Preservation, By Rachael Wade

Fear is sabotage’s sweetest weapon.
Kate has no time for meaningless romantic charades, and definitely no time for hot college professors who are full of themselves and smitten with her. Constantly battling eviction notices, tuition she can’t afford, and a sick, dependent mother, the last thing she needs is to be distracted with someone else’s complicated baggage.
When she stumbles into Ryan Campbell’s creative writing class, he is only “Mr. Campbell” to her, until Ryan finds himself captivated by her writing and she is forced to face their mutual attraction. His cocky know-it-all syndrome is enough to send her running in the other direction, and his posse of female admirers and playboy reputation are  enough to squander any odds in her favor.
But underneath Ryan’s abrasive facade is something to behold, and she can’t stay away for long. Ryan and Kate must decide who they’re willing to become and fight against their former selves if they want to make things work. That’s if academia, vicious vixens, old skeletons, and their own mastery at self-destruction don’t pummel their efforts first.
This is one book that I think would be best for people who enjoy reading the back and forth romance stories.  Because trust me this book has plenty of that happening throughout it all.  While I do usually enjoy books that have the characters with the dysfunctional backgrounds, I feel like the author went a little overboard with the way the past has affected these characters.
While this is a Teacher/Student relationship book, it’s not what you’re expecting because the characters are both older.  Even with that being said, I still have mixed emotions about the relationship taking place between the  characters.  The characters in the book I felt like they were lacking on a few levels.  They just seemed to be “there” without any real feelings.
One of the best ways for me to get into the story is to connect with the characters, and I couldn’t seem to do that with this book.
I am unsure if I will read more into the series or not.  But I would recommend this book to people who enjoy romance books.