Are you into New Adult contemporary romance? Here is a definite addition to anyone's TBR list. We are today's stop on the Love and Relativity tour.
Love and Relativity by Rachael Wade
Publication date: December 12th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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.
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 www.RachaelWade.com and www.LightsOnOutreach.com, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade.
How one handles grief is an underlying theme in Love and Relativity by Rachel Wade. This is one of those stories which just wouldn't quit until it embedded itself in my head and ultimately, in my heart. The characters are so well defined, their dialogue realistic, their actions flirty and fun, they seemed more like people I knew the longer I read.
Melanie is a college student dealing with the loss of her sister the previous year. Jackson is the town flirt, a bad boy of sorts based on his crazy antics and fighting ways. These two share a past and a secret which always seems to keep one within easy distance of the other. No matter which girl Jackson is flirting with or takes home, Melanie is never far from his mind.
These two grew so quickly on me. Jackson may be a player but his feelings for Melanie are true. It's obvious whenever he tries to coax her to admit her feelings for him. Can I just say one thing about Jackson? I usually keep my fan girling out of my reviews but I can't here. I would have loved a guy like Jackson when I was in college. Sexy, fun, yet watchful and protective of the woman he secretly loves--wow! And he's so darn gorgeous too. One just wants to tell them to stop the playacting and finally get together, but I admit I would miss their playful banter and their incredible chemistry. The author took her time before revealing the secret they share, entertaining us and showing the reader what these two individuals were like on their own and how they sizzled when in contact with each other. Their circle of friends from Melanie's best friend, Whitney, to Jackson's closest buds, also grew on me.
Love and Relativity realistically depicts college-aged young adults including all of their untapped enthusiasm, the partying, the need for fun, while grounding an amazing cast around an equally intense couple. Falling for Jackson and Melanie includes liking their friends too, and well, what can I say? I enjoyed every single second of this book.
As anyone who reads either YA and NA romance, this couple is used often on covers. I may grow tired of seeing this stock photo on other books, but for this one I didn't mind. I easily imagined Jackson and Melanie looking like them. The boat and water only adds to the island life setting of the book. I like it, even though I'm not crazy about the font.
I received a promotional copy in exchange for my honest review during a blog tour.
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