Monday, July 7, 2014

REVIEW: The Gamble (Colorado Mountain #1) – Kristen Ashley

Released: April 18th, 2011

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.
"Thank you for showing me it was worth taking a gamble again, darling."
Kristen Ashley is the ultimate creator of badass, dirty mouthed alpha males. Hones to God, all her men are so addictive, smoking hot, and completely badass and possessive. In The Gamble, we get Max who's gone through so much in so little time. And also Nina, very high class, very sweet, and very confused. Together, they have the kind of chemistry that would suck the air right out of the room (in a definite good way).

Sweet mama, I wouldn't have read this series if it wasn't for my best friend (God bless you, woman). When I read the blurb, I thought it was just going to be an "ehh, okay" kind of book instead of a "wow, okay" kind of book. But I was wrong. So wow, okay.

Like every other of Kristen's books, this one is written from Nina's point of view and we see her as an introduction to the novel with her car being stuck in a ditch and her reservations for lodgings being cancelled by none other than Max himself.

But loved, loved, loved Nina's character! She's very independent, smart, and she sticks up for herself. Like other Ashley heroines, she's also a little lost somewhere and so, with the help of Max, she finds herself again.

I. Fucking. Love. Her. She knows just the right things to say.
"We girls, we're tough, darling. Soft on the outside but, deep down, we're tough. DOesn't feel like it now but none of this is going to beat you."
But then when she holds grudges, it's hi-lar-i-ous! Definitely don't wanna get on her bad side.
"Maybe plot how I'll drug and kidnap my father, drive him to the next state and dump him outside a Police Station with a note pinned to him saying that he killed JFK and was there to confess."

In comes Max with his suave ways. He was a dick at first, like most guys are, but then he became the possessive male who came to love Nina in all of her cute high-maintenanced ways. God, when he gets angry but like a good kind of angry (?), it's so hot!
"Not a big fan of my woman running herself down, not even doin' it as a joke. You got an unbelievably pretty face, fantastic fuckin' eyes and a spectacular body."
Um, I think my underwear just flew out the window? Holy. Shit.

Although Max can be annoying at times when he thinks with his dick, but the outcome? WOO-HOO!!! Like really, can you do me? Okay, moving on. Seriously. Okay. Um.

THE ENDING. Yes, let's talk about the ending. Wow, the ending. Did not expect that. Really was surprised. I think the Colorado Mountain series all have a bit of a mystery/action in them which makes it all the more intense and exciting to read. READ IT!!!

4 – 4.5 APPLES!!!!!

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♕ The Gamble (Colorado Mountain #1) ♕
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♕ Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain #2) ♕
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Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain #3) ♕
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♕ Breathe (Colorado Mountain #4) ♕
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♕ Jagged (Colorado Mountain #5) ♕
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♕ Kaleidoscope (Colorado Mountain #6) ♕
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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but 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 multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

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

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

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