Saturday, August 31, 2013

Review: Indelible by Bethany Lopez

by Bethany Lopez
Published:  June 20, 2013
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 Thoughts:  I really enjoyed Bethany Lopez's Friends and Lovers Trilogy, so when I found out she had written another new adult romance, I was anxious to read it.  Samantha is in her last year of college.  She is also a single mom with a beautiful little 2-year-old daughter that she is raising on her own, because the baby's father wanted nothing to do with her.  She hasn't let this make her bitter, but it has made her better, as she is now focused on getting her degree and make life better for her and her daughter.  She isn't looking for a relationship and in fact, tries to steer clear from getting involved with guys, then she meets Judd, and things quickly change.  When Judd walks into the bar that Samantha is in, with his tattoos, long hair, and killer smile, he notices Sam right away.  Judd is also in his senior year of high school, and though he rides a motorcycle and has the whole biker vibe thing going on, he is actually a baseball player, and a very good one.  Judd doesn't do relationships, he does hookups.  He has never been interested in a relationship with a girl, but with Sam doesn't fall prey to his charms, he is intrigued by her.  Despite her best attempts to stay away from Judd, Sam isn't able to, and finds herself falling for him, and he is falling for her, which is completely new to him, but when she finally tells him about Karrie, will he run, or will he stay?

Indelible is such a sweet and romantic story, and there isn't a love triangle - yeah!!  Both Judd and Sam have gone through some hard things and have hurtful pasts, which have shaped their future.  Their relationship can't be a normal one, because there is a 2-year-old involved.  Judd turns out to be such an all around great guy, despite his past.  There isn't a whole lot of conflict in the story, but they do deal with some things and have to make choices that  are best for each of them, as well as Karrie, which are difficult.  There is a bit of a twist at the end, which I suspected was coming.  Judd and Sam are the kind of characters that you want to see things work out for and I liked both of them.  There are a few steamy scenes also.  Overall, I found Indelible to be a fun, enjoyable, feel good romance that left me smiling.  

I loved what Bethany put in the beginning of the book:  Indelible - Physically impossible to rub out, wash out, or alter - like a mother's love or a tattoo.  

“No one ever plans on hurting someone else, it just happens.” 

“Women who were so skinny that their hip bones stuck out just pissed me off. If I wanted a bumpy ride I'd take my bike out to the train tracks.” 


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.



  1. I'm really looking forward to reading this! I haven't read anything like it before but it does sound amazing. Great review, Ellen :)

    Richa @ City of Books

  2. Awe, I really think this sounds good, and no love triangle. Yay! Wonderful review.

  3. I'm usually iffy about books with children but this sounds really good so I'm curious. Thank goodness for no love triangle!

    A great review! :-)

  4. Yay for no love triangles! So glad this was a good read for you!

  5. Thanks for the review, Ellen! I'm excited that you enjoyed Indelible. :)

  6. I have heard good things about this one. I love that it's about a single parent, it's hard to find that.

  7. I liked Indelible too. Super low angst made it a nice read.
    Great review!

  8. I really loved this book and thought their relationship was so cute & sweet, which is something I need every now and then. Plus, I loved watching Judd interact with Karrie. Great review!

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