativity.
I can honestly say, even though the year is not yet over, this is my favourite book of 2012. It's an emotional roller coaster for the characters, but also for you the reader.

Emma Pierce doesn't do casual flings. She wants a serious relationship with someone who loves her as much as she loves them.
Jackson T
I don't have any words right now. I was at about 55% in this book when I started reading at about 10PM, and I just finished it now. I'm not sure I expected to finish it, but I did, and now I just don't know where it all went. I didn't even realize how late it was until I documented my finish time, as per usual. I'm going to try to write a review, but I might have to come back to clean it up later. Let's just see where it goes.

I came across this book on Goodreads a while ago, and I thought it loo
Nov 06, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
“Love is like art,” I shrugged. “It’s relative.”
“I don’t think so. I think it’s absolute. You know when you love someone.”

Emma Pierce has been hurt by love before. She planned out her entire life with her boyfriend only to have everything fall apart. Now single – and looking to keep it that way – Emma isn’t looking for distractions. She’s applied a program on the other side of the country and can’t wait to move away from the town where she’s haunted by memories of her sister and dogged by the ba
Feb 10, 2013 Kristy rated it liked it
Emma Pierce is a student trying to find her way after the death of her best friend and sister, and the loss of her long time boyfriend. Jackson Taylor is a cocky ladies man who is dealing with issues of his own. The two hang out and flirt every Friday night at Pete’s Bar, but it is nothing more than some innocent fun – or given their shared past, is innocent and uninvolved even possible?

Love and Relativity by Rachael Wade was a freebie a few weeks back. I thought it looked decent and it had some
Melissa Hardy
Dec 11, 2012 Melissa Hardy rated it it was amazing
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This is the best book Rachael Wade has ever written…. Well I’ve only read Preservation so far, but if L&R tells me anything, I know the rest of her books have to be equally as good and I can’t wait to read EVERYTHING else that Rachael has written!

I couldn’t put it down. I am so excited to find out that Emma and Jackson show up again in Reservation (Preservation #2). I am major book crushing on Jackson right now
Nov 08, 2013 Angelique rated it it was amazing
You know those books that you pick up and you just can’t manage to put them down? Those rare few books that you devour in one sitting? Those absolutely fantastic books that just stick with you, that you like going back to time and time again?

This is what Love and Relativity was to me.

Emma’s life has kind of gone off track after breaking up with her long time boyfriend and shortly after that losing her sister. For the past year she has been working hard at getting back on track and just getting o
Dec 08, 2012 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, review
WOW!!! Another amazingly written story by Rachael Wade!! I dont know how she does it, but every time I read her books, I feel my emotions run wild, I cry, I get angry, and I feel all kinds of passion for the characters. If you have not read one of her books you are definitely missing out. They are flawless.

Emma and Jackson are complete opposites and can't stand to be in the same room as one another or so they make everyone believe. Jackson is known as the player around town, he takes a differen
Amy Dark Night Reads
Jan 21, 2013 Amy Dark Night Reads rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-kindle, adult

Rachael does not disappoint with another great story from her Preservation Series. Although this is not one of the actual books within the series, it is nearly an extension of her side characters. I first became a fan of Rachael's with her Amaranth Trilogy. Being a huge paranormal fan, it was right up my alley and I loved it. As a reader being somewhat new to the Adult Contemporary genre, I was taken through a roller coaster of emotions with Preservation. When I
Susan Griscom
Feb 01, 2013 Susan Griscom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, favorites
A Phenomenal Read!

Outstanding Book!

"Forgiveness wasn't ever easy, but a feat much more manageable when you weren't the subject of its grace."

Rachael Wade brings it, big time on this one. I've been a fan of Ms. Wade's since her very first book, Amaranth, and she just keeps getting better. In fact, this book, in my opinion, is her very best work, yet. This contemporary romance couldn't have been written better. Everything about it is perfect. Rachael never skimped on settings and the character des
Feb 06, 2013 Lorie rated it it was amazing
Jackson, Jackson, Jackson.........

There are books you fall in love with and those very few that fall into the I’m-never-gonna-find-another-book-that-gives-me-this-kind-of-feeling category. These are the books that make you feel something that’s not easily translated into words. Love and Relativity is one of those for me.

This book caught me right from the start with that incredible prologue!!!! I was glued to my Kindle. Rachael Wade has crafted an amazingly genuine and complex story with charact
Jennifer Thomas
Feb 05, 2013 Jennifer Thomas rated it really liked it
**3.75 Stars** Standard, angsty New-Adult Fare. Just how I like it!

Love and Relativity is a standard New-Adult read, college student falls for local bad boy...angst ensues! Emma has had a fairly recent tragedy that Jackson knows more about than anyone else. I loved the history these characters shared. I wish we got even more about their past together. This story was well told and had just the right amount of angst, for me.

Emma-"This is a dead end, Jackson. I'll never be able to convince you to
Dec 22, 2012 Lariza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, challenge
What can I say about this book other than I LOVED it!! It's a must read for sure!! Of course I have to mention we get to see Carter again yay!! Emma and Jackson have a love/ hate relationship they obviously want each other however Emma is hesitant due to Jack's womanizing ways. They flirt for years before they give into to their feelings and desires. Jackson really surprised me-sure he was a man whore but he had so much substance and his reasons for acting that way were in my opinion justifiable ...more
Sarah Briggs
Jan 20, 2013 Sarah Briggs rated it really liked it
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads Giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I don't tend to choose to read pure romance books very much. It's not that I don't like the genre; more that most of the ones I read tend to fall into the love-at-first-glance traps and have heroes and heroines who act out of character after they form a relationship.

That wasn't the case with this book. The blurb sounded interesting, so I entered the giveaway and was quite surprised when
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Goodreads Librari...: Series correction 10 58 Feb 23, 2013 12:46AM  
  • Bent (Back to Brooklyn, #1)
  • The Darkest of Shadows
  • Pearl
  • The Boots My Mother Gave Me
  • The Fire Still Burns
  • Love and Truth
  • Blind Faith
  • Hidden Depths
  • Forever My Lady
  • Champagne Toast (Love of My Life, #2)
  • Fight or Flight (Fight or Flight, #1)
  • Miss Me Not
  • Manhunt
  • No Way Back (Mia's Way, #1)
  • Pieces of Lies (Pieces of Lies, #1)
  • In My Arms (Philadelphia, #1)
  • Coming Home (Jackson Falls, #1)
  • Necessary Detour

Rachael Wade writes edgy New Adult and Adult romance and science fiction. She is the author of the Amazon bestselling PRESERVATION SERIES, THE REPLACEMENT, and LOVE AND RELATIVITY, as well as the paranormal romance series THE RESISTANCE TRILOGY. When she's not writing, she's busy going to concerts, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. She's an avid Bra
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  • Reservation (Preservation, #2)
  • Declaration (Preservation, #3)

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