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Christmas In Tahoe
     

Christmas In Tahoe

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by Elisabeth Barrett
 
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

Overview

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?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940149087693
Publisher:
Elisabeth Barrett
Publication date:
11/11/2013
Series:
West Coast Holiday , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
479,763
File size:
726 KB

Meet the Author

Elisabeth Barrett lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won’t eat, and sing in grand choruses.

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Christmas In Tahoe 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Christmas in Tahoe was a wonderful read. Honestly, the blurb for the book gives a very good summary for the book. Ann Smith and Chase Deckert are two people who have each lost their way in life. Ann was supposed to get married to “the love of her life” on Christmas Day, two years previously. But he died a few days before. Every since then, she has just been moving through life and not living it. Chase is a man of science. He was once a world renowned scientist, specializing in discovering a cure for malaria. Unfortunately, he put his trust in the wrong people. Now, he has turned his back on science and the Silicon Valley itself. Ann and Chase are brought together when Ann’s best friend bails on her and asks Chase to take Ann to Tahoe. The idea is that the friend will join them after she finishes up some research. When that doesn’t happen, Ann and Chase spend a magical time together getting to know each other and to their surprise, falling in love. Ann’s career and life is in the Silicon Valley. Chase hates the area and the games the companies there play. Once their Christmas vacation is up, the two have to figure out what they are willing to sacrifice for love. **Personal Purchase**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find Elisabeth Barrett's writing to be excellent, however I found this story to be rushed, although told in a beautiful way. Both characters had obstacles to overcome and I just had a hard time believing that a few days time could overcome those obstacles so easily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a really good book. I enjoyed reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick, enjoyable read.
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
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.
GraceDZ More than 1 year ago
Sign me up for one of Chase Deckert's snowboarding lessons, please! I don't know about you, but when the holiday season is in full swing, I tend to be in the mood for some romantic holiday reads! Christmas in Tahoe was everything I wanted, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I truly enjoyed this novella. Ann Smith is still mourning the loss of her fiancé, who had passed away around Christmastime a few years back. It's been hard for her to move on, and understandably so, the holiday season tends to not be a merry one. Ann and her friend make plans for a fun getaway in Lake Tahoe during Christmas, but at the last minute her friend can't make the trip and instead sends someone else to accompany Ann. Oh, y'all need to meet Chase Deckert! He's one hunky snowboarder, and ultra SMART...PhD level smart! I find that combo in a man really HOT! Although bio-tech companies are after his research, there's a huge reason why he left Silicon Valley. He was all set to spend Christmas alone until a friend asked for a favor. Once Chase gets to know Ann, he realizes she's no plain Jane! She totally surprises him that she can handle her skis, and they continue to have a fun time together. The setting in Tahoe was delightfully written. I felt like I was transported to the top of the snowy mountain with Chase and Ann. It's a perfect place for romance to blossom. Ms. Barrett also injects some local San Francisco Bay Area flair into this story, which made me smile! Chase and Ann are two broken souls. I love it when people get a second chance at happiness! Christmas in Tahoe is sexy, smart, and filled with the perfect amount of holiday spirit! Roxy, the black lab is adorable, too! *A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.*
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Elisabeth Barrett gets readers in the holiday spirit with CHRISTMAS IN TAHOE. A sweet and sexy novella set in Lake Tahoe, you can bet that this story will have you grinning from ear to ear! Ann Smith made plans with her friend Mandy, but unexpectedly, a good-looking stranger shows up in her place. When Annie learns that her friend will be a no-show for their holiday plans, Ann then decides that this stranger named Chase Deckert might be a good way to save her trip. In their long, but sexually heated drive to Lake Tahoe, sweet banter and sizzling tensions rise until Annie realizes she doesn’t want to fight it anymore. As a fan of Barrett’s writing, what I enjoy most about her work is the fact that she creates such likeable heroines. Annie’s character has her flaws, but in the span of pages, she does from Silicon Valley actuary to a fiery seductress who goes for what she wants. Barrett also pairs Annie with a sweet and endearing hero in Chase. What I enjoyed most about his character was that he never tried to force Annie to do something she wasn’t ready for. Any development in their relationship came naturally and it’s actually quite interesting to see such progression in a novella because you don’t have a lot of words to play with. But I found that Barrett handled it nicely, creating a sweet, but also very sexy romance between Annie and Chase while also injecting readers with a cheeriness that comes with all Christmas stories. Sweet and sexy – this little novella has what it takes to appeal to the masses. *ARC provided by author
allegra2 More than 1 year ago
Christmas in Tahoe is a beautiful story which takes place in a beautiful setting at the most beautiful time of the year.
The_Book_Goddess More than 1 year ago
This book was the first I've read from Elisabeth Barrett and I must say, it was absolutely charming. This story is a short, Christmas novella that brings us to breathtaking Lake Tahoe for a romantic and magical weekend. Chase and Ann are both lonly people who have heartbreak in their pasts, though for different reasons, and they find themselves thrown together for the Christmas weekend. Together, they share a love of skiing and find ways to break down walls in order to find happiness in each other. But the question remains...will the magic last once they leave the comfort and privacy of Lake Tahoe??? This was a sweet story, with plenty of romantic and steamy scenes. Chase might be the perfect man...extremely brilliant, with a philanthropic mind and the body of a greek god. Not sure it gets better than that. This was a quick read, but an enjoyable one. I think I would look forward to reading more of Barrett's stories, as long as her characters are as lovely as the ones in this story. Also, as a bonus, there is an adorable dog in the story too! I recieved a copy of this title from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story!! Love the way Elisabeth Barrett writes.