Friends & Lovers Trilogy
written by Bethany Lopez
published by Bethany Lopez
Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by AToMR Tours. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. The stories are quick, sweet reads that kept me entertained.
Make it Last introduces us to the friends and lovers of this trilogy. It centers on Briana and Colin, her high school boyfriend that broke her heart a few years ago. I thought Briana was holding a bit too much of a grudge against Colin. However, the story was sweet and you receive just enough information about each character to become one of theirs friends and to care about the characters. Could there be more to this story? Yes. Did the last story line resolve itself rather quickly? Yes. Did I mind these things? No.
I Choose You is about Nicole and Kent. Both of these characters have a past that they aren’t willing to share easily or with anyone outside a select few. I really like Nicole. She is strong and independent yet vulnerable and sweet.
Trust in Me is about Roni and Rich. This was my favorite of all the three. They work so well together.
In each story, we get to know the couples as the stories progress. Each character has a past, something to overcome, something that will make the reader care about them. Friends & Lovers is sweet and romantic.
One drawback for me was the amount of mistakes in this book. I received my copy from Smashwords. In my opinion, there were too many errors for a book that is being sold. The mistakes didn’t make me want to stop reading, but they were noticeable and, at times, distracting.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to anyone who likes quick, romantic stories that leave you with a smile.
Will I read it again: I will not.
About the book – from Goodreads:
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.
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?
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?
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.