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Published by Self Published on September 14th 2015
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
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***THIS BOOK IS A STANDALONE AND TOTALLY AWAY FROM THE DESTINY SERIES***
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.
We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.
BOOK REVIEW: 5+++ STARS
About the book:
Carter is a resentful and high-minded teenager whose past has reflected on the rest of his life. When his mother got pregnant at a young age she was left alone by the man she loved and disowned by her family. She and her little baby boy were on their own. When Carter was 5 years of age they went back to mother’s family in a attempt to resolve their issues and maybe be a family again, but that didn’t go as planned. Her father called Carter a bastard he never wanted to lay eyes on again and slammed the door in their faces. After many years of struggling and suffering in poverty his mom met a nice man who treated her right and they got married. Carter was to move in with them after the wedding but that didn’t feel as right as it should. All because his stepfather never wanted him in the first place and treated him like the worst lowlife on the planet every time his mother wasn’t there.
But there was someone who would make a big difference in Carter’s life from that day on who happened to live right next door, a girl called Indiana. At first it was a teenage drama playing between them where they bugged the hell out of each other but were so drawn and attracted at the same time underneath the surface. After a while they eventually became friends and that developed into a hotter relationship. They had multiple sexual situations between them and one night they slept with each other. That night was very special considering that Indiana was a virgin and Carter felt like crap for being her first. He wanted more for her, wanted someone else, someone better for her, someone who wasn’t a bastard like he was.
The following day Carter leaves both his mother and Indiana without a single word. He got so scared of the feeling he had for this amazing girl and didn’t know how to handle them so he saw only one way out….to run….as far away as possible.
5 years later Carter is returning and things are not the same anymore. Everything has changed. Or has it? Is there still any love and hope left there? Or is there only hate and anger that awaits him?
The cover was hot, the name of the book had a bad boy written all over it but synopsis had me thrown back a little bit at first. But anyway I started the book and it was all right reading but it felt like ok is there anything more than this teenage drama going on back and forth?!? Are we getting more story or what is waiting behind next chapter? And boy did it get just better and better.
It was very important to go through those parts of his past to be able to understand his present and how he acted in the future. At times my heart was crying for poor Carter. How he was abandoned by his father and felt so unloved by everyone that wasn’t his mother who did everything she possibly could for him. It was lovely to see how much he loved her back and everything he was prepared to take just in order for her to keep her happiness.
And how he was affected by Indiana’s love for him and all he did for her, for them later on in the book got to me real bad. They were older now and had moved on the only way they knew how but as they say true love never really fades.
I would really recommend this book because it has a very nice and heart touching story to tells us that is not a fiction but real life situations that affect so many people everyday all around the world. That doesn’t asks if you are rich or poor, loved or unloved. It can strike at any moment and the only thing that matters is what is your next move going to be? How are you going to handle it? Would you leave or would you stay and fight it to the end? I loved everything in this book…from the funny easy going moments to the life changing ones. Well written book with a deeper meaning hidden in it to open people’s eyes and hearts.
This one is going to stick with me, it really hit a personal spot within me. I will say one last thing to all of you out there. LOVE each other EVERYDAY and don’t be afraid to SHOW it at all times!!!!
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