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Bounty (Colorado Mountain Series) (Volume 7) Paperback – April 18, 2016
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Kristen Ashley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in Indiana, but has lived in Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she’s been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least), but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, living in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.
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Oh. And how could I almost forget to mention the descriptions of building/construction? I don't know exact what drywall is, but we get to hear a lot about its installation..A LOT.
As the plot begins, the major plot strands seem pretty obvious and, sure enough, events duly roll out with lots of building and sex in between.
I liked the book, but if I sound ambivalent, it's because as I turned pages I found myself thinking, "More drywall?" "More lunchtime descriptions?" and finally even "More sex?"
My final summary is:
1. Nice main couple,mature for a KA pairing
2. Sweet romance with some very touching moments.
3. Drawn out plot that felt a bit predictable and could've used some editing.
Justice Lonesome is a rockstar. She is the daughter of a rockstar and the granddaughter of a rockstar too. Her whole family is famous. She is famous. But the road and the fame have taken everything from her. She just lost her dad and she is battling her first step-mother and half brother for his estate. She just wants a place to settle and live for a while.
Deke Hightower is a man who only feels free when he is on the road, who is still affected by his difficult past. We know him from other books in the series. His best friend is Tate. He does construction when in town for Max’s company. He has a tight circle of friends and has been a rock of support whenever needed… and this group has needed a lot through all of the books.
Deke is the epitome of brooding silent alpha. He keeps to himself, doesn’t share much but after years of being alone and seeing all his friends tied down with great women, he can’t help but wish the very same for himself.
Justice and Deke meet one night in a biker bar. Neither of them were looking for anything, but they found each other. They sparked, they connected. In those few moments, a part of her heart belonged to him forever. It being late though, they arranged for him to pick her up the next day on his bike. She waited and waited but, with no explanation, he never showed and she didn’t hear from him again for the next seven years…
Seven years later is when the real story begins. Justice’s whole family were rock stars but by this point, she too had become a world famous singer. Unbenounced to Deke, she even wrote a song about him on the night they met that went on to be a world-wide hit after she released it. But being in the spotlight her whole life had its drawbacks and after her father’s death, she needed to step back and find a little place to call her own where she could just be Jus, not Justice Lonesome. So she bought a piece of property in Carnal, an oasis to call her own. And stepped into the bar that night to celebrate…. and there he was.
As it turned out, the house she’d purchased needed pretty much everything (including walls) built from scratch and as luck would have it, her contractor had a man skilled in construction just arrive in town recently who he was happy to send her way to work on her house. Naturally, she jumped at the chance to be any closer to having walls so she agreed. But when he arrived, guess who it was…Deke.
This is a slowburn. Deke doesn’t recognize her at the bar or in her construction site/house. Deke is brusk and curt and hard to get to know. He sees her as a fancy ass, spoiled rich lady who is remodeling this house for a hobby and he refuses to let her pass the time try to get him in bed as well. He had a very bad run in with a lying rich girl in the past. He wants nothing to do with her at first. It takes a long time for them to become friends and the more he is with her the more he sees Justice for who she is and not what he has assumed about her.
I can’t pinpoint what I didn’t like about this book. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as some of KA’s books. It didn’t have the same appeal to me. The plot was so slow that I think it stopped and repeated a few things. I didn’t have the same affection for Deke as I did for Tate, Max, or Chace. He just didn’t seem like a guy I would like. It was a fine book, but Kristen Ashley has written better.
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Justice Lonesome is in search of peace. After spending years on the road with no destination, her soul is in search of solace. A place where she is just.. Jus. Deke is the epitome of loyalty, in which we've seen in the previous stories, however, he is a man of the road. Carnal's traveling man. When Justice and Deke cross paths in Carnal, there's an unknown history they need to overcome. Can a man with no roots and woman in search of peace make it work?
Although I liked the story, and I really did, I find that I wasn't IN LOVE like I usually am with a KA read. Some scenes were stretched out a bit making it hard to get to the good parts. However, the scenes were insanely hot and the plot was all heart in true Kristen Ashley form.
If you're following this series, this is a great addition to the series. Plus, we get to revisit some of our favorite previous characters who come together to welcome the newest member of the Carnal. It was a good read and I do recommend it.
Deke is s simple man, who lives a simple life. He has no time for women, especially a rich princess. Her mere arrival brings up past feelings and events, that shaped him into the man he is today.
Just spends a good portion of the book breaking down Deke's walls and those things were sturdy. He thought that she was this rich snotty woman, but she proved to him that she was nothing of the sort.
This book was a slow burn that made your heart ache with each chapter. their chemistry was palpable and the steaminess between the two was just wow.
I'll let you read it and judge for yourself, but trust me, you will love this book
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a little long but the characters are in my heart and i love them and feel for them. starting next book in the series right now!