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The Gambler

(Willow Creek #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Emmaline Hunt only had one thing she could call her own. A piece of land that held a secret not even her drunken stepfather knew about. When he gambles it away in a high stakes poker game, Emmaline does the only thing she can. She tries to steal the land deed back.

Tristan Avery has seen his share of bloodshed while sitting at a gaming table and knows its time to lay low wh
Published May 7th 2012 (first published April 29th 2012)
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Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Gambler by Lily Graison
Willow Creek Series Book 3
Tristan Avery was a gambler and good at it. One night of winning not only money but a deed to some land in Idaho changed his life. Not the money or deed but the the little spitfire that felt he had no right to her land. That her stepfather had no right to gamble it away. What else could he do but take her with him when he decided to go home for awhile. Back to where he hadn’t been for nine years, back to where he was told if he left….don’t ret
Barbara R. Cady
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The third brother wins more than he bargained for. What will it take to set things right? It's a good read to find out what's next for Tristan and the rest of the family. Another winner Lily!!!
JoLee (Wickedly Delicious Book Blog)
Rating: 4 Stars - Loved It

I seem to always fall in love with Lily Graison characters from their first meeting.

“You’re a girl?”

“I’m a woman, thank you very much.” She straightened her shirt and met his gaze. “And I’d be obliged if you’d get that gun out of my face.”

Tristan won a deed in a poker game. Later on while defending himself he ends up killing the owner of the deed. When he goes to check out the land he won he finds Emmaline in a beat up shack and was the one who tried robbing him of the
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The third Willow Creek book didn't not let me down. Just as great as The Lawman and The Outlaw. All the characters in the book come alive for me and I love them all.

Emmaline Hunt has a drunk for a stepfather who has just gambled away a piece of land which holds a secret which only she knows. It was her land and she wants it back. The only way to get the land back is to steal the land deed from Tristan Avery.

Tristan Avery is a gambler who knows its time to lay low when another gambler ends up dea
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tristan is the youngest Avery boy and left home at 17 to pursue his career in gambling. Okay, so he didn't really leave, his dad told him to leave until he pursued respectable pursuits.

Emmaline has been left to fend for herself on her land for years. Her stepfather brings supplies every once in a while, but she has had to do everything else. She was always short on supplies and food, and her male neighbours took advantage of her situation when she ran out and came to them for help

The stepfather
Janice Hougland
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I've read in this series. I like western romance and I'm so glad I got introduced to this author...'cause she does western romance right. The description of rural life in the old west is believably authentic and made me feel like a witness right there alongside the characters in the story. Emmaline was in such a tough predicament when she met Tristan and their backgrounds were so different that at first it was hard to figure how they would become a couple...but become a c ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
The story line had potential to be fantastic, but instead the author choses to focus on "bedding" the couple instead of developing a beautiful relationship and adding more detail and depth to the story. The characters could have been wonderful, instead they were mediocre and boring, because all they did was lust after one another. It's a nice bedtime read... because I don't have to focus on anything or invest any emotional energy into the storyline and characters. It's not a book that I can't pu ...more
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After winning a land deed in a card game, Tristan wakes in the middle of the night to find Emmaline attempting to steal the land deed. After visiting his new property he finds Emmaline in a rickity shack, alone, and half starved. Since the property is now his responsibility, he assumes responsibility of Emmaline. After dragging her across the country for her own good, she manages to steal the land deed back and tries to get back home.
Lesia Chambliss
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lily Graison writes such an enjoyable story. They keep me interested from start to finish. Her characters are strong, and are everything I love and expect in an American West Romance. My only complaint, is that I wish a could read more of this couples story.
I highly recommend this book for your collection.
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Okay, but not as good as the first two books.
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have loved this series from the start. Emmaline and Tristan's story was really good too. Now onto #4 on the series. Highly recommended1
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Bestselling Western Romance Author Lily Graison
Lily Graison is a USA TODAY bestselling author of historical western romances. Her Willow Creek Series introduced readers to a small Montana town where the west is wild and the cowboys are wilder. Lily also dabbles in contemporary and paranormal romance when the mood strikes and all of her stories range from sweet to spicy with strong female leads and

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