The Gamble (Colorado Mountain #1) by Kristen Ashley

Goodreads Summary:

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. Una
ble 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.

My Review:

Quickly fell in love with this book, the characters, and the town. I was hooked and just couldn’t get enough. I ended up reading it in a day because every time I tried to put it down I found myself picking it right back up.

Max & Duchess:
I was rooting for them from the very beginning! Max is a ruff, sexy mountain man and Nina (aka Duchess) is a fire cracker with a long past and a short fuse.  There are some big obstacles keeping them apart…and some pushing them together.

The Town:
I want to move to Gnaw Bone! The town and the people (well, most of the people) seem so enchanting. And the views…I would kill to have those views in my backyard!

The Length:
Oh. My. Goodness!! This book is sooo long. I’m pretty sure it’s the longest book I’ve read…no, strike that, I think the Twilight books are longer. Anyway, as I was reading The Gamble, there were at least three places where I thought ‘I would be content with the book ending right now’ only to look at the nook status bar and seeing that I still had A LOT to read! SO much happens in this book, especially the second half…it’s just one thing after another. I wanted to say enough already, haven’t these people had enough?! BUT despite the length I still really enjoyed the book so don’t let that stop you from reading it :)

Thank you to Hodo for pimping this book to me.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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