Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Tidal by Emily Snow


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.


4.5 star review

"I love you Willow, but I can live without you. I just refuse to."
It was a pleasure to receive an ARC of Emily Snow’s Tidal in exchange for an honest review. This is a
book of multiple layers. The main characters, Willow and Cooper have both experienced tragedy and heart break and are scarred. These are mental and physical scars. They serve to remind them of their histories. In Willow’s case they remind her of her poor choices and indiscretions; in Cooper’s case, his inability to have controlled the actions of those around him.
Willow has been in and out of rehab several times. Fame as a child actress provided her the means and opportunity for her out of control love for partying and flavor of the month guys. The lack of structure and absentee parenting in her life fueled her inability to control her impulses. Out of control behavior and her latest stint in rehab all spell washed up actress. Filming Tidal, a remake of an old surfer movie, is her only chance to revive her career. Cooper is a professional Australian surfing champion and drop dead gorgeous. He is confidant, and cocky and has made a comfortable livelihood by coaching others on how to surf. Willow is his latest student as Tidal is being filmed in Hawaii and the actress needs to be able to at least appear to do her own surfing.
Although their instant attraction is apparent, how do two fractured people overcome almost insurmountable obstacles to  make their relationship work? Temptations and exposed  secrets divert this couple’s journey on the road to their  happiness. It is impossible not to love Cooper. He sees  beyond Willow’s reputation and his desire to protect and  help to “fix” her would melt the hardest of hearts.  Willow is so likeable as a character because she  acknowledges her own demons, and has honest regret for the choices that forever changed her life. As a reader one can’t help hoping that they can overcome their pasts and find a future together. Enjoy this excellent book! 

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