Book Review: Bastard by J. L. Perry

  

Title: Bastard

Series: None
Author: J. L. Perry
Publication Date: September 14, 2015

Genre: New Adult & College Romance
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Description

***THIS BOOK IS A STANDALONE AND TOTALLY AWAY FROM THE DESTINY SERIES***
Bastard
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.
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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 received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Review: All I can say is wow! What a fantastic story! Carter has a permanent place on my book boyfriend list. This book puts you through the wringer from the first page. A story of feeling alone and unwanted with the redemption of a time-tested love, you will not want to put this book down until it’s finished.

Review: Written On My Heart by Cole Gibsen

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Title: Written On My Heart

Series: standalone

 

Author: Cole Gibsen

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Format: Ebook

Genre:  New Adult, Romance

 

Rating:  5/5 stars

 

Synopsis: It’s been six months since Ashlyn Daniels was kicked out of her home. Six months since she stood up to her abusive stepfather and got a busted rib—and seeing all her things set ablaze in a backyard bonfire—for her trouble. Never going back. She doesn’t need trouble…especially if trouble is tattoo artist Lane Garrett, who’s six-feet-plus of tattooed hotness and a complete ass.

Lane has spent the last decade fighting to support his family. To protect them. There’s no room for romance, even with a fragile (yet amusingly feisty) stunner…even if she somehow manages to invade his world and his heart.

But while some secrets are as visible as ink on the skin, others must remain hidden at all costs…

 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review:  

I loved this book. It was sweet and steamy. There was love and heartbreak and secrets. The characters were likable, including the secondary characters (which I think is rare). Ashlyn is feisty but damaged from a really bad home life. Lane is silent and brooding. There is no insta-love between these two. The romance is a slow burn that builds up to a sexy, steamy hook up. The conflict between the characters was real and exciting.

 

If you like slow-burning new adult romances then this book is for you.

 

 

This is a stand-alone with a HEA; although, I really wish this could be a series because Lane’s sister deserves her own novel ASAP!

 

 

Where to Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble