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One of my most favourite of Kristen Ashley, the 7th in the Colorado Series. Great to visit with the other couples in this series!
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!
So...I knew better, as I was doing it, I thought 'you probably should not be doing this now' but I did it anyway, I started this new Kristen Ashley book at 9:30 pm on a week night. 6 hours later I was still listening, completely wired by this story and had wrestle with myself to hit pause button so I got get a few hours of sleep before work.
I am a huge KA fan and I loved this one, it is pure KA. A prior reviewer said that nothing happens in this book, but I completely disagree, there is a depth to the characters that is revealed in al the minor interactions and little dramas. It is what I truly find so appealing about her books. You can't help but love all her characters.
I think it is my second favorite of the series (after Sweet Dreams) but I think I need to go back and listen to all the books in this series again before I make a final determination.
If you enjoy KA books this should be an auto download -absolutely credit worthly, if you are new to this author, this is the most recent release in the Colorado Mountain series. It can be read as a stand alone, but would be better if read in order imo. Happy listening
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I know I am supposed to have a detailed review, but I can only say..... Bounty is a beautiful love story full of trials, struggles, and passion.
The ending is wonderful. The narrator fits the part perfectly. And the credit was well spent!
.. the end.
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