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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.
Bounty had been sitting on my kindle for a while and I was desperate to read it (yes that’s right READ! no audio for me this time) I couldn’t. Because I had to read two more from the series to listen to beforehand so once I was all caught up, I dive right in and oh my I wasn’t disappointed.
I’m totally in love with Deck Hightower. He was a hot sexy, protective alpha with a heart of gold and I was excited that he was getting his own story. He had popped up in the earlier books in the series and was one of those secondary characters that left a lasting impression. He was always there for his friends and their woman. So with all of his friends finding their perfect woman it was only fair that the man who everyone trusted found is own his own perfect woman and soul mate.
“Everyone knows he a good man and for someone like that, you want him to find a good woman.”
And what a woman KA found for him! Justice Lonesome was perfect. I loved her, her passion for music, and lyrics. She was sassy and had such endearing qualities. I loved the slow burn and anticipation of Justice and Deke’s relationship such a great build. I adored seeing them open up about their past issue and discover new things about each other, things that just made their love for each other deeper. Justice and Deke’s had such fantastic chemistry and they made me grin swoon so many times.
“The woman he had to understand I was so he’d understand I was the woman for him because with each passing day it was becoming clear he was the man for me.”
“Known you only weeks, babe, still know one of the best women I’ve ever met.”
KA gives us a good mixture of drama, twists, mystery, and suspense, with emotional, intense, funny and super hot moments. There was one aspect of the story that played out differently than I expected. Therefore, it has been mulling over my mind and I wonder if KA will explore this further at a later date maybe in a different series as I feel this character and their story is not over. Loved seeing some of my favorite characters from this series and other series again, that always warms my heart.
“I had not found my oasis. I had not found a home. I’d stumbled into heaven on earth where miracles could happen”.
Overall, Deke and Justice’s story was a fabulous read and a superb addition to the series. Loved the writing, the romance, the heartfelt moments that made me melt and get anxious, and as always KA gives us a perfect ending. I have to say I going to miss my Mountain Men and their women! But as all of KA’s books are connected in some way I sure it won’t be the last we hear from them.
A lip brush then a whispered, “Relax, Deke.”
His hand resting on my hip slid up to my waist and squeezed.
It did not push me away. It just squeezed.
“Jussy,” he muttered. “Now’s not—”
I went in for another lip brush, another whisper of, “Relax, honey,” and then I went for it and slid my tongue out, gliding the tip along the crease of his lips.
God, he tasted yummy.
I had just enough time to have that thought before I drew in a soft breath when I suddenly found myself on my back, Deke’s weight on me, all of his lower half pressing me into the bed.
“Jussy, don’t,” he growled, his words contradicting our new position. “Now’s not the time.”
Now was totally the time. If I didn’t feel that “now was the time” gathering between my legs (which I did), I could feel that indication hardening on my thigh.
I moved both my hands to his neck, its back, fingers up in his hair and I used those hands and his stiffness to pull me up and I put my mouth back to his.
“Now’s a great time,” I said softly. “You’ve been taking care of me. It’s my turn to take care of you.”
“Shush,” I whispered.
I cut off whatever he was going to say by sliding my tongue in his mouth and touching it to his.
His head jerked back.
My body went solid.
He didn’t move.
I held on to his neck and stared at him staring down at me.
Okay, maybe I shouldn’t have pushed it. Maybe now wasn’t the time.
Hell, maybe I was even wrong about the whole thing. Maybe Deke was that guy who went the extra mile to look out for his friends. And maybe the evidence that was growing hard against my thigh wasn’t evidence of what I thought it was, but just that I was a girl, he was a guy, we were in bed in the dead of night and that was the natural order of things.
I started to feel weird, scared, embarrassment creeping in, and I was about to let him go when it happened.
Thunder rolled in my bedroom, feeling like it was emanating from his stomach, through his chest, his lips, swelling in the room, over my skin, straight between my legs.
Then he shifted one of his hands that were in the bed at my sides, his weight up on his forearms, so it was wrapped around the back of my neck and his mouth slammed down on mine.
I opened my lips and his tongue thrust inside.
Oh God, yes, fuck yes.
He tasted yummy.
Another fierce growl released from Deke, sinking down my throat as he slanted his head and took the kiss deeper.
The man could kiss.
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.