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Jules the Bounty Hunter by Krista Ashe

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High-speed car chases, hiding out in overgrown bushes, nabbing the bad guy—all in a days work for Julianne aka Jules St. James. Sure growing up with a bounty hunter for a father was a little unorthodox, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, how many sixteen-year-old girls can take a man down with her bare hands, fire an assault rifle, or become a chameleon by using fake identities to nab bail jumpers? On her father’s Texas ranch, she’s just one of the guys with her older, twin brothers, Remington and Colt.

So when Jules’s father insists she spend the summer with her absentee mother—a former Savannah debutant and current member of high society, she is more than a little pissed off. Jules has had little use for her mother since she blew out of town ten years ago to trade garden parties and black tie affairs for being a bounty hunter’s wife. A summer in Savannah with Mommie Dearest means having refinement and culture shoved down her throat while styling the latest haute couture fashion.

But Jules’s father has another reason behind sending her to Savannah. The society family of Emmett Marshall, a white-collar bail jumper resides there. The mission is for Jules to get close to Marshall’s teenage son, Jackson, thus trying to unravel any clues about his father’s whereabouts. Locating Marshall could mean a hefty payoff —enough for Jules’s freshman year of college.

Extreme hottie Jackson takes Jules’s bait a lot easier than she thought, and shock of shocks, she really enjoys spending time with him. Ultimately, Jules has to decide where her allegiance lies—her family or her heart.
Kim's Rating:
3.5 out of 5 Stars

Kim's Review:
Seriously, Don't mess with Texas.

Jules: She is a 16 yo Texas girl following in her family's footsteps on the apprehension team for her father's Bounty Hunter business. She is smart, sneaky, fun, feisty and not good at being flirty. She is not afraid to go after a bail jumper, but falls apart at the idea of going out with a guy. She considers herself relationship deficient.

"I can't believe the girl who takes down tattooed felons with her bare hands is worried about a measly little high school party."

Jules is sent to her estranged mother in Georgia while her Dad and brothers are working another case. She is forced to be introduced to high society there under duress. But she also has another mission working with her Dad's cousin on some of his bounty hunter business and getting intel on a white collar criminal for her Dad. So while in Georgia she is basically living two lives: High society with her Mom and Aunts...and Down and dirty with the bounty hunter business. 

Turns out the son of the white collar criminal she is supposed to find info on is not only her new hot, young neighbor, but also her nasty cousin Brynn's boyfriend, Jackson. So Jules has her work cut out for her. 

"I have absolutely no game, and Brynn is a master player. She's the goddess that always looks perfect...Trust me. She's Tiffany's, and I'm Target."

Jackson is seemingly perfect. He is handsome, sweet, caring, and honest.  But he has been shunned by society due to his father's actions. 

While working with the bounty hunter team, she also meets Wyatt. He's a cocky bad boy with a motorcycle and tongue piercing, but also has a soft heart. He starts to help Jules in her investigation and sparks begin to fly with them too.

So you have Jules in the middle of family drama, high society functions, 2 cute boys, criminals on the loose, secrets, lies and danger. Jules has to decide where her loyalty lies. Does she stay true to her family or help Jackson? Does she choose the boy who seems perfect or the one that might be perfect for her? Or will it all just blow up in her face?

This book also had some great supporting characters from her twin brothers Colt and Remy and her Aunt Vivian adding some comic relief. And Jules herself is fun and always getting into crazy situations. 

A really cute, fast paced,YA read from Krista Ashe aka Katie Ashley in the adult novel world.

Thanks to Krista Ashe for providing me with an ARC for my honest review.

Tammy's Rating:
3.5 out of 5 Stars

Tammy's Review:
Krista Ashe aka Katie Ashley's foray in to the YA world really worked for me. I agree with Kim, this book was cute and a quick read. I loved the characters, especially Wyatt. I am a sucker for boys with piercings! While I enjoyed the read I would definitely say this book is geared more towards teens than young adults. The first half of the book moved a little slow as you get to know the characters, but picks up quickly and is filled with witty dialogue and action. The chemistry between the characters is right on par with those normal teenage years. Krista did a great job of not blowing up the intensity and keeping it real. It was believable and easy to relate too. Great characters, fun story line, and just enough drama to hold your interest.

Jules was a kick ass 16 year old girl, who helps her dad and twin brothers track down bail jumpers. While on an assignment for her dad Jules must learn to make nice with her estranged mama and her mama's rich societal world. She was your typical teenage girl, her life was filled with drama and boys!

 She was so clueless when it came to boys, girl could take down a harden criminal but became all flustered around a boy. Which made the story fun to read because she not only had one boy interested in her but two. Jackson's father Emmett is her assignment but in order to close in on him she must get close to Jackson for the info. He is hot, he is rich, and he belongs to her horrid cousin Brynn.  Wyatt was Jule's side kick. At first sight he was a bad boy with a piercing but underneath it all he was actually a total sweetheart with the hots for our heroine. Who does she chose the quirky bad boy with the piercing and motorcycle or the sweet down to earth rich boy who has a felon for a father?

One of my favorite parts of the story was when Jules went on a "date",wired, with Jackson. I think this may of been when I feel in love with Wyatt's character, wait who am I lying too I fell for his character the minute I read his tongue was pierced..:) Anyway, Wyatt (who knows what every guy wants from a girl) helps Jules navigate through her date. I loved the chemistry between Jules and Wyatt. They had a fun witty relationship that kept you entertained. I also adored sweet down to earth Jackson, together they were cute with their fumbling words and blushes. I must admit though that I was rooting majorly for Wyatt.

What do you get when you have a teenage girl in the mix of family problems, love, and danger? Secrets are revealed, relationships are mended and built, a whole lot of attitude, action, crushing on boys and fun!   Definite must read for those teen girls in your life!

Hint for Krista, I truly hope you make this a series as I would love to follow along on Jules adventures!

Thanks to Krista Ashe for providing me with an ARC for my honest review.

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