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Make it Last (Friends & Lovers Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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FOUR STARS - Reviewed by Laura Carter for Readers' Favorite
Brianna thought she would be with her high school sweetheart Colin forever. She certainly wasn't expecting him to break up with her to focus on football and college parties. Four years later her life is finally getting back on track, her heart has mostly mended and her dreams of being a chef are within reach. When Colin returns with his dreams of being a football star in tatters Brianna realises she may not be as over him as she had thought. She may still love him but can she ever forgive him and allow him into her life again?

I really enjoyed this book. It is a short, sweet read that many people will enjoy. I didn't like Colin due to the way he left Brianna but the author has really developed him throughout the book. It was great watching the characters mature and become adults who put other people before themselves. The characters and their emotions are realistic making the book an engaging read. I was torn between wanting Brianna to forgive Colin or not but I love the way the book turned out. Bethany Lopez has created a world and characters that I want to keep on reading about; I want to see a couple of the secondary characters get their happily ever after. This book is a great set up for a series mentioning several characters who obviously have stories to be told and I hope we will get to see that. Overall I would recommend this to all lovers of a sweet romance who also don't mind a sex scene or two.

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  • File Size: 325 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Publication Date: November 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A1SGO1U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,796 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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.

Bethany Lopez is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Reads on November 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a sweet story about high school sweethearts in love, but they separate with the all too common 'it's not you, it's me' feeling. No one wants to hear that! Well, those weren't the words Colin said to Briana, but they might as well have been. She was devastated...but then she was in high school at the time. Being a high school teacher, I see that same drama all too closely every day. The story quickly picks up four years later when Colin returns to town and sees Briana. D-Bag alert!! Colin immediately saw what he had missed the last four years, and kudos to Briana for not giving him the time of first. Little did they know that they would be in for the shock of their lives with Colin's past coming up to slap them both in the face.

At 23% in, I could feel the angst that was coming. I just knew that I knew that I knew what was around the pike to disrupt what Briana... and I ... wanted for her character. Yes, I knew what was coming. So, I waited...and the story progressed in a sweet romantic fashion...and waited some more, until....Whoa! That was not what I knew! I was floored that the angst building in me for something I knew and expected was really the buildup for a real shocker! Then, the author adds a sensitive and controversial subject on top of that! I didn't know what I thought I knew. Never judge a book by its cover and never judge a story by others you've read. You'll be surprised every time.

Colin is a hottie with a taut body and dimples in his cheeks. Dimples make me smile and swoon; they always have...don't judge me. But, we have more hotties in the book. Rich is Colin's best friend...the ladies man who loves 'em and leaves 'em, and Kent who has an 'understanding' with Briana, but nothing serious.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Iowegian on February 6, 2013
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This book was really short, and didn't bring up much emotion for me. The main character was so heartbroken she didn't have a relationship for four years, swore the exBF wouldn't ever get a second chance, then jumped on him the first time he asked her out again. Of course the BF did have relationships while away at college, which was his whole reason for breaking up the first time. So I'm thinking when something better comes along again he'll be all over it. This didn't have a good romantic feel to me at all. The writing was okay, the storyline just felt like it lacked depth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim {kimberlyfaye reads} on December 29, 2013
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I'm a huge fan of books with reunited lovers/love interests, especially when it's between two people who were a couple when they were younger. Time marches on, people grow, but somehow first loves stick with you. That was certainly the case for Briana and Colin in Make It Last.

It would have been easy for Briana to write Colin off entirely after the way he dumped her when he went off to college. I understand long distance relationships are difficult, but breaking up with someone you love just so you can be single when you go off to college never made much sense to me. At least give it a shot. If it doesn't work out, so be it. Neither Briana nor Colin sat around waiting for the other. They each went on with their lives and attempted to achieve their goals. Fate brought them back together after Colin was injured and his plans changed. Now they find themselves back in their hometown, together again. Colin knows he screwed up. Briana still has feelings for Colin, but she's not willing to forget how easy it was for him to leave her… or is she?

Sometimes I want nothing more than a completely predictable romance with a happily ever after. I know going into the book what's going to happen and I'm perfectly happy to sit back and enjoy the ride. This was one of those times. I liked the characters – not just Briana and Colin, but their whole group – and the situations and dialogue were realistic. Briana and Colin had chemistry and the romance was a bit steamy. Make It Last was a fun, sweet and sexy romp and a great start to a new contemporary romance trilogy. And at under 200 pages, it was a super quick read.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 7, 2012
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Super cute and very light. If you would like to take a break from the melodramatic, Make it Last is perfect! While the blurb promises drama, the main characters get to it pretty quickly so I wasn't as emotionally involved as I might have been but that's a good thing! I didn't want to read a downer (too many of those lately) so I was pleasantly surprised to find just what I needed. Short read but there is more to come so i'm looking forward to the rest of the trilogy and getting to know the other characters and their stories. ^.^ Good one to pick up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Always YA at Heart on May 16, 2013
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Make it Last is Briana and Colin's story. They were completely and totally in love until Colin broke it off with Briana when he went away to college. Briana is devastated, yet she recovers and goes on. After spending a year in college, she returns home and is working as cook in the local bar and grill, saving her money up to attend culinary school in Austin Texas, which is her dream. It's been 4 years since Colin broke her heart. There have been other guys, and right now she is in a friends with benefits relationship with Kent. What she doesn't expect is for Colin to move back into town. What bothers her even more is the way she feels when she sees him. Colin regrets what he did to Briana and would love to be a part of her life again, especially now that an injury has crushed his dreams of playing pro ball. When he sees Briana with Kent, he is very jealous, and when his best friend Rich pops into the picture, it makes things even worse. Cole manages to get Briana to forgive him and things start looking up, but when an old love shows up on the scene with some shocking news, any hope he has with Briana may be ruined.

I really enjoyed Briana and Cole's story. I like Briana from the get go. She was fun, hardworking, feisty, and a great friend. Cole had to grow on me, though I did wind up liking him. We are also introduced to a group of secondary characters in this book that were fun to get to know, and whose stories are told in future installments. Kara, Pete, Kent, Roni, Nicole, and Rich all play a big part in the story and it was really great seeing how this group of friends got along. Make it Last is a wonderful contemporary romance that was entertaining and heartwarming. The romance was great, the chemistry between Bree and Cole was really hot, and the story itself was very entertaining.
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