March 14, 2013

We’re happy to be part of the blog tour for

I Choose You (Friends & Lovers #2)
by Bethany Lopez

Title:  I Choose You

Series:  Friends & Lovers

Author:  Bethany Lopez

Published:  December 2012

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?

Ana will put I Choose You on her second shelf!

My Review:  Bethany Lopez writes short books that are fun to read.  This one is no different…well, maybe that’s not completely true.  In reality, I think this is my favorite book so far!  Normally, short books leave me unsatisfied because it’s difficult to connect with the characters but in this story I felt completely immersed in the story from the very beginning.

This may be because I met Nicole and Kent in  the first book of the series (see my review here) or it may be because the writing was descriptive enough to give me the details I needed…but it’s probably just because these characters are completely likeable.  I love Nicole’s innocence and her strength to hold on to her beliefs.  And Kent…well, there isn’t anything I dislike about Kent.  He is the man we all dream about.  One who overcomes hardship in his life, makes something of himself and still manages to hold on to a sensitive nature and wear his heart on his sleeve.  I also enjoyed the secondary characters.  They helped move the story along and made me feel like I was reading about a family.  I was allowed into their world in the first book and found myself sliding right back into it without missing a beat.

Personally, I would love another 100 pages about Nicole and Kent.  I want to know what happens to them and continue to hear about their relationship.  I’m hoping that we get more glimpses into their lives the third book because that would definitely make me very happy!

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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