Love at High Tide by Christi Barth

September 30th, 2013 Kimberly Review 46 Comments

30th Sep
Love at High Tide by Christi Barth
Love at High Tide
by Christi Barth
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star

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?

Love at High Tide is the perfect beach read, with its simplistic plot and fun, smexy characters. Coming in at around 46, 000 words I quickly devoured this, had a few laughs and got caught up in the sweet romance. Three word review: sweet, funny and romantic.

Darcy Trent has decided to spend the week with her best friend off the coast of Maryland, while she decides whether to accept a job in Africa. Feeling pressured by her ambitious parents a week of fun and sun at the beach is exactly what she needs. Reading books on the beach, sweet iced drinks, and spending time with her bubbly friend Trina. When she nearly drowns it is Cooper Hudson, a police officer who saves her. He is at the beach licking his wounds and reevaluating his  life. The two feel a connection and the tale that unfolds is sweet, and sexy. The tale has a few twists for excitement as Trina practices her private eye skills on unsuspecting beach goers.

Darcy is such a likeable character and her best friend Trina sometimes stole the show with her one-liners and over the top enthusiasm for her new-found career choice. Cooper is delightful, smexy and totally enjoying the idea of a summer fling with Darcy. The more these two interact the deeper the attraction becomes. Trina’s target, an overweight Russian, wearing gold chains (can’t you just picture him on the beach) provides excitement and adds some suspense to the otherwise light and fluffy tale.

Love At High Tide is a light read, filled with gooey moments, a little heat and some drama thanks to Trina and her antics. The romance was all physical attraction but slowly began to deepen and I appreciated the realistic direction the author took.  I absolutely adored Trina and she really stole the show in this book, so much so, that I would love to see a spin-off with her as a PI. I loved how Barth added suspense to the tale and offered the reader some tension. The story provides a few giggles and just enough heat to keep you engaged.

If you are looking for a feel good escape, then Love at High Tide will certainly deliver. I consumed this in about an hour, and enjoyed myself.

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46 Responses to “Love at High Tide by Christi Barth”

  1. aurian

    When I read a blurb like this, I just hope she does not give up her career or job to stay with him …

  2. Berls

    Sounds like a light, fun read – sometimes just what the Dr. ordered! And I’m inclined to like any book that takes place on the beach.

  3. Kimberly

    I think I may end up grabbing this one to read later on this month, After Fraterfest I have a week long historical fiction read-a-thon and I’m going to need something light and this one sounds great.

  4. Jeann

    Definitely sounds like a lovely beach read, perfect for the warmer weather we are having lately (Australia). Thanks for the great review!

  5. Braine Talk Supe

    Last Summer read hurrah!

    The cover says as much, it instantly put me in the right mood. Pinacoladas, waves crashing, gorgeous bodies, surf and sand. Sigh!

    Interesting and fun characters, they sound very engaging and very chick-lit(y), my kind of guilty pleasure.

  6. Lauren

    This sounds like a fun escape read! Trina sounds hilarious too, can’t wait to meet her and Darcy! And Cooper too, of course. 🙂 Gotta have the smexy!

  7. Giselle

    You know what I love in books? Awesome best friends who really liven up everything with their awesome! This one sounds like it has great characters and just a feel-good read all around! I hadn’t heard of it before I’ll have to add it to my TBR! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Trina certainly did that, she was a hoot. Hope you enjoy it Giselle 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Trina certainly did that, she was a hoot. Hope you enjoy it Giselle 🙂

  8. Candace

    This one sounds like a lot of fun! I haven’t read a beach book in awhile and I like that there’s more than just romance as well.

  9. Andrea

    I really liked Coop and Darcy! I thought the secondary plot was kind of funny, but also like it overran the main story. I also liked how realistic the romance was too.
    Nice review, Kim!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes yippie for realistic romance and I so want to read a spin off for Trina, she was a hoot!

  10. Nick

    This sounds like fun, light and enjoyable book to read at the beach. Unfortunately, I’ve been reading too many of those lately and I’m looking for a darker book to read.
    I’m glad you enjoyed this though, Kim!
    Fabulous review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ah, that is because fall is upon us and we feel the need for mysteries and horror and dystopians!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo yes, how about an island resort, with cabana boys and drinks with umbrellas?

  11. Jenny

    This just sounds downright fun Kim! The perfect palate-cleansing type of read and I’m in desperate need of one of those right now! Trina is clearly hilarious, and I have to know what happens with her Russian target:) Sold!

  12. Chene Sterckx

    Wow I cannot believe you read so fast 🙂 This sounds like a nice easy escape read! It sounds perfect as we are headed for summer on this side and it cannot come quick enough 🙂 Great Review Kimba!

  13. kindlemom1

    Beach reads are always nice to have, even in colder weather because then it makes me long for warm sunny days and a good sweet romance is a great way to warm you up. 😉

    Great review!

  14. Mary

    Sometimes, those quick, fun, fluffy books are just what you need to perk you right up (better than coffee? Nah!). Sounds like a great hour’s read!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I agree Mary, I read this between mysteries and it was perfect 🙂