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Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. She's a lover of all things romance: books, movies, music, and life, and she incorporates that into the books she writes. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible. Some of her favorite things are: Kristen Ashley Books, coffee in the morning, and In N Out burgers.
on June 04, 2013 :
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.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 13, 2013 :
Make It Last
Colin and Briana were high school sweethearts. When Colin broke Briana's heart, he left her behind, with an empty place no other guy has been able to fill. After four years, she's moved on, but when Colin comes back to town and realizes what he's missed, the two will discover whether they have what it takes to make it last. (no pun intended, seriously)
I really enjoyed Make it Last. I love stories of two people who reconnect after heartbreak and years apart. I love when the two are forced to recognize who they've each grown into and have to re-evaluate their feelings. So in that aspect, Make it Last definitely appealed to me. The story is fairly short, which I have absolutely no problem with, I just felt it could have dug a little deeper into the emotions. Show me the heartache. Make me feel the emotions stirring. Leave me breathless, just like the characters. But still, I did really enjoy the story. Other than the showing vs. telling, it was well-rounded and left me so happy with its ending.
Make it Last is absolutely brimming with secondary characters who were vying to steal the story! Pete, Kara, Roni, Rich, Kent (broke my heart!), Nicole...they were all characters that I want to know better, probably Rich and Kent the most. This feeling leaves me wanting more from the series and I will definitely be reading Kent's story, I Choose You.
I Choose You
What a sweet story! We first meet Kent and Nicole in Make It Last, and I was definitely left wanting to know more about these two, particularly Kent, so I was really looking forward to reading their story.
I Choose You is a very quick and easy read, but I did feel that Lopez was able to manage to give enough insight into the characters to make me feel like I knew them, their story, and their motivations, wants and needs. Kent's story made my heart pinch. His upbringing was so sad and I truly felt for him and his twin sister, Roni. It explained a lot about him, the cool exterior and his effort to have a peaceful surrounding and control of his life. It also explains why he is hesitant to become too involved with Nicole. And though her story wasn't tragic, it was still difficult for her to break away from her family's expectations, and to maintain the ideals she embraces.
I found I Choose You to be a really sweet, thoughtful story, very low on angst. Sometimes I really appreciate a story that can accomplish to make me feel without making me crazy. The characters are the focus here, and Lopez has managed to create a great bunch of friends and lovers.
Trust in Me
From the beginning of the series, I wanted Rich's story. He's always been sweet, funny, and suuuuper sexy. I'm really glad that he finally got his own book, and I'm happy that Roni is his match.
Like her brother Kent, Roni was a troubled character. Not troubled in the present sense exactly, but more because of what she'd gone through. She was a girl who'd never had a great shot at the life she wanted, but was working hard to make it happen now. She doesn't want a guy like Rich, who's known as a ladies man, but is actually so much more. Rich did not disappoint in Trust in Me. He was just as sexy and fun as in the two previous stories, but he was also kind and thoughtful. I really enjoyed this couple's journey to the love they both deserve.
I also really, really appreciate that author Bethany Lopez wrote bonus scenes for each of the trilogy's couples. These provided a sweet, fun look at their futures and gave a nice resolution to the series.
(reviewed long after purchase)