I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Love at High Tide by Christi Barth
Published by Carina Press on July 8, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Darcy Trent is lucky Cooper Hudson is on hand to sweep her off her feet—literally—when she nearly drowns while swimming in the ocean. But life-saving aside, Mr. Perfect's timing stinks: Darcy's career is about to take her to the complete opposite side of the Atlantic. Still, a little summer loving with the tall, blond and sexy former cop is far too tempting to pass up.
When his plans to enter the Secret Service went south thanks to a bum knee, Coop retreated to the family beach house to mull his future. Romance is the last thing on his mind, until he fishes a curvy brunette out of the sea. Now, spending time in Darcy's arms seems like the ideal distraction, even if it is just for a week.
But with Darcy's departure date fast approaching and their careers on the line, can they realize in time that their beach fling might become the real thing?
The set up
Darcy Trent just wants to relax on the beach for a few days as she ponders a major career decision. When she ventures into the ocean, she’s rescued from a killer wave by the sexy Cooper Hudson and their attraction is mutual. Despite Darcy’s efforts to mix a little summer fling in with her plans, best friend Trina has other plans for her time and involves her in her latest wacky scheme to become a private investigator.
Cooper is also in retreat at the beach as he recovers from his latest career blow after being turned down by the secret service. He’s very interested in the smart, attractive and quick-witted Darcy but keeps getting sidetracked by well-meaning family and Trina’s investigation antics.
What I liked
This was a short, cute story with two very appealing people. The dialogue between Darcy and Cooper was snappy and clever, keeping things light and easy. The sexual tension was perfectly pitched and timed really well, and you really couldn’t wait for these two to come together.
What I found annoying
Trina. Trina. Trina. She just grated my nerves and I got to the point where I couldn’t figure out why she didn’t get under Darcy’s skin. She’s presented as quirky and it’s fine if you like that in the best friend but I just couldn’t get into her, even when she’s vindicated at the end of the story. She’s used as the device to delay Darcy and Cooper from getting together and it just didn’t work for me.
The bottom line
I loved Cooper and Darcy and their breezy conversations. Their dialogue kept me in the story and it was so very well written. I would have loved a longer story about them but, really, it was long enough for me to “get” and fall for them. The build-up to their sexual interludes was also well done and it was worth the wait. And, the ending was really satisfying. I just wish I could have found a muzzle and leash for Trina.
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