Bounty by Kristen Ashley

May 3, 2016 Book Review 0 ★★★★

Bounty by Kristen Ashleyfour-stars
Bounty by Kristen Ashley
Series: Colorado Mountain #7
Also in this series: Colorado Mountain Series, The Gamble, Sweet Dreams, Lady Luck, Breathe, Jagged, Kaleidoscope
on April 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 635
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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.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.


Chainlinksquaremini2By SpiceI have to say, Bounty sparked off one of the longest and most interesting book chats we have ever had here at EDGy. It’s not our favorite Colorado Mountain book, but underneath all the rambling dialogue was a powerful story with some strong emotions making it well worth the time taken to read.

We all were impressed by Deke and his laid back traveling man soul. We liked Jussy too, although her poetic ramblings drove Lily batty (well all three of us really, just Lily more so). She was down to earth, and that went a long way in helping get past her circular thought process.

Deke and Jussy’s relationship was fairly low angst, although a long time in the making. Definitely, a slow burn romance as these two found their way and figured out what would and wouldn’t work for them.

The emotions threaded into the background is what made this a good book. The action helped a bit too, although we would have all liked to see more of it. The cameos had us all cheering and Krystal and her condition throughout most of the book had us all cracking up.

We all agreed this book spun its wheels in places. Some of it was the slow pacing of the overall story, and some of it was the way things were worded. It’s almost like KA was trying too hard to showcase the “poet’s soul” resulting in circular Bountycomesquareminisentences that didn’t quite make sense at times.

Spice and Sparkles both gave Bounty 4 stars. Lily gave it three. It wasn’t what we consider the best Kristen Ashley book, but even so, it’s still a good book.

What we loved:

  • Deke: An alpha who made no apologies for who he was and what he needed to be happy.
  • Jussy: Down to earth no matter what her name was.
  • The low on the drama, easy relationship between Jussy and Deke, before during, and after they get together.
  • Krystal: She was upfront and center for this book, and we all loved the time spent with her.
  • The cameos that resulted in hot guy overload. The only thing that we would have added was maybe Chaos coming into Bubba’s for a beer or three.
  • The old school KA type action.
  • The remodeling project added to the book and didn’t take over. Having all the guys working on the house at once helped with this (excuse me while I fan myself while imagining this….again).

What didn’t work for us:

  • The clunky dialogue, both inner and verbal. It was circular and all over the place at times making it difficult to read.
  • The pacing. The beginning was slow, the middle went on forever and the ending was rushed. We felt like 20% of the middle could have been cut and added to the end.
  • The scene at the end so reminiscent of a scene in Rock Chick Revolution.
  • All three of us wrote separate reviews. Click on the spoiler by our name to see the full review.




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