Review: Trust in Me by Bethany LopezTrust in Me by Bethany Lopez
Series: Friends & Lovers #3
Published by Self Published on February 28, 2013
Pages: 215
Source: Purchased
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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…

I have been not so patiently waiting for Trust in Me to be released. I’m so happy that it released early. The first two books in this series were so good. I fell in love with each of the characters.

Rich is known as a player and he flirts with everyone. Roni wants nothing to do with him even though she’s strongly attracted to him. I enjoyed how these two danced around each other and when they finally came together the sparks flew.

Roni wants to keep things casual, but Rich is quickly falling in love with her and wants to have more than just a simple fling. Roni’s scared to be in a relationship due to the fact that her marriage to her former husband was a distaster. Hank was abusive to her and Roni doesn’t trust her judgement where men are concerned.

Although Trust in Me is short read it is very enjoyable. This has been a great series. I’m sort of sad it’s finished. I was hoping Ms Lopez might write a story for Alex and Jason.

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Review: I Choose You by Bethany LopezI Choose You by Bethany Lopez
Series: Friends & Lovers #2
Published by Self Published on December 27, 2012
Format: eBook
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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?

My thoughts…

I Choose You is the second book in Author Bethany Lopez’s “Friends & Lovers” series. I really enjoyed reading it. I think what I enjoyed most about it is the fact that Nicole still had her innocence and it was nice to read a story that wasn’t overly sexual. I’m not saying there isn’t any sexual content because there is some but I was pleased that it wasn’t the main focus of the story.

I loved both Kent & Nichole’s characters and were familiar with both of them from the first book in this series, Make it Last, which is another great read.

This story could use a bit more editing, there are a few minor grammatical errors, but I was able to overlook them because the story was very enjoyable. I’m really looking forward to Roni & Rich’s story next. Trust in Me is due out in the Spring of 2013.

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Review: Make It Last by Bethany LopezMake It Last by Bethany Lopez
Series: Friends & Lovers #1
Published by Self Published on November 17, 2012
Pages: 184
Format: eBook
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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.

My thoughts…

This is the first book in the Friends & Lovers series by Ms. Lopez. Although it’s a short read, I didn’t feel the story was rushed. I was able to read it in one setting.

I loved Briana, Colin and the secondary characters. I can’t wait for “I Choose You” to be released on January 8th, 2013.

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