Review: The Gamble by Kristen Ashley

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain, #1)

The Gamble
(Colorado Mountain #1)
Author: Kristen Ashley
Publisher: Forever
Published: December 11, 2012
Genre: Romance, Adult, Contemporary
My Rating:



Synopsis new

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.

my thoughts new

“You think to slide back, settle for something that made you run away because you think it’s safe, because it’s familiar, because you’re scared of takin’ a gamble on me, I’m warnin’ you now, Duchess, I’m not gonna allow that.”

Be still my heart. This book was all kinds of sweet and adorable and wonderful!

The Gamble may be wordy but it was so worthy. 670+ pages and I regret nothing! Perhaps it has something to do with the way the author made me feel so ooey and gooey inside all throughout the book and how she provided such an atmospheric depiction of Colorado Mountain.

The story started when English heroine Nina Sheridan went to Colorado Mountain for a vacation-slash-timeout. She was confused with what’s going on with her relationship with her fiancé and she needed a moment to think. In order to do that, she has to go somewhere far and cozy and Colorado Mountain was perfect for it. The moment she stepped into the beautiful mansion she’s supposed to stay, she met the handsome (or should I say, perfect) owner named Max. While staying there they were able to get to know each other and well, eventually developed attraction and fell in love. Of course it wasn’t that perfect and easy since Nina’s already engaged and Max has a complicated past that she has to find out.

I found this book quite a guilty-pleasure. I’m a first-time Kristen Ashley reader and I couldn’t help but admire her delicious writing. She has this way of engaging her readers through her entertaining characters and romantic, sexy innuendos. Max was literal Alpha-Male. He was a jealous and possessive caveman but I couldn’t help but fall in love with his character. While Max was sometimes a jerk, Nina was the exact opposite. She was soft but she’s a tough one. Not to mention she was cute and funny. The two of them totally made a great couple and yes, they’re now my favorite sweethearts.

There were lots of conflicts in this book and while I found some of them quite unnecessary, such as Mindy’s personal dilemmas, I think they added a little bit of spice to the story. There were also lots of misunderstandings between Max and Nina but they were resolved and I was happy with that.

One thing that made me appreciate this book was Nina and Max’s relationship which felt real to me. They both have imperfections but they’ve willingly accept them. They also made some mistakes but they corrected them and didn’t let them become a reason to let each other fall apart. The give and take relationship amazed me.

And now here’s my favorite line from Max to Niles:

“Fucked her last night, man, and this morning. Five times. Five. It was like she hadn’t been touched in a decade. So fuckin’ sweet. Damn,” he taunted, his eyes locked on Niles. “You’ve had her, you gotta know, not enough money in the world’s worth that.”

Yes. Be still my heart…

The Gamble, as a whole, was a beautiful start to the series. After reading it, I decided to read more books written by Kristen Ashley. She has so many novels that were recommended to me by my lovely friends. Do you fancy winter romance books? Then put this on your tbr. 🙂



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xo pearl



2 thoughts on “Review: The Gamble by Kristen Ashley

  1. And here I thought I was the only one who had yet to read anything by Kristen Ashley. 🙂 I have several friends who *love* KA and read everything she writes. I actually own a couple of her books but am just unsure if her writing/stories are for me. I went to her website for her recommended reading order and she was saying to start with her Rock Chick series. I read the synopsis of the first couple books and they just did not appeal to me at all. This one does sound good, though, so maybe eventually I’ll pick up something by her. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one!

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    • Yes I’ve heard some readers find K.A.’s works either a hit or miss. It’s my first K.A. read and I’m glad it worked out for me. I’m very excited to read her other works and Rock Chick is definitely one of them. 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy her work when you decide to delve into it, Tanya. 🙂 *crosses fingers


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