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Published: 11th November 2013
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Ann, Chase
Date Read: 6th December - 8th December 2013
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?
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 cover.
At the beginning of this book I wasn't quite sure I was going to like it as for me it wasn't very believeable as one minute they didn't seem to like one another the next minute they was jumping into bed with one another, but the more I read it the more I didn't care as I loved them together. I was also a little let down with the Christmas feel of it but I get why they both wasn't feeling the Christmas love. This is a bit of a short book but I felt like it didn't matter as we still got to know the background of the characters and felt the development of the story was good too.
There wasn't really that many characters in this book as the main focus was Ann and Chase, but because of that we got to know more about these two characters. Ann had had a lot to deal with before meeting Chase as she was trying to get over the loss of her fiancé. By the end of the book she seemed to have really grown and we also got to know what she was like before her fiancé as well as while she was with him. Chase I absolutely loved from the moment we was introduced to him although, that could have something to do with the way he was with his dog Roxy as I'm a huge dog person. Speaking of Roxy she was such a great addition to the book and some of my favourite moments had something to do with her.
Overall a really enjoyable Christmas read.