Love At High Tide
by Christi Barth
Jul 8, 2013
“…funny and full of sexual tension.” ~Under the Covers
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
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“Thanks for the rescue. If you hadn’t grabbed me, I’d still be doing somersaults underwater. In my book, that qualifies you for hero status.”
An unreadable emotion flickered across his eyes so fast she almost missed it. In a low mutter, he said, “Don’t call me a hero.” He hit the hard-packed sand at the edge of the water and stopped walking.
Modest, heroic and gorgeous. And it didn’t take even a fraction of her eight years of training in cultural anthropology to figure out he was attracted to her. They’d long since hit land, and yet he made no move to put her down. Not that she was complaining. She’d happily continue to sit cradled in his arms. It gave her an up-close view of his chiseled cheekbones, sharp enough to etch glass. Her fingers brushed through the salt-spiked tips of his blond hair. No doubt about it: she’d found the man candy Trina had promised. One bite of him would be as sinful and addictive as a chocolate honey truffle.
“Well, I can’t call you Mr. In-The-Right-Place-At-The-Right-Time.” When his lips curled up showing off his dimple, Darcy’s interest kicked up a notch.
“Good point. I’m Cooper Hudson. Coop, to my friends.”
“It’s been a long time since I met an ocean virgin.”
“Oh, but only in the aquatic sense, I assure you.” What? Why wave her long-vanished virginity under his nose? Now he probably thought she had the morals of an alley cat. But hearing the hottest man she’d ever seen use the word virgin threw her for a loop. Not the standard nice-to-meet-you conversation, by a long shot.
He flashed an easy smile. “Don’t worry. I hadn’t planned on delivering you as a virgin sacrifice to appease the volcano gods over at the mini-golf course.”
Okay, now Darcy could add funny to the list of his overwhelming awesomeness. Maybe she really had blacked out and was hallucinating her ideal man while unconscious, underwater. What else could explain such perfection?
“Darcy, what happened?” Trina’s yell preceded her appearance in front of them. After a quick yank upward to her scrap of a top, she rested her hand on Darcy’s leg. “Why’s he carrying you? Did you get stung in the foot by a jellyfish? ’Cause if you did, I’ll pee on it. That’ll take the sting away.”
That certainly settled the whole am-I-hallucinating question. Never, ever would Darcy fantasize about her best friend peeing on her. The situation had to be real. And if Trina in all her adorable annoyingness was real, then her hot hero hunk had to be real, too.
To her dismay, Cooper lowered her to the ground.
“Your friend’s fine,” Cooper announced. “A wave almost rolled her, so she’s a little shaken up, but uninjured.”
“You keep your distance,” Darcy warned with a hand raised to keep Trina at arm’s length. “Don’t even think about peeing on me. Not even if I get attacked by an entire school of jellyfish.”
Trina wrinkled her nose. “Okay, but if the situation arises, just remember that I would be willing to make that sacrifice.”
“Friendship is a beautiful thing.” Cooper’s sardonic tone belied the sincerity of his expression.
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About the Author:
Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance. Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.
Ms. Barth has a copy of LOVE AT HIGH TIDE, ebook, up for grabs today. International.