REVIEW: Bounty by Kristen Ashley

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18 - Bounty

Colorado Mountain Book 7

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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.



Kristen Ashley is a masterful storyteller, this much is true. But I think BOUNTY may be her best yet. It was incredibly poetic in its prose, and breathtaking in its storytelling. It epitomized romance in such an ethereal way, that it has literally stolen the words from me. I read this a number of days ago and I just couldn’t find the words to express the pure beauty that BOUNTY is, and I still don’t think I can.

Reading a new KA book is like coming home after a long time away, and it was, completely. But it was a coming home for Justice too. We got to experience our own coming back home and her finding her home, which made it such a heartwarming novel. I could feel her every emotion. I didn’t just fall into love with Deke; I fell in love with Justice too. She was a crazy cool rock chick that embodied hope, forgiveness, and friendship. She’s everything women aspire to be, but she’s also flawed and real. Her and Deke’s relationship was such a strongly written slow burn. It had ups and downs, and it was far from the definition of perfect. But it was perfect. Together they created something effortless, and so full of emotion.

Aside from the main relationship, something that KA is wonderful at is creating and adding side characters into the story. We get to see all of the gang from prior books, and it was so incredibly nice to see them again. To witness the warmth and love they bring to each other and to anyone new, like Justice. They aren’t just there to add background or be there, but they actually add to the story and to character development. They have a purpose, always. And not to give anything away, but we also get a few characters from other series thrown in, quickly yes, but it was really nice to see them too.

I HIGHLY recommend you listen to the songs in the book as they appear in scenes. KA is always so smart and resourceful in choosing songs that complement a scene so perfectly, and it’s why to this day I can’t listen to some of the songs from prior books without sobbing (especially from DEACON). BOUNTY was a spectacular romance, the absolute best it could be, and I never wanted it to end. But the beauty of KA is that you can reread every book she writes so many times you lose track, and they still retain the beauty they did the first time. I can’t say enough how much I loved it, and how much I think you should read it. You should. You’ll fall in love with absolutely every character, big or small, and the story will make you smile, swoon, cry, and sob. It’s pure bounty for the soul.



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I was born a middle class white child in Gary, Indiana, USA. One of the last of a dying breed. I nearly killed my mother and myself making it into the world, seeing as I had the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck (already attempting to accessorize and I hadn’t taken my first breath!). Mom says they took me away, put her back in her room, she looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). She remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

All I’ve ever wanted to do was write (well, and be the Queen of the World, but you gotta start small) and I’ve published a gazillion books and counting (and a gazillion is a lot! shoo!).You can learn about my titles that have been released or that are soon to be released in the Titles section of the website.

Even though I jump genres, there is always a theme to my books…humor (hopefully), engaging characters (again, hopefully) and romance (definitely).

My loves are movies, music, food and fashion and I partake of all of them as often as I can (the middle two more than the others, the former, which takes time I don’t often have and the latter, which takes money I rarely have). In fact, I love food so much, I like to share my good fortune so I put my recipes on offer for you on this page (see top menu and don’t miss them, they’re awesome!).

I grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and have lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus I’m blessed to have friends and family around the globe. My family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write and growing up it was large and multi-generational. We all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. I grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as I keep growing up, it keeps getting better.

So here I am, thank goodness.

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