I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Gamble by Kristen Ashley
Series: Colorado Mountain #1
Narrator: Emma Taylor
Published by Hachette Audio on May 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Length: 25 hours, 16 minutes
Audio | Goodreads
"Love is the greatest gamble of all "
Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiance 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."
Nina Sheridan, an American expatriate living in London, decides to take a “time out” from her clueless fiancé and secures a house in Gnaw Bone, Colorado. She arrives in a snowstorm and is greeted by the owner, Holden “Max” Maxwell, who says there’s been a scheduling mixup and she can’t stay there. It goes downhill from there.
There was something hypnotic about this story that I can’t even define. While the level of detail sometimes jarred me, I don’t believe I’d change a thing. The story wanders with precise intention as Nina and Max are forced into a truce of sorts that eventually develops into something much more. I liked her a lot and he was a bit too alpha for me at times and, at others, a bit perfect. I loved their romance, even though Nina could give you whiplash with her changing attitudes but it all made sense in an oddly neurotic but sane fashion.
There’s also a murder mystery that made things, even more, interesting. The secondary players add plenty of color, humor, and presence. I very much enjoyed the narrator who had to juggle several British accents and a western America dialect and a host of characters distinctively.
I think I’ve finally put my finger on why I loved this story…it has just about everything and I didn’t want to miss any of it.
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