Audiobook Review: Bounty by Kristen Ashley

Bounty by Kristen Ashley
Series: Colorado Mountain #7 (full reading order below)
Audiobook Publication Date: April 18th 2016
Length: 21 hours and 7 minutes
Narrated by: Emma Taylor
Links: Audible • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

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.

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!

4 hearts

Reading Order: Colorado Mountain series

The Gamble by Kristen Ashley Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley
Breathe by Kristen Ashley Jagged by Kristen Ashley Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley 

#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 • AudibleGoodreads
#6 ~Kaleidoscope: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#7 ~ Bounty: Ebook • PaperbackAudible • Goodreads

Here’s an audio excerpt from Bounty!


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10 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: Bounty by Kristen Ashley

  1. I’m not really a fan of audiobooks but if it is Kristen Ashley’s book? why the hell not?! The audio excerpt is really good. I would try this anytime soon. Thanks for sharing your review and the audio excerpt 🙂

    • KA is the kind of author you’ll take any way! 😉 And you’re very welcome! I really hope you give audiobooks a try – KA would be a great place to start 🙂

  2. I’m thinking of starting at the beginning of this series to get the full effect. But as you know KA books are long. It could take me forever to re-read.

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