Gambling On A Secret–Reviews

Gambling On A Secret, Sara Walter Ellwood, contemporary western romance, romantic suspense, cowboy romance, Texas romance, small town romance


What People Are Saying About Gambling On A Secret


“Full of intrigue, tangled pasts, and raw emotions, this one is guaranteed to keep you turning pages from start to finish and then wishing for one more chapter!”

Cover Quote from Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Just a Cowboy and His Baby.



“All in all, I thought Gambling on a Secret was a great read. I even have the itch to read everything this author has written now.”

Read the rest of this 5 Star review at Melissa Limoges


“If you are like me and like a little bit of action thrown in with a smidge of mystery imbedded in a ranching life, you should definitely check out this read. You won’t be disappointed!”

Redheads Review It Better


“HONESTLY this was a FABULOUS read. Gambling on a Secret is a gripping, entertaining and an absolutely delightful romantic read which is set in the town of Colton located in Texas. Sarah Walter Ellwood has scored with this book. This has been one of my favourite reads for 2013. The story held my interest from the beginning. I had a real hard time putting it down. I was so disappointed when it ended. I deliberately took my time reading it so I could savour every minute. I was pulled into the story from the very first page and just could not let go…” 

Read the rest of Nadene’s 5 Satin Pillow review at Satin Sheets Romance


“Gambling on a Secret is a definite keeper in my book.  It is still not a story for the under 18 crowd but if you are a fan of western romance, love your cowboys tender-hearted and completely dependable, your heroines strong and supportive with some spice thrown into their relationship and a dash of suspense add, you will love this book…” 

Read the entire TOP PICK 4 1/2 star Review at Night Owl ReviewsNight Owl Reviews for Gambling On A Secret, top pick, contemporary western romance suspense, Texas Roamnce, Cowboy,


“Gambling on a Secret (GOAS) revolves around a lot of deception, lies, betrayal, and guilt. This is the first in The Colton Gambler Series, revolving in the town of Colton, Texas. Who to trust?, Who to love? These are just some of the questions Charlotte (Charli) asks herself throught GOAS. Heading back to her roots, Charli is introduced to several people in town and finding the right people to trust is a test she hopes to pass. With the help of her hired ranch manager (enter Dylan), the sparks start to fly. Charli and Dylan both have deep hurt resulting in trust issues from previous relationships, both don’t believe in love, both have secrets they need to share, and both hold guilt for previous events in their lives. Will they forgive themselves so they can love who they are to fully love one another? In Colton, there’s one man that wants nothing more than to do whatever “necessary” in his eyes to get what he wants. If you’re interested in the journey to see what people to do to gamble to get what they want, then this book is for you! Give it a “shot”!! Relationships entwine, friendships are formed, and the angst is HIGH!! I can’t wait to see what comes next from Colton, Texas as so many layers were formed in Sara’s work that what’s to come will be just as amazing!!”  

4 Star Review from Amazon


“This had a great plot! There were twists and turns and a little “who done it?” added to the mix. Definitely worth the read!”

A 5 Star review from Amazon


“I love when I can get wrapped up in a story, especially one that I had no idea I was going to like as much as I did this one. I have to say Ms. Ellwood really impressed me with how easy I fell into the story and how everything flowed so nicely. I have said this before but I always have a soft spot for two character, very much broken and damaged, coming together and finding love. I have no idea why but there is just something beautiful about two broken pieces coming together and creating a whole. That is exactly Charli and Dylan’s story. Dylan is an ex army Captain suffering not only from an injury and PTSD but from a broken heart as well. Swearing to never love again and drinking heavily just to get through the day he is the last and first person Charli needs in her life. Charli too has a dark past filled with lots of guilt, pain and heartbreak. I couldn’t help but fall in love with both of them. This really was a great story. It has a slight edge of mystery that the mystery lover in me appreciated and of course the romance was a sweet one. The ending was perfect and I look forward to reading more in this series and am really hoping the next book will be about Tracy and Zach because I want more of their story!”

This 4 Star review appeared on My Guilty Obsession


What a good story! I was intrigued by the blurb and drawn in with the incredible characters that the author created. I find a broken man to be devestatingly sexy and I was not disappointed in Dylan. This is a man that needs the love of a powerfully strong woman. Charli has faced her share of demons but when fate throws a man that needs her love, she steps up to the challenge. There was enough romance, excellent writing and suspense to keep anyone entertained. This is a wonderful, heartwarming story and I can’t wait to see where the author takes this.”

This review posted on Romancebookworm’s Reviews


“Gambling on a Secret is such a spicy little treat that I was so happy to discover on my bookshelf! On a week when I really was not feeling well and was more than a little stressed out, this book is such a great antidote. Charli and Dylan are one of those couples that you want to cheer for straight out of the starting gate… One of the other elements that made Gambling on a Secret so enjoyable was the town. Colton, Texas has some deep roots, and loads of drama… Anyway, this book reminded me of the [new] show [Dallas]. It’s dramatic, soapy and just oh, so good. I’m waiting with baited breath to hear more of Ellwood’s stories from Colton (PLEASE, let there be more!)” 

Read this 4 Star Review at Paws and Print


“This book was awesome. The characters were well written and multi-faceted. I was intrigued with what they faced and how they overcame their issues. The action was throughout the book and kept the reader engrossed. The romance was sweet, fun and sexy. I had to fan myself a couple of times reading the loves scenes. The ending was definitely sigh worthy. Ms. Ellwood has made me a reader of cowboy romance stories. I am now hooked. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romance.”

Read this 4 Star review at Toots Book Reviews


“I like Charli, she interviews Dylan while wearing very expensive heels, she’s got money and isn’t afraid to spend to get what she wants. That’s a fun twist, the heroine with all the money and the hero not a billionaire who sweeps her off her feet. Charli doesn’t need Dylan to sweep her off her feet but she does need him to turn her ranch into a workable, liveable place.  Charli and Dylan have this amazing chemistry and I loved them. Dylan was so hurt and so messed up and Charli understands that. This is a great love story set on a ranch with a bit of a mystery thrown in. It builds up nicely and I would easily read another book from this author. This isn’t a fall into bed story, they get to know each other and I love that. Pick this up for a sweet read with a bit of suspense thrown in, it doesn’t disappoint.”

This 4 Star review posted on Love of Bookends


“This is a western style romance… nothing of the “fancy” sort here. But that doesn’t mean it lacks the spice!! What’s the saying… everything is bigger in Texas? Well, I believe it! And it totally worked for me! I felt like I wanted to be right on the ranch with them! (or maybe just Dylan… hehe) I enjoyed this book very much and will be reading more from this author…”

Read more of this 4 Star review at SMI Book Club


“Another hit from Sara Walter Ellwood, GAMBLING ON A SECRET was everything that I like about a romance, a tortured/broody hero, a strong heroine, a little bit of mystery, a whole lotta sexual chemistry, and a cast of characters who help bring the story alive… GAMBLING ON A SECRET, the plotline has many twists and turns, which you will find out bits and pieces of throughout the read, which I enjoyed. I like my tidbits, they keep me holding on, not that the smokin hot sex won’t have you turning page after page, but Sara did a wonderful job at keeping the readers attention. Dylan…very swoonworthy…who doesn’t love a hero, no a literal hero, who needs the love of a good woman to help him make the decision to clean himself up. This is the story of two seriously LOST SOULS who have happened upon each other and find something in each other that they never thought they’d find…Seriously tugs on those heartstrings!”

This review posted at A Tasty Read Book Reviews


“Cowboys are among the sexiest group of beings on this planet and this book is full of them. Gambling on a Secret by Sara Walter Ellwood was very enjoyable. She did a wonderful job of describing her characters. I felt like they were real people. Something else that I liked about this book is that is wasn’t just a romance. I was so glad that this was more than just the average boy meets girl, they fall in love and have a house full of babies story… This is my first experience with this author. I was impressed and can’t wait to read some of her other stuff!”

This review posted on Butterflies and Books


“I surprisingly enjoyed this book. The writing was good although at times the story felt a tiny bit predictable nevertheless it was over rode by the plot which was strong and held my rapt attention. The heroine was strong and had that easy, sexy sway to her character. The hero on the other hand seemed to possess a strong masculine manner yet held back his dominance due to a past heartbreak. I do not like for my hero to hold back on the dominance. Because of this he lacked that alpha male domineering quality that I seek in my reads. Do not get it twisted though I fell for Dylan just as hard as Charli did. Trust me, he put it on her! lol! Overall this was a good read and I plan to continue with the series! Check it out!”

Read the complete review at Reality Bites! Let’s Get Lost!


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