Monday, September 30, 2013

Indelible Review

Book Review 
August 10. 2013
by: Bethany Lopez
4.5 Stars

Blurb ~ 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?

My Review
Indelible was one of those books right up my alley. I certainly looooved it. I can’t deny I’m a sucker for any type of NA adult where a baby is involved, be it before the start or in the clichéd epilogue. Going into Indelible I got my wish since the main character Sam is currently a mommy. Seems she learned the hard way that partying and college often times leave the unsuspecting with unfortunate results. Sam is not bitter. Sure life and college aren’t going the way she planned, but she wouldn’t change a thing now that she has her daughter.

Refusing to give up her baby or have an abortion Sam is all alone. The baby’s father basically wipes his hands of both Sam and his unborn baby leaving Sam the sole provider while trying to finish college on her own. Sam doesn’t buckle under pressure though. She gets special housing nearby and works hard to finish school to provide a happy and healthy home for her baby. What Sam never expects is to have a tattooed, bad-boy to catch her eye. Especially one who wants Sam and doesn’t seem inclined to walk away. 

Sam has many tough decisions ahead. As if she needs more. Having her daughter taught Sam a life lesson she is not inclined to repeat. Not only that she now has another person to take care of and look out for. Letting a man into her life won’t be easy because Sam is a package deal. Judd won’t give up though. From the moment he sees Sam, he becomes enraptured. Finding out she has a kid, throws him for a loop but he doesn’t back down. 

I loved these two together. Judd was able to become a better person with Sam and her daughter in his life. Even he was surprised by his acceptance of Sam’s parental status and her daughter. Between Judd and the lil one alone it was like love at first sight. Judd stepped in and immediately became an anchor to Sam’s little family. He never ran away scared or threw Sam’s past in her face. They really work hard together to make things work and maintain stability for everyone involved. I wasn’t too keen on the climactic ending, but the epilogue wrapped everything up nicely and put a big HEA sticker on it all that made me grin like a kid at Christmas. 

I would definitely recommend this novel. I loved how strong and brave both Judd and Sam were. Sure they each had different ways to go about dealing with their issues and their relationship but in the end it all worked out and they came full circle to become a solid family unit. The only minor point I was not a fan of was the baby’s birth father. I was able to figure out the mystery there rather early on and I don’t know, maybe I just wanted Judd to defend her honor a bit more. Not that he didn’t stand up for his girl, but is it so wrong to want the big tattooed ball-player to throw a few punches lol… 


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