Released: July 23rd, 2012
There's nothing like the first time . . .
In Carnal, Colorado, Faye Goodknight is the town's quiet, shy librarian. She may also be Carnal's last remaining virgin. For years, Faye has had a crush on Chace Keaton, but the gorgeous cop has always been unattainable. She's resigned to live contentedly with only her books for company-until Faye suddenly meets Chace alone in the woods...
Chace doesn't think he's the good guy everyone believes him to be. He's made a lot of choices he regrets, including denying his feelings for Faye. Through his choices, he's come to believe the pretty librarian is too good for him, but after their time in the woods, Chace realizes that she may be his last chance for redemption. Soon, their long simmering desires grow to a burning passion. Yet always casting a shadow over their happiness is Chace's dark past...
“If you never do it at all, the loss of something beautiful you never had that was something you yourself let slip through your fingers.”
This is another fan-fucking-tastic novel off the Colorado Mountain series. Here, we see our favorite police officer overcome his demons with the help of the local librarian, Faye. It’s a very intense, climatic story but it’s also addicting with its innocent sweetness.
He screws up. A LOT. in the beginning. And I loved that!!!
Chace Keaton is the type of man I’d totally tap or marry. Or both! He’s the typical Kristen Ashley alpha male but he’s also a man who’s always wanted his “happily ever after”… just in a manlier way.
He’s got a way with words that can wow Faye Goodknight, who’s never really had any real experience with men (which is so freaking adorable!).
“I like it that you have no clue how to kiss but still, the two kisses I’ve shared with you are the best I’ve ever had.”
Ah, Faye, you are one lucky woman. Faye is another sweet character who’s different from the other heroines of the series. While the others were more experienced, Faye is innocent with her feelings for the local hero. But, of course, she still has a backbone that probably every girl has.
And Faye has a problem. This problem would bring these two together. There’s a kid that caught Faye’s eyes, and not in a very good way. It’s in a very worrying way. So she goes to the cops and asks for help. To which, Chace obviously happily obliges.
“I’ll admit, I’m not goin’ all out for this kid just because I’m a cop. I’m doin’ it because it means something to the town’s pretty librarian.”
God these two are undeniably adorable! Like the other books in the series, it also has that air of suspense to it. It’s extremely intense and thrilling to read. It’s not your typical romance where it’s all just happily ever after.
They have so many bumps along the way but we just know that, with their strength of what they’ve been through, their commitment to each other and their chemistry, they’d make it to the finish line.
And, of course, we get our happy ending in this book. No cliffy (thank goodness). Fantastic!
♕ The Gamble (Colorado Mountain #1) ♕
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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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