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The Bastard

Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Erin Mallon
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

I'm the bastard child, son to the mistress, my father's backup heir to the Kingston empire. He sent me to Harvard. I left and became a Navy SEAL, but I'm back now, and I finished school on my own dime. I'm now the right-hand man to Grayson Bennett, the billionaire who runs the Bennett Empire. I'm now a few months from being a billionaire myself. I don't need my father's company or his love. My "brother" can have it. I will never go back there. I will never be the mistake my father made, the way he was the mistake my mother made. 

And then she walks in the door, the princess I'd once wanted more than I'd wanted my father's love. She wants me to come back. She says my father needs to be saved. I don't want to save my father but I do want her. Deeply. Passionately. More than I want anything else. 

But she's the Princess and I'm the Bastard. We don't fit. We don't belong together and yet she says he needs me, that she needs me. We're like sugar and spice, we don't mix, but I really crave a taste. Just one. What harm can just one taste do?

©2018 Julie Patra Publishing (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Very good book

Good story just disappointed it ended up in the air download second book but no third forth or fifth not available. Disappointed

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Over acted

love the story but I don't think Erin is the right narrator for Harper's character found her over acted her performance. put me off from the sex scenes too sleazy .

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  • Marie A.
  • 27-03-2019

I wasn't mentally prepared for the cliffhanger 😭

Worth the read/listen but gosh dang it...If I had realized I would have waited for the next book to be out or at least close to being released.

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  • Love2reaD
  • 28-03-2019

Amazing

First off I'll start by saying this ends in a cliffhanger. The trilogy is complete on Amazon just not on Audible yet. So if you hate cliffhangers you may want to wait, the next one is out in April.

The story is told in dual pov with the past and present. There is one huge question, who is the pawn? Is it Harper or Eric? Their love is sort of a second chance since many years pass between the night they met and the present. It is an instant attraction but that did not bother me. Perfect narration casting in my opinion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-03-2019

In Love with these characters!!

This book is definitely worth the listen and books like this is why the Romance Package is worth the extra price!! But if needed to I would have definitely used my credit on this book!. only took me a day to finish as it was so good! And as always Lisa Renee Jones did amazing writing and she brought amazing narrators to bring the characters and the story to life. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.

Warring if you don't like cliff hangers you might want to wait for the next book to come out.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-2019

Narrators awful and the storyline was repetitive

I immediately thought that Jason Clarke’s narration style was...different. He sounded like he was trying too hard to impress me so that I would not notice the terrible writing. How many times do I need to hear that Eric, the protagonist, is a bastard? It’s not Mr. Clarke’s fault that his lines were written poorly, but his delivery left something to be desired.

Then, Erin Mallon took a chapter as Harper and I wished Mr. Clarke would come back. She spoke so matter-of-factly, it was like she was making some kind of declaration rather than reading a sex scene—like, “I am the boss and this is what will happen” kind of tone. The end of every sentence had her holding onto the last syllable for slightly too long: “Harperrrrrrrr.” “To the beeeeeeed.” “He took off his shirt and I stared at his inkhhhhhh.” I started liking Eric’s chapters rather than Harper’s.

Like another reviewer said, you could play a drinking game while listening to this book. The words and phrases bastard, Princess, sweetheart, ink, his mouth closed down on mine, he/she cut her eyes, and the condom, to name a few, appear too often. Get a thesaurus, Lisa! Aside from that, I didn’t understand the dynamic between Eric and Harper. How could two people hate and distrust each other one second and then jump each other the next, then hate and distrust each other as soon as they’re done? This was a recurring theme. The moments of intimacy were ill-placed...”I just got off the phone with our evil step-grandma...wanna bang?”

There were a couple things I thought were bright spots: Eric being a savant was an interesting angle. The car company investigation could have been a great aspect of you didn’t get lost in all the love/hate sex in the middle of investigating.

Overall, I’m not continuing the series. It was too annoying to try a second book.

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  • Kamil Zielinski
  • 13-04-2019

Cliffhanger. But the story is exciting.

Enjoy listening the story witha little action in it it keeps you in check. Very interesting worth the listen.

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  • Clarissa
  • 30-03-2019

Ahhhhh

I can’t wait for the next book, April 16th isn’t going to come fast enough. Worth the credit/money. Emotional and suspenseful. I didn’t realize it was a trilogy. I usually wait for an entire series to come out before I start listening because I hate cliffhangers.

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  • Katherine W.
  • 23-05-2019

If you don’t like cliffhangers do t start this series

3rd and final book is only in written form. I can’t see well so I’m pretty upset. I loved the book series but the second book really leaves you hanging! Not happy.

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  • kim west
  • 22-05-2019

Cliff hanger

I have it 3out of 6 be cause of the cliffhanger. Ok story and audible, where is the rest of the book?

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  • Mom and Wife who loves romance😍
  • 17-05-2019

Ummmm I'm still undecided

Ok so this book was a little too dramatic for me. Everything was over the top. A lot of emotions running high maybe too much. I'm going to wait until I listen to the next book to give an overall review the story line is great so far every one is just so ON!!! It's too much…

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  • NCsassy
  • 03-05-2019

I dont like that I have to buy part2

the story should end and then be continued but not just leave you in the middle of the story. I wouldnt recommend bc if this.