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The Gamble (Colorado Mountain Series #1)

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain Series #1)

4.5 198
by Kristen Ashley

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"I adore Kristen Ashley's books!"---Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author

Love is the greatest gamble of all . . .

Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a


"I adore Kristen Ashley's books!"---Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author

Love is the greatest gamble of all . . .

Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina's cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

The owner of the house, Holden "Max" Maxwell is surprised by the beautiful woman who turns up at his door. But when Nina becomes ill, Max spends days nursing her back to health. A private man with a broken heart, Max finds himself drawn to the strong-willed woman. Soon it becomes impossible for Nina and Max to deny their growing attraction to one another. Yet even as these two wounded lovebirds think about taking a chance on a relationship, a dangerous secret from Max's past emerges-and threatens to end their love for good.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ashley’s first Colorado Mountain contemporary introduces readers to a unique hero—a 21st-century mountain man whose tough exterior hides a vulnerable, caring heart. Nina Sheridan needs a break from her life in England with her fiancé, so she books two weeks at a house in the Colorado mountains. After driving through a snowstorm and arriving in a feverish haze, Nina is upset to learn that the home’s owner, Holden “Max” Maxwell, is in residence due to the rental agent’s error. After he nurses her through her illness, the two engage in frequent bickering and intensely sensuous love scenes . Their romance is fraught with baggage from Max’s previous relationships and mystery surrounding the murder of a local man. Nina and Max are affable protagonists, though Max’s machismo sometimes overshadows Nina’s sense of independence. Despite the novel’s length, it moves at a swift pace with plenty of sizzling passion, romantic angst, and a touch of suspense. (June)
From the Publisher
"Ashley delivers a deeply emotional second installment of the Chaos contemporary romance series (after Own the Wind)... Punctuated by blistering-hot sex scenes and fascinating glimpses into the tough world of motorcycle clubs, this romance also delivers true heart and emotion, and a story that will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, on Fire Inside

"I adore Kristen Ashley's books!"—Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author

"Kristen Ashley's books are addicting!"—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

"[Kristen] Ashley captivates."—Publisher's Weekly

"With Brock's raw side contrasted with Tess's innocence, Wild Man delivers a passionate, opposites-attract romance."—Patricia Smith, Booklist

"There is something about them [Ashley's books] that I find crackalicious."—Kati Brown, DearAuthor.com

"I felt all of the rushes, the adrenaline surges, the anger spikes... my heart pumping in fury. My eyes tearing up when her my heart (I mean... her heart) would break." (On Motorcycle Man)
Maryse's Book Blog, Maryse.net

Patricia Smith - Booklist
"With Brock's raw side contrasted with Tess's innocence, Wild Man delivers a passionate, opposites-attract romance."
Kati Brown - DearAuthor.com
"There is something about them [Ashley's books] that I find crackalicious."
Maya Banks
"I adore Kristen Ashley's books!"
Maryse's Book Blog - Maryse.net
"I felt all of the rushes, the adrenaline surges, the anger spikes... my heart pumping in fury. My eyes tearing up when her my heart (I mean... her heart) would break." (On Motorcycle Man)
Jill Shalvis
"Kristen Ashley's books are addicting!"

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Grand Central Publishing
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Colorado Mountain Series , #1
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4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake.

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

You can learn more at:
Twitter @KristenAshley68

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Gamble 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 198 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That's it! I'm packing up and moving to Colorado. I LOVE MAX!!! There has got to be one of him out there somewhere. This was a good, fun read. It got a little tedious towards the end but nevertheless entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...is pretty much the only thing the main female character said throughout the whole book. That, and "Max, let me go!" and then he doesn't do what she asked and then she says, "Sorry? What?" again. I did not finish this book. Normally i like this author but her last few books I have read it is the same things. The main female character doesn't understand when somebody says something or asks her a question. Then, the main male character doesn't listen to anything she says and restrains her. I'm kinda over it. :-(
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
The Gamble was my first introduction to Kristen Ashley. After concluding it is absolutely guaranteed that I am her newest fan. This story in particular follows Max and Nina. Two completely unique and different characters. Max being the mouth watering mountain man, and Nina as the English conservative definition of a woman are a very unlikely pair. All concerns are laid to rest from the first encounter. Nina and Max are like fire and dynamite, and the story that concludes will rock readers to their core. Max and Nina meet in another very unlikely situation when she pays for a two week vacation in the mountains; only to find the owner is home and the vacation will be canceled. When is terrible sickness overcomes Nina the most unlikely character rises to the occasion with tender love and care. This is the beginning of roller coaster ride that left me breathless. What starts out primarily as a romance soon shifts when a suspense novel. When a murder hits close to home everyone in this sleepy town becomes a suspect. As Max and Nina's relationship grows, she rapidly gaining friends from this little town. Although, with the good always comes bad and not everyone is excited for Nina to be in Gnaw Bone. Nina's vacation soon becomes overwhelming ride, and this little timeout just might end up costing her more than the plane tickets or cabin reservations. As you can obviously tell I loved this story. From start to finished Nina and Max offer a thrilling and intense story that will see you through to the very end. As a avid reader and a book blogger I am required to be honest and open minded. Therefore, I must recognize where there is room for improvement and review accordingly. There were a couple things that stood out about this novel that was easily overlooked because it was so absolutely incredible, but to create a truly honest review I am going to address them here. As this was such an action packed novel it was very noticeable any time the story seems to slow down. Every so often this seemed to happened throughout the story, and it gave me moments that felt like I was dragging through the story. It was not enough to cause me any real heartbreak, but it was enough that it will be noticed. Secondly, I noticed that Nina's character was a little wishy washy at moments. For someone that was built as strong and independent; she had a few moments that I was ready to throttle her. As these were very few moments; it too was easy to overlook, but they were there none the less. Lastly, and was the one I noticed the most. Almost every time Max says something to Nina she has one response, "Sorry?". I could have handled the simple fact of her making him repeat himself as though what she heard was a shocked. Though every single time she said that same one word, "Sorry?". There are an abundance of other things that could have been said in it's place such as: pardon me, excuse me, can you repeat that, anything. This appeared so frequently, that I noticed the response losing its effect at portraying the characters response. Even with a few concerns this book is a newest BOOKWHISPERER FAVORITE. I can not wait to see where the next book in the series will take us. With a five star read like The Gamble I can't wait to see what this author has up her sleeve.
Katt59 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a whim and am so glad I did. It is 1466 pages of fun. Nina needs a couple of weeks time out from her fiance who doesn't treat her like a loved woman should. The adventure starts immediately when the cabin she rented is already occupied. Her life changes completely within the first day and never stops in the 2 week period. The story is told from Nina's thoughts only. It was refreshing not bouncing from character to character thoughts. The author did use a lot of 'then' they did this and 'then' and 'then' but it also gave for a very vivid scene. The journey of Nina and her Mountain Man (yummy) was truly wonderful and sexy. I only wish I had a man who called me every sweet pet name and couldn't keep his hands off me. :) Please don't hesitate to get this book. I will be reading the next "Sweet Dreams" from This author. Wonderful Ms. Ashley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It got on my nerves sometimes when Nina just said 1000+ times Max and sorry. However it kept me entertained and read it in 3 days. Will continue to read her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, all 480 pages of it. Nina was feisty and stood up for herself! Max was also yummy! The other secondary etc. Characters in this story were also fun to get to know and love. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. I have found all of Kristen Ashleys series have been enjoyable and I love that she makes her stories long enough do we get a much fuller picture of all that was going on.
eyesopenwide More than 1 year ago
The first in Kristen Ashley's Mountain Man series hooked me on the first page. It was my first time to read this author, and I will buy whatever she writes since finishing this series. Great story crafting, wonderful characters, suspenseful and romantic at the same time. Don't plan on sleeping much as you won't be able to put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now I'm an official Kristen Ashley addict.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was an amazingly full story filled with great characters, emotion, growth, love and a whole lot of sexy Colorado Mountain Man! This baby was long but I was consumed by it. It started with an entertaining animosity between Nina and Max and I was pulled in. Max was so sweet and I loved how he was there for her. Nina was great, I loved her attitude, how strong she was, and I liked her challenging ways. The chemistry and tension those two had going on was immense. There were so many wonderful moments throughout. Sweet, caring, and loving, it really pulled at my heart. There was also a who-done-it element that had me totally invested. There was just so much that happened and I loved it all. Well written and detailed, excellent character development and great imagery.  This story had just about everything. Drama, intensity, sexiness, anxiety, and a bit of refreshing humor. There was an excellent cast of well developed characters and I loved how they all intertwined. It was just a beautiful story and I lost days to it because I couldn't put it down. It had an action packed ending and I think I went through every possible emotion and ended with happy tears from the beautiful epilogue.  It was just wonderful! Honestly, I felt emotionally drained when I finished because it just made me feel so much. It was just an amazing read. Even though it was long, it was a full, engaging story and it never felt drawn out because it had this wonderful build to it and a incredible happily ever after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with the other reviews instead of 1400 pages it would be 700 if they removed " sorry" excuse me. The female lead argued about every single thing anyone asked her and did it anyway! So annoying!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book because it was different from the so many others I've read. Like other reviewers I had to get used to the way Kristen wrote but it didn't take long. The banter was very good between the two main characters but towards the end it started getting on my nerves a little. Its a long ebook but enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great romance story set in Colorado.
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Anonymous 6 days ago
Best one yet!!!
Anonymous 9 months ago
I like the Colorado series but the female characters are, umm, annoying. Umm, the whole town should, umm, not be saying umm in almost every sentence. Umm, I hope you get my meaning. Umm, why is Nina saying "Max" over and over and over. Umm, overall the storyline is good but, umm, I can't handle the umm.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Good story but because almost every sentence had the "F" word in it plus the explicit sex scenes lowered my rating. On the plus side - there were many pages which had me laughing out-loud and because it was interesting I stayed up reading until the sun came up. I agree with another reviewer - the "Sorry?" and "Max" were done too much. I do wonder if perhaps "Sorry?" when spoken in England meas the same as "Excuse me?" does in the USA. I was surprised when the killer was revealed and that does not happen to me too often. The author's description of the mountains of Colorado makes me wish I could visit it. As for what the story is about - the other reviewers did a much better job of explaining it than I could
SAC112750 More than 1 year ago
Boring, author repeated herself NUMEROUS times. Explained how Max held her and wrapped his hands around her throat and neck about every other paragraph...that just got to me. There was never very much about the actual state of Colorado in it. Got to chaper 9 and put the Nook book to rest. So sorry I bought the other 4 in the series...going to archive them now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dread the day when I have read all her books, every book is amazing
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Snowreader More than 1 year ago
A nice love story with a lot of excitement!
OV_Hemi_Girl More than 1 year ago
You can never go wrong with a KA novel. Romance? Check. Hot guy? Check? Unique story line? Check. Hop in the reader's seat and hold on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave it 3 stars, because this is an excellent love story. I had trouble getting used to this author's writing style. The main female character was always saying, "sorry?" when she didn't understand something. It was all the time! The main male character was always saying "yeah" and the f word. It really got on my nerves. The way he spoke and his constant dropping of the g's (talkin, walkin, sleepin, etc.) made him sound uneducated.