About the Book
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.
My Review of The Gamble by Kristen Ashley
Nina Sheridan in an American living in Britain. Nina is in need of a freaking vacation. So, to Gnaw Bone Colorado she goes. She’s running away from her fiance and her dad and her life and her pain. She arrives in a snowstorm and learns that her A-frame rental adventure is occupied. Pissed, Sick and Hangery she argues with the guy. (But she can argue about just about anything).
She’s flawed. Realistic. She’s feisty, argumentative, has a pretty bad temper, and she’s hell on wheels when upset. She is a smart woman, a lawyer, and she is very independent and self sufficient. But she’s also sweet and kind, and incredibly helpful to those she likes. Her life so far has been one trial after another, and her vacation is no exception.
Max is a mountain man. He’s a great guy. Generous, steady, willing to help anyone and everyone. He is totally domineering, and could be really sweet. His personal life took a hit 10 years ago, but he didn’t get out of rails (except when it comes to women). And now there’s Nina (AKA Duchess). She’s irresistible.
He threw his other hand out, his gaze drifting the length of me as he said, “Fancy-ass clothes, fancy-ass purse, fancy-ass boots, fancy-ass accent.” His eyes came to my face and he finished firmly.
If you just go with the flow, this is one hell of an entertaining book. The whole town is involved and is cheering for Max and Nina and there are a lot of crazy mountain town people shenanigans going on and oh…there’s a murder. I didn’t see that coming either.
As in many (if not most) of Kristen Ashley’s other books, there’s a whole slew of side characters that we meet who become integral parts of the story.
The pacing of the book just never lets up – you go from funny to swoony to action-packed to heart in your throat – its just non-stop and keeps you flipping the pages!