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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