May 13, 2013

Blog Tour: Friends and Lovers

Title: Friends and Lovers Trilogy
Author: Bethany Lopez
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN:  978-1482729559
Source:  book tour
Genre:  New Adult, romance
Series:  Friends and Lovers
Books in series:  Make It Last, I Choose You, Trust in Me
Other books by author:  Ta Ta for now!, Ciao, Nissa, xoxoxo
Rating: liked

Make It Last (Book #1)
Released: November 2012

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 (Book #2)
Released: December 2012

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 (Book #3)
Released: February 2013

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?

**I received this book in trade for an honest review**

The book that I received for this blog tour was an omnibus, meaning that all three of the books were in one and I think it made it easier to transition from one to the other.  I liked the fact that you knew the characters in the books from the previous ones.  The main characters in the books, Briana, Nicole and Roni are all strong female characters.   They are all really well developed and even when you aren’t reading “their” story, you get a sense of who they are.  I liked the fact that these books take place in a small town where everyone knows everyone.  At times, I felt that the stories were too sweet, like Disney sweet.  Meaning that it seemed if there was a problem, the answer was on the next page.   

Overall, I liked the books and the way Lopez portrays characters and gets you to feel what they felt.  More specifically, I liked how each of the girls were dealing with their own demons, so to speak.  Briana had dropped out of college, was now working in a bar and was saving to go to culinary school when Colin reappeared in her life.  Nicole's life had been planned out for her: she was going to marry Jake and they were going to start a church.  That all changed when Nicole realized that wasn't what she wanted, told her parents and Jake and then left town.  Roni had been married to an abusive man when her twin brother, Kent, came and helped her leave.  The abuse that Roni suffered caused her to be unable to have children.  It also prevented her attaining her dream: dancing.  Will Briana, Nicole and Roni find love?  That is the question that the Friends and Lovers trilogy answers.

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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.

There is a giveaway sponsored by Bethany Lopez and AToMR tours associated with this tour.  It is for 3 signed copies of Friends and Lovers.

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