Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Make it Last by Bethany Lopez
Title: Make it Last
Author: Bethany Lopez
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.
Make it Last on Goodreads
I didn't hate Make it Last, but I was really unimpressed by it. The book is short - very short. I read the entire thing in about an hour, give or take a few minutes. Not sure on the page count, but it's barely longer than a novella.
The basic storyline is simple and sounded good, but the biggest issue for Make it Last was lack of conflict. Briana and Colin dated during high school. Colin went away to college and dumped Briana because he didn't want to do the long distance thing and he wanted the freedom to have fun at school while playing football and joining a frat. Three years later, he got injured and lost his chance at the NFL and returns to town. Briana, still bitter about him dumping her, supposedly hates him.
This is where the conflict should have been, but just wasn't. There was a tiny bit the first few times they run in to each other. Briana is a little snarky, but generally just is politely cold to him. They finally have their big blowup and within minutes are having sex and "back together." That happens around the halfway point. From there on, there is nothing. They make out, have sex, talk about their future. It's just dull.
2 out of 5 stars.
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