Saturday, 18 May 2013

Friends & Lovers by Bethany Lopez - Review


Title: Friends & Lovers Trilogy: Make it Last, I Choose You, Trust in Me.
Author: Bethany Lopez
Release date: March 21/13
Genre: Contemporary Romance – novella series
Age Group:  New Adult
Event organized by: AToMR Tours


Book Descriptions:

Make it Last:
In a small town, it's hard to recover from being dumped by your high school sweetheart. That's just what Briana has to do after Colin leaves her to follow his dreams. She focuses her energy into her friendships and the pursuit of her own goal of becoming a chef. Just when she finally feels like she's on the right path, he comes back to town.

Colin knew breaking up with Briana before leaving for college was the right thing to do. He was determined to leave small-town life behind forever, and that included his high school girlfriend. But when a sports injury puts him on the sidelines, he's forced to return home. Seeing Briana again brings back a lot of memories, and Colin wonders if he made the right decision. It doesn't take long for him to realize he wants her back, and this time, he wants to make it last.

I Choose You:
Up until now, Nicole's life has been mapped out for her. She'd go to college, marry Jake and become the upstanding minister's wife. When she leaves that life to begin again in a small town in Texas, she finally has the freedom to live as she chooses. There, she meets Kent, a guy whose charm and passion make it hard to stick to her morals.

Dodging his father’s fists and protecting his twin sister made Kent into the man he is today. He learned by watching his mother stay by his father’s side that it’s better to keep relationships simple. Then he meets Nicole. Her sweet smile and genuine response to him land like punches to his resolve. After a lifetime of learning to protect his heart, can he finally let down his guard?
Trust in Me: Will send once it’s complete

Trust in Me: 
Roni’s dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer were smashed under the brutal rage of her ex-husband's fists. Getting divorced and starting over at the age of twenty-two was never her plan, but maybe in Texas, she'll find her path. When the town's local player, Rich, opens a Rec Center, she sees a way to rekindle her dancing dreams...and maybe have a little fun with her sexy new boss.

Rich never expected to fulfill his dreams in the town he planned to leave behind, but that's just what he's doing. His reputation as a noncommittal ladies' man might make it challenging to earn respect in the business world, but he's willing to prove that he's serious. In fact, when it comes to pursuing Roni, he's more than willing. But she's taking a page out of his book, not wanting to risk another relationship. Can he convince her that his playboy days are over and that she can trust him with her heart? 

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About the Author

Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult series. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her novels through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

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Giveaway: 3 Signed copies

 My Reviews...

Make it Last

So here is the thing. This book was like a tornado. It touched down took everything with it then it was done.

I liked the idea of this story and I liked the characters but I found it a bit too fast which was hard to feel the reconnection between Colin and Bree. But in the end when things are meant to be the have a way of working out no matter the speed.



However it still was a sweet cute read.  Even though it felt too fast but once I read the whole series as a whole it all felt right.

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I Choose You 

Sooooooo.... I really like the concept of this trilogy and I found this one better than the first book and I have a feeling that Rich's book is going to be the best of the three. 

I found that the book to proceed to quickly which causes me to lose the connection of the characters.  

  

I like the characters but I find sometimes their dialogue awkward and as I said early everything just felt too quick...BOOM there it is.  
 
I liked Kent and Nicole together. Between the group of friends they are definitely the best suited together even though you wouldn't have put them together to start with. 


I like the series and I am invested in them.  The reason I think they keep getting better because you met Rich and Nicole in the first book so their individual characters already grabbed you into feeling like you knew them.  That is why I think that Rich's is going to be the best because he has been a constant through out the series.

I am a big fan of friends turned to lovers yet these friends are a little more cozy than some a little more like the 90's version of Melrose Place without all the crazy drama. 

thumbs upthumbs upthumbs up . 5

Trust in Me

So after reading the first two I had a feeling that Rich's story was going to be my fave ... and it was. I loved Rich throughout the series and was happy to see what was going to happen with Roni

Roni the girl who was broken from her past and wanted a HEA but didn't think she deserved it. Silly girl even after berating Kent for believing the same thing.

In the last two books I thought that they grew way too fast but this one felt like it had a nice pace and you could feel the gradualness of Roni and Rich. It didn't feel explosive or rushed. It just felt right between the two of them.

Rich and Roni complete each other and a nice calming and beautiful way. Together they bring out the best on each other and Rich is such a sweetie the whole way through the series even though he is the world's biggest flirt.  He was only a player because he didn't want to get hurt but Roni was always something special to him and he let her in which just made Rich so much more lovely.



I also loved seeing the growth of Kara, Pete, Brianna, Colin, Nicole and Kent throughout this whole series. This series was a very cute series about friends to lovers which is one of my favorite things.


For Rich & Roni story I give this one 4 Sweet Thumbs Up!
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Lauren



 

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