03 December 2017

Review: Bounty by Kristen Ashley

Bounty by Kristen Ashley
(Colorado Mountain #7)
Kindle Edition, 635 pages
Published April 18th, 2016
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Justice Lonesome has enjoyed a life of bounty.

Even so, she’s inherited the curse of the Lonesome. A poet’s soul. Which means she’s still searching for something. Searching for peace. Searching for the less…that’s more.

And when the foundation of her life is pulled out from under her, grieving, she goes to the mountains to find her oasis. She hits Carnal, Colorado and decides to stay.

Deke Hightower lost everything at the age of two. He lost it again at fifteen. His life has not been about bounty. It’s been about learning to live with less, because there’s no way to get more.

Deke’s also watched all his friends go down to the women who gave them what they needed. He wants that for himself. But he knows that search isn’t going to be easy because he’s a rider. His home is the road. That’s the only place he can breathe. And the woman who takes her place at his side has to do it sitting on the back of his bike.

When Deke meets Justice, he knows she’s not that woman. She’s cute. She’s sweet. And she’s into him, but she’s got it all and Deke knows he won’t fit into that. So he holds her at arm’s length. Establishes boundaries. And Justice will take it because she wants Deke any way he’ll let her have him.

But when Justice finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game, Deke makes a decision.

When he does, he has no idea he’s just opened himself up to bounty.

My thoughts…


Bounty begins when Justice and Deke meeting one night in a biker bar in Wyoming. In the short time of talking with Deke she felt she could give her heart to him forever, he spoke to her “poet's soul” and he inspired a song about their meeting. They arranged for him to pick her up the next day on his motorcycle. Justice waited and waited but, Deke never showed up.

Seven years later… Justice, daughter of the famous musician Johnny Lonesome, is also a famous talented singer/songwriter. She’s grieving over a loss of her father and decides to find her peace by moving to the mountains. Justice buys a house in Carnal, Colorado and is there to settle down. When she walks into the small-town bar and the last person she expects to see is Deke. Deke pays no attention to her and Justice believes that Deke doesn’t remember her, she isn’t going to bring up the moment they shared in the bar or why he ditched her the next day.

Justice’s dreamhouse is unfinished and when the owner of the construction company (Max) is swamped with other jobs he hires Deke to go work on Justices’ home. Imagine her surprise when Deke enters he life once again. And yet, he still doesn't recognize her. Justice decides to focus on rebuilding her life and does her best to befriend Deke. Deke is attracted to Justice and there is something about her that is drawing him in. Deke tries to keep his distance because he doesn’t trust rich women, one from his past caused nothing but pain for Deke and his mother. As he continues to grow closer to Justice, he finally remembers who she is, and he realizes that Justice with all her money is nothing like the woman from his past.

Deke is Kristen Ashley’s typical Alpha, he protective and possessive. Once he realizes that Justice is the one, he falls completely and its was a joy to see how he took care of her. Justice is a strong female that everyone seems to like, she is very approachable and sociable.

Why not 5 stars? Bounty is a slow-burning romance and at times I felt it was too slow, Deke was taking forever to get on board with his heart. I felt there was something missing with Deke, he didn’t really open up to Justice until much later. Deke is not one of my favorite alpha characters. And a tiny nuisance...  Justice had a “poet's soul”, poet's soul”, poet's soul”, I didn’t need to be reminded of that throughout the book.

Bounty is the 7th book in the Colorado Mountain Series. The characters overlap throughout the series, but each book can be read as a stand-alone. Kristen Ashley is one of my all-time favorite authors, I’m looking forward to her next book.

Happy Reading -J

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