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?
Darcy is at the beach with her best friend Trina, relaxing after finishing her PhD and weighing up her options for the future. Cooper’s at his beach house hiding from his overly-attentive family and licking his wounds after a past injury puts paid to his Secret Service dream.
They meet when Cooper pulls Darcy from the surf. From there, they embark on a summer fling As the week draws to a close, both realise they don’t want it to end. But how will it all work out, when at times, they’re interrupted by Trina’s antics, an unwelcome house guest in the form of his cousin Brad, the meddling family and the occasional Russian mobster.
The chemistry and connection between Darcy and Cooper was great. The banter back and forth between them was very witty and entertaining, with a great sizzle to it as well. One thing Christi Barth does really well is the dialogue and interaction between characters. I could totally imagine their conversations actually happening, which I really enjoy. I love that Darcy is exceptionally intelligent, but she still has social skills. It is lovely to read a smart woman with real smarts. I do love my uniform-type heroes, and Cooper was pretty hot. I like how he dealt with his family too – yes, they did interfere but he never made them out to be horrible or unwanted. Good work, Ms Barth.
There’s a side storyline where Trina (who changes careers like most people change underwear) drags Darcy – and Cooper and Brad – into her practising to be a private investigator. This leads to mayhem involving a fake visa racket and a Russian mobster they nickname Ivan. The intrigue was quite a lot of fun.
However there was probably a little too much concentration at times on Trina and her PI-wannabe antics. I enjoyed them, however I would have liked more focus on the development of Darcy and Cooper’s relationship. But hey, it was still quite fun.
Love at High Tide is a fun and light read, perfect for an afternoon spent lazing on a deck chair in the summer sun.
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release date: 8 July 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by the author, Christi Barth in return for an honest review.