Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for I Choose You by Bethany Lopez, book two in the Friends and Lovers series. The tour is hosted by SupaGurl Tours. You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here. Thanks so much for stopping by!
I Choose You (Friends and Lovers #2)
by Bethany Lopez
Publication Date: December 27, 2012
Blurb: 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?
My Thoughts: Nicole is an only child, her family is very wealthy, her mom is very controlling, snobbish, and set in her ways. Jake fit into her mom's plan for her life perfectly. He was on his way to becoming a minister and in her parent's eyes, Jake was the perfect guy for her. While away in college, Nicole came to realize that her parents dreams were no longer her own, and that she didn't want to marry Jake. She didn't love him in that way, and that wasn't the life she wanted for herself. When she finally was able to tell Jake and her family this, it didn't go over well at all. That was two years ago, and she hasn't seen them since. Nicole now lives in a small town, is an English major, is working as waitress in a local restaurant/bar, and loves it. She is getting a new roommate, Roni, who is working with her now and just happens to be the twin sister of, Kent, one of the hottest guys Nicole has ever seen. Kent also happens to be someone Nicole has been crushing on for quite sometime.
Kent's childhood and parents are the polar opposites of Nicole's. His dad was an alcoholic, beat them, and they barely scraped by. Kent was determined that he wasn't going to live that way, and that he would make sure his sister didn't either. After Roni's bad marriage ended, he moved her in with him. Kent has done very well for himself. He works at the local paper, own's a house, and is very financially stable. He's never been interested in serious relationship, he is very hot, and usually ends up in bed with the women he dates, that is until he begins to date Nicole. Nicole is beautiful, he really likes her, but she has a totally different set of beliefs than Kent does. Nevertheless, he really cares about her and wants to give it a shot, but when faced with the reality of the difference in their families, where they came from, and their beliefs, will it be more than they can overcome?
I Choose You is a sweet romance and I really enjoyed it. It was nice to see what was going on with the characters from Make it Last. I loved getting to know Nicole and Kent better, and really liked them both, and enjoyed watching their relationship develop and seeing how they dealt with the obstacles they were faced with. I also really like Rich and Roni, and I'm looking forward to seeing where Bethany Lopez takes their relationship in the next book in the series, Trust in Me. If you are fan of contemporary romance, then you will enjoy the Friends and Lover series by Bethany Lopez. I Choose You is not that long and can be read in a couple of hours, it is heartwarming, and has just the right about of romantic sizzle. It is the second book in the series, but I think it could easily be read as a stand alone also. Overall I really enjoyed I Choose You and would definitely recommend it.
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.