ARC Review: Bounty by Kristen Ashley

Posted April 15, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 15 Comments

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ARC Review: Bounty by Kristen Ashley
Bounty
by Kristen Ashley

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: April 18th 2016
Series: Colorado Mountain #7
Published by Self Published
Pages: 570
Format: eARC
 

“He’s [Deke] sexy as hell, gives orgasms out like sweets and he knows how to hang some shelves, he ticks all the important boxes”
~ Under the Covers

Do we really need a blurb? I have a standard structure when I write a review and the first paragraph is always a quick non-spoilery blurb. However, I figure we are on book 7 of the Colorado Mountain series now and this is Kristen Ashley, most people have either; tried and loved her and now read everything she writes (yep, that’s me!) or tried and decided she is not the author for them (I call these people ‘the crazies’). After all Ashley has a certain style of writing that isn’t for everyone, it’s slightly dramatic, definitely unrealistic and far too emotional for a stiff upperlipped Englishwoman like myself, and yet I lap this stuff up.

On to the book itself, I love this series, Ashley’s Colorado Mountain series is my favourite – closely followed by her The ‘Burg – these rugged mountain men sure know how to do some wooing. Deke is no different, once he knows Justice is his woman, she had no chance of withstanding his rough and tumble charm. And why would she want to withstand it? He’s sexy as hell, gives orgasms out like sweets and he knows how to hang some shelves, he ticks all the important boxes.

Bounty pretty much follows the normal schedule of events for an Ashley book, so if you are looking for something different, then keep looking. However, if you are after a sexy, alpha hero and a feisty rock star (yep she’s a rock star!) heroine setting the sheets on fire whilst also having a pretty adorable romance then you need to pick Bounty up. I also loved seeing the characters from the previous books pop in and out of this book, Krystal, the bad-tempered-with-a-heart-of-gold bar owner,  in particular, she never had her own book, so I am glad we go to know her a little better in this one.

Although this isn’t my favourite in the series, Sweet Dreams still holds my number one position (and number one Kristen Ashley book in general) but this was a good addition to the series and as always I can’t wait to see what she brings out next!

 

EXCERPT

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.

“Don’t, Jussy.”

I did.

“You’re one of the best men I’ve ever met.”

“Jussy.”

“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.”

Shit.

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.

God.

“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.”

Yeah.

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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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has 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, growing up 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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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Great review. I’m in agreement with you; at this point her books aren’t that surprising, so a steady 3.5 is right where she falls for me. Her books are hit or miss for me. The thing with KA is that she hauls you so far into her character’s heads, that there’s no in between. If you love them, you REALLY love them, and you loathe them, you REALLY loathe them. (That was Rocky, for me.)

Colorado Mountain is my favorite series of hers. I can’t wait for this one. Great review!

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That’s very true Angie, she does delve straight into the characters head. Luckily I do usually love them! This wasn’t my fave in the series, but it was definitely a good addition

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Great review! Like you, my two favorite series of hers is Colorado Mountain and <The Burg, so I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on this new release. I feel like we’ve been waiting forever to finally get Deke’s story and I can’t wait to devour it! I simply adore Kristen Ashley’s books and her writing style. She is my go to author whenever I am suffering through a reading slump and am in need of a refresh. My only problem is that we I get done with them, I know I’ll have another wait until the next one.

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I know! I have loved Deke from the start and was excited he was finally getting his book, he is worth the wait. I do the same, I normally pick up one of the Rock Chicks or this series.

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Thanks for the review, I can’t wait to read Bounty.

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I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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Sophia Rose

Ha! Yes, glad it was awesome-ness. I still need to read Kaleidoscope to catch up with the Colorado Mtn series. Love Sweet Dreams, too!

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You need to get on it Sophia Rose, Kaleidoscope was really good as well 🙂

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Mine is on order….did try Rock Chicks but found them tedious….love the other series though and the way she builds people!

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Yeah, the Rock Chick series are a little more longwinded, I do love it, but I think Colardao Series has the edge

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This sounds like a winner. I need to catch up on this series. I read and loved the first 4 books, but I’m behind now.

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It’s great Jenm, you need to catch up 😀

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Really like the excerpt…and if this isn’t even the best in the series…Oh. My.

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I still need to read this series…thanks for the review Suzanne

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What a wonderful excerpt! 🙂