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BOOK TOUR: Indelible – Bethany Lopez

Indelible Tour buttonToday is the tour stop on The Book Lovers for Indelible – Bethany Lopez. I will be giving you my review of the book.

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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?

3 / 5 stars

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My Review

Indelible is the first book I have read by Bethany Lopez. I do have the Friends and Lovers trilogy on my Kindle but I have yet to get to it. When I had see this book on GR and read the synopsis, I just had to add it to my TBR list and when I saw there was a tour for it, I really wanted to be a part of it.

I actually read the book in a day. It was an easy read, I pretty much flew through the pages. Bethany writes with an ease, a way in which you don’t stop reading and suddenly you are right at the end, wondering where the time has gone because it only felt like a few minutes since you started the book.

The reason for my three stars is due to my confusion. It probably is crystal clear to other people but my confusion is over the timeline of the story. When everything happened. Was it over a few weeks? Especially when Judd was meeting Sam’s daughter, Karrie for the first time. After everything Sam said about not introducing anyone to Karrie or letting them know about her because she didn’t want guys coming in and out of her life, she certainly introduced Judd to her so soon. Or was it so soon? To me it was, but perhaps to you, it was weeks later. See, I couldn’t get my head around the timeline.

The other fact was the insta-love. One minute Sam doesn’t want anything to do with Judd then the next it’s all rainbow and glitter. But I dont read a lot of books about insta-love so is that what is it?

But despite all my confusion, I did enjoy the book. I liked the strength of Sam – the young mother. The single young mother, whom not only has to care for her two year old daughter, Karrie but she takes classes and is determined to become an art teacher. I was in awe of her, at juggling her daughter and school but she did a great job in doing so. Add in trying to have a relationship too, and you just felt so proud of her for everything she has accomplished in her life. It must be so hard to be a single mother, but she was brilliant. She had help off her parents and her friends so it wasn’t like she was alone in raising Karrie.

Bethany really showed us (Who have no children) just how it is like to deal with a two year old. The tantrums, the tiredness, the not knowing what is wrong with your child. It really puts into perspective just how hard it is for single mothers/fathers bringing up their child(ren) alone. I applaud every single parent out there.

There is a point near the end where i was so proud of Sam. For doing what she thought was right for her and Karrie and for Judd too. She was so courageous in what she did despite the hurt it caused her but what she did was the right thing to do no matter what either of them wanted to do.

Judd was pretty much amazing too. Not your typical baseball player, he has long hair, tattoos and a motorbike yet baseball is something that he cherishes and its important to him. You see him go from a bit of a player to falling in love and being responsible. One night he spots Sam in the local bar with him friend James (a girl) and he knows there is something about her. But she rejects him. The second time is much more nicer and that’s when he wants something more with her. Something that isn’t just a onetime thing. Despite not wanting a relationship – the same as Sam, they pretty much fall into one. As someone who doesn’t read a lot of insta-love stories, I just couldn’t really get my head around the fact that neither of them wanted a relationship yet it ended that way pretty damn fast, but who am I to say what is right or wrong?

He is a sweetheart when introduced to Karrie and you can instantly see how much she will and is becoming a big thing in his life. He treats her with respect and plays with her and you just fall in love with him that little bit more over the fact that although its not his kid, he treats her like his.

Although I didn’t understand why he went from not wanting a relationship to wanting one, I could see him transform throughout the book, as I’ve already mentioned. He turns into someone who is extraordinary. Who is always there for Sam and Karrie and always will be. It was actually really nice to see.

There is a twist in the book that I actually didn’t even guess and I suppose you might not either. But I was so proud of the way Sam and Judd handled it. Albeit they were both angry, they spoke about it, and dismissed this person right away for the way they acted. It was very brave of Judd to do that.

Molly and James – both Sam’s friends were such great characters. They were funny, gave great advice to Sam and Judd (James did) and were there for the two of them, especially little Karrie who was a doll. It’s great when you have friends who will support you and be there for you when things get tough, especially when you have a kid to look after too.

Although I did give this book 3 stars, it is a cute love story. A love story about finding someone who won’t disregard you because you have a kid, who will change because they have found that one they want to spend their life with and the one who will treat someone else’s kid as their own.

Judd and Sam and Karrie are such a cute family that it’s hard to not love the three of them.

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Love Unfinished – Darian Wilk

Synopsis

Soul mates from the past leave their love unfinished when a tragic accident ends their lives on their wedding day. Yet they are destined to meet again to fulfill that love in new incarnations, leading vastly different lives.

Emma thought she chose the right path in life, but too late does she realize her mistake when her husband reveals the monster behind the smile. Their happily ever after – is a lie. Trapped in a broken marriage to a powerful, abusive man, Emma knows this is not the life she was meant to live. As her hope for real love withers, she meets James, her love from a lifetime ago.

Emma cannot deny the connection pulling them together, but her courage to abandon her marriage wavers, and unknowingly puts her life on the line. Are Emma and James fated to fulfill their love, or will they once again, leave love unfinished?

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My Review

“Everyone should be so lucky to marry their soul mate”

Love Unfinished starts with Carol and Ted, who later become Emma and James. It starts with the year 1946, when the two had just met, and then skips to 1954, 8 years later to their wedding, which is where everything goes wrong and they are fatally killed on the way to their wedding reception.

Carol and Ted are both sent to different ‘waiting rooms’, separated, awaiting to fulfill their soul’s destiny, where is how they both end up as Emma and James, put back on earth to find each other and finish their lives together.

Fast forward to 1992, and Emma has been married for 8 years to a guy called Craig. You can tell she’s not happy – her marriage is more like a business partnership and Emma just wants marriage filled of love, not one where they act like strangers. Craig is a manipulative, emotionally and physically abusive bully and I actually really disliked him from the start. All he’s worried about is his reputation, and uses Emma to get him where he wants to be making her a puppet of everything she doesn’t want to be.

The first time Emma meets James, she feels this attraction to him and its like she’s met him before then the second time they meet, they dance and it’s like love at first sight but when she mentions who she is, he walk away and she hasn’t seen him since – she feels her marriage is a burden because she feels something with James and she has just lost him before getting to know him.

I loved the friendship with her rich friend Olivia. Olivia looked out for Emma, wanting and waiting patiently for ‘spunky’ Emma to return and leave Craig. She hates him and does everything she can to damage his reputation. It was brilliant to read her plans regarding Craig.

Prudence, the maid, was amazing to Emma. Helping her out when Craig went mental, helping her with her plan and just generally being there for her. She loves Emma telling her about her visits to James and she’s basically a best friend for Emma. She says about James: “You think this guy was something special right? If life gives you a chance at something, you just gotta take it you know.”

James. What can I say about James? Well, he’s swoon worthy, totally in love with Emma, even though they don’t know each other and it just feels natural to be together, but he has no idea why. His and Emma’s relationship pulled at my heart strings. You really saw the love he had for Emma, although they hardly knew each other and you just wanted Emma to leave her husband and be with him, where she would be loved and safe and that’s exactly what she is when she’s with him.

So much happens during this book and you really feel for Emma. She wants to leave her abusive husband to go to James, but it takes some doing and help from Olivia and Edward (the butler) who have sabotaged Craig’s life and reputation, which was so great to finally read as he had it coming all throughout the book.

I have to admit, I cried reading the part in the waiting room at the start of the book. Carol was so frantic and when told by her Grandma she had to find Ted again, it broke my heart because she just wanted to be with him now and was so afraid that he wouldn’t remember her and I also cried at the end too, especially at the kids names and the waiting room area again.

The only problem I would say is that at the end, I was confused over the time span, as it kept jumping but other than that, I freaking loved this book. Seriously, if books make me cry, they are good in my eyes and I would love for it to be made into a movie or something. I would definitely go see it numerous times!

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Lucy In The Sky – Paige Toon

Synopsis

Settling down for a 24-hour flight to Australia, Lucy finds a text message on her phone from a woman claiming to have slept with her boyfriend, James, four times in the past month. Trapped above the Pacific, she questions everything about their relationship, but when she finally calls him, James reassures her that it was only his friend playing a joke. James is gorgeous and successful and Lucy adores him, yet at her best friend Molly’s wedding in Sydney, she finds herself having doubts and is keeping an eye on Molly’s brother-in-law Nathan. Nathan is a happy-go-lucky surfer boy with no prospects, no place to live, and an almost-girlfriend in tow. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself caught between two distant continents and two very different men.

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My Review

Paige Toon is another of my favourite author’s and her books do not disappoint, especially this one.

Lucy is off to Australia for her two best friend’s wedding – she hasn’t seen them in years and shes excited to go back to the country she spent most of her childhood living.

Once seated on the plane, she receives a text message from someone claiming to have been sleeping with her boyfriend James for the past month. With nowhere to go, seeing as shes stuck on the plane, the message stays stuck in her mind and she begins to question everything about their relationship.

When she does call James, he reassures her that it was a friend playing a joke and he would get to the bottom of it.

Finally landing in Sydney, she is so excited to see her childhood friends Sam and Molly, whom have obviously grown up during the years they have all been apart.

Lucy used to have the biggest crush on Sam when she was younger, but enter Sam’s younger Nathan – who was a young teenager the last time Lucy saw him and she feels an attraction to him.

Laid-back and always traveling – surfer Nathan and Lucy begin to spend a lot of time together – Him teaching her Surfing and both messing around together, getting drunk, joking around etc.

This causes Lucy to think about her relationship with James, especially as she misses Australia and feels sparks with Nathan.

Of course, her two weeks are up and its back to London, back to her job and back to James. She does stay in contact with Nathan, calling and texting each other and when he gets a temp building job in London, its Lucy who picks him up, shows him around London, much to James’ dismay and jealousy.

I loved Lucy and Nathan together – I was wishing for them to get together and for Lucy to dump James’ ass.

As a typical chick-lit, there is drama and feelings and not knowing what to do with them – which is why I love books like this. The ending – as most of Paige Toon’s books end, had me a bit confused, but I think I know who she ended up with – at least I bloody hope it’s the person I wanted her to get with.