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Jude Deveraux's sizzling New York Times bestseller is a page-turning mix of thrilling sensuality, warmhearted wit, and hot-blooded suspense. A rising corporate star, Fiona Burkenhalter is a New Yorker through and through. When her boss sends her to the Florida Everglades to accompany a wealthy new client on a rustic fishing expedition, it may as well be another planet to c Jude Deveraux's sizzling New York Times bestseller is a page-turning mix of thrilling sensuality, warmhearted wit, and hot-blooded suspense. A rising corporate star, Fiona Burkenhalter is a New Yorker through and through. When her boss sends her to the Florida Everglades to accompany a wealthy new client on a rustic fishing expedition, it may as well be another planet to city slicker Fiona. She's more than a little steamed at this detour from the executive fast track -- until she meets the expedition's larger-than-life guide, Ace Montgomery. Entirely out of her element, Fiona becomes mired in a maze of hair-raising circumstances the moment she arrives in Florida. Inexplicably pegged as the prime suspect for a shocking murder, Fiona finds that her only ally is Ace. As an irresistible chemistry flares -- and with their lives and hearts on the line -- they turn up the heat in their desperate search for a killer. Take off on a wild ride with High Tide, and discover once more why Jude Deveraux's spellbinding novels soar onto bestseller lists -- and win the hearts of millions -- time after time.


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Jude Deveraux's sizzling New York Times bestseller is a page-turning mix of thrilling sensuality, warmhearted wit, and hot-blooded suspense. A rising corporate star, Fiona Burkenhalter is a New Yorker through and through. When her boss sends her to the Florida Everglades to accompany a wealthy new client on a rustic fishing expedition, it may as well be another planet to c Jude Deveraux's sizzling New York Times bestseller is a page-turning mix of thrilling sensuality, warmhearted wit, and hot-blooded suspense. A rising corporate star, Fiona Burkenhalter is a New Yorker through and through. When her boss sends her to the Florida Everglades to accompany a wealthy new client on a rustic fishing expedition, it may as well be another planet to city slicker Fiona. She's more than a little steamed at this detour from the executive fast track -- until she meets the expedition's larger-than-life guide, Ace Montgomery. Entirely out of her element, Fiona becomes mired in a maze of hair-raising circumstances the moment she arrives in Florida. Inexplicably pegged as the prime suspect for a shocking murder, Fiona finds that her only ally is Ace. As an irresistible chemistry flares -- and with their lives and hearts on the line -- they turn up the heat in their desperate search for a killer. Take off on a wild ride with High Tide, and discover once more why Jude Deveraux's spellbinding novels soar onto bestseller lists -- and win the hearts of millions -- time after time.

30 review for High Tide

  1. 4 out of 5

    BonnieBew Rutledge

    This book is pretty much the dividing line between Jude Deveraux books that I enjoyed, and when her characterization really began to grate on me and the books became tedious to get through. In part, I think this is due to me changing as a reader. After all, what's entertaining to a girl of 16 does not necessarily satisfy her when she's 30. I can look back at some of the earlier Montgomery books and still be entertained, though, so High Tide really stands out as the first Jude Deveraux book I did This book is pretty much the dividing line between Jude Deveraux books that I enjoyed, and when her characterization really began to grate on me and the books became tedious to get through. In part, I think this is due to me changing as a reader. After all, what's entertaining to a girl of 16 does not necessarily satisfy her when she's 30. I can look back at some of the earlier Montgomery books and still be entertained, though, so High Tide really stands out as the first Jude Deveraux book I did not find worth the read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Annika

    I like Jude Deveraux, and all of her books I've read (except this one of course) are wonderful little fantastical ghost stories, or time traveling, or something to do with knights with a sweet little love story thrown in to keep it interesting, and the end. First of all, I don't like how it took 2/3 of the book for me to figure out (or be told) who or what Kimberly is. I wasn't really even sure what Fiona did, but it was obviously something very important to her. She seemed like she was big-city I like Jude Deveraux, and all of her books I've read (except this one of course) are wonderful little fantastical ghost stories, or time traveling, or something to do with knights with a sweet little love story thrown in to keep it interesting, and the end. First of all, I don't like how it took 2/3 of the book for me to figure out (or be told) who or what Kimberly is. I wasn't really even sure what Fiona did, but it was obviously something very important to her. She seemed like she was big-city spoiled, but then she didn't really act like it. I don't know if some heart-of-gold storyline was coming out, but I wasn't buying it. All she wanted to do was fight with Ace, who was actually a pretty endearing guy. And it wasn't HIS fault they were in their predicament. Ace, though, still bored me somewhat. He's a bird-man. He studies birds. He has a bird sanctuary thingy in Flordia and he wants to attract tourists so he buys a giant fiberglass alligator. He's allegedly very good looking. Of course. Oh, and Fiona is six feet tall and looks like a famous movie star. I'm not sure if 2012 is just the year of my picking books that just won't hold my interest, or if it's really me and these books are perfectly fine. I like the idea of the two accused as murderers (Teddy Bear Killers) and then on the run. I like fugitive stories. But these guys are hiding out in a run-down Florida glades cabin (cool) and also a ritzy hotel (too obvious...won't work) and there isn't much chemistry between the two anyway. They won't stop arguing...about...nothing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Normally I like Jude Deveraux books, they're entertaining and are generally fun stories. Having said that I have to say I pretty much hated this book. Fiona is annoying, Ace is a jerk, and the story is so convoluted with supportive characters it's almost impossible to tell what is really going on. The scene in the airport with the bowling ball and the alligator was just plain stupid and I hated that it kept coming up in the "playful banter" and the ending was anticlimactic and just plain irritat Normally I like Jude Deveraux books, they're entertaining and are generally fun stories. Having said that I have to say I pretty much hated this book. Fiona is annoying, Ace is a jerk, and the story is so convoluted with supportive characters it's almost impossible to tell what is really going on. The scene in the airport with the bowling ball and the alligator was just plain stupid and I hated that it kept coming up in the "playful banter" and the ending was anticlimactic and just plain irritating. I did give the book two stars because through it all I still felt compelled to keep reading and find out who the killer was, but in the end I found myself disappointed. My advice is don't even bother to start reading this one, you'll wish you hadn't wasted your time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Foxfire

    I disliked the heroine who whinged most of the time and seemed to think the hero was required to fall in love with her despite being engaged to another woman. I was put off by the unrealistic situation of the opening scene where the hero opens up a huge crate of air freight in the middle of a passenger terminal. I found it annoying how the author tried to make a mystery of the identity of Kimberly, when it was obvious it was a doll. Towards the middle of the book, I got completely lost and couldn't I disliked the heroine who whinged most of the time and seemed to think the hero was required to fall in love with her despite being engaged to another woman. I was put off by the unrealistic situation of the opening scene where the hero opens up a huge crate of air freight in the middle of a passenger terminal. I found it annoying how the author tried to make a mystery of the identity of Kimberly, when it was obvious it was a doll. Towards the middle of the book, I got completely lost and couldn't figure out what was going on. The plot just seemed to disintegrate, with all kinds of weird secondary characters suddenly popping up all over the place. This was my second book by this hugely popular author. I'll give her one more try, and then I'll call it a day.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Funky_Monkey

    Oh Jude D, I love that all your books are EXACTLY the same formula. If you changed something it would destroy my world. God forbid the man and woman who hate each other at the start aren't madly in love by the end. Oh Jude D, I love that all your books are EXACTLY the same formula. If you changed something it would destroy my world. God forbid the man and woman who hate each other at the start aren't madly in love by the end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ubi

    It was hard and tiring. The story was nice to read in the beginning but after a while somehow it became hard to move to the next page. I love jude devaraux but this story certainly not her best one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Drunk Unicorn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I've never read anything else by this author and probably won't again. I don't know if I'm right to assume she's a romance writer who decided to try her hand at romantic suspense but really didn't know what the hell what she was doing. There's an incredible suspension of disbelief required here. She's crammed so much into the crime subplot and the book isn't anywhere near long enough to be able to juggle everything in a way that feels satisfying and complex. The section where Ace and Fiona are i I've never read anything else by this author and probably won't again. I don't know if I'm right to assume she's a romance writer who decided to try her hand at romantic suspense but really didn't know what the hell what she was doing. There's an incredible suspension of disbelief required here. She's crammed so much into the crime subplot and the book isn't anywhere near long enough to be able to juggle everything in a way that feels satisfying and complex. The section where Ace and Fiona are in hiding from the police, they act TSTL and in the real world they'd have been tracked down in a second - it's like the author did no research whatsoever about what actually goes into being a successful fugitive (they're staying in locations that Ace could be traced to on paper with family connections, making phone calls that could be tracked with minimal police effort, etc). The way they acted and talked about their predicament was so reactive and obvious, they read like teenagers. On top of that, Fiona was an irritating character who felt stock even though she was supposed to have this complicated backstory. The so-called 'witty' banter dialogue wasn't clever at all and felt like the author was trying too hard to insert humor without having a natural feel for it. Then at one point, they're planning to turn themselves over to police, and Ace is so concerned that Fiona won't want to look grimy in her mug shot and arranges for her to get prettied up for it first, because an ugly mug shot would be such a psychological blow to her... HUH?!? The whole book is just kind of ridiculous. The treasure hunt at the end bored me, and I ended up skimming it. And of course, they're married and she's pregnant by the end after a few months of knowing each other. Dude, what? The writing itself was lazy and not vivid. I can't really think of anything I liked about this book. Ace was alright as a male lead, but none of it made sense. Maybe the only thing that was handled well was the fact that he and Fiona developed sexual tension being trapped together with only each other to bounce off in a dysfunctional situation. Once they finally decided to sleep together, there was an extremely annoying drawn-out plot string that involved them getting constantly interrupted every time they were about to get it on. All that build-up and when they finally get each other alone, you get an unsatisfying PG-rated sex scene and you're told there's SO MUCH passion but you as a reader feel none. There was really no reason for them to end up together. Also, the trope where the hero and heroine 'hate' each other but secretly want to smash and then end up soul mates by the end is SO CLICHE. This is the stuff of high school rom-coms. Maybe Jude Deveraux has written decent books, but this just feels to me like she was trying to tackle something that was way beyond her scope as a writer. Oh well, it was her right to try. I'm just not sure how this got published.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Tuggle

    The first time I tried to read this book was shortly after it came out. I had been on a Jude Deveraux binge, and had been reading book after book after book. When I started it, all of a sudden, my reading brakes came on. I thought I must have become jaded because all I could see when I read this book was the formula rather than the story. I did not finish the book and started reading not-romances for a long time. I recently started reading all her books again, and they are just as good as they ev The first time I tried to read this book was shortly after it came out. I had been on a Jude Deveraux binge, and had been reading book after book after book. When I started it, all of a sudden, my reading brakes came on. I thought I must have become jaded because all I could see when I read this book was the formula rather than the story. I did not finish the book and started reading not-romances for a long time. I recently started reading all her books again, and they are just as good as they ever were. I don't get the same thrills that I did when I was younger, but the stories are compelling; the characters are whole. Then I came to this one, and the brakes came right back on. It wasn't me. It was the book. Everything is flat. The story is complex, the characters are complex, but it is flat. It was just not as well-written as her other books. In fact, it feels as if she did not even write more than the outline. I finished it and moved onto the next book. It is better. It is not classic Deveraux, but it is dramatically better than this one. I'm hoping that this one was just a fluke. I don't know why this book is just wrong, but it is just wrong. I wish it had been written with the skill her other books were written with because the story would have been amazing if it had been in better hands.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Junno

    As long as it's one of the Montgomerys and the Taggerts, I'm fascinated... Now, where can i get one? :-D If only they were real... As long as it's one of the Montgomerys and the Taggerts, I'm fascinated... Now, where can i get one? :-D If only they were real...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    One of the worst books I've ever read. Boring, poorly written. One of the worst books I've ever read. Boring, poorly written.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    The beginning of the book has too much anger and I didn't like Fiona at all. She looked to be one of those "useless" women who know only one thing and her world centers around herself and that one thing. That soon started to change, but it took a while to get to the point where I could like her. Ace Montgomery was a puzzle. I couldn't figure him out until nearly the end, but I was happy to see Mike Montgomery again, even if only briefly. What a tangle Ace and Fiona found themselves in! At severa The beginning of the book has too much anger and I didn't like Fiona at all. She looked to be one of those "useless" women who know only one thing and her world centers around herself and that one thing. That soon started to change, but it took a while to get to the point where I could like her. Ace Montgomery was a puzzle. I couldn't figure him out until nearly the end, but I was happy to see Mike Montgomery again, even if only briefly. What a tangle Ace and Fiona found themselves in! At several points in the story, I had to wonder if what was happening was real or staged to test Fiona in some way.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Copyright 1999. This is #14 in the Montgomery/Taggert series, but is absolutely a standalone. A reread for me, but only a couple of times if I remember right. I did remember the mechanical alligator & the H/h were on the run from bad guys. I didn't remember much of the plot after that. Wow! this is a rollercoaster ride! If you like those Lifetime Channel movies, this is the book for you! I've always said JD had a vivid imagination. This book proves it! Ace (Paul) is a Montgomery, but I don't Copyright 1999. This is #14 in the Montgomery/Taggert series, but is absolutely a standalone. A reread for me, but only a couple of times if I remember right. I did remember the mechanical alligator & the H/h were on the run from bad guys. I didn't remember much of the plot after that. Wow! this is a rollercoaster ride! If you like those Lifetime Channel movies, this is the book for you! I've always said JD had a vivid imagination. This book proves it! Ace (Paul) is a Montgomery, but I don't know who his parents are. Mike Taggert makes an appearance in this story & his brother, Frank is mentioned several times.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anni Reynolds

    A typical Jude Deveraux, Montgomery Taggert novel! Pretty much the same storyline and formula as all of the others... which is why I stopped reading these and changed to finding other authors a number of years ago! It's good quality, just same-old, same-old. Was nice to revisit a similar idea/formula after a number of years, and I do love Jude Deveraux, but is truly the same old. I got tired of formula which was so very predictable. I really love her Meddler Mysteries that are recent because they A typical Jude Deveraux, Montgomery Taggert novel! Pretty much the same storyline and formula as all of the others... which is why I stopped reading these and changed to finding other authors a number of years ago! It's good quality, just same-old, same-old. Was nice to revisit a similar idea/formula after a number of years, and I do love Jude Deveraux, but is truly the same old. I got tired of formula which was so very predictable. I really love her Meddler Mysteries that are recent because they're so different, but the whole Montgomery Taggert I just can't do anymore. It looks like all of the other people reviewing (and all the reviews are from ages ago!) had the same opinion...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mollie

    Maybe it makes a difference that this is #14 in a series, and i grabbed it as a stand alone. I usually really like Jude Deveraux, but didn't find this one quite so interesting. It is the story of Fiona Burkenhalter and her (as it turns out not such a good guy)father's stories and how they eventually lead to the finding of a treasure - and of course, true love. The book could have been about a hundred pages shorter, I think, and after about the middle of the book it kind of became a challenge NOT Maybe it makes a difference that this is #14 in a series, and i grabbed it as a stand alone. I usually really like Jude Deveraux, but didn't find this one quite so interesting. It is the story of Fiona Burkenhalter and her (as it turns out not such a good guy)father's stories and how they eventually lead to the finding of a treasure - and of course, true love. The book could have been about a hundred pages shorter, I think, and after about the middle of the book it kind of became a challenge NOT to skip ahead. I finished it though.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marielle

    2,5 stars Loved the beginning, hilarious as it was, I loved the banter that was promised. I had a grin on my face during the first 30% or so. And then... mwah. I read on trying to find the next good bits.. only to get swamped with more crazyness and never really finding out why Ace was part of the inheritance. If you’re looking for a hilarious story with a mystery and a treasure hunt: go for this!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    Not one of her best. A little slow moving, but an interesting plot. It all involves childhood stories told by her father, attempted murder of the main character, murder of various people around her, treasure hunting. It all takes place in the Florida swamps. And of course there is a sideline of love interest to boot. Worth the read, just not as fast paced as her other books that I've enjoyed. Not one of her best. A little slow moving, but an interesting plot. It all involves childhood stories told by her father, attempted murder of the main character, murder of various people around her, treasure hunting. It all takes place in the Florida swamps. And of course there is a sideline of love interest to boot. Worth the read, just not as fast paced as her other books that I've enjoyed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mad Leon

    To be kind I gave this two stars. It begins with a stupid scene in an airport during which the heroine (who doesn't deserve the name) tosses a bowling ball at a fiberglass alligator thinking it is chewing on a man's hand. The ensuing explosion destroys the alligator. How does that happen? Impossible. Then an ill advised fishing trip results in a murder that throws the heroine and hero together as they are pursued by police. Just plain dumb. To be kind I gave this two stars. It begins with a stupid scene in an airport during which the heroine (who doesn't deserve the name) tosses a bowling ball at a fiberglass alligator thinking it is chewing on a man's hand. The ensuing explosion destroys the alligator. How does that happen? Impossible. Then an ill advised fishing trip results in a murder that throws the heroine and hero together as they are pursued by police. Just plain dumb.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    I’ve been trying to work through the books I’ve purchased at used book sales. This has been on my shelf for 15 years. I was determined to finish it for some odd reason, but sure wish I wouldn’t have. This has to be the most absurd, far fetched and discombobulated book I’ve ever, ever read. This is going straight to the recycling bin instead of donating it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    Very convoluted plot stemming from Fiona Burkenhalter's father finding gold lions and hiding them. Her life is not what she thought it was and neither is his. Interesting story. Very little sex. Lousy title for the story. Not quite what I expect from Deveraux. Very convoluted plot stemming from Fiona Burkenhalter's father finding gold lions and hiding them. Her life is not what she thought it was and neither is his. Interesting story. Very little sex. Lousy title for the story. Not quite what I expect from Deveraux.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ksstannard

    Monytgomery or Tagget guarantees good This was an action filled tale with striking, memorable protagonists. The witty dialogue and complications of extra fiancée and smarmy lawyer boyfriend add to the funb.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kataklicik

    This was so much retro fun! The plot and setting read like a story out of Magnum PI - all glib and chatter, with huge loopholes that somehow don't matter, and so glazed over that somehow I don't care 🤣 Perfect fluff! This was so much retro fun! The plot and setting read like a story out of Magnum PI - all glib and chatter, with huge loopholes that somehow don't matter, and so glazed over that somehow I don't care 🤣 Perfect fluff!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenean McMullen

    Never figured out who done it! I don’t think I have ever read a book with more twists & turns. I always have them figured out by the middle, but I never even thought about who done it until the very end. Great read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Book Wormy

    Solid romantic thriller with likeable characters and a fun (if totally unbelievable plotline) Good escapism.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Either write a mystery or write a Harlequin. A mixed up mess of a book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dixon

    Disjointed and manic, like an incomprehensible bad dream. And I usually like her books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan Krich

    This book makes you want to read just a little more until you find you've finished it. It's a mystery, a romance, and a little bit of humor with a twist at the end. This book makes you want to read just a little more until you find you've finished it. It's a mystery, a romance, and a little bit of humor with a twist at the end.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Josefa Wann

    First book I read by this author. Might not be her best one, but it was somewhat entertaining if you don't delve too hard on the story, the plot and the many inconsistencies. First book I read by this author. Might not be her best one, but it was somewhat entertaining if you don't delve too hard on the story, the plot and the many inconsistencies.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Renz

    Love this book, I read it when I was in high school. Such talent very descriptive. A great romance book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Carter

    Great book. Very interesting and kept me turning pages to try to figure out the mystery of who did it. I would highly recommend this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Wilson

    Florida, killing, and lions, golden lions. This was a break in that it is a Montgomery story with airplanes, cell phones and modern -- You will enjoy reading about Fiona (Fee) and Ace.

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