Sunday, January 6, 2013


Make it Last (Friends & Lovers, #1)Title: Make it Last (Friends & Lovers, #1)
Genre/Age Group: Contemporary New Adult
Publication Date: 11/12/12
Format: ebook
Source: Bought

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 sweet story that will make you believe in "first love".
Colin and Briana were high school sweethearts. When Colin broke Briana's heart, he left her behind, with an empty place no other guy has been able to fill. After four years, she's moved on, but when Colin comes back to town and realizes what he's missed, the two will discover whether they have what it takes to make it last. (no pun intended, seriously)

I really enjoyed Make it Last. I love stories of two people who reconnect after heartbreak and years apart. I love when the two are forced to recognize who they've each grown into and have to re-evaluate their feelings. So in that aspect, Make it Last definitely appealed to me. The story is fairly short, which I have absolutely no problem with, I just felt it could have dug a little deeper into the emotions. Show me the heartache. Make me feel the emotions stirring. Leave me breathless, just like the characters. But still, I did really enjoy the story. Other than the showing vs telling, it was well-rounded and left me so happy with its ending.

Make it Last is absolutely brimming with secondary characters who were vying to steal the story! Pete, Kara, Roni, Rich, Kent (broke my heart!), Nicole...they were all characters that I want to know better, probably Rich and Kent the most. This feeling leaves me wanting more from the series and I will definitely be reading Kent's story, I Choose You.

Favorite Quote:

  "Holy crap, Bree, he is freakin' HOT."
  "Shut up, Kara."
  "No, seriously...tall, dark, and freakishly handsome! I mean, those dimples...I just want to lick him," Kara said dreamily.
  "Jesus, Kara," Briana snapped, "Are you kidding me right now?"
  Kara laughed wickedly. "Not about the fact that he's crazy hot, but yes, I'm kidding about wanting to lick him. You know I'd never poach."

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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 novel. 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 contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo, and Ciao are available now. Bethany is currently working on a Contemporary Fantasy YA and a Contemporary New Adult Trilogy.



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  2. Andrea,
    Thanks for taking the time to read and review Make it Last. I'm so happy that you enjoyed it!

  3. This is a sweet series. I love Kent and am excited about reading Rich's story!

  4. Oh another beautiful review Andrea! I too adore books which brings back two characters who were obviously meant to be together. And I especially love a book when it's made even more awesome by a great bunch of secondary characters, I will definitely have to try out this book soon! :)

  5. I love a story where the secondary characters feel just as prevalent as the primary ones. Too bad you had some issues with it but YAY that you definitely enjoyed it overall. I love quick reads too, sometimes I am so surprised by how much you can get out of them!

  6. Loved the little quote. I have not heard of this series, but there is definitely some good material there. LOVED your review, Andrea
    Your reader,

  7. So glad you liked this one. I wanted to.


  8. Great review! This book sounds like a good read I just haven't had the time for it yet.

  9. Ooo I have this in my tbr pile, i love that the secondary characters all show promise for their own stories!

  10. I have been back and forth about this. I want to read it, but I already have a huge list of other books that I want to read more so I keep avoiding buying it yet. It does sound really good though.

  11. I liked this one as a novella. Sometimes I just want something I can read in just a couple of hours but still like it. I'll continue wit the series.

  12. I love when the characters already have a past to build on. It makes the relationship seem real to me.

    I'll be picking up this one.

  13. Andrea, you make me want to pick this up. I love a rediscovered romance. Awesome review as usual. :)

  14. I want to read this really bad. I hope to find time soon. Great review.

  15. Great review! This book sounds like a good read and I can't wait to check it out! Plus, I have a weakness for books like this...*sigh* I'm hopeless..... ;p

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair


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