8 Weeks (Time for Love Series #1)

8 Weeks (Time for Love Series #1)

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by Bethany Lopez
     
 

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Is eight weeks enough time to earn back the love of someone you've betrayed...the only one you've ever loved?

Shelly has been in love with Cal since they started dating in eleventh grade. Despite everyone saying that the odds were against them, they got married after graduation and built a life together. Now, six years later, she is faced with the ultimate betrayal

Overview

Is eight weeks enough time to earn back the love of someone you've betrayed...the only one you've ever loved?

Shelly has been in love with Cal since they started dating in eleventh grade. Despite everyone saying that the odds were against them, they got married after graduation and built a life together. Now, six years later, she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. Devastated, her first instinct is to call it quits...

After a drunken binge at his best friends' bachelor party, Cal betrays the one person who has always been there for him, his wife, Shelly. Terrified and realizing she might divorce him, Cal must come up with a way to prove to her that his love is true...

Cal asks Shelly for eight weeks. Eight weeks to convince her that their marriage is worth the fight. Will Shelly be able to trust him again, or will their marriage end the way many others do when faced with opposition... In divorce?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781493534166
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
03/16/2014
Series:
Bethany Lopez's Time for Love Series , #1
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
252,408
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet 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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8 Weeks 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
WhisperedWord More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I went into reading 8 WEEKS with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I'm a big fan of Ms. Lopez's books and writing style. On the other, I have very strong feelings on this particular book's subject matter. Cheating is a deal-breaker for me, so knowing the story centers around a character who does just that made me hesitate. I'm so glad I gave this book a chance. It allowed me to see the gray lines that can sometimes exist when cheating is involved. The reactions of the characters felt real, and I found myself connecting with them and rooting for them. It was an emotional journey that I thoroughly enjoyed. I can't wait to see what awaits these characters and their friends in the next book!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Wish it was longer This is a good short story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Nice amount of romance. Likeable characters.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall: 3 Narration: 3 Story: 3 Let me start with some kudos for the author: infidelity always creates a visceral reaction for readers, and Lopez does manage to present the story with scenarios that are plausible, and all the more unsettling for that fact. For eight years, since high school in fact, Shelly and Cal have been “a couple”, and they married right out of high school. A group of closely knit friends, all see Shelly and Cal as “the perfect couple”, and their love for one another is clear. But a weekend bachelor party in Vegas leaves Cal naked and alone with a strange woman: he returns to ‘tell all’ to Shelly, even though he has no memory of any infidelity. She, understandably, leaves him and runs home to her father. This is the compromise: she will agree to 8 dates, one a week, with Cal, as he tries to atone. Concept is clever, emotional attraction is evident: but I had several issues with the construct. No relationship is “perfect’, yet the cracks and fissures one would expect are non-existent. Shelly is immature and pouty, and she felt more interested in punishing than forgiving. For his part – Cal bounced between hair-shirted penitent and foolish – not knowing if there was a “moment” in Vegas – his first stop should have been to the clinic for a health exam. He didn’t. It was never an issue. Their interactions were honest in a limited and surface way: it was as if in eight years they NEVER had an issue or problem, and neither knew how to function. Perfect people are boring, perfect relationships are unrealistic. And, with the friends: everyone is still in the same town, still friends – despite the passage of time? People grow and move forward…. Friendly yes, best friends always…yeah, not so much. But perhaps I pick too much: the brevity of the story missed those integral moments of tension and growth from both that I wanted. It’s clever, it’s just one step down from ‘light’, entertaining and unique. But, like candy floss, it’s tasty but ultimately something is missing… Narration is provided by Beth Stewart, and she does a wonderful job presenting each character with a unique sound and delivery – but there were accents that I didn’t expect given the history of this particular group, and I was wondering about that choice. Yes, it did delineate characters, but in a way that was not indicated in the book. She did, however, bring that petulant and pouty tone to Shelly: somehow a key to her behavior throughout. I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Blast for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
July-Daye More than 1 year ago
Poor Cal wakes up in Vegas, hungover, naked and not alone in the hotel room. What happened? Did he sleep with her? Did he not? He can't remember! Poor Shelly, she is beyond hurt and wants a divorce. She never would of expected this from Cal-the love of her life. Cal begs for a second chance but not Shelly wants a divorce now!!! Cal convinces her to give him 8 dates in 8 weeks to prove that he loves and wants her back at any cost. I usually do not like books that deal with cheating on any level. However, what was so different for me was the fact that I feel in love with the characters in this book. I loved Cal and Shelly's group of 4 other friends. I want more! I want to see how the story ends!!!!! Received book for an honest review
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Wow....I'm not really sure how to rate this one. On one hand I really loved the overall story, the author's voice and writing style. On the other hand the lead female character annoyed me so much it was frustrating. Putting my own personal frustrations aside though, I must say it's a great story of betrayal, love, and an undying belief in that love. After one drunken night in Vegas, Cal wakes with a major league hangover, no memory of the night before, and to his utter disgust, a naked woman strolling out of his bathroom. Returning home later that day, Cal knows he has to tell his wife. Knows she'll be hurt and disappointed, but never does he expect her to pack up and walk out on him. After much begging, he gets her to give him eight weeks to show her why they belong together! I would recommend this one. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing was more disjointed than I like to resd, but I enjoyed Cal's determination to save his marriage. Overall, an OK read.
UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
This is a very emotionally felt felt read! That Cal and Shelly are extremely believable characters. The romance is amazing, not your everyday smut..(lol). How can one fix one night's regret in 8 weeks? Do you think it can or will happen? You must read this book! It's well worth it! *Received for an honest review*
Slim_Cat1 More than 1 year ago
Shelly has loved Cal since they started dating in the eleventh grade. Everyone told them they wouldn't make it...they were too young. They got married after graduation anyway. Cal went to Vegas with his buddies for a bachelor party and made the biggest mistake of his life. Shelly is devastated and tells Cal she wants a divorce. Cal asks for 8 weeks...8 dates to remind her why they love each other and belong together. 8 Weeks is a sweet story about one mistake derailing your whole life but realizing things aren't always what they seem. Although I wish it were a bit longer I don't think it would have worked. Although at times the writing seemed a bit childish and immature I thoroughly enjoyed Cal and Shelly's journey of growth, faith, and forgiveness. I really enjoy the fact that they tried to actually work through it and work on their marriage noticing other things that weren't working as well. I will most definitely continue on with Bethany Lopez's series. *Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock!
Lauren2LC More than 1 year ago
Ok, let's start with first that I am a big fan of Bethany Lopez and her NA stories. Right from the first chapter I was reeled in to find out how Cal was going to fix that major screw up. But the more I read the more I got frustrated and had mixed feelings about the story. It felt like Cal and Shelly were children playing grownups. I totally got Shelly's reaction but I started to get so frustrated with her that she was being so immature and wouldn't even listen to Cal or have a conversation about what did or didn't happen. For Cal I liked him from start to finish even with his screw up. I can't imagine ever having to go through what they went through from either side but Cal always seemed to be the more mature of the two. "No wonder you're so quick to give up ... I thought we were in a partnership, Shel. I've never expected you to ask my permission to do anything. I love you, for who you are, and I want you to do what makes you happy." With this break came the realization that all was not perfect in their grown up marriage and this just forced them to deal with it properly so they can grow up and move on. I LOVED the idea of this story but their immaturity especially Shelly drove me a bit batty at times causing me to get frustrated and not enveloped into the story. However if you like NA then I think this series has loads of potential. This book was about trust, forgiveness, love and second chances. It's also about fighting for something worthwhile when all things could be lost no matter having the proper knowledge or not. Even though this was a NA book it felt more like YA emotions with sex thrown in. Not saying that's a bad thing but I was left wanting more maturity and depth from this book.
RoxanaRP More than 1 year ago
4,5 Butterflies!! I   would like to declare my unconditional love for Bethany Lopez. You may ask yourself why would I say something like that? Well... I really love their story, it was so deep and emotional, and I don't speak just about their break up.... In the first place, we have a loving and faithful wife, Shelly who waits patiently his return from his best friend bachelor party, only to be given an information that will change her life... Her loving, faithful, beautiful husband has betrayed her in the worst way a wife can be betrayed by her half... ladies, you know what I mean... But whats even worse in this situation is that they have been married for six years and it was their marriage anniversary, a special day in the life of a woman, a day that she should celebrate with her husband and have a little fun, away from troubles and problems, but all that disappear in one night, with a mistake that it will cost them their happiness and their future, because Shelly wanted a future with Cal, a future that includes children and grandchildren and dogs, cats and a beautiful home. Shelly wanted a family, but it can be possible because it's too hard to think of her husband with another woman, who had him in her arms, who received his kisses, who had him, all of him... It's hard to watch her despair, the ruin of her marriage, how just one night can destroy a eight years old relationship based on true love and happiness. More than that, even their friends are on the middle  of this separation, because Cal's best friends,TJ and Scott, have been friends with Shelly's best friends, Sasha and Gab. With all this drama, her husband becomes more and more desperate to obtain Shelly's forgiveness and so he comes out with a plan to make her give him another chance. The plan is to let him spend eight weeks, eight dates, with him and together to rediscover their passion's flame, to make her see that they are destined one to other and together to make their marriage work again... It seems a impossible task, but Cal's tenacity and with their friends help, he discover that Shelly's dependence on him was very powerful and even if they were happy, Shelly's liberty was just an idea, because she wasn't comfortable enough  in her own skin to do what she wanted to do, like piercing, for example, or to sing in public in a public place... Characters: Shelly- in the start of this story, she was a happy, but just a copy of her husband's desire, she didn't really stand on her own toes. But, we can't fault her, because she was very young when their romance started, just sixteen years and so very innocent, but now that she's a single woman she wants to explore new things, to see and feel more, to be more for her and maybe, just maybe, it will be enough for her husband too... Cal- she loves with all his heart his wife, but he's confused, not about his feelings....no, that it's whats eating him, he never wanted to hurt her, and the joke is that he doesn't even remember what happened that night- just that he was drinking, and being lightweight, he wanted to retire to his room, so he left his friends at that party, and next thing he knows, it's morning and he's naked, and  a hot woman is leaving his room. But that is all he remembers... I loved his determination and how he was willing to sacrifice anything to make Shelly smile. Cal was gentle and patient, not pushing or defending himself, he just wanted to make her happy and be with her... Sasha&TJ- this is a couple destined to happen... Sasha is fierce, loyal to her friends and will make mountains move if is necessary, but she also happens to see man like a piece of meat and nothing more. TJ- is her masculine copy, he's sarcastic, macho and will do anything to have the woman he wanted in his bed, but just for one night. Complications? He hates that word... Gabby&Scott- I sooo hope that we will see their story, even though , in this novel we don't have sparks flying around when it comes to them. More so because Scott is engaged to another woman, but I have a feeling that she's going to be out of that picture. Final Decision- A story about friendship and how not all marriages are happy like it seems. Us, as a couple, or just as a single person we will have always something to learn, and it's more beautiful, if we have someone special to help us achieve everything we want. 8 Weeks is a story about how to forgive and forget, but also a journey to find yourself and your happy ending.
ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
8 Weeks is a good book that really takes an in depth look on how adultery can affect not just the marriage itself, but the relationships of both families and friendships. Cal and Shelly had a lot to lose, and Cal had a lot to prove.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. It is full of love, romance, happiness, sadness, tears, and pain. The love shared between two people and the heartache of betrail. I recommend this book to everyone.
BookMama_1 More than 1 year ago
Cal wakes up in Vegas after a night of drinking. When he gets his bearings and realizes what happen the night before, he knew he messed up. He's pretty sure once his wife finds out, she'll leave him. Shelly is preparing a nice surprise for when her husband of 6 years returns from his "boys trip" in Vegas. Everything is perfect, he just needs to get home. When he walks thru the door, she immediately senses that something is wrong. When he tells her what happened, she can't believe he would do something like that. Hurt, she packs a bag and walks out the door. Leaving the nice anniversary dinner for him to clean up. Shelly calls Cal to meet her at the park to talk. She tells him that she wants to sell the house and she wants a divorce. But Cal can't let her go so easily. Determined to show her how much he needs and loves her, he asks for 8 weeks to prove his love. If she still feels the same way after 8 weeks, he'll let her go. Can Shelly forgive him? What is 8 weeks going to show her? Reading the synopsis of this book, I was curious as to how the author was going to turn this into a happy ever after ending. The first chapter pulled me in. It isn't your typical "waking up in Vegas" scenario. I was on Team Shelly for the longest time. Towards the end, I started to cheer on Cal. You could feel the emotions as you read this book. From anger to sadness and eventually hope that Cal and Shelly will get their happy ever after. Excellent job Bethany Lopez!! I can't wait for the next one! * I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
160 pages good read with a hard subject matter. I did feel like she let him off too easy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you Bethany for writing such a beautiful, heartfelt, story! This book is simply, a masterpiece! You brought back sanctity to marriage making readers understand that love is worth fighting for no matter the situation! So many marriages end without a fight! It is much easier to walk away than to confront each other honestly, which is what these two did not do, they fought! I loved it! Cannot wait to read your next book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written as usual, however Cal got off way too easily. In my opinion infidelity is the worst kind of betrayal. It shows lack of faith, love, loyalty and strength, so I did not find this realistic. Sorry but Cal was grown and made choices in this story. Shel , his wife, was waayyy too passive to make this plausible. This is the first book by this author that I have rated less than 5 stars.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars  Everyone thought Shelly and Cal had the perfect marriage, even Shelly and Cal.  They fell in love in high school and had been married for 6 wonderful years - still totally in love with each other, which makes what happens even harder.  Cal's best friend is getting married and they throw him a bachelor party in Vegas, where they subsequently get totally smashed, especially Cal.  When Cal wakes up the next morning with no recollection of the events that transpired the night before, yet the evidence of what he has done is painfully obvious.  As much as he knows the truth is going to hurt Shelly, he knows he could never lie to her, so he confesses, and as much as they still love each other, Shelly can't get past it and wants a divorce.  Not willing to give up the only woman he's ever loved, he convinces her to give him 8 weeks to prove his love, to prove that their marriage his worth saving, to prove that she can trust him again, and to earn her forgiveness.  This is their story.   I love Bethany Lopez's books, so when I found out she had written another, of course I wanted to read it, and I really did love it.  Bethany Lopez takes a subject that isn't new or original, and creates a story that is beautiful, heartbreaking, heartwarming, adding her own twist to it, which makes the story both refreshing and enjoyable.  I really loved both Shelly and Cal's characters, and despite what happened, you just can't help but love Cal and want to root for him and for their marriage.  During these 8 weeks, you journey along with Cal and Shelly as they find themselves again and redefine their relationship with each other, while making totally new discoveries about themselves and their marriage.  Shelly is a stubborn one and I can't blame her at all, but Cal is even more determined than she is stubborn, which makes for quite an interesting story.   As far as the secondary characters, I totally loved them all, especially TJ and Sasha, whose story will be next in the series.  If you are a fan of Bethany Lopez's Friends and Lovers Series, then you will love 8 weeks.  The romance will make you smile and the chemistry and sexy scenes are hot, and written with just the right amount of steam without overdoing it.  So many books today take a good story, but with every other page being a sex scene, it makes the encounters not as special or memorable.  Don't get me wrong, I love a hot steamy sex scene, but overkill I do not.  Sometimes, less is more, and Lopez demonstrates that excellently in this novel.  The book kept my attention from beginning to end and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  If you love to read good contemporary romance, then 8 weeks is something I would definitely recommend checking out. 
CMFoster More than 1 year ago
Cal and Shelly have been together for eight years, six of which they have been married. They have a great marriage and love each other deeply. Neither one could imagine their life without the other one by their side. So when Cal’s best friend has his bachelor’s party in Vegas, it is a no brainer that he is going to go and Shelly will have no issues with it. On the last night, Cal ends up smashed and doesn't remember anything the next morning. While he is trying to piece together his night, a blonde steps out of his bathroom and throws his world into a spin. Cal can’t believe what happened, he loves Shelly with all his heart and can’t believe he committed the biggest mistake of his life. Cal knows he has to tell Shelly when he returns, he just hopes she will forgive him. When he walks in, Shelly realizes something is wrong, but never thinks her life is going to change so quickly. When Cal tells her what happened, she leaves him and goes to her father's house. When she finally talks to Cal she tells him she wants a divorce. Cal begs her to give him 8 weeks to prove that he loves her and their relationship is worth it. This book is one mans journey to prove to his wife that she is the only one he will ever love. Cal doesn’t want a divorce and will go to any lengths to win Shelly’s love again. Each week Cal steps outside of his comfort zone to be a better man and strengthen their relationship. During those eight weeks, Cal has to come to terms with what might happen if his dates don’t work. This is truly a good read. It sucks you right from the beginning and you can’t wait to see what Cal has planned next. You can’t help but feel for both of them. You know Shelly feels betrayed by the only man she has ever loved and doesn’t know if she can ever forgive him. Cal is tormented by what happened and doesn’t feel like he can live without Shelly. This is one couples journey to regain their love, trust and future. The story was very well written and I really enjoyed it. The supporting characters were wonderful and made the story that much more enjoyable. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, 21 DAYS, to see what is going to what is going to happen between T.J. and Sasha. I also can’t wait for a book about Scott and Gabby. Don’t miss out on this book, get your copy today!!
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
8 Weeks was an emotionally gripping read. Seeing this couple fight to keep their relationship alive made me believe in true love, forgiveness and hope.