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Make It Last

(Friends & Lovers #1)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,774 ratings  ·  171 reviews
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
Paperback, 184 pages
Published November 17th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published November 3rd 2012)
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Feb 04, 2013 rated it did not like it

Got to 50% and just didn't care anymore. The h/h are already back together even though Colin was a complete douche to Briana by dumping her so he could hook up with other people when he left to college. She shouldn't have been so hung up on a guy that treated her like that four years ago, yes, but I also think that she took him back with zero effort on his part. It was irritating! He barely blinked at her and she was already making out with him and ready to date again. What was the point of
Such a low rating because in my opinion, she took him back waaaay too fast. I mean sure years passed, people change, you move on, yada yada yah... BUT he still left her to be free during college basically. At least let him get a bit nervous to shake him up and get him to say his groveling words. Then the bit with his ex. Nope, maybe the next one.
Kim Person
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Just finished and will provide review! This was a cute story and I want to read Nicole's story!

3.5 Stars see strong potential as series continues! I will keep reading series! I'm an angst-y girl and looks like Nicole's story might provide exactly what I need! Another Indie author added to my list to read and keep eye out for future work!

Okay this one looks really good so guess what I did.....

I BOUGHT IT TODAY!!! Shocking I know LOL!
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was ok

So that was a SUPER quick read.. didnt really develop much in the plot line. I mean there were hints of some drama arising but they all got solved pretty quick.

I dont know this book was a "meh" book for me.

The main protagonists character really pissed me off.. one second she is completely resolved to not have anything to do with him, the next she jumps him. It just didnt seem very believable to me..endings like that don't just magically happen.

Read this in hopes that it would be really good. However, it was just "ok".

Very predictable. Short and sweet read. Likeable characters, familiar setting and easy to guess what comes next.

All-in-all I'd say it was a good shirt story.
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I first have to say that I love Bethany Lopez's writing style. She grabs you from the first page and keeps you reading. I love her Melissa series and so when she told me she was doing a New Adult series I dam near died. I was so happy because she has the mind frame and the writing skills to write a great story.

Make it Last is a story about love, loss and making choices that will either make you or break you. This is the story about Briana and Colin. Briana and Colin dated in high school. They
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet story about high school sweethearts in love, but they separate with the all too common 'it's not you, it's me' feeling. No one wants to hear that! Well, those weren't the words Colin said to Briana, but they might as well have been. She was devastated...but then she was in high school at the time. Being a high school teacher, I see that same drama all too closely every day. The story quickly picks up four years later when Colin returns to town and sees Briana. D-Bag alert!! Colin ...more
Brianna thought she would be with her high school sweetheart Colin forever. She certainly wasn’t expecting him to break up with her to focus on football and college parties. Four years later her life is finally getting back on track, her heart has mostly mended and her dreams of being a chef are within reach. When Colin returns with his dreams of being a football star in tatters Brianna realises she may not be as over him as she had thought. She may still love him but can she ever forgive him ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
JEez not good,
too short maybe or what? but i don't get it, really this story not like another YA,..
i don't get the sweet chemistry that usual for young couple.

Just one boy has big dream with BIG selfish to his girl.

Colin break up with his girlfriend Briana for pursue his dream, think he will meet with other new people at college so he afraid he never be faithful to her, but DAMN its feel still cheat for me, and the reason so pathetic.

He cheat his feeling to Bree, why? i know he's young man
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
I thought that this was a cute book and I enjoyed it. That is to say UNTIL I got to the part where Colin and Briana get back together. It just seemed too easy to me. I guess I wanted to see Colin really work for it and it just seems that Briana forgave him way too fast. Still, I would have given the book 3.5 stars at that.

However, then I got to the part about Colin's ex-girlfriend.....WHAAAA??? Really? That just absolutely killed the story for me. I can't even wrap my mind around what I hated
Lori R.
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A short & sweet second chance romance with characters so real, you can't help but fall in love with them...and want to hang out with them. The author does an excellent job of writing a fun story about two main characters, all the while the secondary characters are interacting, playing a big part in the story, and the next thing you know, you're in love with them too! And lucky us, they get their own book!

It never fails, I always feel good after I read a Bethany Lopez book. If you're looking
Autumn Review
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, review, beta
I really enjoy Bethany's style, so when she asked if I would read her new NA series, I jumped on it. I fell in love with the characters in the series. Colin and Brianna were a sweet couple, but I was anxious to learn more about the other characters as well. If you're looking for a short read that's part of a series, check this one out. It has romance, some steam, and likable/relatable characters.
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
4 stars. This was a good quick read (I read it in one sitting- couldn't put it down) but the last quarter of the story just felt so rushed to me (I wanted a bit more story). I blinked and the book was over... that being said I will definitely look out for book two in the series.

Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)

“Although Brianna would be the first to say that love really did hurt, and that hurting really sucked, the love part really made it all worth it.”

I want to start off by saying that this is not a full length book, at 185 pages it’s more of a novella length. Therefore, I will be reviewing this as a novella. The length of the book didn’t bother me; in fact it was one of the main reasons why I picked this book off my TBR pile mountain. I was in the mood for a New Adult contemporary book that
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“You’re the only girl I’ve ever been in love with.”

In the first story of the Friends and Lovers Trilogy, we meet Briana and Colin, high school sweethearts, as they painfully part ways after years of being a couple. Colin is on his way to college to be a big football star, and he is leaving Briana behind, in her last year of high school, to nurse a broken heart and make plans for a future that now suddenly does not include Colin anymore.

“You’ll regret this, Colin. One day you’ll come back
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ok first let me start by saying this is not a YA book but more of a New Adult Book (think college and just after). This book was beyond adorable in so many ways. You know how sometimes there are really intense books, sad ones, funny ones; well this book was 100% feel good kind of book. The kind when you're feeling down and losing hope on things that you just pick this up and automatically feel better. That's what Make it Last was for me. I literally just finished reading and I still have that ...more
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-blog-review
This was a sweet and sexy romance that wrapped up the emotions of a long-lost love into a short story, and I really enjoyed it!

When Colin up and left Briana to move onto bigger and better things in college, she was truly heartbroken. It was obviously not an easy decision for Colin, but that didn't make it any less devastating for her. Skip ahead four years down the road, Briana's still back in their small town saving up for school, and Colin's return home throws her heart back into turmoil. I
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads
2 stars: Just didn't connect with these characters

This is a fast read about a couple that started out in high school and should have never broke up. While Briana is sorta seeing another guy, it's clear she really only cares about Colin and he's definitely regretting breaking her heart. He may have done some growing up while he was away as well. Things might have progressed too quickly and with very little resistance on either side to suite me but it's a sweet story of true love.

I liked the
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jennifer by: Buddy Read with Bethany and Jenn M

I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a sweet lovers reunited story. My only complaint was because of the length of the book, I felt that things were rushed quite a bit. I felt that the reunion happened a little to quickly. Briana could've held out a little longer to make sure that Colin was really a changed person. With the book being the length that it is, it makes it a little hard to connect to the characters like I would've liked. I did like Colin
Raine Thomas
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Ms. Lopez's writing, and this is an exciting addition to her list of works. The story begins with the protagonist, Briana, having her heart broken by her high school boyfriend, Colin. This is a scenario experienced by many a teenage girl. What I like most about the story is that Briana gets to see what it's like to have her "ex" come back around a few years later and realize how wrong he was.

The multiple characters in MAKE IT LAST are believable and engaging, and their stories
Sarah Fitz
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: november-2012
A fun quick read that surprisingly had a lot of detail for it being so short. A good cast of characters. Looking forward to reading the next one when it comes out.
Jenny Levine
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it


It's a quick read and tbh, I got bored at some parts.
And everything was rushed.

2.75 STARS

Nov 16, 2012 rated it liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Make It Last by Bethany Lopez
Book One of the Friends and Lovers Trilogy
Publication Date: November 3, 2012
Rating: 3 stars
Source: Ecopy sent from the author

(Old review: original review posted HERE on December 26, 2012)

“New Adult”, “Mature Young Adult”, whatever you want to call it, has been catching the attention of readers and authors alike. These days, there is an abundance of books in this age level, and Make It Last is one of them. Please do not
Sandie Book Boyfriend Reviews
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
4/5 hearts....

Love when I read a book and can totes connect with it. As I began to read by the 2nd page I was like
You know you start a happy dance because you just know and feel it that this is going to be something grand?? no you don't do that?? well shit! I do.....AWKWARD
okay well back to the we have Briana and Colin. They were high schoolsweethearts. Yeah I know so rare that they last. No exception here, he's a BIG ol football jock he's leaving for college and though he
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This review is my personal opinion and may contain: spoilers, quotes, rants, cussing (sometimes I cannot help myself) and a possible full on recap. I in no way want to ruin anyone’s book reading experience so please read my words with caution.

The story opens with Colin breaking up with Briana (Bree) because he is going to college and she is just beginning her senior year in HS. To him (and his pro and con list) he does not want to try a long distance
Adriane Marshall
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

The book starts off with Colin and Briana's break up. He thinks its best if he breaks it off so they'll be free from temptation. She can be free to enjoy her senior year of high school and he his college years. It's a grand plan, right?

Colin unexpectedly comes back to town 4 years later. Briana tells herself that just because he's here, doesn't mean she has to see him. That plan back fires the moment she walks out of the kitchen
I have to read the second book in the series for a blog tour, but I also received the first one. I didn't have to read it, because you know, these are different stories, but anyway I gave it a chance.

I'm a little bit confused: On a hand, I liked the love story and the characters and on the other hand all happened too fast and I didn't like it. I'm sure that ''Make It Last'' isn't the best book I have ever read, but it isn't bad.
Like I already said, the action was fast: Briana and Colin's
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Friends & Lovers (3 books)
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  • Trust in Me (Friends & Lovers, #3)