Saturday, May 18, 2013

Blog Tour: Friends & Lovers by: Bethany Lopez (Review and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the Friends & Lovers Blog Tour hosted by ATOMR tours. Check out the other stops here.

Source: I received a copy of this book as a part of the blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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: 
"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?"

My Thoughts:

Make It Last
This was a fun and really cute read and it is pretty low on the angst. I love the angst, but sometimes it is nice to get away from it for a while. It is also a super short read, so that was nice. Perfect book to get lost in for an hour or two.

Colin and Briana were high school sweethearts, who broke up before Colin went to college. This story takes place four years after the breakup and follows their reconnection. It was so cute and heartwarming to watch these two come together again. I was rooting for them from the get go.

The story is very predictable, but at the same time it is fun. Honestly, if it went any other way than what I had predicted, I would have been very upset. This is a great book to read when you want something that won’t rip your heart out along the way.

Make It Last is a great story about coming home and finding yourself and your new dreams.

I Choose You
I liked Make It Last, but I really enjoyed I Choose You. Probably because I really really love Kent. See I had a hard time fully forgiving Colin (even though I did), but I had no such problem with Kent. He is an absolute sweetheart and it hurts that he doesn’t realize just how good he is.

I seriously love the low amount of angst in these books. There are problems and issues to overcome, but they aren’t overly dramatic or unreasonable. I loved watching the characters fall for each other and make each other better people. Nicole and Kent are adorable together and are exactly what each other needed. Both had very different upbringings, but they are both people who needed a new family and they could give that to one another.

I also love that is was a quick read. I easily got lost in the story and finished up ready for the next story.

Trust In Me
I enjoyed Briana and Colin’s story, I really liked Nicole and Kent’s story, but I loved Rich and Roni’s story! I just felt like there was so much more to this installment. Also we all know how much I love broken characters and our poor Roni is very broken.

Rich has been my favorite since I met him in book one. I just find him hysterical but incredibly sweet at the same time. I loved watching him find someone who he could fall in love with. Then we have Roni and my heart just breaks for this girl. She is so young and has been through so much. I wanted her to be happy in the worst way possible and I wanted her to see that Rich could make her happy.

I had been enjoying this series, but this story just captured me. I feel like I have been waiting for this to happen since Roni was introduced to Rich and I was not disappointed by it.


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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. IAN | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest


  1. Okay this seems like a nice collection with three cute stories. Even though I'm not a fan of this kind of books it sounds interesting. Great reivew :)

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  3. Thanks for the review. I'm happy you liked the trilogy!

  4. I liked all the stories and all the characters, but man, Rich was HOT! This is such a nice trilogy and I'm glad you liked it too, Teresa!

  5. This sounds adorable, and I love that it is a fast, short read! It's good to take a break from the angst sometimes! Thanks so much for the awesome review and giveaway and for putting this one on my radar! <3


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