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 man she’s falling hard for.
I liked the premise of TIDAL right from the beginning. The second chance and redemption aspect of the book drew me in and was skillfully handled by the author. Willow is starting over from her spoiled, drunken, drug-fueled past after rehab. Not only does she have community service to complete, but she has to train for a new movie role. She's thrown right back into real life, with all of its physical and emotional demands and can't fall back onto her old habits of numbing with substances. Even better, the author Emily Snow, has written Willow in a relatable enough way, that the reader really gets the idea that Willow doesn't want to fall back into her old habits. There's a great inner dialog of hers that keeps the reader aware of how hard it is for her to do what she is doing.
Snow portrays Willow and her surf trainer slash love interest with real depth. Though they both have secrets that are revealed near the end of the book with great fanfare, their characters are not flat up until that point. They are not page holders to advance a certain plot or agenda. Cooper is especially interesting because he seems to understand what Willow is going through, but gives her no quarter in excusing herself.
I really though that the struggle, as well as the romance and ultimate ending of TIDAL was well-crafted. The language wasn't overblown, but there were parts that didn't pull any punches, especially in dialog. Hawaii and surfing is the background of this novel, but ultimately it is a great story of finding truth in oneself, finding romance and someone who cares, and getting rid of toxic behaviors and people.
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About The Author:
Emily Snow is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the DEVOURED series (2012, 2013) and TIDAL (2012).
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