Title: Make Me Believe
Author: Karen Ferry
Series: Believe #1
Publication Date: July 6, 2015
Sometimes, a chance meeting is just the push you need in order to break free from the darkness within…
My name is Emma, I’m 23, and I’ve never been kissed. I’m no virgin…But kissing is too intimate, too intense, and I don’t want that – not ever. I like sex, though, and most of my hook-ups don’t seem to mind the no-kissing part.
But then I meet Daniel, who’s such a geek, and definitely not the kind of guy I’d normally take an interest to. He’s the shy, quiet type, but with such a charming smile, and he makes my heart race – something I’ve never experienced before.
Daniel has his own issues to work through, and I know my hardened heart shouldn’t melt when he looks at me. I really shouldn’t be falling for him, either, but somehow, he manages to tear down my walls, and I’m scared…because once he learns my secrets, he’ll want nothing to do with me.
All I know is that Daniel makes me feel things that I have never felt before – but do I dare let down my walls and confide in him?
Will I let him be my first kiss?
This is my story, and I’ll reveal everything in my own sweet time…
Just don’t expect all the hearts-and-flowers stuff.
Life is messy, and mine is no different…
INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS
Karen Ferry has certainly made her presence known with her debut novel, Make Me Believe. This beautiful novel embodies the new adult genre with its raw emotion and constantly evolving characters, making me excited for all that is to come from this great new author. Make Me Believe is Emma and Daniel’s story. Their developing relationship is made complicated by events in their pasts that shade their lives from true happiness. I enjoyed watching this couple face their demons, themselves, and each other as they navigated their growing feelings and ever-changing lives. Karen Ferry’s writing is unapologetically honest, heartbreaking, pure, and hopeful, giving voice to a pain that is all too real. Make Me Believe is the kind of story you don’t just read, but one you wholly experience.
“Life tends to offer a person certain opportunities he never even contemplated on pursuing. And sometimes you’re forced to reinvent yourself and take a different path than the one you had in mind.”
Emma and Daniel both embark upon a transformative journey in this novel and one of my favorite parts of the book was watching that evolution. I loved Emma immediately. Her strength, independence, and intelligence made her my favorite kind of female lead and I found myself invested in her from the start. As Daniel broke down Emma’s defenses, her underlying vulnerability and uncertainty pulled at me, proving her to be undeniably human and ensuring the connection I felt with her. Daniel’s growth as a character was something entirely different. While Emma had to be broken down, Daniel needed to be built up. Make Me Believe chronicled the clumsy nerd discovering his inner alpha, leaving me totally blown away by his confidence, protectiveness, and insatiable hunger for physical connection. The juxtaposition of Daniel’s personal journey with Emma’s was stunning, sparking a heat between them that burned up the pages, adding a significant steam factor to this book.
“I’d be lying if I said I’d want to break free of the bonds she has wrapped tightly around my heart. I don’t. Not now. Not ever. This is it: the moment I hand over my heart to her, unafraid of what the consequence might be.”
Make Me Believe’s true charm lies in its simplicity. Karen Ferry forgoes the theatrics and focuses the story on the emotional journey her characters experience. I love the natural ease that seems to come with reading familiar angst and genuine feeling without the distraction of over-the-top drama. While Emma and Daniel’s story was far from smooth sailing, I could easily lose myself in their journey; always able to appreciate the authenticity of their experiences. I enjoyed the small details of life that Karen Ferry scattered throughout this story, like her characters’ favorite colors, bad habits, sense of humor, and local hangouts. These bits and pieces grounded her characters and gave them a dimensionality that ensured the reader’s ability to relate to them fully. Make Me Believe is a great new adult read full of scarred hearts, all-consuming love, and unwavering hope that will definitely make you believe in this new author. I can’t wait to see what Karen Ferry comes up with next!
My alarm goes off and I hit snooze quickly.
Just five more minutes . . .
The ping alerting me to a text message, however, makes me open my eyes slightly, and my arm sneaks out from the warmth of the sheet covering me. I fumble around a bit, my hand searching for my glasses. As soon as I have found them and put them on, I pick up my phone from the floor, swipe the screen and see that the text is from Emma.
Damn, she’s up early, I think, yawning, and I look at her message:
Emma: You know, the walls in this building are really thin . . .
I frown, confused.
Me: What do you mean??? This is weird . . .
Emma: Let’s just say that I’m glad I won’t have to teach you everything . . .
What the . . . ? I bolt upright in bed as a feeling of dread fills my gut. Before I have the wits to form a reply, another ping alerts me of a new message. I’m almost too embarrassed to read it, but I think I have to man up, and so I take a look.
Emma: The next time you need to . . . err . . . relieve some tension? Go do it in the shower, okay? 😉
That winky face at the end mocks me, and I can feel an embarrassing blush starting to rise on my neck. What the hell do I say back to her? This is really embarrassing. Ugh. I can’t make a joke of this, but I do have to answer her, I guess. I’m quite relieved that I didn’t shout out her name last night, though . . . now, that would be pretty difficult to talk myself out of. I don’t want her to think that I’m some kind of pervert just because I had her in mind when I jacked off.
Me: Will do. See you at work.
I throw the phone behind me on the bed and rake my hands through my hair, all the way to my nape, holding onto it tightly for a couple of seconds. I breathe deeply a few times before loosening my hold, and I decide to try to ignore the fact that Emma obviously heard me get myself off last night. There’s nothing I can do about it.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Believe series:
Fool for Love (Believe #2)
Christmas Wishes (Believe #2.5)
Karen Ferry is a thirty-something writer, wife to a quiet, laidback man, and mother to a gorgeous, stubborn, redheaded girl who keeps her parents on their toes.
Karen tends to have a short fuse if she does not get a proper caffeine fix first thing in the mornings, but she is, in fact, a gentle person deep down.
Karen loves Italian food and wine, travelling, and spending time with her family. When she is not writing, she reads – her favourite genres are New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica and Romantic Suspense. She can never get enough of romance. Or of too many book boyfriends, either.
Even though Karen is Danish, she has always felt more at ease writing stories in English, and she has not read a book in her native tongue in over ten years.
She can be very outspoken and a complete fan girl of other authors online but will, in fact, be very shy once she meets you in person.