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Review & Giveaway~ Declaration by Rachael Wade

Declaration CoverTitle: Declaration

Author: Rachael Wade

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: October 7, 2013

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Featuring characters from Love and Relativity, a Preservation Series Companion Novel

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.

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Review:

I first met Carter Montgomery and his eccentric ways in Preservation and even then he stole the show for me.  Maybe it was the tall, lanky, quirky side of him or maybe it was the fact that he too has a thing for the Brits.  But since he first appeared, I’ve always been in his corner.  When we first met, he was the cute guy stuck in the “friend zone” and I sat idoly by and watched him pine away for Kate Parker. But in this story, he’s far from the “friend zone” and not even sure where to go next.

After crossing a line with Kate, Carter takes what’s left of his pride and ends up in Sanibel Island, Florida.  He has no friends, no job, no car and not a direction to go in but somehow crosses path with the one and only Jackson.  All I can say about Jackson is he’s a typical guy with a smart mouth and sometimes behaves like he’s got meat for brains.  Typical. GUY.  Thankfully Jackson isn’t a complete neanderthal and decides to help Carter get his feet in the sand.  Carter begins to make a new home of this tiny little island but there’s one resident he wasn’t planning on.  Whitney.

Whitney is a fun loving girl with some spunk.  She’s definitely a hard worker and has dreams she’d like to see to fruition.  She’s loyal as ever and it’s her loyalty to her friend Emma that has her guard up.  See, even on a small island there is still angst and drama and this time it just so happens to be caused by Jackson and Emma.  These two put a roller coaster ride to shame with it’s ups and downs and it’s their current downward turn that brings poor, unsuspecting and friendly Carter in to team up with Whitney.  Emma is nursing a broken heart and Whitney needs backup.  It’s during this tag-team relationship that pushes each of them to the edges of their comfort zone.  Carter is the shy kid with the broken heart who doesn’t know which step to take next while Whitney wear her confidence as armor all while hiding her own broken wings.   She challenges him, pushes him to try new things, and manages to get him to come out of the shadows.  Finally. All while she’s putting on the show and being that strong, this fun chick, she doesn’t see Mr. Montgomery coming and he’s armed with his cute and quirky ways, ready to take her armor down.

Each of them have their own personal baggage (and really, who doesn’t have baggage) and it all comes down to whether or not either of them are able to put it behind them and take those tentative steps forward and open to something new.

Will Carter be able to heal his broken heart in order to have it to give again?

Will Whitney stick around long enough to see what Mr. New Guy has to offer or will she push him away when she needs him most?

Music also plays a very important role here and it’s Mrs. Wade’s use of songs and their cryptic lyrics that gives a different texture and layer to this story.  It’s very sweet and completely relatable.  There are funny moments and endearing ones that left me satisfied and thankful to see Carter in the spotlight he’s always deserved.  My only tiny issue with this story was some of the language and verbage Carter used when those hot, intimate moments arose.  I just felt like the between-the-sheets talk wasn’t quite true to his character and I felt that some of it was a tad over the top for him.  This is just my opinion and in no way did it overshadow the rest of the story for me.

I enjoyed Preservation but I adored Declaration.

“It’s a story about how I found myself again, and the girl responsible for helping light the way.
It’s about how her love gave me courage to dig myself out of my rut and
finally make some noise off stage, even when I wasn’t sure anyone was listening.”

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Declaration Official Playlist:

  1. Home – Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

  2. What Did I Ever Come Here For – Brandi Carlile

  3. Sweet Nothing  – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch

  4. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star

  5. Paint it Black – Rolling Stones

  6. After the Storm – Mumford and Sons

  7. Mad World –Brandi Carlile Cover

  8. Otherside – Red Hot Chili Peppers

  9. Trouble – Coldplay

  10. Stars – Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

  11. Furr- Blitzen Trapper

  12. Hang with Me – Robyn

  13. Slow it Down – The Lumineers (Carter’s Song)

  14. Beverly Hills – Weezer

  15. The Lucky Ones – Kerli

  16. Young Folks – Peter Bjorn and John

  17. Pork and Beans – Weezer

  18. Bulletproof – La Roux

  19. Phantom of the Opera (Techno Remix)

  20. What Makes a Good Man – The Heavy

  21. Titanium – David Guetta ft. Sia

  22. How to Save a Life – The Fray

  23. Living on the Edge- Aerosmith

  24. Stubborn Love – The Lumineers (Theme Song)

About the Author:

Rachael Wade Author Photo 2013Rachael 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. Also visit her at Lights ON Outreach.

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One Comment on “Review & Giveaway~ Declaration by Rachael Wade”

  1. Author Rachael Wade October 14, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    This post looks great! Thanks so much for taking the time to set it up, Elizabeth. So glad to hear you enjoyed Carter’s story. 🙂 Thanks again for all of your support. You ladies are awesome. (Oh, and I hope to see you with Tiffany at a future signing!)

    Much love,
    Rachael
    xo

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