The Gamble (Colorado Mountain Series #1)

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain Series #1)

by Kristen Ashley


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Welcome to New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley's Colorado Mountain Series, where friends become family and everyone deserves a second chance.

Life isn't meant to be perfect. It's meant to be lived . . .

Nina Sheridan thought she'd found the perfect man who would become the perfect husband. She was wrong. When Nina realizes the man she planned to grow old with doesn't know her at all, it's time to rethink her idea of perfect. And what better place to get her life in order than a remote Colorado mountain town halfway around the world?

Gnaw Bone, Colorado, may not be flashy or cosmopolitan, but it's got a brand of hospitality all its own. Nina isn't entirely sure she's ready to trade the life she thought she wanted in England for cozy evenings in her mountain retreat, and she definitely isn't sure she's ready to handle the connection she feels to the owner of her rental house, Max Holden . . .

Nina didn't come to Colorado to find love, but even the best-laid plans can go awry. Now, if Nina can let go of her past, Max-and a future in Gnaw Bone-might just be the perfect second chance she's been waiting for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538744345
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Series: Colorado Mountain Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 640
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.75(d)

About the Author

Kristen Ashley is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, and Fantasyland series. Her books have been translated in thirteen languages, with nearly three million copies sold.

Born in Gary and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana, Kristen was a fourth generation graduate of Purdue University. Since, she has lived in Denver, the West Country of England, and she now resides in Phoenix. She worked as a charity executive for eighteen years prior to beginning her independent publishing career. She now writes full-time.

Because friendship, family and a strong sisterhood are prevailing themes through all of Kristen's novels, Kristen has created the Rock Chick Nation, a series of programs designed to give back to her readers and promote a strong female community. Its programs include Rock Chick Rewards, which raises funds for reader-nominated nonprofit women's organizations and has donated over $125,000.

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Gamble 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 221 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That's it! I'm packing up and moving to Colorado. I LOVE MAX!!! There has got to be one of him out there somewhere. This was a good, fun read. It got a little tedious towards the end but nevertheless entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago pretty much the only thing the main female character said throughout the whole book. That, and "Max, let me go!" and then he doesn't do what she asked and then she says, "Sorry? What?" again. I did not finish this book. Normally i like this author but her last few books I have read it is the same things. The main female character doesn't understand when somebody says something or asks her a question. Then, the main male character doesn't listen to anything she says and restrains her. I'm kinda over it. :-(
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
The Gamble was my first introduction to Kristen Ashley. After concluding it is absolutely guaranteed that I am her newest fan. This story in particular follows Max and Nina. Two completely unique and different characters. Max being the mouth watering mountain man, and Nina as the English conservative definition of a woman are a very unlikely pair. All concerns are laid to rest from the first encounter. Nina and Max are like fire and dynamite, and the story that concludes will rock readers to their core. Max and Nina meet in another very unlikely situation when she pays for a two week vacation in the mountains; only to find the owner is home and the vacation will be canceled. When is terrible sickness overcomes Nina the most unlikely character rises to the occasion with tender love and care. This is the beginning of roller coaster ride that left me breathless. What starts out primarily as a romance soon shifts when a suspense novel. When a murder hits close to home everyone in this sleepy town becomes a suspect. As Max and Nina's relationship grows, she rapidly gaining friends from this little town. Although, with the good always comes bad and not everyone is excited for Nina to be in Gnaw Bone. Nina's vacation soon becomes overwhelming ride, and this little timeout just might end up costing her more than the plane tickets or cabin reservations. As you can obviously tell I loved this story. From start to finished Nina and Max offer a thrilling and intense story that will see you through to the very end. As a avid reader and a book blogger I am required to be honest and open minded. Therefore, I must recognize where there is room for improvement and review accordingly. There were a couple things that stood out about this novel that was easily overlooked because it was so absolutely incredible, but to create a truly honest review I am going to address them here. As this was such an action packed novel it was very noticeable any time the story seems to slow down. Every so often this seemed to happened throughout the story, and it gave me moments that felt like I was dragging through the story. It was not enough to cause me any real heartbreak, but it was enough that it will be noticed. Secondly, I noticed that Nina's character was a little wishy washy at moments. For someone that was built as strong and independent; she had a few moments that I was ready to throttle her. As these were very few moments; it too was easy to overlook, but they were there none the less. Lastly, and was the one I noticed the most. Almost every time Max says something to Nina she has one response, "Sorry?". I could have handled the simple fact of her making him repeat himself as though what she heard was a shocked. Though every single time she said that same one word, "Sorry?". There are an abundance of other things that could have been said in it's place such as: pardon me, excuse me, can you repeat that, anything. This appeared so frequently, that I noticed the response losing its effect at portraying the characters response. Even with a few concerns this book is a newest BOOKWHISPERER FAVORITE. I can not wait to see where the next book in the series will take us. With a five star read like The Gamble I can't wait to see what this author has up her sleeve.
Katt59 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a whim and am so glad I did. It is 1466 pages of fun. Nina needs a couple of weeks time out from her fiance who doesn't treat her like a loved woman should. The adventure starts immediately when the cabin she rented is already occupied. Her life changes completely within the first day and never stops in the 2 week period. The story is told from Nina's thoughts only. It was refreshing not bouncing from character to character thoughts. The author did use a lot of 'then' they did this and 'then' and 'then' but it also gave for a very vivid scene. The journey of Nina and her Mountain Man (yummy) was truly wonderful and sexy. I only wish I had a man who called me every sweet pet name and couldn't keep his hands off me. :) Please don't hesitate to get this book. I will be reading the next "Sweet Dreams" from This author. Wonderful Ms. Ashley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book because it was different from the so many others I've read. Like other reviewers I had to get used to the way Kristen wrote but it didn't take long. The banter was very good between the two main characters but towards the end it started getting on my nerves a little. Its a long ebook but enjoyable.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 3 Narration 4 Story 3 Nina has left her life in London, and her fiancé while she sorts out what is important to her: after all, he can’t even be bothered to remember just how she takes her coffee, and well –shouldn’t he care? So – in this rather impulsive flight away, she heads to Colorado to take in the mountains and enjoy the solitude. Problem is – she arrived in a blizzard, has run off the road and the house she rented – to have some alone time? Yeah – one problem – it’s double booked and the current inhabitant is not only one of the sexiest men she’s ever seen, he hits top marks as the rudest and least welcoming. It wasn’t a planned thing, her arriving on ‘his for now’ doorstep – but turning her away after a massive snipe fest only made things worse. And worse they get – Nina wakes to find herself sick as a dog, burrowed under the covers of Mr. Grumpy, or Max as he’s known. He’s been everything solicitous, and even as sick as she is, it’s obvious that he is a man, the misunderstanding about the house notwithstanding, that cares about and listens to others. It’s only a fortnight’s getaway, but can he convince her to take a chance – on him? Kristen Ashley takes a forbidden romance (she’s engaged) to the next level with several clever characters, a wonderful introduction to just how life would be different with someone else, and discovering, or rediscovering the joys of attraction, partnerships and love as she shows Nina just how stilted and compromised her relationship had become, and just why she ran out on it. There are plenty of reasons to like Max as well, including his loyalty, protectiveness and the true heart of gold hidden under his ‘take no prisoners’ sort of mentality. Even with the murder, and Max having as good a reason as anyone to be the perpetrator, the welcome, heart and their steamy attraction makes the story sing out. My only (and largest) issue with the story is the length: the story between Max and Nina was fairly straightforward, but the inclusion of a murder, and the subsequent events did feel a bit ‘extraneous’ to the original story, even though it was interesting to follow along. Narration is provided by Emma Taylor and she did a masterful job in keeping each character’s voice distinct, and different, while managing to imbue them with a bit of personality, life and even humor. Keeping both the listening experience and the plot twists and turns in mind, the story held attention without overreaching with presentation tricks like pauses to signify a change, or overly pushing an emotional tone forward. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It got on my nerves sometimes when Nina just said 1000+ times Max and sorry. However it kept me entertained and read it in 3 days. Will continue to read her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, all 480 pages of it. Nina was feisty and stood up for herself! Max was also yummy! The other secondary etc. Characters in this story were also fun to get to know and love. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. I have found all of Kristen Ashleys series have been enjoyable and I love that she makes her stories long enough do we get a much fuller picture of all that was going on.
eyesopenwide More than 1 year ago
The first in Kristen Ashley's Mountain Man series hooked me on the first page. It was my first time to read this author, and I will buy whatever she writes since finishing this series. Great story crafting, wonderful characters, suspenseful and romantic at the same time. Don't plan on sleeping much as you won't be able to put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now I'm an official Kristen Ashley addict.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was an amazingly full story filled with great characters, emotion, growth, love and a whole lot of sexy Colorado Mountain Man! This baby was long but I was consumed by it. It started with an entertaining animosity between Nina and Max and I was pulled in. Max was so sweet and I loved how he was there for her. Nina was great, I loved her attitude, how strong she was, and I liked her challenging ways. The chemistry and tension those two had going on was immense. There were so many wonderful moments throughout. Sweet, caring, and loving, it really pulled at my heart. There was also a who-done-it element that had me totally invested. There was just so much that happened and I loved it all. Well written and detailed, excellent character development and great imagery.  This story had just about everything. Drama, intensity, sexiness, anxiety, and a bit of refreshing humor. There was an excellent cast of well developed characters and I loved how they all intertwined. It was just a beautiful story and I lost days to it because I couldn't put it down. It had an action packed ending and I think I went through every possible emotion and ended with happy tears from the beautiful epilogue.  It was just wonderful! Honestly, I felt emotionally drained when I finished because it just made me feel so much. It was just an amazing read. Even though it was long, it was a full, engaging story and it never felt drawn out because it had this wonderful build to it and a incredible happily ever after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with the other reviews instead of 1400 pages it would be 700 if they removed " sorry" excuse me. The female lead argued about every single thing anyone asked her and did it anyway! So annoying!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great romance story set in Colorado.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PrincessJW 5 days ago
A heartbreakingly beautiful start to a great new series from KA! I've loved every book I've read so far. This one had a little bit more sadness than most, but it's still amazing. Summary: Nina Sheridan is on a timeout. She needs to think about where life has brought her, and if she wants to stay committed to the path she's chosen. She's having serious second thoughts about her fiancé, so she packs up and flies from England to Colorado for a two-week reprieve to get her thoughts sorted. Upon arriving, there is a snowstorm underway and driving to the beautiful A-frame house she rented for her stay is difficult, especially after seventeen hours of travel, a two hour drive and grocery shopping. Not to mention she feels a cold coming on. When she arrives at the house, she gets a shock and her temper flares when she is confronted by the owner instead of the caretaker, and told to go back to town due to him being present. Needless to say, Nina doesn't find this appealing or convenient and gives the gorgeous mountain man stranger a piece of her mind while storming back out the door. On her way in town, she ends up in the ditch and bunks down in the back seat, but when she wakes, she finds herself back in the A-frame. The owner, Holden Maxwell or Max, as everyone calls him, went looking for her when she didn't turn up at any of the hotels nearby, and by the time he got her back to the house she was deep in a fever and serious flu. He nursed her back to health. What Nina doesn't know, but will soon find out is Max has taken a liking to her, and he's not real anxious to see her go just yet. He confiscates her rental car keys and forbids a taxi to come up his mountain while ordering her to rest. Nina doesn't have a choice but to stay, and she is very tired. Of course, her fiancé, Niles, hasn't phoned or even worried about her despite her flying halfway across the world and being sick. Evidence is showing that maybe marrying Niles isn't the way to go. Max is all for this suggestion because he wants Nina in his bed, and not with the flu. He loved the passion she showed, her attitude, slight English accent, everything really. Nina quickly comes to find out how friendly the town really is when Max takes her out for dinner, and she just as quickly falls in love with the beautiful town and nutty, friendly people. When she takes Max's back, a man she barely knows, against his sister and his ex-girlfriend, Max knows there is something between them and the potential it has of becoming more. Nina isn't so sure. She's had bad luck with relationships, and although she decides things aren't going to work out with her and Niles, she isn't sure if she should take a gamble on max either. When a rich, highly disliked man is murdered in Gnaw Bone, Nina is quickly drawn into several different dramas including the murdered man's life and dealings. Terrified, but acting on her feelings for Max, Nina opens up and realizes this is the life she's always looked for. She also realizes that Max has a tragic history including the death of his father and wife, but he isn't talking about it. She doesn't know how to bring it up and he seems to not want to talk about it. Max falls for Nina more and more with her actions, saving the life of the young girl he thinks of as a sister, being supportive of his friend Bitsy losing a husband no one liked as well as being paralyzed, and opening up about her own heartbreaking loss of her brother. Still...a relationship is hard work, and fo
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written. I didnt want it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Kristen Ashley! Her men are so great! This is the 3rd time I've read this book and it never gets old(first time leaving a review). If you haven't read any of her books, start with this series...its so great!(I can't say it's the best because they're all the best!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot and maintains interest. Would have been much better without the vulgar language and swearing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn’t wait to sit and read this book - hated having to put it down to go to work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters' banter, & there wasn't an enormous amount of sex scenes. I was hooked from the start!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read!!! The story is complete and the writing answers every scenario!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the story and the action. Would have been 5 stars but use of "f..." too much. Think the story would have been just as good without it.