Title: Time to Learn
Author: Karen Ferry
Series: Believe #3
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Love is blind.
Love is false.
Love is deceitful.
My fairytale ending turned into a nightmare soon after I gave the man I thought was perfect my vows. Like the coward I was, I remained in my prison for too long. But there was one light amidst all the darkness – my daughter, Ailith.
Now, I’m a 33-year-old woman, living with her mother in a little town in Scotland that’s quiet but safe, trying to keep the family business afloat.
When will I find the courage to live again?
One day, a glance from a stranger brings me a sliver of hope that I haven’t believed in since I was young.
Will it be enough?
Love is a lie.
Love is an illusion.
Love is painful.
She made me trip over my own two feet – made me yearn for the very thing I’ve avoided all my life: love. But she didn’t love me back. I had to escape my memories somehow, and I fled to Scotland.
Now, I’m more lost than I’ve ever been, trying to forget the woman who managed to soften my cynical heart.
Will the hole in my chest ever heal?
One day, the sorrow in a woman’s eyes causes me to trip again. My heart beats anew, and when she finally allows me to see her, I’m filled with hope.
Will she give in to me?
For Laura and Kristian, everything changes with just one glance. But can two people who have been burned in the past open their hearts and learn to love again?
Karen Ferry serves up another electric romance with Laura and Kristian’s heartfelt story in Time to Learn. Having both experienced their share of heartache, Laura and Kristian made for a deliciously angsty duo and I thoroughly enjoyed unraveling them over the course of this novel. Karen Ferry crafted a fantastic dynamic with this couple, their age difference and seemingly opposite personalities laying the groundwork for an utterly enthralling push and pull between them. Laura and Kristian’s chemisty was obvious and heady, but it was their undeniably deep connection that kept me riveted to the pages. I loved exploring Laura and Kristian’s world and found myself falling hard and fast for this perfectly matched and beautifully broken pair. My heart shattered and repaired itself several times over as I read this story but in the end Karen Ferry left it absolutely bursting and totally content.
“I was too focused on the game— the chase— that I became blinded by my own arrogance. Such a fool. Pride goes before the fall, as they say. And boy, did I fall.”
I loved Laura and everything that this character represented. Karen Ferry wrote this character to exemplify strength and courage in a way that is rare and decidedly profound. I adored how fiercely Laura loved her daughter and couldn’t help but admire everything that she had endured in life. Her determination and general positivity made it impossible not to love this heroine and I found myself invested in her happily ever after in no time at all. Kristian on the other hand, took a bit more time to understand but I was constantly surprised by his words and actions. As Karen Ferry exposed this man to the reader, I found myself connecting with him in unexpected ways and eventually, falling head over heels for his particular brand of charming. I definitely wanted a little more depth from Kristian, a closer look at his past and the history that shaped him into the man he was, but overall I thought he was pretty swoon-worthy.
“When he’s near, I forget the darkness. I smile more. I laugh again. I feel warm instead of cold; safe instead of scared; full instead of unfulfilled.”
Time to Learn was beautifully written, effortlessly showcasing the author’s incredible growth. Driven more by emotion than action, there was a simplicity to the storyline that really grabbed me. Karen Ferry expertly incorporated the colorful nuances and intriguing legends of the Scottish setting to create a fictional world that was as vibrant as it was addictive. Time to Learn was bursting with brilliant imagery and drenched in raw feeling, ensuring that the reader was wholly captivated by Laura and Kristian’s journey. While this story was a bit slow to start, I found myself enchanted by not only the hero and heroine, but by the lovable secondary characters as well. Ailith was truly one of a kind and helped reveal a lot about Laura as a character. Karen Ferry also had me totally hooked on Trish and Alex and I can’t wait to see them again in the future. Laura and Kristian’s story is sweet, thoughtful and full of feels. A great new addition to the believe series, Time to Learn is another hit from Karen Ferry!
“I’m sure it’s not difficult to find companions with the way you look.”
As if they have a mind of their own, my eyes trail up his muscular chest. I wonder if he’s got any ink hidden away underneath the black T-shirt, but when my gaze lands on his again, I bite my lip. His eyes cloud over with shadows and I wish I could take the words back.
“Maybe not. But friendships aren’t formed just because you share a bed, or something else, for a night or two. They need time for that, don’t you agree?”
I nod, attempting to hide my wince at the image of Kristian lying with some faceless woman in a bed that pops into my head.
Then I want to slap myself for even thinking like that. It’s not my place. But that doesn’t mean he’s convinced me yet.
“What have you got to lose?” he persists, frowning at me.
“I’ve never known any man who asked me to be friends keep his promise,” I answer quietly. “I don’t have anything to lose, as you put it, but I just want you to know why I’m hesitating.”
He sighs as he shakes his head.
I roll my eyes at him.
“Perhaps, but Scots are known for that.”
“Okay, how does this sound?” He inches forward in his seat. “I know that Lise will be spending a lot of time at your farm, and I’d actually like to come with her from time to time. How about we agree to just try to be friends? And if one of us ends up falling for the other, we promise to say it and not keep it a secret?”
I lean closer so he can hear me better over the sound of the people milling about in the pub.
“Do you keep your promises, Kristian?”
“I try really hard not to break them, Laura.”
He sounds so serious, and that decides it for me. I nod, satisfied with that.
“That’s good. Okay, we have a deal.”
I raise my hand, waiting for him to shake it. When he smiles slowly at me, I suppress a slight shiver. He really is quite beautiful.
“Deal,” he says as he takes my hand.
I shake it once and then release it quickly.
“Good, but I need to make something very clear.”
“No more talk about wanting to kiss me. Friends don’t kiss.”
He laughs as he nods. “Okay, you’ll never hear me say those words again.”
Smiling, I toast him with my glass.
“Good. Now, how about I buy you a drink, friend?”
A small glint of appreciation lights up in his eyes, and he nods.
“That would be good. Thanks.”
I nod and stand up to leave him. As I walk to the bar, I wonder if I’ve just made the worst mistake of my life. But then again, what’s the harm?
As long as I keep my libido in check, I’ll be fine.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Believe series:
Make Me Believe (Believe #1)
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.
Even though Karen is Danish, she has always felt more at ease writing stories in English, and she is a complete Anglophile and bookaholic. She 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.