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16 May 2016

❤❤Bounty by Kristen Ashley 4 Star Review❤❤

My Rating:  4 out of 5

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.

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

This book was different than the typical Kristen Ashley read.  Where most of Ms. Ashley's stories are filled with activity, drama, oftentimes chaos, shenanigans and hilarity. Bounty, the seventh book in the Colorado Mountain series, was almost soothing in it's story telling.   It still brought to us the amazing characters that I've come to love and expect from anything penned by Kristen Ashley including the fantastic support characters from the previous books in this series.  We still get the alpha male that makes us want to move to Colorado and find one of our own. But, the cadence of the story takes us along for the ride rather than our normal feeling of hanging onto the edge of our seats as we watch the drama unfold.  

Justice Lonesome is definitely the reason that this book flowed the way it did.  Great name, right?  She's the daughter and granddaughter of rock royalty.  Raised in the life of sex, drugs and rock and roll.  She has even inherited the family talent.  But, Justice didn't get wrapped up in the life.  She was blessed with the voice, the charisma and not so blessed with family curse.  You see Justice needs the music like most people need air.  She didn't need the drama, publicity and the world watching her every move.  She just wanted to write her music and maybe find her own piece of happiness.   Losing her dad unexpectedly rocked her world.  To the world he was a rock God. To her he was the foundation that she lived her life on. Now with her dad gone Justice needed to find a place that would feed and nurture her poet's soul. 

Deke Hightower was a character dealing with so many demons it broke my heart.  It was only he and his mom for as long as he could remember.  They had it rough and it just got rougher.  On the other side of that now Deke has made a life for himself, but can't seem to let go of the past that made him.  

I loved Deke and Justice together.  Their initial meeting reached out and grabbed me right away.  Then the world tilted and we had to wait 7 long years.      When they found each other again Justice immediately recognised her other half and just let things unfold.  Deke took a lot longer in coming around to the realization that Justice was made for him, but when he did it was a beautiful thing.  

This couple gives us everything. So much depth and feeling it guts you.  Their love just is.  From the first meet to the last page you just know there could be no one else for the other.   And we get the drama in a big way.  Seriously, if you can finish this book without gut wrenching, ugly crying I'm in awe of you.   

Thank you Ms. Ashley for yet another great read that will stick with me long after I finished that last sentence. 

A 4 Star read for me

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