REVIEW: Bounty by Kristen Ashley
Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Colorado Mountains #7
Favorite Quote: "If you don't wanna be nice, okay. But be cool enough to let me be nice because that's who I am and that's what I do and I'd really appreciate it if you'd let me."
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ / 3 up and down stars.
Review: I love Kristen Ashley and the characters that she creates. Justice and Deke are fantastic characters, I loved their differences and their backstories. I think that her Colorado Mountain series has the most diverse sets of couples and individuals throughtout all the different series. Yet there always remains those bonds and rhetoric that is present in all KA's books. So for that alone, I enjoyed this book.
A missed opportunity. I always like a premise where our two characters meet in the prologue but they are separated and find each other years later. Bounty starts strong, it's equally heartwarming and heartwrenching. We become immersed once again in the fictional mountain town of Carnal, CO, with all our favorite residents. Justice has such an amazing vibe, you immediately feel for her, you're rooting for her. When she meets Deke, it's equal parts funny and melancholy. Their banter is fantastic. The story has such a wonderful tone and setting.
When crisis strikes, it initially drives the plot to new heights. It's intriguing and makes you feel all the feels. Unfortunately, after that, the middle of the book sort of flatlined. It was sweet but I started to get bored. I just felt like it was missing something, another obstacle in the middle somewhere, and I could be more specific but I don't want to add any spoilers.
The climactic ending hits you with a punch but I also felt that it was resolved too quickly. I felt like we skipped a step. And perhaps that's just me, because it was still a classic Kristen Ashley book through and through, but it's not my favorite of the series, even though I adored Justice.
Now I will just eagerly await the next KA book because no matter what, I am hooked on her style. Rock Chick for life!