Title: Fool For Love
Author: Karen Ferry
Series: Believe #2
Release Date: April 27, 2016
What do you do when everything you thought you knew about yourself turns out to be a lie, forcing you to re-evaluate your life?
Do you face them?
Or do you run?
My name is Suzy. I am the girl who has always believed in fairytales, unicorns, and that wishing upon a shooting star would make all my dreams come true.
I have always had faith that I would find my very own Prince Charming. I have always been certain that we all have a soul mate…that we will find our true love someday, and that we must never give up.
But not that long ago, I started to wonder…
What if my Prince is in fact…a Princess?
Why is it so hard to be seen for who I am?
Love is love, isn’t it?
I have started to lose faith in my once so adamant beliefs: where is my one? Where is the person who will be able to restore my faith in the fairy-tale and the happy-ever-afters?
Is New York the right place for someone like me? Or will she squish me like a small, insignificant bug beneath her feet?
Only time will tell.
Karen Ferry delivers another heartfelt story of love and acceptance with Fool For Love. After falling in love with the first book in the series, I was anxious to hear more about Suzy in Fool For Love. Her story was entirely unexpected with a completely different vibe from Make Me Believe – leaving no room for doubt that Fool For Love is all Suzy. Initially, Garrett and Suzy seem like such a random pair. The adventurous young woman and the closed off older man had me curious as to how they would find their happily ever after but Karen Ferry had a plan and I enjoyed watching these two struggle to come to terms with themselves and the love they didn’t think they deserved. Their chemistry is obvious from the moment they meet, a surprising sizzle that drew me in and kept me reading. Their push and pull was captivating and slightly addictive, only serving to make their moment of complete surrender that much more sweet. Karen Ferry definitely knew what she was doing when she paired Suzy and Garrett together and I was not disappointed by the connection she nurtured between them or the resulting journey.
“New York saved me when I couldn’t save myself. When all my happiness disappeared and I wasn’t fit to be around anybody, least of all my own family; when the light gave way to darkness, and I got close to giving in to it for all eternity.”
Suzy is the kind of character that you just can’t ignore. Her lack of inhibitions and unapologetic love of life make her stand out – a bold symbol of tolerance that made this novel shine. She’s feisty and inquisitive, probing Garrett to open up and in doing so finds herself being accepted for exactly who she is. As Suzy comes into her own, her venture so far from home revealing itself to be the growth opportunity she had hoped it would be, I found myself connecting to this character and rooting for her to find that ever elusive happily ever after. Garrett, on the other hand, is a dominant, closed-off man with an underlying hurt that just begged to be soothed. As he opens up to Suzy and relinquishes some of his tightly held control to her, his resultant unraveling captivated me. The emotional honesty she demanded from him revealed a bruised but beautiful heart that just wanted to be needed. Together these two are really something special. Karen Ferry did a great job developing Suzy and Garrett utilizing their relationship, individual friendships, and unique passions to encourage significant emotional transformation over the course of their journey.
“I try to hide what I already know. I don’t know him. I don’t understand him. But this I know for sure – he owns my body. The question is, will he end up owning my heart as well?”
I adored the concept of Suzy and Garrett being practically strangers that find themselves sharing a small apartment in New York City. The storyline lends itself to some serious tension, frustrating misunderstandings, and undeniably heated encounters. Karen Ferry certainly didn’t disappoint. Fool For Love is all of that and so much more. The underlying emotional component of Suzy and Garrett’s story gripped my heart and I quickly found myself feeling deeply for this couple and all of the hurt they’d been through in their lives. Personally, larger age differences between the hero and heroine give me pause, so I had some reservations about Suzy and Garrett’s relationship. For the most part however, Karen Ferry writes their story without making their age disparity obvious or unsettling. I loved seeing how far Karen Ferry has come since her debut novel. She continues to grow as an author, impressing me with her story building and character development while bringing her books to life with her elegant prose. I can’t wait to see what this author has up her sleeve next!
She leans down and brushes her mouth over mine, and the zing that always shoots through me when she kisses me hits me straight in my heart. She doesn’t take it further, though, and I close my eyes when she places her head on my shoulder.
“Sleep, honey,” she mumbles.
I close my eyes.
But sleep won’t come. Not even when I feel her body relax further into mine, or when I hear the faint snores falling from her mouth.
My mind won’t rest. It keeps reliving that horrible night, or what I remember of it, over and over again until it circles back to Suzy’s words.
Life is for the living.
I don’t give in to the small seed of hope she has planted in my once so cold heart.
I want to flee from the foreign emotions coursing through me at this very moment. I have to keep reminding myself to keep my heart closed off under lock and key, and in order to do that, I must push Suzy away from me for good.
The thought makes me sick to my stomach, but it’s for the best.
I cuddle closer to her and kiss her forehead.
“Sleep, my waif…the morning will come soon enough.”
Something akin to a needle pierces through my heart. I lie there, close to her, unable to sleep despite my exhaustion, as it bleeds on throughout the night.
A plan begins to form in my mind – a plan to push her away.
She will come to hate me in the morning, but it’s the only way I can think of to keep my heart intact – before I fall head over heels in love with her and begin to believe that I could ever have a future with her in it.
Before I ruin her forever.
And before I ruin myself.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Believe series:
Make Me Believe (Believe #1)
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.