Review: Friends and Lovers by Bethany Lopez

Posted May 16, 2013 by Karen in Book Reviews / 3 Comments


Title: Friends & Lovers Trilogy: Make it Last, I Choose You, Trust in Me.
Author: Bethany Lopez
Rating 4/5 Star for Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance – novella series
Age Group: New Adult
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makeitlastMake it Last:
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.

A young couple kissingI Choose You:
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?

young coupleTrust in Me:
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?


Hi, Today I am reviewing the Friends and Lovers Trilogy by Bethany Lopez. I would classify the genre of these books as contemporary romance and the age category as new adult. Did the word trilogy give a hint as to how many books are in the series? HMMMM, Lopez tried to stump me by calling it a trilogy; but there are more than three love stories explored, which I absolutely loved. The premise of the Trilogy is as follows; a group of early twenty something friends, who love, hook up, laugh, cry and have plenty of good angst together. This group of new adults is trying to find their way in the world and Lopez does an excellent job in providing the path for them to follow.

The first in the series of novella is Make it Last (Briana & Colin), second is I Choose You (Nicole & Kent) and the last is Trust in Me (Roni & Rich). Besides the main couple in each story the characters from previous stories are included as well. I liked getting to know the characters over the span of time; as I was really rooting for them when it came time for them to have their own book. I thought Lopez did a really good job in the camaraderie and sometimes competitive nature of the characters. It is the type of series that I was enjoying while I read it and was sad when it was over. If you are tired of just two people in a story, and want to fill your world with well fleshed out characters, then I recommend this read.

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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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