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Christmas in Tahoe (West Coast Holiday #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  117 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
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 th ...more
ebook, 123 pages
Published November 11th 2013
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Claire Robinson
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
4 Stars.

A total Christmas Cracker!

Elisabeth Barrett is another of my 2013 discoveries. I have been blown away by every book that I have read, and her Star Harbor Series holds a special place in my heart. Every one of her books for me, encompass the essence of an exceptionally talented writer. They are well written, always offer something different from the last one, and provide you with colorful and interesting characters. The vibrancy of her descriptions whether it be person or place, make eve
Judy Lewis
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Christmas in Tahoe
Series: West Coast Holiday
Designation: Book One of Series, Novella, Standalone, Contemporary Romance
Reading Platform: Kindle Edition
My Rating: Five Delightfully Entertaining Stars*****
What a wonderful surprise! I received this story as a newsletter freebie offered by one of my favorite authors with no obligation or expectation to review. I was in the mood for a holiday read and decided to dive in. Best decision ever! This was my first time reading the work of
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 t
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Christmas in Tahoe is a holiday story about two people who have suffered lost. The hero Chase was betrayed by his friend and business partner, as well as his girlfriend. The heroine Ann lost her fiance to an aneurysm.

Their friend Mandy had asked Chase if she and Ann can spend Christmas in Tahoe with him. There was a change in plans at the last minute, when Mandy could not drive with Ann to Chase's place. Luckily he was in the SF Bay Area, so she asked him if he could give Ann a ride instead. An
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet holiday romance. Chase and Ann have both been hurt and think they are happy with the life they are leading. Bought together by a friend they spend the holiday weekend in Tahoe and find that they are not really as happy as they thought but they can change that if they are willing to take a chance. This is a great read with really lovely characters and lots of emotions.
Tina "IRead2Escape"
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

Christmas in Tahoe is a great Christmas read for anyone that is looking for hot, sexy, emotion-filled fun. It's the perfect book for curling up in a chair, wrapped in your favorite blanket, drinking a cup of hot chocolate, and just letting the world slip away.

Chase Deckert has been burnt by the business world and he is done with it. He's brilliant and has so much to offer the world, but he can't deal with the money hungry dirty side of it all. He left his Silicon Valle
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earc, kindle
Ann Smith is recovering from a huge personal loss. So far she's just been trudging a long only living but looking for the way back to life. Her fiance died suddenly 2 years ago right before Christmas when they were supposed to get married. Instead of a wedding it became a funeral. How do you recover from that? Chase Deckert is also recovering but from a very different situation. Chase was a scientist and when his business partner stole all his research on Malaria and ran with it he decided he ha ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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 renowne
Michelle the Romance Witch
Christmas in Tahoe was a great holiday read, but I think that the spirit of the romance could be enjoyed any time of the year. The magic between Ann and Chase is apparent from the instant they set eyes on one another. Whether they are playing, loving, or just talking through their past hurts together, you can see that they understand each other and the deep connection between them is undeniable. The passion between them was certainly an integral part of the story, but the emotions they explore t ...more
Jeanet Alessandra
Necesito más libros así (romanticones y sexosos) en mi vida.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet Christmas novel about two unlikely people who find love in the least expected place.

Ann Smith is an actuary and she's used to calculating probabilities. What she didn't calculate into her own life is the death of her fiance a week before their Christmas wedding. Once a lover of all things Christmas Ann finds no joy in it any longer since it is a reminder of all she has lost. When her friend Mandy bails on their holiday ski trip at the last minute Ann finds herself driving to Taho
Deb Diem
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Christmas In Tahoe is an entertaining Christmas story by Elisabeth Barrett. Ms. Barrett has delivered a well-written book. The characters are phenomenal and my favorite part of the book. Ann is trying to get her life back after the death of her fiance. Chase is a scientist whose business partner cheated him out of his work, so he left science and is now a snowboard instructor. With a little help from a mutual friend, Chase and Ann are stuck together over the Christmas holiday. Their story is a f ...more
Christmas in Tahoe by Elizabeth Barrett was a quick romance to read! The main characters were both left by significant others. Ann by her soon to be husband dying suddenly and Chase by his best friend and business partner. Ann forced herself into her work and led a very quiet life with lots of tears. Chase left and went to Africa for a time and then came back and moved into his family’s home in Tahoe and became a skier. It was fate - in the shape of a mutual friend Mandy - who helped them meet. ...more
vickie Chaisson
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christmas in Tahoe is a perfect holiday read. This is the first book by Elisabeth Barrett that I have read and it won't be the last. Her characters are well developed and interesting. Both of the main characters have been hurt recently and this book could have come across as sappy and maudlin but Annie's inner daredevil brings the story to a whole new levels. After two years she has to move forward from her fiance's death and a trip to Tahoe just might do the trick. Chase and Roxy are a pair and ...more
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Lovely story set at Christmastime about two people still recovering from big changes and heartache in the lives. Ann is a young woman who is still recovering from the death of her fiancé. Chase was burned by a close friend bothnpersonally and professionally. Watching Ann find herself after being part of a couple for so long, is very heartwarming. Chase, whom she meets when her friend Mandy cancels out on meeting her in Tahoe for the holiday, has some recovering of his own to do. Watching their s ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this story of Ann spending Christmas in Chase's Tahoe house when their mutual friend bales last minute on them. Nice believable chemistry even though they get together very quickly. And how many times do actuaries and science researchers star in romance novels?
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ann and Chase are forced to spend the weekend alone when their friend Mandy bails for the weekend. Ann and Chase have both had tragedies in their past that they are trying to overcome. This was a good book about two people overcoming their tragedies and moving on with their lives.
Katie Chapman
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful Christmas story about finding yourself again. I really enjoyed the love story between Annie and Chase. It was as much about finding themselves and what makes them truly happy as it was about finding each other.
Ida Lukasik
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.
Makes me believe things can happen
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-ebooks
A beautiful and tender love story between two people dealing with heartache and hurt. They are a Christmas miracle set in the snow covered beauty of Lake Tahoe.
Quinn Fforde
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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West Coast Holidays series begins with a very cute story of a woman drowning in grief and in need of a restart, and a man running from himself with the best view of the world, or so I am told. Oh, wow, this sounded super depressing, but it’s the reality of this volume.

Shirley Frances
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
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I don’t know what it is about author Elisabeth Barrett that makes me want to curl up and shut out the world when I’m reading her books. I always get so wrapped up in her characters, in the world she creates for them, and the issues they face and I always want to be part of their inner circle. They seem real, they seem like fun people to hang with, and I want to be their friends; such is the ca
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it

Seeing as it's the Christmas period I thought I would try some Christmas themed books and thanks to Netgalley I could do just that.

I'm not a huge fan of the cover as it's a little cheesy looking, yes I know Christmas is one of the most cheesiest of seasons but I wanted more from the cover. The cover doesn't have a very Christmassy feel to it as I had to look really close to actually see the Christmas decorations, but I do feel like it is in keeping with the story which is a good point for the co
Annie (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 he
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Christmas in Tahoe is a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit!!

The holidays are always hard on Ann Smith. This year she made plans with her friend Mandy to travel to Tahoe for some skiing and relaxation. Anything to get her mind off of the loss she carries with her. Two years ago, Ann was suppose to have a Christmas wedding. Prior to that day, her fiancé passed away - leaving Ann heartbroken and lonely.

As Ann realizes Mandy is a no-show, she decides to go ahead on her adventure. Mandy
Ann is ready to go to Tahoe and spend some days over there healing after losing her fiancé. She's not ready for her best friend not showing up and sending sexy mountain/scientist man Chase in her place and so... their road to Tahoe and to healing begins because Chase--like her--is hurt as well after being betrayed by his former best friend.

Both Chase and Ann had gone through different kind of losses but once they find each other, they find a way to move on. I loved that each gave the other a bi
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one. I need a hunky, bearded snow boarder of my own.

Growing up in the South, I can’t say that I had a whole lot of chances to learn how to snow ski. I went to college in the mountains of North Carolina and we went skiing once(and really -that was basically ice). I spent most of that ski trip on my ass. I was young enough that it really didn’t bother me. Cut to about 4 or 5 years ago and a trip to Big Sky, Montana. It was hell. Now, I LOVED Montana, I love the mountains and I
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, holidays
This was an excellent holiday novella; I enjoyed it very much. In fact this one may get re-read for many Christmases to come. Ms. Bennett weaves a beautiful, sweet story about two people with painful backgrounds who fall in love with Lake Tahoe providing the beautiful backdrop. I loved the chemistry between Chase and Ann right from the start; friendship and respect with a heaping scoop of lust. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when he gets her to eat and she finds herself enjoying it, mu ...more
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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 ...more
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