Title: Time for Love (Timeless Love: Book Two)
Author: Laura N. Andrews
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Length: 239 Pages
At a Glance: Though part of a series, this could be read as a stand-alone, and I totally recommended for fans of insta-love, sweet characters and light-hearted romance with very little drama.
Reviewed By: Lindsey
Blurb: Endearing and shy, Nicholas Edwards prefers to stay in most nights. On one of his rare evenings out, he meets confident businessman Caleb Roimata.
Although at first he seems arrogant, charming and irresistible, Caleb encourages Nicholas to come out of his shell, and together they fall into a relationship full of passion and love.
When Caleb’s past causes doubts to rise and drama to unfold, will they be there for each other and be what the other needs?
And when all is said and done, will there still be… time for love?
Review: Heads up: this is part of a series, and I saw that the first book is m/f, but this one—at least for me—was fine being read as a stand-alone. Though the characters from the first story were in this one, and there were references here and there to what probably happened in the first book, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything while reading Time for Love.
This is one of those stories that is believable in the way that it follows what could be a real life couple, and the author did a great job in creating realistic situations and conversations. The story starts the night Nicholas and Caleb meet, where they have instant chemistry, and then continues to follow their journey in dating and entering a committed relationship.
Told in first person present tense from Nicholas’ perspective, we get to experience the butterflies of meeting that someone new, and all those excitable and scary feelings a person goes to while they take those tentative steps in dating and falling in love. Nicholas is a sweetheart, if a little too self-deprecating at times, but it helped make him more realistic as a character. Since its mainly his perspective, I felt more of a connection to him than Caleb, but that is to be expected in this style of writing.
Caleb was a harder connection for me. He was perfection to Nicholas, and seemed to not be able to do any wrong (except for a minor hiccup which is pretty quickly remedied). I sort of wish he was a little more flawed. But at the same time since I was experiencing him through Nicky’s eyes, and time skips sometimes weeks and months, with its focus on the sweet moments of their progressing relationship more than on any of the negative parts of a relationship. It makes sense in a way. Though I will admit it was a little daunting reading what a “gentleman” Caleb was, and that was the exact term used for him at least fifteen times (repetitive description words like that happen to be one of my pet peeves, so it stuck out).
Mostly this story just follows their relationship from initial meet until HEA is established, while they date and get to know each other—dinner, gym time, meeting friends and family, their moments of insecurity while finding their footing and the realization of their growing feelings. The story was perhaps slower in pace because there wasn’t anything really lurking in the background, no major drama stewing beneath the surface; instead, it’s a lovely journey to love. Both characters bring out the best in each other, which I adore seeing in relationships. They don’t try to change the person, individually, but being around each other causes them both to mature in different ways, and it was a treat.
For those who want a relatively angst free book to jump into, this would be totally recommended. There were two minor dramatic scenes, but they were little relationship hiccups, which are pretty common, and they were quickly resolved and worked through with communication. There was also another situation which causes a wee bit of drama externally, but it had very little build up before it happens and, once again, was immediately worked through. I personally would have loved more of the buildup of something big, a climactic event that the story is leading up to, because drama is my jam, and I devour it with glee. Lighter stories like this are great, though, and there is definitely a time when I need to dial the seriousness and angst level down several notches and read something light-hearted like this, but I crave a bit more action most of the time. So, for me, by the time I was about eighty-five percent through the story, I was good, the rest was all gravy, but it could have stopped there for me and I would have been a happy girl.
The author did a great job of developing the characters, and starting the foundation for the next book in this series, which I am pretty sure is going to be about Nicholas’ best friend. I do plan on checking it out, because I have theories and I want to see the fireworks!
If you are a fan of relatively drama free, sweet love stories, pick this one up and give it a shot.
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