Review: The Gamble by Kristen Ashley

Posted January 4, 2013 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Holly‘s review of The Gamble (Colorado Man, Book 1) by Kristen Ashley

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.

I really liked this book, despite the lack of editing. And trust me, that’s a huge thing considering the lack of editing is really noticeable. First, this book showed up as over 1400 pages on my Nook. I’m pretty sure that was a formatting error, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that really was the right number. These books seems to drag on forever. Especially the 300 page epilogues. Cripes.

Aside from that, the main characters and the town of Gnaw Bone, CO.  really grew on me. Nina and Max had major chemistry and their banter was fun and witty. I enjoyed Nina’s personal journey as well as the romance between the two. The story is really engaging. That Nina shows up from England expecting a relaxing vacation and gets an unwanted roommate, an illness, ex-girlfriend and family drama is hilarious. The town came alive slowly, but I grew just as attached to the residents as Nina did.

The mystery plot was pretty meh. I’m not sure why Ashley includes them. The story would have been much better (and SHORTER!) without.  They all seem to follow the same formula, which gets old after awhile. Plus, the villains are always pretty easy to figure out.

Skipping those parts, this is a story I’ll re-read again and again.

4 out of 5

This book, and several of Ashley’s others, were picked up recently by Grand Central Publishing. I’m hoping this means they’ll finally be edited. (fingers – and toes – crossed)

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This book is self-published. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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