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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.
It's a well known fact amongst my book friends that as a general rule, I don't do "long" books. Primarily because of the time commitment issue. But there is also the fact that my attention span is limited. However, that rule goes right of the window when a Kristen Ashley book lands on my kindle. The rule gets doubly kicked out of the window when it's a colorado Mountain series book!!!! Woo hoo!!!! I thought this series was over. Why? I don't even know but when this lovely lady announced we'd be getting Deke Hightower's story, I was ridiculously excited. The length of the book was of no consequence. It could have been the size of an encyclopaedia. I did not care. I was reading "Bounty" the minute it landed on my kindle and I did just that. I listened to it using my "text to speech" function on my kindle fire whilst journeying to work and back. I read it on my kindle app on my work mobile while I sat waiting for my customers to see me. I listened to it while I cooked dinner and I read like a crazed woman when I awoke at 2am, thoughts of Justice and Deke running rampant in my mind. Do you get where I'm going with this? "Bounty" was addictive. It was captivating and it really did make for compulsive reading. I was engrossed, enthralled.. call it what you want but from the minute I started reading this book, I could not put it down. The world outside of Carnal ceased to exist as I once again immersed myself into the lives of the folk from the little Colorado mountain town.
No poet could truly be happy or their soul would waste away from starvation.
This author gave her readers gold when she gave us this 7th instalment in this series. She gave us her all. She gave us bounty. This really was signature Kristen Ashley. Would I want anything else? Hell no. From the beautiful, swoon worthy build up at the start of deke and Justice's story to that moment my heart dropped into the abyss and I was left wondering why!!! From the epic love story that unfolded to the thrilling sub plot that had me on the edge of my seat. From the "who done it" mystery that seemed to be on every characters lips to the suspense that had my nerves going crazy, my palms all sweaty and my pulse roaring in my ears. I got all of this. Kristen Ashley gave me all of this. And then she gave some more. Are there no limits to this wonderful woman's talents? Not that I can see that's for sure.
Deke and Justice were two characters who (on the surface) couldn't have been opposite. Deke didn't do rich. He didn't have a whole lot of money but then he didn't need it. He lived for his bike and the road and that was enough for him. Justice Lonesome had it all. She had it all and she could have more. She had money. She had wealth and she had her name but it wasn't enough. If anything, it was all too much. She didn't want it. She wanted less. She wanted simplicity. She wanted quiet. She wanted peace and from the life she had lead, I completely understood that. A move to Carnal was exactly where she hoped she would find all that she was looking for and from the minute she laid eyes on Deke, something inside of her told her she had found home. Unfortunately, it would take more, a whole lot more for Deke to see the real Justice Lonesome and he would fight those feelings (and at times behave like an ass) until tragedy would give him the wake up call he needed to realise that Justice Lonesome was it for him too.
"I don't know what's holding you back but whatever it is, got a bad feeling
you're throwing' away the best thing that ever dropped in your lap."
Deke and Justice were characters that were just so perfect for one another. They fit and they fit so well. Deke was very much what we've grown to know and love about this author's leading men. He had that alpha, grizzly, protective, hot, sexy as hell streak that made me go all warm and fuzzy. And Justice, well Justice was a woman with strength and sass and fight in her. I loved each of these characters as individuals and as a couple. The icing on the cake for me was the fact that so many characters from KA books and series gone by came out to play. Chase, Tate and Lauren, Nina and Max, Ty and Lexie, Wood and Jim-Billy, Krystal and Bubba, Deacon, Twyla and sunny and Shambles to name but a few all played pivotal roles in how Deke and Justice's story played out and I loved every single bit of it. Oh and we got "The Rooster" and Nina and Max at the rooster and we all know what happens when these two end up there... drama and a punch up usually!!! Did it happen this time? you'll have to wait and see.
This was another brilliant addition to the "Colorado Mountain" series that had me swooning and crooning. It saw me laugh and giggle and grin like a cheshire cat. But in equal measure this one also had my heart break into a million pieces with big, ugly tears that followed. Prepare yourselves for one hell of a story peeps. Prepare yourselves for one hell of an epic love story.
I had not found my oasis. I had not found a home.
I'd stumbled into heaven on earth where miracles could happen.
I rated "Bounty" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Once I had it in, the air of his trailer, the air Deke breathed, I let it out saying, “You know how you told me I was one of the best women you’ve ever met?”
He again didn’t answer immediately, then his deep voice sounded.
“You’re one of the best men I’ve ever met.”
“That’s it, Deke. I’m a lucky girl. Blessed. Given so much bounty, it’s almost embarrassing how much God likes me. But He really must like me because I have all I have and He also gave me you.”
“You’re gonna be shutting up now,” Deke declared, I could hear the gruff in his voice, the buried emotion.
That was beautiful too.
I grinned down the hall.
“You’re also gonna be shuttin’ your eyes and goin’ to sleep,” he commanded.
“You and Mr. T might have had a taking-care-of-Justice-meeting-of-the-minds but this is plain bossing me, Deke.”
“Yeah, it is. And you keep talkin’, you’ll be talkin’ to nothin’ ’cause I’ll be putting my earphones in.”
It was my turn to boss.
“You listen to Dad, I want to hear it.”
“You’re talking,” Deke noted.
“No, seriously. I want to hear it.”
“Don’t got one of those speaker things. And sound is shit through the phone.”
“First chance, mall for Deke Hightower. Coffeemaker and speaker dock.”
“You buy me that shit, I’ll tan your hide.”
Deke spanking me.
A quiver slithered down my spine, the small of my back, through the crease of my ass to settle in between my legs.
I rolled to my back and stared at the ceiling, knowing I should shut up.
Even knowing that, I still wasn’t going to let it go.
“You’ll have to catch me first. Though, that might happen as you’ll be caffeinated by decent coffee.”
I rolled back to my side as I heard and felt the movement of Deke making his way down the hall. I watched his big body hit the small space I was in, filling it up. I also watched as his phone illuminated that space and in a couple of seconds, I heard Dad singing.
He set the phone on the built-in nightstand next to his bed.
Then I watched as he bent deep and after that, all I could do was feel.
Feel his hand cupping the back of my head. Feel his lips touch my temple. Feel the rumble in his voice as he whispered in my ear.
“You’re safe here, Jussy. Got me lookin’ after you. Got Twyla outside lookin’ out for both of us. Got your dad watchin’ over you. So stop yammerin’ to keep sleep away. Close your eyes, gypsy, and I swear to God, you’ll be safe in your dreams.”
God, he could also talk sexy, sweet and protective, like a verbal cuddle.
“Okay, Deke,” I whispered back.
I felt his fingers press into my scalp before I again felt his lips brush my temple.
“Night, Jussy. Catch you in the morning.”
One thing I’d learned that day in a way I knew it was for certain.
And it was something that would forever feed my poet’s soul having it in the way I did, which I treasured, and in the way I never would, which I longed for.
That being knowing without a doubt that no matter what…
Deke would catch me.
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