ARC Review: Preservation by Kate Canterbary

Riley Walsh has spent a lifetime flying under the radar. 

One woman — and a wild weekend — is about to change everything.

 
PRESERVATION
The Walshes #7
Kate Canterbary
Released June 13, 2017
Vesper Press


Two lonely hearts.
Just once, she’d like
to be someone’s first choice.
She’s strong-willed
and spunky, but she’s left picking up the pieces from her ex’s lies and
manipulations, and daydreaming about taking a scalpel to his scrotum.
Flying under the radar
is what he does best.
He’s laid-back and
loyal, but he wants the most off-limits woman in his world, and nothing will
ever make that a reality.
An arrangement of
mutual benefit.
Two months, four
dates.
Five, if things go
well.
Five at the most.
But possibly six.
Definitely no more
than six dates.
Only the appearance of
a romantic relationship is required, and they expect nothing more from their
time together. There will be none of those
benefits involved.
One wild weekend.
 
After waking up in bed
together—very naked and even more hungover—the terms and conditions of their
arrangement no longer apply. Now they’re faced with something riskier than
exposing their fake relationship:
letting go of the past and zipping up the future.
Some things have to
fall apart before they can be put back together. 

My Review 

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      I am such a huge lover and fan of this series. I can honestly say there isn’t one single thing that I don’t love about this series. But this by far is Kate’s ABSOLUTE best work. Hands down. First of all, I loved being kept in the dark about who Riley Walsh would finally be matched up with. (I’m going to refrain from spoiling her name and profession in this review because I think it’s best enjoyed to go into this installment partially blind.) But I will say that I never saw her coming and I loved her from the first moment she hit the page.

Kate’s books always dive deep into character development, but I feel like she brought it to a whole new level. Sure we’ve met Riley in every single book before this one and have gotten to know him and his wonderful shenanigans, but we got a lot more insight into why he is Riley. And OMG it just makes you love him even more. I don’t know if I’ve said this in a review for one of her books before, but Kate’s writing reminds me so much of Shonda Rhimes writing. They both are able to seamlessly run the gamet of human emotions in a single story. Humor, heartache, with some very big pieces of philosophical life nuggets. I found myself highlighting passages like crazy. It just blows my mind how well researched this story is. I mean down to the tiny minutia. I would say that I’d love to see the Walsh World adapted for television, but I wouldn’t trust anybody but Kate do right by her amazing and complex characters.

I don’t want to give away anything else, but this Walsh world is just amazing. If you love emotional family saga’s with  humor, heart, and super steamy sexy times then I suggest you jump in! You won’t be sorry meeting these characters. But since this is the seventh book in this series, I do suggest starting at the beginning with UNDERNEATH IT ALL as there are spoilers abound in this book for the whole series.

-XOXO, M

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review

 

Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since. Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.

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