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Friends and Lovers Trilogy by Bethany Lopez

Published May 15, 2013 by crysbookreviews

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Title: Friends & Lovers Trilogy: Make it Last, I Choose You, Trust in Me.

Author: Bethany Lopez

Release date: ?

Genre: Contemporary Romance – novella series

Age Group: New Adult

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Book Description:

Make 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.

I 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?

Trust in Me: Will send once it’s complete

Here is all of the information for Trust in Me, book 3 in the Friends & Lovers Trilogy:

 

Purchase Links:

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trust-in-me-bethany-lopez/1114511772?ean=2940016196398

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BFFDEKW

Now I read all 3 of these novellas in 1 day, and I loved every second of them. Each relationship was different and you never really knew what was going to happen from one book to the next. Each book you learned more about the friends that were in the last book.

In Make It Last, we got to read about Bree and Colin’s relationship. How even after 5 years of not being together, they still wanted each other just as much as they did in high school. We also meet Kara and Pete, Roni and Kent, Nicole and Rich. Kara and Bree have been friends since high school right after Colin graduated and work together. I loved how you could see that no matter what happened Colin wanted her back in his life.

Of course something happens that blows them out of the water but apparently the ex of Colin’s didn’t care about the issue and just wanted to get it fixed ASAP. Which was a little sad but I guess better for them in the long run. The book was short, hence it being a novella but worth the read.

In I Choose You, you get to see the beginning of Nicole and Kent’s relationship. Which is very sweet except that Kent does not think he is good enough for her. Which was stupid, Kent was dating but not dating Bree in Make It Last and Nicole was the hostess at the same restaurant. Luckily Kent started to think better and realized he was a jerk to Nicole before they started dating.

This time around it was more about Kent realizing that he was an amazing man that did a ton of things for his sister growing up and continued to do so as an adult. Nicole just needed to let go so that they could be together. I thought their relationship was great because they grew together.

In Trust In Me, we finally get to find out what happened to Roni and why she treated Rich the way she does. After finding out what happened to her, I can completely understand why she did. I mean I probably would have done the same thing. Not even kidding. And Rich, he just never gave up. I loved that about him. You can’t dislike someone that knows what they want and works hard for it.

In this novella, we get to see everyone’s dreams come true, Bree’s cooking, Kent’s journalism, Rich’s place for kids to play sports, Roni’s dance studio. It was almost bittersweet at the end of this book. I was happy everyone got the happily ever after but I was sad to see them go.

I gave all 3 books 4 stars.

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.

Author social media links:

IAN – http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/bethany-lopez.html

Webpage – www.bethanylopez.blogspot.com

Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/BethanyLopez2

Facebook – http://on.fb.me/LypEaO

Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/bethanylopez2/

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Waiting on Wednesday

Published September 26, 2012 by crysbookreviews

For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse. From Goodreads.

 

Why I am waiting for it?

One because I LOOOOVVVVEEEE Claire and Shane. Two because I love Eva and Micheal. Three because I am 12 books invested into this series and each book is more shocking than the last one. And this is the third to last book in the series, which yes I will sad because I love the series so far. I can’t wait for this book to be released on November 6th, 2012.

My Boyfriend Merlin by Priya Ardis (My Merlin #1)

Published September 26, 2012 by crysbookreviews

My Boyfriend Merlin by Priya Ardis (My Merlin #1)     Join me as I love one book at a time.

If you can’t trust your boyfriend, who can you trust?

In this modern Arthurian, 17-year-old nice girl Arriane, aka Ryan, DuLac just found out her badass biker boyfriend, Matt, is a little older than he was letting on. By a few eons.

In fact, he is really Merlin–the Merlin, King Arthur’s Merlin, the greatest wizard who ever lived. But Ryan’s not impressed. Tired of being a relationship loser, she’d rather kick his legendary behind.

Sure, the world has been crazy ever since the sword and the stone fell out of the sky like a meteor. But despite gruesome gargoyles, a new world of magic, and the guy driving her crazy, Ryan knows that family is everything. Will Merlin sacrifice hers to save the world? Will she be able to stop him? From Goodreads.

There wasn’t a single thing that I didn’t fall in love with in this book. Merlin and an evil brother?? Yea that is pretty awesome. But not nearly as awesome as the next Arthur coming of age, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love the Arthurian tales and who won’t fall in love with this trilogy.

Now Ryan is adopted by a family friend since her mom passed away, she is close to her adopted family because that is all she has left in the world. She falls for Max who in turn turns out to be someone pretty awesome. Bad guys trying to take out the people that may possibly be the next Arthur, I mean this book had so much. Not to mention the pretty awesome love scenes between Ryan and Matt and Ryan and Vane.

Now I totally was thinking that Vane was going to be super evil and try and take out the group that Matt brought in but he actually seemed to care. He went out of his way to teach Ryan and ended up falling for her more than I think even Matt. Which I thought would have been impossible. Ryan had to train to learn to beat not only the other candidates, and makes friends with most of them like Gia and of course her adopted brother Grey. She also had to deal with Vane being a butthead most of the time to her, of course she found out why later. But she also learned how to defeat the gargoyles that want their power.

In the end of the book Ryan had to make a decision that could potentially have really bad consequences in the next book. Although I loved who ended up being the next Arthur, I also loved what Matt did to make sure she got what she wanted, time to grieve her adopted sister’s death.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars!

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Published September 20, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly. From Goodreads.

There are few authors that write as well as Jennifer does. I picked up one of her books just to read it and ever since then, I have read all but 1 of her books. I loved the fact that this book had planes in it. There aren’t very many books where the main characters are daredevils.

I do have to say that I loved Leah’s character but I did not like the way she thought everyone thought about her. Of course it doesn’t help that the one boy that she has liked for years thinks she is white trash (I am using better language then what he really thought btw). I did like that no matter what though she was willing to let it go and still help the boys out. Of course Grayson doesn’t make it easy by blackmailing her.

There wasn’t a single moment in this book that I did not like. I loved that even though she was being blackmailed, Leah tried to be a better person. I did not like her mom, who just up and leaves their kid alone like that? No matter what the age is, I still hear from my dad and he lives all the way across the country and calls me at least twice a week if not more sometimes and I am almost 30 years old.

The characters were very believable, they all had their flaws but in the end they were all willing to look passed them to end up as friends but depending on who it was they ended up as more than friends. I thought Alec was really funny and nice, I totally got why Grayson did everything he did, and Leah didn’t let them walk all over her even though she was the only chick pilot.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

 

The Forest of Adventures by Katie M. John (Knights Trilogy #1)

Published August 16, 2012 by crysbookreviews

The Forest of Adventures by Katie M. John (Knights Trilogy #1)

For Mina Singer, falling in love with a knight on a white horse was never part of the plan.

Finding herself catapulted into fairyland she discovers that the Real World is not quite what she thought and fairyland is not quite what she imagined.

The question is… who will come out alive? From Goodreads.

I found this one day on Goodreads and I fell in love with the story. I get the whole insta-love with Blake and Mina, they had been dreaming of each other their whole lives so it technically wasn’t insta-love. I loved the retake on the Arthurian legends, yes I admit I love Camelot and everything with it. I even watched the show on Starz Camelot with the soon to be Jace from Mortal Instruments, Jamie Campbell Bower.

Mina was a nice girl who just happened to be dating her best friend and had to break his heart because she fell in love with Blake. She ends up finding out all his secrets and eventually learns that Morgan Le Fay wants Blake something fierce. She was willing to do a lot of horrible things to get him, but that just showed me that she didn’t really want him.

Sam ends up getting in a car accident and falls into a coma meanwhile Mina and Blake get close and kinda start dating before she is able to break up with Sam. Of course she eventually has to make a huge decision that ends up breaking her heart, Sam wakes up and they break up. Now you would think happily ever after for Blake and Mina? Of course not, Morgan is around and had already made Blake do something so horrible he isn’t able to forgive himself.

Honestly I really loved this book and I couldn’t put it down when I read it. I was just lucky to be one of the winners that one the trilogy when she did a blog hop for the release of the third and final book.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Devoted by Hilary Duff (Elixir #2)

Published August 15, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Devoted by Hilary Duff (Elixir #2)

Since Sage was kidnapped, Clea has no way of knowing if he is alive or dead. And even though she has only just discovered they were soulmates, she feels like a part of her is lost forever. What’s worse, she can’t even turn to her best friend Ben—because every time she looks at him, all she sees is his betrayal. But waiting for something to happen is not an option, so Clea is ready for action. Suffering through dreams of seeing Sage with another woman, she makes an uneasy alliance with Sage’s enemies and sets out to be reunited with Sage…in this life or the next. From Goodreads.

This was definitely faster paced then the first book of the trilogy. There were more secrets unveiled and more lies to help with the secrets. This time around there was another family that had taken some water from the Fountain of Youth, of course I won’t tell you what happened but what they need Sage for more than just breaking his soul mate bound with Clea.

Clea is upset because she can’t get over how Ben tried to protect her but ended up getting Sage caught and taken away from her. While she is on the run to find a group that want Sage just as much as she does but only to break the curse that doesn’t allow them to live past 30. She needs them to save him but everyone wants to kill him for his blood now.

Ben is trying to get over Clea and at the same time show penance for all the bad things in his lifetimes that he has done to her and Sage. Rayna wasn’t in this book too much but even though she is a big part in Clea’s life, she is going to school so she has to go and misses all the craziness that happens around Clea, Ben and Sage.

I didn’t think life could get more complicated but the end of the book showed me that the final book in the trilogy was going to be super complicated. If they were people in the real world I would honestly feel so much sympathy for them. I can’t wait to see what happens in the last book.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

 

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Published July 24, 2012 by crysbookreviews

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1)

It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”, “For Darkness Shows the Stars” is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it. From Goodreads.

There is a part of my heart that absolutely loves the retelling of stories that people love. Okay mainly book people obviously but still, and I loved this book from the beginning to the end. I loved the different take on the story and I am pretty sure a lot of you guys who read it loved it too.

Elliot was such a hard working girl that she was willing to endure her selfish sister and father to make sure everyone that worked for their farm was feed and that the whole place had enough food for the winter time. She willingly gave up love for them and always regretted it, you could tell that she did by the way that she always hoped that Kai was out there in the world happy and safe. I felt so bad for her; she was always putting everyone and everything above what she wanted. It was nice to see and almost unbearable at times to read about what she went through to make sure everyone was safe.

When Kai showed up I was like “OMG!! They are finally going to get together!!!!!” Of course, there was still quite a bit of the story left so I should have known. There was so much tension between Kai and Elliot but I am sure that it was because they loved each other and he didn’t fully understand why she stayed behind. I liked that they eventually both got what they needed and wanted, which after 4 years, they kind of deserved.

The whole story was amazing, which based on the cover of this book I was really hoping for. I hoped that the amazing cover didn’t make my decision on reading this book, but once I finished the story, I knew that it helped in me wanted to read the book but it wasn’t the best thing about the book.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I hope we get to learn more about Kai, Elliot and Ro’s adventures.