Sunday, April 17, 2016

Bounty (Colorado Mountain #7) by Kristen Ashley: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Blurb:

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.


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Excerpt:

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.”

“Jus—”

“Shush,” I whispered.

“Jussy—”

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.

Okay.

Yes.

Okay.

Damn.

The man could kiss.

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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Review by Yvette:

Swooning…laughing…crying…all in the span of one book. Yup. Must be reading a Kristen Ashley novel. It never ceases to amaze me how this author seems to have a direct line to my heartstrings because, within minutes of starting Bounty, my heart was already emotionally invested in the would-be but not-quite romance between protagonists, Justice Lonesome and Deke Hightower. From that point on, it was a gradual process of falling in love with these characters who appear to be opposites, yet are in fact perfect for each other. Romantic, suspenseful, and fan-your-face steamy, Bounty is a heartbreakingly beautiful, uplifting love story about embracing fate, finding happiness, and learning to appreciate the simple things in life.

The travelin' man and the gypsy. That would make a good song title, but it makes for an even better book. After a missed connection seven years beforehand, Justice and Deke cross paths again when Deke takes over renovating Justice’s new house. The only problem? Deke doesn’t recognize Justice and she does everything possible not to trigger his memory. The fact that she’s a famous singer whose hit song was inspired by Deke is also something she doesn’t want broadcasted in an effort to become Jus, a simplified version of herself, one that fits in with the new life she’s building for herself. While Jus is the primary narrator, there are chapters from Deke’s perspectives, for which I was incredibly grateful, if only to see inside of his mind to get a hint that the attraction between him and Justice was mutual. Their romance is a slow build, blossoming from friendship into something stronger.

From previous books in the Colorado Mountain series, I remember Deke being portrayed as a man’s man, gruff, strong, and intimidating, but ultimately considerate and reliable. I therefore couldn’t have imagined a more fitting love interest for the burly, bearded mountain man than Jus, who’s an endearingly persistent, endlessly optimistic, exuberant source of lightness. Her “poet’s soul” causes her to feel pain deeper than others but she also loves harder, smiles bigger, and holds onto hope longer – all positive attributes to have when it comes to breaking down Deke’s defenses. Their easygoing banter, their sizzling chemistry, and their soul-baring openness with each other are what make Bounty such an entertaining, captivating read.

What I love about Bounty (and all of Kristen Ashley's books, for that matter), is that the narrative isn't just plot-driven or just character-driven; it's both. The characters are thoroughly fleshed out, beginning with their backstories, and continuing with their development as the story progresses. There's a romance unfolding at the core of the story but the book is about so much more than that. It's about family and friends and the intricacies of day-to-day life. Of course, it wouldn’t be the Colorado Mountain series without a bit of danger and suspense, but just enough to keep you on your toes. Overall, Bounty is an attention-grabbing, emotionally-captivating, and immensely enjoyable read.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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1 comment:

  1. What a fantastic giveaway! Kristen Ashley is a phenomenal author!

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