Romantic Suspense Books

The Gamble by Kristen Ashley (Colorado Mountain #1)

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. 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.


4 out of 5 stars


I’m sure you are shocked that I have read another Kristen Ashley book.  I’ve only read about 20 in 2013.  I’m not sure why I was hesistant to give the Colorado Mountain series a chance, but man, am I glad I did.

If you have read Kristen Ashley, you know she pretty much ONLY writes alpha-males (which is fine with me).  This book is no exception.  The alpha in this book is Holden Maxwell (though everyone calls him Max, as will I going forward).  Nina Sheridan shows up at Max’s house in the Colorado town of Gnaw Bone to stay at a house she’s rented, to evaluate her relationship with her dull, non-attentive boyfriend in England.  When she arrives, she finds Max and he’s not happy.  He tells her to leave, she heads down the mountain and ends up in an accident.

She wakes up the next day in Max’s bed.  And she is sicker than a dog.  Max nurses her back to health, and then won’t let her leave (not really against her will).  This is a small town, and Nina quickly becomes part of the town, forming a close relationship with Max’s like-sister Mindy, a rape victim who has an asshole boyfriend.  There is also a murder mystery in the book as well.

Nina’s mom is hilarious, and I enjoyed her part in this book.  The townspeople are fun and likable, and even the jerks in this book don’t detract from the overall appeal

I will be reading on for sure.  My only complaint (or really criticism) is that KA’s books are a tad too long and have a little too much detail.

My recommendation:

Read it, and anything else you can get your hands on by KA.

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