Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Giveaway/Review: Friends & Lovers Trilogy by Bethany Lopez

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

Book Description:
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 am going to do an individual review for each of the stories after their summary. This story sucked me in. There was drama and tension. A small town is definitely a place where people talk. I liked being able to read the thoughts of both Colin and Briana. I could definitely feel the love and tension between the too. Briana is the type of girl you want to root for, and hope things will work out for. I thought for a novella the secondary characters were really well developed. I felt so sorry for poor Kent, but he knew what it was about. 

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? 

There was a lot more to Nicole than I first imagined. She is definitely a strong and independent girl. I love a girl that stands her ground. Kent definitely evolved a lot in this book. At first I wanted to slap him and be like get her head and heart in the game. I was glad to see that she upheld her morals throughout the story. I think it is very important a girl doesn't change who she is and believes in because of a guy. She was a very admirable person in that aspect. If a guy truly loves a girl, he will respect what is important to her and understand.

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?

Rich was one of my favorite characters. He was so passionate and understanding. I loved him for it. It makes sense for Roni that she would end up in an abusive relationship. A child who had parents who were abusive towards each other are more likely to end up in one themselves. I am glad that she had the courage to get help when she needed it the most. I love how Roni grows and rediscovers herself and the things she loves. Rich helps her along the way which is so sweet. I truly think that this story is my favorite out of them all. They complement each other very well.

Honestly, I recommend if you want to read stories that are fast reads, and will leave you with a feel good feeling you read these stories. I was very happy with them. I definitely can't wait to read more from this author. I was wanting to read these for so long, and so when the chance came up to review all three at the same time I definitely took it.

Rating: out of 5

Purchase Links:
Barnes & Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trust-in-me-bethany-lopez/1114511772?ean=2940016196398
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BFFDEKW

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.

Author social media links:
IAN - http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/bethany-lopez.html
Webpage - www.bethanylopez.blogspot.com
Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/BethanyLopez2
Facebook - http://on.fb.me/LypEaO
Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/bethanylopez2/

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  1. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing the series. I'm happy you liked them!

  2. Yes, I think it is a great way to build a solid relationship