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.
I think this may be one of the hardest reviews I will have to write. Why is that you may ask? Well I love Kristen Ashley, I never think twice about if I will read one of her books, because she has never let me down. With Bounty though, I wasn’t let down, obviously I still have rated it 4 stars, but it lacked something and at times it dragged on which took away from my being completely enthralled by the story which has never happened before.
I absolutely loved Deke, and have been waiting to read his story since the very first time we had been introduced to him. Like all of KA’s heroes, Deke has a past that had changed him into who he was and the reason why he was how he was. I really felt for Deke, especially when he talks about his mom, you feel that pain deep in your heart because you can tell he loved her deeply. I could even understand his hatred for other things even if that meant he shuts people out.
I really wanted to love Justice, but I sadly only ended up liking her. I just couldn’t connect with her character like I was able to do with Deke. While I loved knowing that she was a song writer and singer, after a while the repetitiveness of her mentioning it took away from what could have been beautiful and inspiring and made me no longer care as much about her story like I did Deke’s. Maybe it is a case of it being the mind set I was in when I read the book, maybe it’s not but I wish I could have liked her character more.
Bounty may not be my favorite book by the talented Kristen Ashley, but I am so happy that we had finally gotten Deke’s story, because those of us who have been reading this series from the very first book until Bounty have wondered who Deke was deep inside and now we finally get the story behind the man we were all curious and anxious to know about.