A fabulous book with great characters but I have to say it was also incredibly exhausting.
Nina Sheridan has to take a time-out from her fiancé and wants to spend two weeks in a cabin in the Colorado Mountains. When she arrives from England after countless hours of traveling, she finds out that the cabin has been double-booked and the owner is currently staying there. Max makes a very bad first impression on Nina and she leaves to find a hotel in town. As if that wasn’t bad enough her car breaks down on her way into town and she has to spend the night freezing, in the backseat. One good thing does come out of it however. Max comes to Nina’s rescue and nurses her back to health after she falls ill.
It turns out that Max isn’t as bad as Nina initially thought. Sure, he can be a bit overbearing and domineering but also sweet, funny, caring and definitely hot hot hot!! Best of all: He wants Nina for life.
Nina comes to realize that maybe her idea of a quiet, uneventful life with her British fiancé might not be right for the passionate woman after all. The mountain man owner of her holiday cabin starts to look mighty appealing but Max seems so secretive and Nina starts doubting herself.
Max is amazing and made me sweat a time or three. I also loved the secondary characters. There is a lot going on in the Colorado small town and I loved every minute of it. You might wonder why I am not rating this as a 5-star read. Well, my biggest problem was Nina. She came on too strong sometimes and I never connected to her. Secondly, and most importantly, the book is way too long for my taste. Kristen Ashley should have saved the very detailed descriptions of every single meal and every single outfit or the way Nina does her hair. Now I know how Nina would dress for a natural look, for a date look, for a hike….. that just got frustrating after a while. I had the feeling that these were just page-fillers that were really not needed. The book would have benefited from fewer pages.
This is definitely not the book for you if you want a quick sexy, romantic pick-me-up but it’s still worth checking out. The Gamble feels like a marathon but you also get the biggest thrill and kick out of it when you arrive at the finish line. You’ll be rewarded with a beautiful epilogue and maybe Max will whisper some dirty little secret in your ear. He seems to like doing that a lot!