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October 17, 2013

Braine Reviews: Declaration by Rachel Wade

Series: Preservation 3
Format: Mobi
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Rabbit Hole Press
Source: Tour Organizer
Genre: New Adult - Contemporary
Carter Montgomery spent most of his life blending in, and he liked it that way. It was always better to be seen, not heard. And while a theatric streak and friendly demeanor might have fooled most people, he knew the truth—he was the shy one. The quiet kid most people forgot about. Some might have considered that a bad thing, but those people all wanted to be in the spotlight.

The only place Carter didn’t mind attention was on stage, with The Hellions. Once content in his comfort zone in Seattle, Washington, he only knew three things: confrontation was to be avoided, keeping the peace was priority, and the moment he lost Kate Parker to Professor Ryan Campbell, he had no clue what to do with his life. Playing gigs, working at Pike Place Market, and watching BBC after the love of his life sailed off into the sunset just wasn’t going to cut it anymore.

Desperate to escape his rut, he takes a cue from Kate and chooses a random place to relocate—a small island across the country, where no one knows his name and memories of unrequited love aren’t found at every turn. Just when he thinks he’s found the perfect place to unwind and sink back into the shadows, in bursts Whitney Sinclair, a saucy firecracker who loves life and refuses to settle for second best. Full of contagious energy, she dares him to be brave, convincing him that it might finally be time to tell the world what he wants.

It might be time to make a declaration.

I read book 1, Preservation a while back and it was a very interesting student-teacher love story. I wasn't a big fan of it though, I didn't like Ryan Campbell, the professor and hero. Ryan seemed so shady to me and I didn't really feel connected to him and Kate which is why I skipped book 2, Reservation. So when I got an invite for DECLARATION I was a tad apprehensive. But after seeing the blurb, I decided to give it a go. I've "met" Carter Montgomery and I have to say I'm curious to read his story and hoped that his will be better than the first one. 

Obviously I LOVED DECLARATION and didn't feel bad that I skipped Reservation. Rachel Wade was kind enough to give us a head's up on what happened there and my instincts were right about Ryan. Ha! Although as I can be a bookish masochist sometimes, I might pick up Reservation eventually, but for now, it'll stay on my TBR until further notice. Anyway, DECLARATION is waaay better than Preservation IMO, I love Carter and his story is so heartfelt and less dramatic as compared to Kate and Ryan's.

Carter Montgomery is a hero that you'll find hard to dislike. Nursing a broken heart over Kate, he moved to sunny Florida to mend his heart and figure his shiz out. So here we have a geeky boy who's in a band, loves anything and everything British (including Downton Abbey, insta-love for me!) who had the misfortune of falling for his bestfriend who's in love with someone else. Carter has my heart in his hands from the start and it remained there while he bitterly meanders his way in a new town, remaking his life and finding purpose again.
I always felt like she was looking right through me whenever I was near her. As if I were glass. As if she couldn't hear me screaming on the inside,
OK, I'm a tad being melodramatic but Carter will have your sympathy, no doubt. I always cheer for the underdog and Carter has me betting on him. Clearly he's on the rebound and though he's embittered, I have to say he handled the situation with Kate quite well. Carter didn't lash out, he didn't take his anger out on other people or on his liver. He aimed for normalcy and sorted out his feelings for Kate until he eventually closed that chapter in his life. As for Whitney, I so love the girl, she is a ray of sunshine! She's such a sweetheart, young, carefree, a loyal friend and really saw and loved Carter for who he is. Together they're somewhat opposites but I love how Whitney's #YOLO approach on life contrasted with Carter's heartbreak induced mellow mood. And despite the premise of unrequited love, Carter and Whitney's relationship developed naturally. They started as comfortable acquaintance which grew to something more as they spent more time with each other. 

The plot is really simple and there's a short list of secondary characters, just enough to keep the story moving. The conflict is multi-layered, which I really loved, it wasn't too angsty and there's a good push and pull between Carter and Whitney. It's one of those fights where everyone and no one is to blame rather there's emotional conflict between the characters and it's something that they have to work through in order for them to be on the same page. The resolution was drawn well, RWade allowed her characters to do the talking and really had them drawing from within to make things right again. As for the epilogue, it was too perfect and sweet but stranger things have happened so I'll take it where I can get it. Obviously everyone lived happily ever after but regardless of that predictable ending, it still didn't take away from the plot. 

The best part is, DECLARATION can be read as stand-alone as Carter's story is a different arc from the previous two books. And you don't have to worry about the missing piece which is Kate because RWade provided sufficient backstory to get you up to speed on what happened between her and Carter. 
It was amazing the things we could bring ourselves to do when we felt insecure, when we were out to protect our hearts. We could deny it what it wants most, just for the sake of saving our pride or dodging another bullet.

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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.


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23 comments:

  1. Okay...this is going in the TBR pile. Saw A Lil Bit of R&R review this and now I'm totally convinced. Great review Braine.

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    1. Thanks! I was surprised how much I loved this considering the first one was a flop for me :S

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  2. Really like the sound of Carter and think I too would fall for him

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  3. Thank you so much for such a lovely review and for taking the time to host this tour stop today! I'm so glad you enjoyed Carter's story. :)

    Much love,
    Rachael
    xo

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rachel!

      Carter is my boy!

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  4. Braine, Great review. I, like you, read Preservation awhile ago and really did not care for it. I have Reservation so I think I will give it a try like Declaration. :)

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    1. That's a comfort knowing I'm not the only one who didn't love the first book. Declaration however is inspired. It's so emotional and just a sweet story!

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  5. Ooo I have the first two books. lol Wonder if they'll work for me or not. I might just skip to this one. It does sound really good.

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    1. It might work for you but this one is a sure fire HIT! You can read this and work your way back to the first two books.

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  6. Oooh this looks good. Great review.

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    1. AND It's a SHORT novel too! We both love that so this'll work for you, Mel.

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  7. A geeky boy huh? I'm definitely curious now! I also like that he didn't lash out, that's a big positive!

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    1. Yes, I do have a soft spot for geeky boys. I'll pick them over them Alpha males any time of the day.

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  8. This sounds good, and a geeky guy how refreshing. I love that it work as a standalone, and delighted you tried it despite the first book not working for you. Lovely review my friend!

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly and I agree, geeks are a great switch from the usual alpha males.

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  9. I read the blurb on the first one a while ago and wasn't sure if it was my thing. These new main characters do sound like a good story. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I still urge you to try the first two to see if you'll like it but I'm betting my cauldrons on this one. Totally loved it!

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  10. The cover of book 1 makes me think of something, but I'm not sure I knew the series. I'm glad it's always good, it sounds like a nice series. I'll have to check out the first ones to see how they are. thank you!

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    1. I wasn't a big fan of the first book, I felt it was trying too hard to be "erotic", this one however is so swoony!

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  11. I haven't heard of this series, so thanks for enlightening me :D

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  12. I hadn't heard of this series before. I'm not a fan of teacher-student relationships, but this book sounds really interesting and good. Nice review, SW.

    Grace

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  13. I'm gonna give Declaration a shot, Braine. (I think I may have Preservation on my kindle...but now I'm worried LOL) I love an underdog and Carter really does sound like the kind of guy I like to root for. And I like the sound of Whitney too. :) Awesome review! I'm glad you took a chance on this one.

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