Publication Date: 14th September 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.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
God this book was annoying. It wasn’t un-enjoyable… It was just really annoying, and as such I’m going to have to list the annoyances before I can actually talk about the story cause they 100% override any happy thoughts about the book.
Annoyance number 1:
Arse. Arse arsey arse, arse! Seriously, if I had a shot for every time the author uses the bloody word ‘arse’ I would’ve been flat out pissed before I hit 15%. Sadly, usage of the word does not lessen in the remaining 85% of text and resulted in be battling the urge to throw my shiny new kindle on more than one occasion.
Annoyance number 2:
I had no freaking clue where in the world the book took place in until 16% when they mention Sydney revealing that it’s set in Australia. Now, you may be thinking why this is an issue and the answer is quite simple: They spoke like Brits but did not act like them. They acted like American high-schoolers. So I spent the first part of the book wondering whether the author was a Brit trying to set her book stateside, and failing miserably, totally distracted from the goings-on in the plot.
As it is, I have no idea what late teens in Australia are like, so when I found out it was set in the land Oz, I was perfectly content to roll with it and actually started paying attention to the story.
Annoyance number 3:
The ‘bastardly’ personality of Mr. Carter Reynolds. Ugh! Just… Ugh! His evil grandfather calls him a bastard when he’s five and five year old Carter looks up the meaning of the word and it forever changes him into a bastard. Seriously? Firstly, I have a five year old – a very smart, very fluent reader of a five year old – and I guarantee he could not use a dictionary nor comprehend the meaning of the description of the word bastard if he managed to read it. Not without a grown-ups help to interpret. So, I call bullshit. Secondly, I call bullshit on this behaviour. He isn’t a bastard, just a stupid little boy who lashes out and thinks he’s the shit.
Annoyance number 4:
What 17 year old lad has had as much sex as this twit? Yes, 17 year olds have sex. Yes, I’m sure many are as sexually promiscuous as circumstances allow them to be. But that’s just it! Circumstances in any normal freakin’ high school would not allow for Carter’s level of slutdom. Plus, don’t get me started on the Mrs. Robinson-esqe neighbour. *shivers*
Annoyance number 5:
The asshole stepfather and the delightfully ignorant (and bestest mum in the who wide world) mum.
Annoyance number 6:
The fantastic next door neighbour who he wants as a father figure while wanting to bang the guys darling daughter.
Annoyance number 7:
The simplistic and incredibly convenient medical drama.
I know I know, that’s a rather long list…
What I did like was that there were some nice moments between Indie and Carter and that the book was dual pov and split into two halves: high school and early twenties. That’s pretty much it.
Some people are really going to like this book; But, I’m not one of them. I finished it but I wouldn’t go back for more and I’m not sure I’d read more of this author if this book is representative of her ‘style’.