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.
I’m a lucky girl. Blessed. Given so much bounty, it’s almost embarrassing how much God likes me. But He really must like me because all I have and He also gave me you.
What is it about a Kristen Ashley book that hits the spot for me every single time? There’s just something magical about her writing when even if the heroes sound the same at times, I still manage to fall head over ovaries for them; and Deke was no exception.
I’ve been curious about Deke Hightower for quite some time. He’s been somewhat of an enigma throughout this series. A sexy, broody enigma. We knew he had a story and I for one couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
He knew from the first time he saw her in Carnal she was untouchable.
Now he knew she wasn’t just untouchable, she was not even in his stratosphere.
Deke and Justice first meet at a time in their lives that just doesn’t allow them anything further. The one thing that I love that the author had managed to do was build such a strong connection and chemistry with two people who just met. It’s not insta lust or insta love, but it is the beginning of something more. It was a crumble that would soon lead to something greater and the one thing I loved was the journey they took to that later.
Years after their first meeting, Justice finds herself in Carnal in the hopes of finding a quiet place to rebuild her life. In a time in her life when she’s grieving, the last thing she expects is a blast from her past in the shape of gorgeous and grumpy monosyllabic Deke. Deke doesn’t remember her but she sure remembers him. But as much as she wants Deke, she knows it just can’t be
There had to be yearning. There had to be melancholy. There had to be pain mixed with pleasure, but the pain had to come stronger than the pleasure, knowing it never would get what it really needed.
No poet could be truly happy or their soul would waste away to starvation.
Like every other KA heroine I’ve ever read, I adored Justice “Jussy”. She’s a little quirky, a lot sweet, and can give as good as she gets. I love the way she was with everyone in the town. You can completely understand why everyone loved her because she’s impossible not to like. She’s a poetic soul but it wasn’t ever in a cheesy way. I really loved that about her.
My life had never had symmetry. It was a zigzag line that led me to there, a place I’d wanted to end the zigging and zagging.
Now I suddenly wanted that back.
What I truly loved most of all was the slow burn of romance. The chemistry is there from the beginning and it practically crackles from the pages each time these two so much as look at each other, but I appreciated that they didn’t just fall into bed together. The author made it burn so good and it was oh so sweet. And when they finally do get together? Combustible!
I hoped I was made for him. Because he sure as fuck was made for me.
The first half of this book was a devour sort of pace for me. Admittedly it does slow down a bit towards the second half when the couple is together, but it was no less entertaining. There’s just something about this author’s books that will always be my crack.
ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest review
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