Title: Christmas in Tahoe
Author: Elisabeth Barrett
Published: November 11th 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Silicon Valley actuary Ann Smith is an expert at calculating probabilities, but lately the odds haven’t been in her favor. Two years ago her fiancé died a week before their planned Christmas wedding, leaving Ann heartbroken and alone. When a friend suggests heading up to Lake Tahoe for a long Christmas weekend of skiing, wine, and relaxation, Ann thinks it might be just the thing to help get her life back on track. But Ann’s plans go awry when her friend cancels at the last minute, and Ann ends up driving to Tahoe with Chase Deckert, a sexy snowboarder who pushes all her buttons.
Chase Deckert is a man who lives by his own rules. A few years ago his business partner betrayed him by selling out their biomedical research for a quick profit. Chase left science far behind, and now spends his days snowboarding in Tahoe, wanting nothing to do with the dog-eat-dog world of Silicon Valley. Chase has closed his mind and his heart and only believes in one thing: fate. But fate seems to be in a giving mood, because joining him for Christmas is a brave, beautiful woman who shows him the true meaning of the season and helps him rediscover a part of himself he’d long forgotten.
Fueled by the mountain scenery, the season, and their unbelievable chemistry, Ann and Chase end up learning more about each other—and themselves—than they ever imagined possible. Can one long, steamy Christmas help them realize they’re meant to be together? Or when the holiday is over will they be right back where they started?
Ann just wants to spend her Christmas away from everything that she has been living with for the past two years. She needs a new start and this is the year she’s determined to achieve it. But when her plans start to fall through, starting with her ride to Tahoe she falters in her determination at first but pulls through in the end. She can’t help but be drawn to the handsome stranger who has come to pick her up. Hell, she can’t even resist his dog and she’s allergic!
Chase is doing a favor for a friend but the instant he enters the range of Silicon Valley he’s apprehensive of what he’s going to find. He knows how ‘these people’ behave and all they aspire too and he’s not looking forward to the long drive ahead with one of ‘them’. But he’s never been one to deny the truth. And the truth is that Ann intrigues him. He knows there’s a story there and so much more. He’s as eager as he’s uneasy about what he will find.
I loved, LOVED this story!!!
Not only did Elisabeth Barrett did a wonderful job in drawing me into the story with Ann’s voice and her story, she had me intrigued immediately with Chase’s story too. I loved watching them getting to know each other. Both had their walls up high and tight but as their time together increased I could see how affected each one was because of the other. They wanted so much more than what they had, but their fear kept them back from pursuing anything – at first.
I so enjoyed Chase and Ann’s interactions. Some where emotional, some were tender and all of them entertaining. Their easy camaraderie was one of the first things I loved about them and as their emotions came into play I loved watching them let go with each other. Of course, I also enjoyed their reluctance and their doubts about what they wanted. They were all well-founded and that just added to the appeal of them ending up together.
I have to congratulate the author because she managed to deliver a heart-felt story that was sweet, funny and HOT! I thought that Chase and Ann’s chemistry was fantastic and it only became greater as the story continued and their emotions came to the surface. I enjoyed watching them let go of their inhibitions with each other and just enjoy what was developing.
I’m not usually a fan of the insta-love concept and although this had the makings of one it felt completely different. There was the development of their connection, shared moments both intimate and emotional and lots of laughter. I could easily imagine them in the cabin lounging around, skiing the slopes and cuddling before the fireplace. I loved it!
All in all, a fabulous romantic read with emotional undertones, sizzling chemistry and two complex and interesting characters.
*I received this title from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.