Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Friends & Lovers Trilogy by Bethany Lopez

Friends & Lovers Series
by Bethany Lopez
New Adult Contemporary Romance Novella Series
*Ebook Copy of the series obtained as part of the tour in exchange or an honest review*

Make It Last Synopsis via 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.

I Choose You Synopsis via Goodreads:

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 Synopsis via Goodreads:

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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My Review:

Alrighty - so, this series is a fun, easy read when you need a quick romantic fix in your life. Being a novella series, they're all quick, short reads. I adored each of the characters & loved how they all rotate within the trilogy.

I had a few "eh" moments but honestly, it was still enjoyable. (I'm not a huge fan of insta-love and definitely not insta-forgiveness.)And the fact that everyone was okay kissing everyone else was a little strange haha I'm a jealous type though - I don't like sharing. :)

When I started I Choose You (bk 2) I thought to myself that this series is getting better & better. I enjoyed book 2 much more than book 1. There were less "eh" moments and I started to love the characters even more! The level of emotion in I Choose You is higher, at least it for me it was, so I felt more in tune with the characters. Nicole is precious & I really wanted poor Kent to get his chance at a great relationship.

Now, getting to book 3 - Trust in Me! Best out of the three!! I absolutely adored Trust In Me. It is definitely my favorite out of all three novellas. I was soooooo hung up on Roni & Rich. Her past broke my heart. Then you learn more about Rich and you just want to reach up and initiate one big group hug. I teared up a few times because I wanted what was best for them. I wanted them to both have a happy ending and move forward.

Again, this trilogy is a highly enjoyable, quick romantic fix. Bethany's writing style flows easily and the characters are all wonderful. You'll end up with your favorites out of the three but you'll still love each of the characters.

I definitely recommend this series for those looking for a nice Saturday or Sunday read with no pressure or totally tear jerking moments.

Overall - my rating for the series as a whole - would be 3.8 Stars


Tour Wide Giveaway:

Bethany is giving away 3 signed copies as part of the tour! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter for your chance to win! Good luck everyone!!!

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