BASTARD                                                 J.L. PERRY



My name is Carter Reynolds. I was born a bastard and I’ll die a bastard. I learnt it at a young age, and nothing and nobody can change that. I’m on a one-way path of destruction, and god help anyone who gets in my way. I hate my life. Actually, I hate pretty much everything.

That’s until I meet the kid next door. Indi-freakin’-ana. My dislike for her is instant. From the moment I lay eyes on her, she ignites something within me. She makes me feel things I thought I was incapable of feeling. I don’t like it, not one bit. When she looks at me with her big, beautiful, haunting, green eyes, it’s like she can see into the depths of my soul. It freaks me the hell out. She’s like sunshine and rainbows in my world of gloom and doom. I hate sunshine and rainbows.


I’m Indiana Montgomery, my friends call me Indi. Despite losing my mum at the age of six, I have a wonderful life and great friends. My dad more than makes up for the fact that I only have one parent. I’m his little girl, the centre of his world. I adore him.

When Carter Reynolds moves in next door, my life takes a turn for the worse. He’s gorgeous—sinfully hot, but that’s where my compliments end. He seems hell bent on making my life miserable. He acts tough, but when I look into his eyes I don’t see it. I see hurt and pain. To me, he seems lost.

I should hate him for the way he treats me, but surprisingly I don’t. If anything, I feel sorry for him. I want to help him find peace. Help him find the light that I know is buried somewhere within his darkness, but, he won’t have a bar of it.

He’s warned me time and time again to stay away, but I can’t. I’m drawn to him for some reason. He’s always referring to himself as a bastard. That may be true, but to me, he’s more like a beautifully, misunderstood bastard. Whether he likes it or not, I refuse to give up on him.

***WARNING This book is recommended for persons over the age of 18 years, due to sexual content and coarse language.
     This is a story about a young man who was labeled by someone who was supposed to love him.  Yet, this same man couldn’t even love his own daughter, Carter’s mom.  When Carter’s mom took Carter at five years old to meet his grandparents his grandfather had answered the door and sent them both away and telling Elizabeth his mother to take her “Bastard” child with her.  At that moment Carter hated being a “Bastard” child but really he had no clue what it meant.  Once he got older found out what it meant it fed the anger and the pain he felt for his mother and himself.
     Once that word took on meaning so did his behavior.  He was angry at the world.  Then after 17 years of it just being him and his mother she finds happiness and gets married.  The only thing is that the guy hates Carter and behind his mother’s back this man let him know just how much.  With the marrying it also meant they were moving into a home of his choosing.  He hated moving from all that he knew and loved but it would only be for 6 months
     Where they move to there is this fine looking chick with a great “ass” as he puts it.  Hey he says those shorts tell it all.  Anyway, her long haired German Shepard that she named Lassie is awesome.  What are you kidding me Lassie for a boy dog?  She did really.  So Carter said that’s a pussy name and renamed him Larry.  He just hadn’t told Indiana that yet.  Indie is the girl that lives next door with her dad, a cop.  Her dad Ross and Carter bonded over the fixer upper Carter bought himself.  When she and Carter first meet he likes her a little too much that he has to force the “Bastard” to come out.
     You see his way of thinking was make them leave first or you leave first so you’re the one always in control.  So how do these two unlike people come together?  Can’t be tattoos she doesn’t have any.  Can’t be friends because he doesn’t have any.  Can’t be over sex because she’s never had any.  She becomes cargo transported to and from school for her dad’s piece of mind at least that how Carter played it in his head.
     Watch and see how Indie is able to take out a brick at a time to live a full life sometimes with him and sometimes not.  This is a love story with so much more.  I give this 5 stars.
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The Billionaire's Deception by Mimi WellsAfter quitting her first “real” job, Janine Pike takes off for Europe, saving an excursion to the famed Isola del Sole for last. But when her travel-mates sail off with her backpack, phone, and passport after a night of partying, she’s left only with the euros in her pocket and the faint hope that her estranged half-sister, who works at the renowned Hotel Dei Fiori Isola del Sole, might help her. 

Shel Myerson, amateur racecar driver and wildly successful TV mogul, oozes wealth and prestige. What he doesn’t have much of is privacy, thanks to a recent and ugly public breakup. What he doesn’t expect is to be mistaken as an employee by a very pretty—and very broke—Janine, the one person in Europe who also doesn’t have any idea who he is. 

Shel and Janine discover their chemistry is combustible—but will their budding relationship survive the heat once the press catches on?
     Janine Pike always thought she was the eldest in the family.  She comes to find out her mother had been holding a dark secret.  With the disapproval of her parents she quits her boring management job.  And decided she was going to backpack through Europe.  So her parent’s knew that her mom needed to be straight with her before she left.
     You see she had received a letter from her birth father’s daughter making her, this person her half-sister.  Considering she didn’t know she had another father than the one she was raised with this came as a shock.  Stephanie Harlan her half-sister it turns out that she is four years older than she is.  Their father it seems for all his fame as a chef with his own T.V. show, was a womanizer.  He had many affairs, Emily her mother was one that just ended up pregnant.  So, when she confronted her mother she was told that the agreement was he would do a settlement but she would have to keep quiet or at least it was understood.  Because of his wife, daughter and his show.  That after his death she still didn’t tell.
     So with a friend from college she goes back packing across Europe planning to end the trip at Stephanie’s front door to meet and visit her for an hour or two.  The night before Simone her friend’s on again off again who had a yacht sailed them there took off leaving her passed out on the beach.  Half hung over she gets woken up by the very pissed off manager who is not happy at all.  Simply by the sheer mess left behind.  He asks if she is ready to settle the bill.  She says no that Christophe had left 2 credit cards.  When she is told the bad news they were both declined.
     Now a migraine was setting in as she reached for her backpack to remember it was on the boat as was her phone to call Simone.  All she finds in her pocket is lint and crumbled E20 note.  She has big problems she follows him to the desk explaining she has no backpack therefore no I.D., license, passport, money, or credit cards.  The manager Carlo, is not happy.  When she gets desperate and asks for her sister Stephanie who works there at that hotel.  He says she is unavailable.  Then he goes to the back room.  She then makes eye contact with the piano player who is easy on the eyes then turns away.
     When the manager comes back he is even ruder than before.  That’s when the piano player comes to help.  The manager seems to listen then.  The piano player seems to personally know Rocco De Luca one of the brothers that own the hotel so after she tells him the story he calls him and Steph talks to her.  Things start moving really fast then.  Carlo gets put in his place which doesn’t make him happy.  She is to stay in her sister’s bungalow and wear her clothes since she only has what she is wearing.  She totally lucks out because Shel the piano player short for Sheldon gets her a job working at the bar to help pay off her tab even though both Rocco and Steph said no.  She said she doesn’t work that way.  Shel is impressed that she wants to work it off and two that she has no clue about who he is.  His haircut really did the job.
     So, he asked the staff to treat him like a regular employee instead of Sheldon Myerson the Amateur Race car driver or the successful T.V. Mogul with no privacy.  He just wanted to feel like a regular guy around her.  To feel what it was like to be with someone who liked him for himself.  Can he do it or will a drop in from his past kill the vibe that he set up?  Is it all a lie or could she have really fallen for a play boy in 2 days?  Better yet can he fall for her at all?
     I really enjoyed this book.  Kind of wish it was longer.  I feel like it went too quick into the resolution.  I would have like to have seen it worked out on the page.  I give this 4 stars.  Provided by  Follow us at:


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