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Friday, October 9, 2015

BOOK REVIEW ❤ Bastard by J.L. Perry

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TITLE: Bastard
AUTHOR: J.L. Perry
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: NetGalley
PUBLISHED: September 14th 2015

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 was in the mood for an emotional rollercoaster; unfortunately, that's not what I got. The first part of Bastard flowed smoothly. I enjoyed the first part of the book, watching Indiana and Carter evolved from frenemies to lovers. The back and forth between them was very sweet. I also loved how Indie’s dad became a positive influence in Carter’s life which he truly needed. I hated that Carter’s mom was oblivious to the disdain her husband felt toward her son. I couldn’t understand how she loved a man that didn’t love her child. I almost DNF the book because of this, but I soldiered on still looking for my feels that never came.

In the end, I felt indifferent to the story. Yes, the writing and character development it good but the direction the story went was unexpected.  The ending was predictable with a little bit of an odd twist, but overall Bastard is not a story that will stay with me.

ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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