“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. Rated 3.5 stars.
(I received an ARC from the author)”
“Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Margaret & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Darcy is a multi-degreed person who has finally found the time to relax a little bit. While on vacation with her best friend she was in the ocean and rescued by a handsome stranger. She feels guilty and that she owed him something for saving her.
Cooper is on vacation from his job and rescued Darcy. He never thought he would see her again. When he finally did, he asked her out. The rest they say is history.
Throughout the book we find out information about the characters and their respectable pasts. Each one is different from the other. They have both noticed their attraction to each other. Then when Cooper’s cousin comes to visit, Darcy’s friend and he hit it off. The only thing is that Cooper’s cousin is getting over a bad break up and Darcy’s friend wants to be private investigator. The first few chapters are funny and full of sexual tension.
Since Darcy’s best friend Trina, is investigating someone, both her and Darcy keep getting into trouble. They keep getting caught by the person they are following. Cooper and his cousin Brad are cops so they are trying to help the girls stay out of trouble. But Trina does not want to listen. The other issue between the four of them is the sexual tension between them all. Things are bound to get heated.
The bad guy was finally caught and Darcy and Cooper finally admitted to each other that they wanted more than a beach fling. A happy ending for the case and for love.
I completely enjoyed reading this book. I just wish there was a little more story, but in the end completely recommend this book to other readers who want some romance with their suspense.
*Review copy provided by the author
“Reviewed by Kim
for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
Oh my gosh... Love at High Tide is so much more than I bargained for. Not only do you get the humor and sex you usually get from Christi Barth, you also get a little mini-mystery. Picking up this book immediately had me feeling like I was in my own little comfort zone. It was like drinking hot chocolate on a cold winter's day. I immediately started smiling and was reminded why I love Christi so much.
Christi does a wonderful job of telling a story. She has hot sexy moments, without them being too graphic. The characters are all people you can love. I can't help but wonder if there's going to be a follow- up book. I mean Darcy's best friend Trina is quirky and funny.. She’s actually rather enduring as long as you don't have to be around her all the time. Darcy and Trina balance each other since Darcy is so serious all the time. Cooper is to die for... He’s lost his way career wise and is just hanging out at his family’s beach house, wishing he could avoid them. Then there's Brad, Cooper's cousin. He doesn't have as big a part in the book as Trina does but there's potential with him.
Love at High Tide is being touted as a summer beach read. That's all fine and dandy... However, I would only recommend reading this at the beach if you have an umbrella to shield yourself from the sun. Because once you start reading this book you aren't going to want to put it down. And that, could lead to some SERIOUS sunburn.
This is a really good read. And if you aren't familiar with Christi, a good place to start. It's different from her other books, in that you have two best friends being ameuther sleuths, putting themselves in danger and not even realizing it. Be prepared to laugh, smile, and fall in love.
“Darcy Trent is on a vacation in Ocean City, Maryland with her friend, Trina. She deserves it after spending eight months writing her dissertation in Africa. Trina and Darcy go for a swim in the ocean. The cold warm takes Darcy’s breath away but it is the hunky guy that really does it for Darcy. Darcy’s rescuer is named Cooper Hudson. There is an instant attraction. Darcy’s vacation has just gotten better. Now all she has to do is try and keep herself from getting killed with her friend, Trina.
I have read several books by this author and enjoyed them. I had so much fun with Darcy and Trina and all the trouble that they found themselves in. They were like the wannabe Nancy Drew and friend. They were not that good at investigating but it made for entertaining reading with funny laughs. What I was not laughing about was Darcy and Cooper’s romance. It was hot. I think that Darcy needed to go into the ocean again to cool off, only I don’t think that Cooper would be any help as he would be right behind her cooling off as well. If you are planning a trip to the beach, a summer vacation, or just relaxing in the sun, you have to make sure that Love at High Tide is in your bag or on your reading device. A fun read not to be missed!