Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Love at High Tide by Christi Barth and Giveaway!

It's my pleasure to share Christi Barth's newest novel with you guys today...


Page Count: 119
Release Date: 8 July, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press (Harlequin)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Summer

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?

Click "Read more" for a sneak peek of the novel, and to win a copy, as well as another one of Christi's books!


"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."

"Darcy Trent."

"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.

About the Author


Christi Barth earned a Master's 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.

Giveaway!

Want the chance to win:
  • an eARC of Love at High Tide
  • a finished print copy of Christi's Christmas anthology—which she penned with the marvelous Jaci Burton and HelenKay Dimon—Romancing the Holiday
  • AND a finishedprint copy of her first book in the Aisle Bound trilogy, Planning for Love?

One lucky US-based Books à la Mode reader will! To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

You have the OPTIONAL opportunity to gain four extra entries, by answering Christi's question in a comment:
When we go to Ocean City, my husband and I throw good sense out the window for a week and indulge in all sorts of yummy but far-from-healthy food. What's your must-have snack on the beach?
I always bring some sort of fruit to keep me hydrated (and my blood sugar up!) but that's grossly healthy. When I'm in the mood to indulge, I just splurge on the boardwalks! Funnel cakes, corndogs, caramel corn... all that good stuff. What about you?
Don't forget the terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the author—a huge thank you to Christi!
Giveaway ends August 22nd, 2013 at 11:59 PM (your time).
Open to US residents only. Sorry, rest of the world! Check out the top of my sidebar for a list of current giveaways that are accepting international entires—there are plenty you can participate in!
Although I do select winners, and I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤ Plus you get extra entries ;)
Good luck!