BASTARD                                                        JL 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 book opens up with a women knocking on a door and asking for help, for her and her son. The man who answers the door does not say no, but says, why are you here and I would not help you or your bastard! The boy who was looking forward to meeting his grandfather asked his mother what a bastard was, she told him to forget it. He also said he did not like that man. The boy’s name is Carter Reynolds, and when he gets a little older he looks up that word and actually acts that way to keep people away from him. It also allows him to stay by himself and not make any friends or at least the friends he wants to make. It stays his mother and him until he is 17 and then she finally marries a man and they move to Sydney where he has a home. The man is very nice when his mother is around but when she is gone he treats him like s…t and he does not talk back because he figures for once his mum is happy and he is only going to stay around until he turns 18. Then he is out of their and on his own. The first day he moves in with his mother to the new home he is immediately attracted to the female who is bent over washing the car in the drive way. The look of her body does something to him that will last with him for a lifetime. When he meets her. Indiana Montgomery, is a very beautiful and tells him she goes by Indie for short. Just as everything is going good it admittedly goes bad when he sees her dog and asks its name and she says Lassie. He goes on a tear and turns his name into Larry, and then they start to argue. The next morning it does not get any better when he stops at the bus stop and tells her to get into his car. She says no, and he gets out and picks her up off the bench and places her in the car. Once they get to school he tells her to be there after school so he can take her home. She says she does not like it but she does. He does not make any friends and actually makes a few enemies his first day. Once home he meets her father who happens to be a detective and sees the type of car he has and they start talking and the next thing he is helping him with fixing it and showing him different things he did not know about the car. Carter also puts a stop to Indie going out Saturday night with one of the rugby players from school because all he wants to do is score. The first couple of weeks he is living next door to her they end up spending a lot of time together and her best friend asks if she is attracted to him. She is but says he won’t let anyone close. Then she starts to hear his step father yelling at him and just degrading him by calling him all different names, and when she asks him about it all he says is that he will be gone when he turns 18. The more things go on at his house her father asks him to stay for dinner and then one day after school she takes him to a place where her father gets used car parts. Then their relationship changes because afterwards they go to a dinner and talk. Also he notices that she actually eats, cheeseburger, fries, and a shake. This really gets him going and then when they start spending more time together he gets into a fight with that guy from school. He wins of course but then the next day at school his car is trashed. Tires slashed, windows broken etc. A few days later the two of them are at it again but this time at school and when they are in the office the other kid starts bragging about destroying his car not knowing that the principle is standing behind him. As much as she wants to stay away from him she is pulled towards him more. This leads to a night they spend together in the woods and he takes care of her both sexually and physically, which is not what she heard from her best friend after her first time. Now she is really torn but he has always told her he was leaving but the day he does is a shock and he does not turn around to say good bye as she is standing there. He leaves and starts not only a new life but also a career and becomes a business owner, her father though finds him and stays in touch but does not tell his daughter. It turns out he comes back five years latter because his step father passes away and his mother needs his help for the funeral. While back he meets up with Indie and though she is very upset still she talks to him after a couple of days. Then the story turns because her boyfriend asks her proposes, but it is really like a last minute thing. She says no and he not only leaves her in a bad part of town miles from her home but also with a five hundred dollar bill. After some negations he does pay back the money. Carter then works on repairing the damage he has caused in their friendship and relationship because he realizes that he wants her in his life forever. He is willing to do anything. This part of the story is very moving because now she has the upper hand and it really takes off. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could relate to it on so many different levels. I think the ending or right before the story ends is my best part and Carter gets his second wish but the way they find out is great. A fabulous book. I got this book from netgalley.  I give this 5 stars.

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