Published by Simon and Schuster Australia on February 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, New Adult, Romance
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Now that Willow Avery is out of rehab, she's got one chance left to prove herself before she’s officially on every producer’s shit list. At least, that's what her parents and agent are claiming. She doesn't really give a damn if she never makes another movie or not—she just wants to get on with her life, get back to her friends, and find her next escape. But Willow is broke. And whether she likes it or not, acting is the only job she knows how to do.
When she accepts the lead in a beach drama, Willow finds herself in Hawaii. And in Hawaii, she finds Cooper, the gorgeous surfer hired to train her for her new role. With the bluest eyes she’s ever seen and the sexiest Australian accent she’s ever heard, Cooper’s different from the men she’s used to. He doesn’t want to use her. And he refuses to let her fail. But when an old friend re-enters Willow’s life—a friend whose toxicity she’s been drawn to time and time before and whose presence brings about the painful memories she's tried so hard to suppress—Willow will have to choose between the girl she was and the person she’s becoming. The lifestyle that helps her forget the pain and the guy she’s falling hard for.
Emily Snow is an author I can rely on when I need a quick, welcome break from all of the heavy books out there. Her characters are real and complex, and the romances are sexy and fun. Devoured, was more of an erotic romance but Tidal, as a new adult romance, was quite innocent in comparison.
Willow Avery is a famous actress that went off the deep end 3 years ago and has just recovered from Rehab, to film her next big movie in Hawaii. Her surf coach is Cooper, a sexy Australian surfer with an intense attraction for her. Willow doesn’t want to get into a relationship and Cooper doesn’t want to take advantage of her, so they try and resist each other throughout the book.
The standout of the novel was definitely Willow herself. Her voice was a pleasure to read, as she’s snarky, full of dry humour, and is raw and honest about her problems. Although she’s a famous, talented actress but she doesn’t let it get to her head. With a dark past and a bunch of secrets, Willow is a complex character, but that’s what made her all the more real. I liked how she was self aware about her issues and where she stands. Although she puts on a smiling face to her admiring fans, in her head she feels that everyone is judging her based on her previous drug or alcohol problems or lawsuits,
“I’m not proud of what happened, or what I did, or my fuckups, but it’s public knowledge.” Still, I had to take a deep breath to pull myself together. Saying those words aloud just reminded me that so much of my life was a book, left wide open for anyone to skim through. – Willow Avery, Page 150.
It was pretty much lust from the very first sight for both Willow and Cooper and seeing as this is a romance novel, with barely any build up of the relationship. The two attempt to resist each other for their own complex reasons, despite the inevitable. I adored how Cooper and Willow knew where each other stood but ended up giving in. Cooper is a sexy surfer guy who is perfect for Willow as he’s not starstruck by her talent and is kind of jaded by the movie industry.
Miller, Willow’s bodyguard was a great, supporting character in the book. Unlike some previous bodyguards, Miller actually cares about Willow and offers her some smart, resounding advice. He’s more of a friend than a staff member and looks out for Willow throughout the book.
…Miller wasn’t my old bodyguard. He was the man who’d taken me to the lamest amusement park ever when I was alone. He’d sat with me after I had a nightmare. – Willow Avery, Page 178.
While Tidal brushes over parts of the story, like the actual filming, the author Emily Snow knows story she’s trying to tell. Tidal is a story of a broken starlet trying to piece herself back together, with the help of a romance to sweep her away. I recommend Tidal if you love real, raw characters and new adult romances.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for a review copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 out of 5