Friday, August 31, 2012

The Gamble by Kristen Ashley

Nina Sheridan’s on a timeout adventure in the Colorado Mountains. She needs distance from her clueless fiancé, distance to decide whether she wants to spend the rest of her life with a man who doesn’t care enough to learn how she takes her coffee. Arriving in a blinding snowstorm at the A-Frame she rented, she comes face to face with the most amazing man she’s ever seen. Minutes later, when he kicks her out of his house, she goes head to head with him. Beyond angry because she’s flown half a world away to start her timeout adventure, not to mention her sinuses hurt, she heads back down the mountain and ends up in a ditch. Unable to extricate herself, she gives up, hopes for rescue and falls asleep in the backseat. The next morning she wakes up in the amazing man’s bed and she’s sick as a dog. Holden Maxwell spends days nursing her back to health and then he spends the next two weeks trying to convince her to take her Colorado adventure further, in other words, make it permanent and take a gamble on him. Nina has a tough time fighting her attraction to Max, especially when it seems all Max’s friends, her mother and stepdad and the whole town want them together and both she and Max get embroiled in the murder of Max’s ex-friend and the town of Gnaw Bone’s most detested resident – a man everyone has motive to kill, especially Max.

Initial Thoughts:

This book kept popping up at the top of my GoodReads recommendations, but I kept putting it off. Much like I did with Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard, and we all know how wrong I was in putting that one off. I think the cover of this one bored me. What can I say? I'm a visual person.

The Pros:

"Macho, macho man. I want to be, a macho man." That's what I had in my head the entire book. HEL-LO. 

Max is the ultimate macho man. And sweet at the same time? Too good to be true. It IS a romance novel after all.

For some reason, Nina being partly British was interesting to me. I like their accents. I am vain.

Max taking care of Nina while she was sick, without knowing a thing about her, was so sweet. 

This book is funny! I now call girls I hate "she bitches from hell" thanks to Nina's lovely comments about Max's ex.

The side story lines in this book are so well thought out, they could be stand alone stories. 

Epilogue! I love epilogues. I crave closure in books, and I love when I get to see everything come full circle.

The Cons:
Max's deceased wife probably should have been discussed much earlier in their relationship. That just isn't healthy.

At times, the book got a little outlandish and hard to believe. But it's fiction, so whatever.

I didn't love the "Duchess" nickname. It kind of freaked me out.

The Wrap Up: 4/5
A great, LONG, romance read. There are some steamy scenes thrown in here and there, but this book has some serious substance with some lasting life lessons. A must read!

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