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
"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
Chose this book after coming across the latest book from this series! loved Bounty by Kristen Ashley, so thought i hear from the beginning! i wasn't disappointed!
"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!
I purchased The Gamble because it has such positive reviews. I am also from Colorado so I thought the setting would add an interesting element to the story. After listening to the audio book I am disappointed with most aspects of the work. The narration was quite good, but the writing style and characters leave a lot to be desired.
Ashley is particularly wordy in her descriptions. The result is a very long book and a narrative that does not add any new information or value to the story. Listeners understand how people move about in a scene without having every move detailed. It's enough to say "I went upstairs to shower and dress". It's long winded to say "I walked up stairs into the bedroom and picked out an outfit from my suitcase on the chair next to the bed. I walked to the bathroom turned on the light and closed and locked the door..." and so on.
The relationship between the main characters was the biggest disappointment. If this is the type of man women want to read about, than I am very unlike most women. The male love interest is overbearing, controlling, and short tempered in a way that seems less swoon inducing and more abusive. The female lead does little to stand up for herself in this relationship besides saying "Max" in a plaintive voice over and over, only to be interrupted and ignored.
The overall story had some interesting and unique twists and turns for a romance. However, if your idea of a good partner is someone who lets you get a few words in during a fight, lets you drive, and even occasionally lets you pay for things, then this may not be the story for you.
"Good but long"
Narration was very good so it added a lot to the story. Probably could have read it in less time.
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 not heard any previous books but her narration was great and I'm looking forward to listening to her again.
I laughed a lot and cried at least once. I had trouble turning it off.
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.
"Been a LONG time...."
Yes! Just to catch the things I may have missed while I listened.
The discussion between the main characters after so much thinking and stewing.
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!
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.
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.
"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!
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!
"Enjoyable listen, bonus use in drinking game!"
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.
Love Emma Taylor! One of my new favorite narators!
"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.
"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?
"Don't Waste Your Time!"
Narrator was ok.
I was so disappointed. I was excited about listening to a new book with high rating by an author new to me. After trying my best to give it a chance, I could not stand to listen for even one more minute. The story plot seems so weak. The characters are smutty and the four letter words are so profuse that it gets down right ridiculous. The story begins with the male character groping the female even though they have just met. This is pretty much the entire story description throughout. Honestly becomes boring. I plan to ask for my credit back on this one and won't try any others by this author.
"Really enjoyed it"
Very entertaining and a good length which never dragged for me. The narrator's accent was excellent, if a little careful. (Although, for all I know, that's how we sound to non-Brits.) I really enjoyed her interpretation, it made me chuckle a few times, tear up a few times and left me with a desire to read/hear more of this author's work.
"Hate the accent"
I don't know if it's the same with other stories by this author or if I read too quickly to notice but if I hear one more err or sorry I'll scream. As a spoken story it's so much more obvious and so much more irritating. The story as the written word was ok but spoken it was dreadful . As to the narrator no wonder people think the English
accent is so odd if this is what they are listening to, she sounded like she was half drunk as the words were so over pronounced and so artificial. Returned after two chapters could not force myself to listen any longer!
I didn't want this to end love it from begin to end. colorado mountain stories are wonderful to read listen is an added bonus . fantastic will listen to this over and over .
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