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?
Indelible is a cute, sweet romance in which a college ballplayer falls hard for a young single mother and her daughter. Judd seems like the stereotypical college male: enjoys sports, casual sex, and hanging with the bros. Though refreshingly not quite a womanizer, he isn’t looking to settle down or become serious … until he meets Sam.
Sam doesn’t waste time and calls things as they are. She knows her priorities and what she wants. Partying isn’t one of them. Dating is luxury she no longer has. Struggling through classes, living by her own means, and taking care of her daughter are her life. But she’s also a little lonely, so when she meets the handsome Judd, she dates him happily but with caution, unwilling to let him know her circumstances too early in a relationship that could lead to nowhere. They both learn there’s more than meets the eye and have to decide if the fun for now could be fun with trials for a lifetime.
I adored Judd and Sam. Though there was nothing special or atypical about them, per se, they made me smile, laugh, and get all gooey inside. I wasn’t a big fan of the instant love nor the lack of Judd’s transition from playboy to devoted boyfriend and father, but I easily overlooked it. Bethany Lopez had a concise writing style that flowed nicely and was easy to get caught up in.
While I would’ve liked a bit more depth to the characters and a longer story, she did a great job capturing a stressed mother’s thoughts and the perspective as well as the emotions of someone whom was looking on from the outside and could step into such a world of responsibility. I could feel and understand Sam’s frustration and the guilt at traitorous thoughts when it came to wanting some freedom. Judd’s inability to understand how someone could walk away from not simply responsibility but a joyful one was palpable. His outrage even more so.
Indelible might not have been the gritty read I was expecting when it came to young motherhood, but it was a satisfying and happy one. It’s a fast-paced, light read, and the ending is wonderful—a compromise and HEA all at once and that I always appreciate.