Also by this author: Rough Ride, Wildest Dreams
Series: Colorado Mountain #1
on April 18th 2011
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.


by Kristen Ashley

I read The Gamble a couple of years ago and I think it was the first by Kristen Ashley after devouring the Rock Chicks series. I gave it five stars back then. It’s fascinating how opinions change. Back then I wasn’t blogging. I didn’t analyze my feelings as diligently.

I still loved Max this time around. He really is the ultimate KA alpha male. Bossy, commanding, dominant and could be, at times, a jerk. The right woman, however, would not put up with his dickheadedness. This time around I didn’t think that Nina was that woman.

“I need a timeout do to deal with my timeout! that’s how messed up I’m.”

While I loved her when she wasn’t neurotic Nina, I wasn’t happy with her inability to talk, how she buried her head in the sand. How she expected Max to talk about his life pre-Nina when they’d known each other for a couple of days. If Max wanted to know something he outright asked. Not Nina. She swallowed anything down, bottled things up until it blew up in her face. But Nina, who took care of her friends and the people she loved? Was the sweetest thing.

As I said – I loved Max. He was focused on Nina, winning her over in his Mountain Man way. I love how these alpha men think it’s a forgone conclusion that the woman will do as they say, like it’s the 19th century. Funny that. Anyhoo, there was still a lot to love about him. He was protective and sweet with Nina and sometimes you could see the insecurities of this otherwise self-confident, arrogant man. And I LOVED how he got off on Nina’s attitude.

“Learned some things in my life, Duchess, one of the most important, you find a good woman, you take care of her.”
“This happens between us, Duchess, I’d take care of you.”
“Die doin’ it,” he vowed.”

I’m working my way through this series again. I still have to read Lady Luck and Breathe. Also, Wood’s story will come out soon and I am so looking forward to that one!


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    • Oh yeah, steamy, a little suspense, a whole lot of chemistry between the main characters. My favorite is “Sweet Dreams.” <3

  • Oh, yes. KA books are such an adventure that when I first read her, I think I read 19 of them back to back to back. And never reviewed a single one of them until way later on. I still have a lot to catch up on.

    I find that I love them when I’m reading them, but when I go back to re-read, my feelings have changed a lot. I didn’t think Max and Nina were well matched. I thought he was way too overbearing for her and secretive. I always thought he should have given her everything up front, especially since they were in a town full of his friends and they were all ‘in the know.’ But man, it didn’t matter. I was won over anyway by this book.

    Great review!

    • Thank you!
      That’s interesting – I thought that Nina was at fault for not asking. He even told her that she had a right to know about his life, yet she never asked because she was too much of a coward. He even told her why he didn’t tell her about Anna right away. Plus, they hadn’t been together for a long time.

      But I agree, the feelings about books change a lot with time!
      Thanks for stopping by! I love talking about books!

  • I really need to get caught up in this series. I started with Sweet Dreams and gave it 5 Stars. But as you my taste have change or more so what I like and dislike in my reads. I have a weekness for KA alpha male heroes.

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