Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Friends and Lovers Review...


This is a New Adult title - Meant for readers 18 and older.

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.


This is a New Adult Title - Meant for Readers 18 & Older.

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?


This is a New Adult Title - Meant for Readers 18 & Older.

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?

Reviewed by Glendalys:

I give this book 5 stars.

The Friends & Lovers Trilogy includes three books:  Make It Last, I Choose You and Trust Me.  The set of books is about a group of friends and how their relationships develop.  They can be read as a trilogy or as stand alone.  The first book Make is Last is about Colin and Briana.  They were high school sweethearts.  Colin dumped Briana, breaking her heart in order to pursue his sports career.  When an injury sidelines him he returns home to win back the girl he left behind.  Briana was extremely heartbroken and has worked very hard to get over Colin, but when Colin comes back it all comes rushing back.  Can she trust him again?  Will Colin be able to win heart again?  I really enjoyed the first story of the series.  It was good because it set up the other book perfectly and still told a throughly enjoyable book about Colin and Briana.  I loved getting to know Briana and Colin and their group of friends and watching their relationship grow.  I highly recommend this book.

The second book in the series is I Choose You.

The second book is about Nicole and Kent.  We met them in their first book and noticed their instant attraction.  Nicole is running away from her past.  Growing up a preacher's daughter with her life mapped before and even the man she would marry picked out made her feel suffocated so she ran.  Kent grew up protecting his sister from the physical abuse of their father.  He grew up thinking that relationships were complicated and should be kept as simple as possible.  Nicole grew up with very strong value from a well off family.  Kent and her become friends and eventually start to date.  Kent respects her and takes things slow because he believes he isn't good enough for her.  Nicole doesn't want anyone but Kent and thinks he is perfect for her despite her family's opposition.  I highly recommend this book.

The third and final book in the series is Trust Me.  This book is about Roni and Rich.  Roni is Kent's sister from the previous book I Choose You.  Kent protected Roni from the abuse from her father.  But he didn't know that Roni grew up and married another abuser.  After the last beating Roni's husband gives her, she files for divorce and flees to Texas to be closer to her brother and start a new life.  As a young girl Roni yearned to become a famous dancer.  Rich is opening a new community center that offer a variety of different classes.  Roni auditions to give dance classes at the community center.  Thats how her and Rich meet.  Both of their pasts prevent them from giving into their feelings for each other.  Rich is a player and Roni isnt looking for love.  Will he able to convince her?  I highly recommend this book

I must admit that highly enjoyed reading this trilogy.  We often read book and sometimes wonder if the author would have written another story what would have happened.  Well in this trilogy we get to find out.  All the characters are included in some way or another in each book.  Each book is its own story but involves past characters.  We get to read about each and every characters happily ever after.

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