Kristen Ashley is in the house and we’ve got a great post for her upcoming release, Bounty, the 7th book in her popular Colorado Mountain series. Our resident KA expert Dorsey wrote a great review and made an awesome picture collage for you to check out! There is also an excerpt to read and fantastic giveaway to enter! Bounty’s release is only a few days away, April 18th, but is available for preorder now. Before you go fill out the Rafflecopter for your chance to win some amazing prizes! Enjoy and good luck!
Bounty by Kristen Ashley
on April 18th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
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.
4.5 “Chain Link” Stars!!!
I have to say I have been intrigued by Deke since his introduction into the series in “Sweet Dreams”, I was beyond excited when KA announced that he would be getting his own book!!!! We know very little about Deke, but he has always been around Carnal, he’s tight with Tate & Ty (he had a hand in keeping Lexie safe in “Lady Luck” and he was the one to rush Laurie to the hospital when she was found in the woods). He’s a loner, a nomad, and not tied down by anything, much like Reece was, he’s a roamer.
Justice Lonesome comes from a family of musicians, her father was a well-known beloved recording artist and an icon in the music industry. She herself has an immense talent and is very well known in the music industry, and she’s very successful in her own right as a songwriter and singer. At 34-years-old she is searching….she has everything she could ever want including plenty of money, still she searches for that one thing that money can’t buy. As I said, Jussy is well known, especially for a particular song, a song she wrote and recorded after meeting Deke that first and last time.
Justice and Deke actually met 7 years prior in a chance encounter, but their planned date for the following day never happened. Now it seems fate has placed her in Deke’s path again, when she hires a contractor (MAX!! from The Gamble) and Deke is one of the construction workers contracted to work on her house, unfortunately, Deke doesn’t remember her and want’s nothing to do with her because of her obvious wealth, this crushes her at first but she just goes with the flow…….
“God, he didn’t only not remember me, he had no interest in me.”
Deke and Jussy become good friends despite their mutual attraction, but, Deke continues to keep Jussy at arm’s length. Naturally Deke starts to care about her but because of their very obvious financial differences, he is determined to keep his distance…unfortunately, there is a danger to Jussy lurking in the background and when she is attacked, game over, Deke will stop at nothing to keep Jussy safe!!!!
“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.” – Bubba to Deke
I can’t get enough of these ALPHA mountain men! I loved being back in Carnal and seeing everyone, all of our favorites were on board here!! I loved Deke and Justice’s story, classic KA with a twist since the heroine is the one who is financially stable one, kind of different but in no way made Deke less of alpha mountain man!! My only complaint was the epilogue. I’m completely spoiled by KA’s epilogues but this one seemed….different, part of it was great, but on a whole not as satisfying as they usually are.