Sunday, January 20, 2013

Kristen Ashley--The Gamble (Colorado Mountain #1)

Contemporary Romance

Nina Sheridan’s on a timeout adventure in the Colorado Mountains. She needs distance from her clueless fiancé, distance to decide whether she wants to spend the rest of her life with a man who doesn’t care enough to learn how she takes her coffee.

Arriving in a blinding snowstorm at the A-Frame she rented, she comes face to face with the most amazing man she’s ever seen. Minutes later, when he kicks her out of his house, she goes head to head with him.

Beyond angry because she’s flown half a world away to start her timeout adventure, not to mention her sinuses hurt, she heads back down the mountain and ends up in a ditch. Unable to extricate herself, she gives up, hopes for rescue and falls asleep in the backseat.

The next morning she wakes up in the amazing man’s bed and she’s sick as a dog.

Holden Maxwell spends days nursing her back to health and then he spends the next two weeks trying to convince her to take her Colorado adventure further, in other words, make it permanent and take a gamble on him.

Nina has a tough time fighting her attraction to Max, especially when it seems all Max’s friends, her mother and stepdad and the whole town want them together and both she and Max get embroiled in the murder of Max’s ex-friend and the town of Gnaw Bone’s most detested resident – a man everyone has motive to kill, especially Max.

{5 stars}
Most authors can not make a 500+ page book work, but somehow Kristen Ashley does it. She keeps your attention word after word, line after line, chapter after chapter. At no time did I want to stop or skim the page. The Gamble is a lifetime movie, sprinkled with a dose of the comedy channel, and it just works. Nina is a little spitfire, with lots of attitude and baggage. Engaged to a "convenience", she takes a break and seeks her own little adventure. Max has been on hold for 10 years, never really finding what he wanted after his wife died. Then during a snowstorm, Nina blows in with attitude and blows his world upside down. KA takes us on a 2 week adventure that changes the lives of more people than Nina and Mac. Nina tries to fight whats happening and is constantly trying to stop the Max from saying things she isn't ready to hear. Max is domineering and needs to get his way so he can maintain control of his world. Their banter is hilarious, charming, and just plain lovable. They are a perfect match. And you wouldn't think so much drama could happen in a small Colorado town. The cast of characters (like in any Kristen Ashley book) make this story even better. Lots of laughter, fighting, break ups, make ups, family visits, kidnappings and murders. It all comes together to create a whirl-wind story that makes me want to run away to Colorado and find my own mountain man.

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