Bounty (Colorado Mountain #7) by Kristen Ashley
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.
4 out of 5 stars
Wonderful story! Kristen Ashley always pulls me in, making me ignore everything around me. This was no different. Another solid read!
Deke and Justice’s story was so good but I just have to say, I absolutely loved Deke. So sweet, protective, strong, loving, and caring. This man was amazing! I really liked the story of him and Justice coming together, the tension and chemistry, feelings developing and emerging. I was into it all. The front half had a slow burn and build but once that heat gets turned up, wow! Hot! There were lots of layers and twists and turns happening. I liked Justice too and her whole theme of “bounty” that was happening. It was heartfelt and full of so much love. It just made me feel full!
I really enjoyed all the connections and relationships that came in to play and how people from other stories were connected into this one. It’s fun to see.
I thought the story was really well written and had a decent pace but it felt drawn out in a few places to me, I was ready for some drama, for something to happen. I also thought one of the side stories wrapped up too easily even though there was decent closure, it just was kind of done. Here’s the thing though, I could not put this story down. I kept right on reading, absorbing all these great details because I wanted to know everything and I was rooting for these fantastic characters. So even though a few things felt off to me, it was still an awesome read!
Kristen Ashley will forever be a favorite of mine. There is so much detail and depth in all her stories, she’s a go-to author for sure. This series is a definite must read!
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