Audio Review: The Gamble by Kristen Ashley

Posted January 25, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 8 Comments

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.

Audio Review: The Gamble by Kristen AshleyThe Gamble by Kristen Ashley
Series: Colorado Mountain #1
Narrator: Emma Taylor
Published by Hachette Audio on May 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 25 hours, 16 minutes
Source: Publisher
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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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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8 responses to “Audio Review: The Gamble by Kristen Ashley

  1. Nikki H

    I haven’t listened to this book, but it is one of my favorite KA books. Thanks for the great review.