The Gamble

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The Gamble

Colorado Mountain Series, #1

You know how sometimes you finish a book and you think, “Wow, that was quick!” Well, not this book. First off it’s 668 pages long, but it’s 668 pages of goofy, madcap, hot, sensuous, romantic, aggravating, wonderful characters. Because Ashley doesn’t compromise by cutting her story shorter we get to really know the characters and the town of Gnaw Bone. Though a long book the writing is quick paced and the story flows along with the characters getting immersed in one event after the other. The secondary characters are just as lovable, except the villains, as the main characters and even though it’s a long book it leaves the reader longing for more Colorado books. The good news is Ashley has a whole series set in Gnaw Bone and the nearby towns with characters intermingled from both towns. The romance is stellar and I found this to be a wonderful read. I can’t wait to see what Ashley does next.

Holden “Max” Maxwell is a modern day mountain man with a rough exterior but a very caring heart. Nina Sheridan, looking for a break in her very boring life and even more boring fiancé in England, has journeyed to Gnaw Bone, Colorado to rethink her life and next steps. When she arrives at the A-Frame she finds that the realtor made a mistake and the owner is home and doesn’t want to share his abode. The sparks begin to fly between Max and Nina at that first meeting. Soon the whole town is watching to see what happens between Max and Nina. Before long Nina is contemplating taking a gamble on Max and a new future in Gnaw Bone, Colorado.

Book Blurb for The Gamble

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.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2014 5.00