I Choose You (Friends & Lovers Trilogy Series #2)

I Choose You (Friends & Lovers Trilogy Series #2)

by Bethany Lopez


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481216869
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/22/2012
Series: Friends & Lovers Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Bethany Lopez is a USA Today Bestselling author of more than thirty books and has been published since 2011. She's a lover of all things romance, which she incorporates into the books she writes, no matter the genre.

When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with family and traveling whenever possible. Bethany can usually be found with a cup of coffee or glass of wine at hand, and will never turn down a cupcake!

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I Choose You 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
WhisperedWord More than 1 year ago
It's no secret that I'm a fan of Ms. Lopez's writing, and she doesn't disappoint with I Choose You. Kent was one of my favorite characters from Make It Last, so it was a real pleasure to see him develop in this story. It was impossible not to love Nicole, too! This novella follows two friends of Briana and Colin from Make it Last as they explore their budding relationship. There are several conflicts in this story, which gives it a lot of bang for its buck. One is the difference in the backgrounds of Kent and Nicole. The second is their moral standing, particular as regards their intimate relationship. I found that both conflicts helped drive the plot, and I loved how it ended! If you're seeking a sweet love story with enjoyable, believable characters, then don't miss this one!
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This new adult romance is the story of Nicole and Kent. Both have left toxic family environments and ended up in the same small town, where Kent is working for a newspaper and Nicole works at a bar and continues her main love of writing on the side. Kent is a bit of a playboy, never committing to one woman after seeing the mess of his parent's marriage while Nicole is the type of woman who is only interested in a serious partner. Can these two opposites find a future together? I really enjoyed this story! Having read the first book in the series (Make It Last, also standalone), the characters of Nicole and Kent had been introduced and I had been looking forward to seeing where this story would take them. I found Kent to be a very likeable man, very protective of his younger sister, a mature individual. He's always been up front with the women he's been with that he isn't interested in anything long term. But with Nicole he finds that he enjoys just being with her and the more time they spend together, the more he gets attached. Nicole was also a very engaging character. I particularly liked that she stuck to her own ethical decision to save her virginity for marriage and that Kent didn't try to dissuade her from her convictions. I thought this was a very realistic take on a sexual relationship between two young adults, that there can be "fooling around" without going "all the way". There are some sexy scenes between them but they are limited in term of what is comfortable for Nicole. The secondary characters play an important role in the story, friends and family of Nicole and Kent, adding some fun camaraderie as well as some tension to the plot. Overall this was a quick and entertaining read with believable characters and a sweet romance. 5 stars!
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BookMama_1 More than 1 year ago
Nicole comes to town after breaking off her engagement with Jake and disappointing her parents by telling them she has new dreams that don't involve Youth Ministries or being The Minister's Wife. Now that she knows what her own dreams are, she has every intention of making the come true. She has a job at the bar & grill and has made some great friends. Kent is player. After fawning over Briana for a few years and hoping that she'll come to her senses one day and be with him fully, he's crushed when she ends things for good. Kent and Nicole have had their eye on each other for while now. Never giving away their feelings to each other. Kent was always with Briana and Nicole was always quiet and on her own. Kent finally gets the balls to ask Nicole out on a date and they seem to hit it off. Things are going well until Nicole lets him in on a little secret. Slowly they get their relationship back on track. When they travel to meet her parents, things go south very quickly. Insecurities come out in a big way. Will they fix things this time? Another fun and easy read from Bethany Lopez. I was frustrated with Kent when Nicole revealed her big news. It shouldn't change anything, yet he made an issue out of it. I guess some guys just don't know what to do with that anymore. And I really hope he sticks around for the haul, those two are great together! Can't wait to read book and see what's going on with those two! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Bethany Lopez’s Friends & Lovers series continues on a high note with I Choose You, Nicole and Kent’s story. These two characters couldn’t be more different. Nicole comes from a strong (if pushy) and religious family. Her future was decided for her, until she made up her mind that she wanted more out of life than small-town life as a minister’s wife. Kent is a playboy. He had a rough time growing up with an abusive father. I liked each of these characters separately and somehow despite their differences, they worked wonderfully well together. Despite the seriousness of some of the themes in this book, it never felt too angsty or overly-emotional. Instead, it just felt real. The characters were realistic and believable. The dialogue fit the characters. It was a really good college-age fiction book. I feel like I could walk onto just about any college campus in the country and find a group of friends just like the one in this series. If you’re in the mood for a new adult series with sweet romance, a slight bit of heat and characters you can connect with, you should check Bethany Lopez’s Friends & Lovers out. They’re short, quick, enjoyable reads. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
***I Reviewed this as part of the Trilogy Friends and Lovers*** It is no secret I am a HUGE Bethany Lopez fan! Here is a review of Nissa and though I haven’t reviewed her other books, I have read and loved them! So, I JUMPED at the chance to review this series.  I stared reading the first book and, duh! I’d already read Make It Last.  I searched the blog and hadn’t done a review. So I skipped to I Choose You.  Yep, I’d read that one too… I searched the blog and had reviewed that one, but won’t link it because it was a really bad review from when I first started reviewing. ANYWAY! Moving on. The characters that Bethany Lopez creates are so real.  I seriously want to move in with them and have a beer and be part of their circle.  I’m pretty sure I can convince her to write me in.  I think I would fit in perfectly with their circle.  She can even write me a perfect boyfriend.  I want him to have Rich’s body, with Colin’s face and Kent’s personality! Simple, right?  My favorite of the series is by far Make it Last. I adored Briana and Colin and their relationship obviously was meant to last. I didn’t love Kent, but I think he and Nicole are good together, so it all works out.  Rich and Roni are two of my favorite characters! They are the characters from Trust in Me. I love the relationship that they have.  It is something that they build because of Roni’s past. All and all, I couldn’t put these books down reading them, and I just loved this series! I am always ready to dive into whatever Bethany Lopez has written next!
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
What a sweet story! We first meet Kent and Nicole in Make It Last, and I was definitely left wanting to know more about these two, particularly Kent, so I was really looking forward to reading their story. I Choose You is a very quick and easy read, but I did feel that Lopez was able to manage to give enough insight into the characters to make me feel like I knew them, their story, and their motivations, wants and needs. Kent's story made my heart pinch. His upbringing was so sad and I truly felt for him and his twin sister, Roni. It explained a lot about him, the cool exterior and his effort to have a peaceful surrounding and control of his life. It also explains why he is hesitant to become too involved with Nicole. And though her story wasn't tragic, it was still difficult for her to break away from her family's expectations, and to maintain the ideals she embraces. I found I Choose You to be a really sweet, thoughtful story, very low on angst. Sometimes I really appreciate a story that can accomplish to make me feel without making me crazy. The characters are the focus here, and Lopez has managed to create a great bunch of friends and lovers.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite You know that you are in for a good story when you are introduced to the heroine as she is finding her strength and who she is as a woman. Bethany Lopez got it right in "I Choose You" by starting the main character, Nicole, out flexing her individuality and daring to go after the life she really wants. Instead of trotting the path expecting of her by becoming the preacher’s wife and dedicating her life to his career, she ditches Jake and her family to find a life that will make her happy. As she moves on with her life, without her family, Nic hangs on to some of the religious teachings drilled into her, specifically no sex before marriage. This point is rather the crux of the story between Nic and Kent. Although the best word to describe Bethany Lopez’s novel is “sweet”, I think she did a wonderful job capturing the fears and doubts of Nicole and Kent. They both come with baggage, but not the kind of baggage that makes you feel as though you are reading a daytime soap opera. It somehow seems real because it isn’t quite so dramatic, but rather normal. The lack of extreme drama allows you to simply focus on the growing love between the main characters and root for them that they finally get over their fears and see how great they are together. It would be easy to make snide comments about her decision to remain a virgin, but I think Lopez does a spectacular job of addressing it in a way that is not beating the reader over the head with religion while also acknowledging there are other physical ways to express love. Although I did feel the dialogue was a bit stunted at times I was in awe of Nicole’s strength to hold on to what was important to her from her old life while embracing the new life she created for herself with amazing friends and a dream of a man. Many women wouldn’t be strong enough to go from a life of privilege to waiting tables as a struggling artist. This was a solidly sweet story with admirable characters and I am eagerly looking forward to Roni and Rich’s story!
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JK1515 More than 1 year ago
I debated quite a while over what to rate this book. I loved Make it Last. It was such a cute read. This one was really cute as well. I really wanted to give it five stars, but settled with four. The reason? Mainly though, there were a lot of cliche's and it was very predictable. The characters could have had a little more depth. It was a GOOD read though. I really enjoyed the story and it was fun. I didn't have to over think things, and it flowed easy. I read the whole book in one evening. If only it was longer:) It was written well and I really loved how the characters were from Make it Last. I like when authors overlap characters like that. It just makes it a better read. I'm not fond of a whole new romance in book 2 where I have to get to know all the characters again and they really have nothing to do with a series. I'm really excited to read book 3, Trust in Me. I'm curious to see how the series turns out! I love happy endings and this trilogy is all about making them come true! I Chose You is getting four glittery stars for being such a fun read:)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another good book in this series, can't wait for book 3%
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TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read about Kent. When I first met him in Make It Last, I wasn't sure if I'd like him in the long haul, but he really won me over in this one. I loved how sweet he was with Nicole. They really make a sweet couple. The best word for me to describe this series is, sweet. Overall, I love this series. It's not overly complex, but the issues these couples face are real issues. Definitely recommend this series if you are looking for short, romantic reads.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is to short. Don't waste your money
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AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
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.