Publication Date: 7/9/13
Source: Received from author for review
Rating: 3.5 stars
After a year of partying, Sam decides to buckle down and focus on college. Things are going great until a one-night stand leaves her pregnant and alone. Raising a child while going to school isn’t easy, but Sam is determined to be strong for her daughter. She doesn’t have time for guys or relationships, and takes great care to protect her child and her heart.
Judd doesn’t fit the mold of a college ballplayer. His long hair and tattoos may fit the life he’s created for himself, but baseball is the one thing he takes seriously. When he meets Sam, he’s immediately drawn to her curves and refusal to put up with his crap. When Judd learns the truth, can he handle the responsibility that comes with loving a single mother?
Sam yearns for the fire that Judd fuels in her, but her child’s needs have to come first. Can two people at different stages in their life find a way to make a life together?
There are many, many types of good men, in reality and fiction. Some of the very best men are those who fall in love with single moms, and their children. Knowing that Indelible featured this type of man was one of the reasons I wanted to read it. Another reason is the cover. Look at the woman. She looks like she could be anyone one of us. I love that Bethany Lopez took a step away from the typical, cover-wise.
Sam and Judd were such easy characters to root for. She's a good mom, good friend, and a hard working student. Judd was a talented baseball player who takes care of his dad, and barely flinched when he learned the girl he's falling for has a kid. A guy that puts love over the joys of being a hot college guy.
Indelible is a fairly straightforward story about a single mom and a baseball player, both college students, who meet, have an attraction, and explore where it goes. I will point out there's a little doozy of a twist near the end, and I did see it coming, but for the most part the story follows a very linear, low drama path. And you know what? That was fine because I had already reached my drama threshold for the day, and wanted no more.
Having said that, I think a lot of readers would want more angst or tension out of Indelible. I would've liked to have "experienced" more with myself. I feel like the establishment of Judd and Sam's relationship was a bit rushed. Actually, I don't know if "rushed" is the correct term, because there are a lot of valid, fast-moving relationships. I guess maybe I just needed to feel some more out of the characters.
I found Indelible to be such a sweet love story. The pages flew by, due to Lopez's easy going writing style. It was a nice way to spend a couple of hours.
He walked over to Karrie and picked her up, murmuring something in her ear and stroking her back as he carried her back toward her room.
She stopped crying and signed loudly.
I didn't know whether to kiss him or throw a shoe at him. Instead, I headed back into the kitchen and opened a bottle of wine. ~ebook, 71%
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About the author
Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo, and Ciao are available now. Bethany is currently working on a Contemporary Fantasy YA and a Contemporary New Adult Trilogy.