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The Gamble | [Kristen Ashley]

The Gamble

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Kristen Ashley (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"I adore Kristen Ashley's books!" - Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author"Ashley delivers a deeply emotional second installment of the Chaos contemporary romance series (after Own the Wind)... Punctuated by blistering-hot sex scenes and fascinating glimpses into the tough world of motorcycle clubs, this romance also delivers true heart and emotion, and a story that will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, on Fire Inside"Kristen Ashley's books are addicting!" - Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author"I felt all of the rushes, the adrenaline surges, the anger spikes... my heart pumping in fury. My eyes tearing up when her my heart (I mean... her heart) would break." (On Motorcycle Man)
- Maryse's Book Blog, Maryse.net"With Brock's raw side contrasted with Tess's innocence, Wild Man delivers a passionate, opposites-attract romance." - Patricia Smith, Booklist"There is something about them [Ashley's books] that I find crackalicious." - Kati Brown, DearAuthor.com"[Kristen] Ashley captivates." - Publisher's Weekly

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    Bookaholic 06-04-14
    Bookaholic 06-04-14
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    "The Gamble ~ One of my favorite KA books"

    The Gamble is one of my favorites, and after the narration on the Dream Man series I was kinda worried if the audio was going to be any good on this. As it turns out, they found someone who could pull off Nina's "slight" English accent and switch to non accented voices without a hitch....Max's voice seemed a bit awkward to me at first but in the end I was happy with it.

    I can't wait for Sweet Dreams, there is a roughly 45 min excerpt for Sweet Dreams at the end that just leaves you wanting more. Now we just need the Ghosts and Reincarnation series to be released in audio.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 06-25-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 06-25-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "PURE "HEART & SOUL" ROMANCE IN THE COLORADO MTS."

    OH WOW! TAKE ME TO THE BEAUTIFUL BLUFF AND COLORADO FRESH MOUNTAIN AIR!!! WHAT A WONDERFUL AUDIOBOOK!

    Nina resides in England and decides to take a 2-week "time-out" from her fiancé Niles. Who is completely oblivious to her emotional plight and needs. She rents an A-frame home nestled in the mountains of Colorado and finds that it's inhabited by the owner Max, who is not happy she's there. Yet, the misunderstanding of this booking is just the right set up for a Mountain Man to fall in love with a chic, beautiful woman whom he challenges to take a gamble on love with him. If it's hard to imagine a Mountain Man and a classy lady, then take the gamble to read this incredible story about recognizing something precious and fighting for it, despite the odds.

    Regarding the leads, there were things I loved and disliked about Max and Nina, but I think that's what makes their characters more realistic. Max wields this quiet strength and dominates in a subtle, possessive manner. He's not one to explain his thoughts, feelings or background, even though he seeks to pull down Nina's emotional shields. I loved that Max made his mind up about Nina very quickly and he was determined to make her stay with him….forever. I also loved the little things that Max did. He seemed to touch Nina all the time--the sweet almost subconscious touches throughout the day, and he really listened to the things that were important to her. Also, his endearments for Nina were so darn sexy!!! ( DUCHESS, darlin', and baby).

    Now, Nina is simply adorable! She has this effortless charm, intelligence and beauty that captures people's attention, unbeknownst to her. I love that she loves make-up, fashion, coupled with her genuine love for people and her courage get down to the nitty-gritty of issues is what makes her one awesome, strong heroine.

    Nina finds herself in a whirlwind as Max sweeps her off of her feet in a love development that evolves around the countless needs of the townspeople who are a big part of Max's life and the bevy of characters from Nina's life who also come to make this one big adventure! Yet, there is also danger, and a murder to be solved and Max and Nina find themselves heavily involved in the solving of that case.

    This book is long and if you enjoy really getting into background and character development with townspeople who are larger than life in the mountains in Colorado, then this will be a audiobook dream because Emma Taylor is an excellent narrator as she brings these characters to life! I loved this audiobook! And, since I've been running out of credits fast, it was perfect due to the length.

    Lastly, the sequence of events that brought this book to a culminating end was fascinating, and so unexpected! K.A. is an exquisite writer as she keeps readers on their toes. I particularly love K.A uncanny ability to write about alpha males and the sassy, strong heroines who catch their attention. And, this romance between Max and Nina really caught my heart and attention. This story was sealed with an epilogue that was just gorgeous….so fulfilling, so endearing and so beautiful!

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 07-03-14
    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story with Excellent Narration"

    This Colorado Mountain Series is another great one from KA. Having experienced both the Rock Chick and Dream Man series, I wasn't sure this would do it for me, but it absolutely did. As expected, there is a lot of action, including a broken engagement, a murder mystery, rape, suicide, loss of loved ones, past traumas and relationship baggage, all in the middle of ongoing danger and, of course, a very sweet love story with interesting supporting characters and side plots. Both the H and h are very likeable characters on their own, but they definitely bring out the best in each other when they're together.

    Emma Taylor does an absolutely outstanding job telling this story in a way that, had I read the printed book, I would definitely prefer the audiobook. She seamlessly flows from a woman with a British accent to a gruff mountain man to a Colorado young girl to a snotty British whiner with an ease that is truly applause-worthy. She also narrates the next book in the series, Sweet Dreams, in which her performance is equally flawless. I can't wait for the rest of the series to be recorded and released. Definitely worth a credit, especially when you take the length into consideration, not a slow spot in the whole listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Christen 05-31-14
    Christen 05-31-14
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    "Been a LONG time...."
    Would you listen to The Gamble again? Why?

    Yes! Just to catch the things I may have missed while I listened.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gamble?

    The discussion between the main characters after so much thinking and stewing.


    What does Emma Taylor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emma Taylor is amazing. She brought this story to life for me and was able to switch back and forth from an english to American accent, from male to female, etc. Unbelieveable!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I did. And yes it is LOONG. I usually listen to books with more sexy time, but in 25 hours (over two days), I didn't even notice that there were only a few scenes. Good hot scenes, but only a few.


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed aloud, I cried openly, This book is the first in a long time that really got me emotional. I am so impressed! I wish I could work and read the rest of the series on my kindle, but I have pre-ordered book 2 and will wait... impatiently.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    K Sunbury, PA, United States 05-29-14
    K Sunbury, PA, United States 05-29-14
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    "Fast Becoming my Favourite Author"

    I loved this book from start to finish. Made me cry several times. Can't really give more endorsement than that can I?

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    yasmine32068 Jacksonville, FL, United States 05-28-14
    yasmine32068 Jacksonville, FL, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!!!"

    This was on par with Kristen Ashley excellence! The book was brilliant and the narrator is just as good, especially since there were a variety of accents to tackle... Which worried me!

    Go buy! Listen and fall in love with Nina and Max!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle St Louis, MO, United States 08-19-14
    Michelle St Louis, MO, United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2010

    favorite thing is to walk dogs and listen to books!

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    "Enjoyable listen, bonus use in drinking game!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Really liked this audiobook even though it was reminiscent of the Dream Man Series. It kept me engaged through most of the book. I do have a couple of issues though. The first being that our main girl had tons of ums, sorries?, whats?. This caused quite a bit of the dialogue to be repeated. Maybe one reason why the book is so long. Also she said "Max" sooooo many times. The overuse of his name reminds me of the college drinking game (old days!) where you'd watch the Bob Newhart show and every time someone said "Bob" you took a drink! And on a side note the reason for the final fight between the two main characters was, in my opinion, very weak and detracted from the ending.


    What does Emma Taylor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love Emma Taylor! One of my new favorite narators!


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    suzebo Peru, Indiana 10-03-14
    suzebo Peru, Indiana 10-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but long"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gamble to be better than the print version?

    Narration was very good so it added a lot to the story. Probably could have read it in less time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Max and Nina were both good characters even though I frequently got impatient with her focus on not being the only "love of (Max's) life". Their chemistry was great even though they argued a lot. I enjoy books where the couple spends most of their time focusing on the positive development of the relationship instead of playing the roles of "star-crossed lovers"' who fight their attraction for each other.


    Have you listened to any of Emma Taylor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not heard any previous books but her narration was great and I'm looking forward to listening to her again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot and cried at least once. I had trouble turning it off.


    Any additional comments?

    As remarked in the title, this is a long book for fiction. A lot happens and it takes a long time to resolve the major issues. I also have problems with the amount of profanity, most of which is unnecessary. Hearing it spoken rather than reading it added to the negative impact; but, I'm from a generation that frowned on that kind of language and did not use it as adjectives and adverbs in casual conversation, which makes me a biased judge.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 09-29-14
    Catherine 09-29-14
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    "I finally found an author as good as SE Phillips!"

    Love! Love! Love this book and how well it is written! I have been searching for an author whose writing I could enjoy as much as I enjoy Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and now I have!

    The characters reveal themselves through dialogue and through actions, not from what the author tells you about them. Relationships DEVELOP, they don't just appear out of thin air. Good writing makes all the difference in good storytelling.

    This book has lots of texture and layers. She develops a whole town full of characters and creates an armload of people you want to spend more time with. These are mountain folks, and may seem a little quirky to city-folk listeners .... but I am mountain folk too and they ring completely true to me. I loved Carnal, Colorado and its people.

    Emma Taylor's narration was great. Each character was distinct and she read the dialogue well. Sometimes dialogue and narrative run together with no differentiation, but Taylor succeeds in keeping the storytelling clear.

    I don't think I will be interested in Kristen Ashley's Rock Chick or Chaos books (they sound a little rough for me), but I'll be listening to more of the Colorado Mountain series for sure!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J.I. Nieuw Weerdinge, Netherlands 10-16-14
    J.I. Nieuw Weerdinge, Netherlands 10-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A cheap 50 cent story, not worth a credit."

    I bought this book because of the good reviews, but I was so dissapointed. The countless times the main character said " Max" made me quite listening halfway. Seems when there is enough sex in a story, people think it is great, but there isn't much else to this book.
    Don't spend a credit on this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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