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.
Kristen Ashley is one of my all time favourite romance authors and I’ve not even read ALL of her books. But her books seem to have it all, and this one is no different. This is the 7th book in the Colorado Mountain series and another fabulous book. Each time I read one of her books it becomes my new favourite, until I read the next one!
Bounty is pretty perfect as far as a romance story goes. In this story we have Deke Hightower (who we’ve met before in previous books) and Justice Lonesome. I was so pleased that Deke has his own story as he’s been such an important character in other books, so it was about time we read more about him.
Deke and Justice first meet each other at a biker bar in Wyoming. He appeals to Justice instantly and they chat for 10 minutes. After arranging to meet up the next day, he never shows up and Justice is left wondering why….
Move to 7 years later, and Jus has moved to the country and to Carnal, to get away from it all, buys a huge house which needs a lot of work, and tried to find her place in this new town. Enter Deke! And much to Jus’ disappointment he doesn’t remember her and he doesn’t appear to want to get to know her.
This is a slow-burn romance. There’s a developing friendship, but I was looking forward to when they finally took that step to become lovers and admit where things were going. It’s sweet, romantic, thoughtful and caring and as with all KA books with her handsome alpha men, it’s super hot and sexy! Deke is just perfect!
I loved the fact that this book had so many of the characters from the other books in the series, but also featuring characters from the ‘Burg series and others too. I do love those cross-overs that KA writes!
There is also loads of drama, excitement, twists and turns and just as you start to think this book is going well and everyone is happy… BAM!!!! A twist or dramatic event occurs! And boy did this one get my heart racing.
I think there is an element of knowing what was going to happen in this book, without the specifics, but then I wouldn’t say that’s necessarily a negative as sometimes that’s what makes it a good comfort read.
So yes, overall another great book from Kristen Ashley! Bounty was a great story and I must say that for me, the epilogue was awesome. It had it all and I really enjoyed the musical element in this too.
**** 4 Gypsy Princess stars ****
And now I’m off to make some Steph’s Chicken in my Crock-Pot!!!