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Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: 7/8/13
Source: Received from author for review
Rating: 3 stars
Rating: 3 stars
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 a cute, fast-paced read that is perfect for an afternoon at the beach. I liked Darcy and Coop. (Seriously, what is it about that name that makes it so hot to me?) Their attraction begins when Coop rescues Darcy when she panics in the ocean, and takes off with lots of flirting and longing glances. I appreciated how the two do not play games, or play coy, and act like two adults who know what they want.
Unfortunately, it seems that fate wants to be a cockblocker, and between Coop's meddling family calling him every five minutes (IGNORE your phone, dude. I do it ALL the time.), and Darcy's slightly annoying friend, the action between two gets off to a slow start. That's okay, though, because I don't mind if a couple takes time to get to know each other. What I didn't count on was the side story, involving the BFF Trina and a fat, hairy bad guy. Don't get me wrong, this bit was actually funny, with the two ladies playing spy, but it seemed to take over the plot. I wanted more sexy times with Coop and less spying in the hairy bad guy.
When Love at High Tide focused on Coop and Darcy, I really enjoyed it. They had a playful banter to keep the mood light, but both knew how to turn up the heat. Once things start going their way, the story was steamy. And again, it is a relief to have two characters who in know what they want and aren't afraid to say it. The angst was super low, and that made it such an easy, relaxing story.
Love at High Tide was a fun read, and it actually made me smile a lot. I do wish the story had revolved more around the couple, but I did like how the story wrapped up. Not a bad way to spend a few hours.
The pressure gave him a jolt. They'd gone from zero to holy-shit-this-was-freaking-amazing in less than a minute. Warm, soft and writhing in his arms, Darcy kissed him like her life depended on it. ~eARC, 39%
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