Bounty : Colorado Mountain

  • by Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by Emma Taylor
  • Series: Colorado Mountain
  • 21 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 15. 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 in to 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.


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Deke & Justice

One of my most favourite of Kristen Ashley, the 7th in the Colorado Series. Great to visit with the other couples in this series!
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- SX

Too long, with self-absorbed heroine

In the prologue we meet the h contemplating her years spent partying around the world. She is, apparently, jaded, bored and “done”. I was soon “done” with her “poor little rich girl” routine, especially when she fixates on the mere sight of the H and laments in great detail why her life of “bounty” will never be complete without him in it. This sets the tone for the rest of the book with her endless musings over every aspect of the H like a lovesick teenage fan lusting over a pop star. (Her pathetic drooling over his chest included details of individual muscles, a page devoted solely to describing his chest hair and a weird eulogy about the size and shape of his stomach). In addition, the h declared that she had a “poet’s soul” and that this caused her much emotional angst and suffering, conveniently ignoring that she was living a lifestyle that most would envy.

The book follows the death of her rock superstar father, with the h looking for “peace”. Finding “peace” apparently means leaving all your loving friends and family to live alone in a half built, isolated, insecure and unheated house. Seriously? This was meant to show the reader how much she just loves the “simple life” but it’s like choosing to fly Economy, when you can easily afford First Class – only an idiot would do it. Her life had been one long spending spree with very little work required on her part to fund it, and she was now stressed over whether she would inherit a third or a half of 30 million to add to her trust fund (Over the months the book covered before the epilogue I think she did about 3 hours work – songwriting – while the H worked full time, six days per week, doing construction work.) Listening to her constant self-pity that her “poet’s soul” gave her “pleasure and pain” and how she needed “peace” was an insult to the many readers who have real problems.

I really liked the H in this book (although I did get confused between Deke, Deacon and Decker!). He seemed like a good, solid, hard working guy, and personally I thought he deserved better than a woman obsessed with her “poet’s soul”, who seemed to think that she was somehow more special because she had to suffer with this “poet’s soul”. And yeah, it is irritating to hear about this over and over and over again.

This book was way too long and actually pretty boring. There was a drama about one of her friends but apart from one incident that directly involved the h, the rest of this plot-line was played out elsewhere, and it seemed a bit detached from the main focus of the book, which was all about the H working really hard building a house for the h, while the h pretty much sat around and watched him do it. The final incident was like an afterthought to give a suitable dramatic ending and both H and h reacted like idiots to the situation and faced up to a spaced-out druggie with a gun, merely to save some mementos. That’s just dumb.

As you may have gathered by my long rant, I was not too impressed by this book. I really felt that several years down the line the H is going to realise he is stuck with a needy, self obsessed princess, who makes everything into a drama all about her deep emotional sensitivity. Here’s an idea: Maybe we can introduce her “Poet’s Soul” to that “Inner Goddess”……. This book is “one star” compared to KA’s better offerings. But a one star KA book is equal to three stars by Amazon standards!
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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-04-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios