Bastard by JL Perry
Genre: contemporary romance
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.
I had the absolute pleasure of being a beta reader for this book and it in no way impinges on my review.
JL is a master at creating characters that get embedded in your psyche that they are all you think about. Have to put the book down to go get milk coz you ran out at the beginning of the day – you forget to buy the other three things you ran out of because all you’re thinking about is getting back to the characters because you don’t want them to do anything without you.
Friends think you’ve had a big night on the drink when really, all you’ve done is sit up till the wee hours with your kindle screen on the lowest brightness setting to allow your loved one to sleep but you just have to finish one more chapter.
This is what it was like for me. This book is broken into two parts. The first shows Indie and Carter while they are still in school and has a very YA focus. The second part is contemporary adult when we fast forward to see them cross paths again when they are in their early 20s.
Carter’s mindset is both confronting and frustrating. He allows the opinions of others as a way of permission to behave in a less than savoury way. He’s not all bad though. He meets his match in Indie. Indie is instantly likeable and she’s a strong heroine. She doesn’t accept the crap Carter tries to pull.
This book had me laughing out loud but it had my heart breaking. I wanted to reach through the Kindle and give Carter a talking too and but at the same time, give him a hug. Indie is the kind of heroine I like. She’s strong. She’s capable and she’s smart. Every emotion you can go through – this book will take you through them. You will feel like you’ve run a marathon and you will be gutted when it ends.
The supporting characters add so much substance and their subplot is just as captivating. This book is full of substance. The pacing is bang on and I’m sure it will have the hardened reader will blink the tears away.
I’ve read JL’s other books and this one, without a doubt is my favourite.