The #1 Bestseller. A heartbreakingly beautiful love story by Australia's favourite new romance writer and author of the #1 bestseller Hooker: J.L. Perry.
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Warning - Contains coarse language and sexual content. This book is recommended for 18 years and over.
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.
Carter and Indiana's story is told in dual POV, and in two parts, spanning over 8 years.
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Not what I expected at all.
Carter is a teenager with a mountain of anger inside him and a huge chip on his shoulder.
Indi is the sweet new next door neighbour.
I couldn't understand why such a heartfelt story had a title such as Bastard giving the impression of a book that is the complete opposite of what I read but it all stems from when Carters mom takes him to see his Grandparents, his mothers parents who she herself hasn't seen from the time they threw her out when she was pregnant. The 5 year old Carter excited to see his Grandparents for the first time is shooed away and called a bastard child.
Words hurt and words can change a person's view of life or path in life and that's exactly what it did for Carter, well until he met Indi.
Carter and Indi first meet when Carters mum moves home to move in with her new boyfriend, a boyfriend Carter hates. Carter is rude and insulting to Indi when they first meet and it doesn't stop there his new mission is to get a rise out of his Princess next door.
A love hate relationship develops between them.
Carter, I can't say he is adorable in his teenage years, he's cocky and he definitely has a big chip on his shoulder and living with someone who treats him like scum when his mother isn't around you can't help but feel for him when he already see's little value in himself.
Carter is on count down for his eighteenth birthday when he can leave.
Indi however is sweet she is the daughter of a Police officer and after her mom died of a brain tumour she had only her dad left and they have a beautiful father daughter relationship.
Bastard is a story in two parts, the teen years and then years later when Indi and Carter are reunited. This is an eight year journey of two people who were meant to be together and you get all their ups and downs, the sad times and happy times, the heartfelt and heartbreaking moments.
"I find myself wishing for a lifetime of moments with her. My heart burns for her. It always has, and it always will".
"She’s my addiction, my air".
Bastard is hot in all the right places with lovable main and extended characters. I laughed shed a tear, swooned and got annoyed, Bastard really is a roller-coaster of emotions.
Bastard is many things in one perfect package, A fr-enemies to lovers romance, A second chance romance, teenage to adulthood love story, A tear jerker and heart-warmer.
I enjoyed Indi and Carters journey that does eventually lead to a hea that makes you smile.
Told in first person dual pov.
A Recommended read by J.L Perry.