Christmas in Tahoe
Elisabeth Barrett / November 11, 2013 / $2.99 digital
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?
Elisabeth Barrett's Christmas in Tahoe takes a number of the romance genre’s expectations and tweaks them just a bit. Our heroine Ann Smith is still struggling with being an “almost widow” two years after her fiancé’s sudden death. She’s been barely holding on, burying herself in the welcome oblivion of a busy career.
One of the first things that caught my eye about this book was the heroine’s occupation. She’s an actuary. Now that’s an occupation that stands out in a sea of cupcake decorators and B&B owners. Even better, Ann Smith loves her job, loves making sense of the world around her. It’s not every heroine who can own a profession that is stereotyped as so dull and uninteresting and bring love and passion to it. Her work for an insurance company is a way to help people. Her passion for compiling facts numbers extends to carrying a GPS on her road trip, so she’ll always know where she’s going and where she’s been.
[Gotta love love a well-drawn heroine...]