The Gamble

The_GambleSince I’ve been sick, I’ve been reading. A bunch! My head has been fuzzy so I wasn’t able to do any writing (sadly). One of the books I read was The Gamble (Colorado Mountains #1) by Kristen Ashley.

Let me start by saying that this book is long! L-O-N-G long. Goodreads has it listed at over 600 pages. Do NOT, I say again, do not let that discourage you from reading it. I downloaded the sample to my Kindle and was hooked. The book is written in first person from the perspective of Nina Sheridan. She’s an American who has been living in England and as such has adopted the British accent.

Nina heads to the Colorado mountains to an A-frame she has rented on a “timeout” from her fiancée back in England. Niles, who really isn’t much of a boyfriend let alone a fiancée, doesn’t check on Nina or even phone to see if she’s arrived safely, considering she left with a mild form of the flu and got very sick upon her arrival at Max’s home – the A-frame.

It would be very easy to get long-winded in reviewing this book. There were so many parts where I laughed out loud. Nina is the perfect match for the gruff mountain man named Max. Along the way there is murder and intrigue, shopping, fights, good eating . . . well, you get the point! Needless to say, it was enough to prevent me from putting my Kindle down (and cursing when I had to let the blasted thing charge).

I wanted to share some of my favorite lines from the story. I didn’t highlight a whole lot because there were just so many good passages that I didn’t want the screen of my Kindle to end up yellow!

At 25%, in typical Max fashion:

“Baby, wake up and look around, that path brought you straight to my fuckin’ house.”

At 31%, Max again describing Nina, whom he affectionately calls Duchess unless she’s Nina Zombie (first thing in the morning):

“Duchess, remind me never to get you that riled. You’re a handful when you’re angry but you’re hell on wheels when you’re seriously pissed.”

At 33%, Max is talking about Nina’s dead brother Charlie and pretty much making himself out to be the perfect man (hee hee). This is Nina’s reaction:

“Oh my God,” I breathed which was what, I suspected, if the moment was verbalized, any woman would breathe when she figured out she was falling in love with a Colorado Mountain Man she barely knew but that knowledge hit her with the certainty of a freight train.

At 57% (this whole scene is awesome), the confrontation between Max & Nina and her mom & stepdad with Nina’s father and Niles (who was pretty dense when she tried to break things off). This is midway through Max’s statement to Niles:

“We’ve gotten to know each other, we both like what we know and, bottom line, you didn’t take care of what was yours. Now, as Nina has explained, you’ve lost it, I’ve found it and it’s mine.”

Hopefully those short passages will give you an idea about why I liked the book so much. Enough that I rated it 5 out of 5 stars! Whoo hoo!

For more information on the author, Ms. Ashley can be found at

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