Every time I start one of Kristen Ashley’s audiobooks, I know it’ll be worth the listen. All of them have great narrators and even better stories. I love audiobooks that are LONG too, so these are pretty much perfect for me. 20+ hours of listening is a little daunting, but the length is totally worth it when it’s KA. Bounty, the latest standalone in her Colorado Mountain series, is another winner – it’s got KA’s classic, endearing characters, a sweeping romance, and overall, just a feel-good mood that lifted my spirits as I listened. It’s a heartwarming story that takes you on a gradual journey of falling in love – if you love audiobooks, this series, or this author, Bounty is a must-listen!
Seven years ago, Deke and Justice met and connected instantly – but after a failed date where Deke never showed up, Justice moved on and went on to become a well-known singer, whose hit song was inspired by the very man who stood her up. Now, their lives cross paths again – this time, Justice is ready to settle down from her rock star life and build a life for herself… and Deke is the man hired to renovate her house. While Justice remembers everything about Deke, he doesn’t recognize her at all, but the attraction between them is still very much present and palpable. Deke is known to be a nomad, never wanting to settle down in any place, while Justice wants to build a home for herself. Will these two be able to turn their newfound friendship into something meaningful and bountiful, or will they always be fated to cross paths but never come together?
Bounty is a slow-building kind of story – from Justice and Deke’s slowly growing friendship, to their blossoming feelings for each other, to their relationship developing in an organic, steady pace, all of this takes time and patience to build. KA takes you along for the sweet ride, step by step besides these two wonderful characters as they discover a forever kind of love they never expected to find. I was surprised by how light-hearted and optimistic Bounty was, which is most likely thanks to Justice’s characters. She’s a sweetheart of a heroine, always looking at the bright side of things and persevering to have the kind of life that’s full of love she’s always dreamed of. And Deke, while normally stoic and gruff, finds a lightness within himself whenever he’s with Jussie. These two characters are just perfect together!
There’s always a magical feel in KA’s romances, and I definitely felt that as I listened to Bounty. If you’re a romance lover, I highly encourage you to give her audiobooks a try. Emma Taylor, while a little monotonous at times, did a great job with the little subtleties in accents between different characters. She really brought all the Colorado Mountain characters to life. So definitely use that credit to get Bounty – it’s totally worth the listen!
Reading Order: Colorado Mountain series
#1 ~ The Gamble: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Sweet Dreams: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Lady Luck: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Breathe: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#5 ~ Jagged: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#6 ~Kaleidoscope: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#7 ~ Bounty: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Here’s an audio excerpt from Bounty!