Tuesday, January 6, 2015

With Love (Stories about Melissa, #5) by Bethany Lopez (4.5 stars)

About With Love
(Stories about Melissa, #5)

Melissa is turning sixteen and beginning her junior year. With a new job, and a new boyfriend, things are pretty hectic, but when things start becoming more difficult at home, Melissa soon becomes overwhelmed with responsibilities. 

Can she juggle her friends, family, a budding romance, as well as school and work? 

Getting older sure doesn't make things any easier!

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Melissa is growing up and facing new challenges by the day. There's a new job, a new boyfriend (which creates confusion when a familiar face comes back around), and some brewing issues at home. 

This novella is written in a diary format. I was a bit worried at first to pick it up, although I adore the author, because it was book 5. But I must admit... I immediately connected with the character and storyline and never felt I was "missing something." It's got a Bridgette Jones's Diary feel, but from a younger point of view. By the way, that's not to say Melissa's viewpoint isn't intriguing, emotional, thought-provoking, and deep. It's all of those things.

By the time I reached the last page, I was captivated. Although it's short, it packs a lot of punch, especially at the end. I can't wait to read more stories about Melissa. I have a feeling she's in for quite a ride, and I bet her tales will only get stronger and more heartbreaking.

Since these are short, why not go back to Book #1 and really fall in love with Melissa?

Rating: 4.5 stars

About the Author

Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. Since then she has published various YA and NA books. She is a lover of romance, family, and friends, and enjoys incorporating those things in what she writes. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible.

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Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.


Bethany Lopez said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review With Love, Tia. I'm happy you enjoyed it even though you were new to the series. Yay! :)