Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tidal by Emily Snow: Review and Giveaway

by Emily Snow
Published:  June 4, 2013
Publisher:  Touchstone
Source: Coy provided by publisher for review.
From New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Emily Snow: Hollywood starlet Willow Avery is out of rehab, with only one chance left to redeem herself before she’s officially on every director’s blacklist……At least, that’s what her parents and her agent are claiming. She doesn’t really give a damn if she never makes another movie—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, set in Hawaii, Willow meets Cooper, the gorgeous Australian surfer who’s been hired to train her for her new role. With the bluest eyes she’s ever seen and the sexiest 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 toxic presence reminds her of the painful memories and deadly habits she’s tried so hard to suppress—Willow will have to choose between the girl she was and the person she’s becoming…or she may lose the man she’s starting to love.

My Thoughts:  I loved this book.  It reminded me all over again of why I fell in love with New Adult books. Willow is 19 years old and just getting out of rehab, again.  She has been acting for the biggest part of her life, and when she was 16 years old, something happened to her that changed her.  It was easier to cope, to black out from it all, with alcohol and drugs after that.  A whole lot easier than dealing with the pain.  Her last stunt almost had her blacklisted in the Hollywood arena.  Because of that, on her first day out of rehab, she finds herself at a meeting regarding a film, with the understanding that this might be in a "last chance before porn" type of situation, which she really didn't need to mess it up.  It is here that she meets the oh so hot, cocky, sexy, smart ass, panty-dropping Cooper Taylor, attitude, accent, and all.  Cooper is a surfing instructor in Hawaii, where Willow finds herself the next day.  Cooper will be coaching her for the film, Tidal, which is a remake of the original.  As bad as she doesn't want to be, Willow is extremely affected by Coopers voice, his touch, his everything.  He makes it clear that his rule is that he doesn't have relationships with his clients, but as they soon find out, rules are made to be broken.  

I loved Willow's character.  She had been through so much, had messed up so badly, and she knows it, yet beats herself up so much over the things she has done.  I loved watching her character develop over the course of this book, as she fights the addiction and begins to come to terms with it, with her life, and gradually opens herself up to love once again.  She's a mess, but she she really wants to be fixed, and Cooper plays a big role in helping her get there.  She doesn't have that "princess" attitude where she thinks she deserves everything.  In fact, I found her to be quite humble.  That doesn't mean she was always that way, but life's circumstances have brought her to this place.  Cooper Taylor, now he is to die for.  I loved him, smart mouth and all.  He couldn't have been a better fit for Willow.  First of all, he wasn't intimated by who she was in the slightest.  He pushed her, challenged her, causing her to desire to do better.  He protected her fiercely, and he also understood her.  He was far from perfect to, and despite the sizzling chemistry between them, they had their issues to deal with, both having secrets, and both needing healing.  The setting of the story was beautiful, and the story itself captured my attention from page one through the epilogue.  Yes, there is a beautiful epilogue, which just made me feel so satisfied and complete after I read it.  I love a good ending, and Emily Snow has provided just that in Tidal.  

Overall, Tidal is a great romance with an interesting and captivating story line that is entertaining, heartwarming, and heartbreaking at times.  I enjoyed Willow and Cooper's journey as they progressed through the story and dealt with everything that life and Hollywood had to throw at them.  Was it easy for them?  No, not by any means.  Was it was worth it all?  Yes, and it is beautiful.  I definitely recommend Tidal to all New Adult Contemporary Romance fans.   

Favorite Quotes:
“When my mum died I realized that it's possible to live without someone you love." When I asked him what he meant, he wrapped me back in his arms. "I love you, Willow, but I can live without you. I just refuse to.” 

“I'm Cooper Taylor. I'm a Scorpio. I enjoy women, long walks on the beach, and my roommate says I use girly shampoo. Oh, and I generally hate anyone in the film industry because they're total assholes. Guess you could say I'm your Pai Mei."

"Willow Avery. Actress, Cancer, and according to my team, on my last leg before porn.” 

“If we went to bed together it wouldn’t be on the beach. Though I plan on seeing you in that exact position, fully unclothed.” 

"He was wrong. I wasn't beautiful. I was damaged."
"I'm fucked up Cooper."
"We'll fix you."

About the Author:  Emily Snow is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the romance series Devoured, which includes DevouredAll Over You, and Consumed, as well as the new adult novel Tidal. She loves books, sexy bad boys, and really loud rock music, so naturally, she writes stories about all three. She lives in Virginia

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  1. I love Tidal so, so much! I'm so glad you did, too, Ellen. Lovely review!

    1. It was so good. This is the first book I have read by Emily Snow. I am reading Devoured next.

  2. I am so glad to hear that you loved this! Great review!

  3. Great review, I have this one on my TBR because of the reviews but I keep forgetting about it. Love that cover!

  4. This sounds like a really good read :) I like books were the characters go through things and have to grow as characters. Willow sounds like an awesome character and still have yet to check out the new adult genre. But Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  5. This sounds really good! I don't often read books like this, but I've been craving them lately!

  6. Great review. I have had this book on my tbr list for awhile - but totally forgot about it. It sounds great, will have to read it soon.

    1. I did to, and then when the publisher re-released it, I decided to read it.

  7. I have seen this one on my Amazon recommendations list and I have been so curious! I am so pleased to see you enjoyed it, the characters sound wonderful.

    A great review! :)

  8. This is my favorite Emily Snow book to date. I loved this story.

  9. This is the first book I have read by her and I just loved it.

  10. I've had my eye on this one for awhile and I might have to give it a try based on your review. I like that the romance felt real and moved at a steady pace. Cooper sounds like someone I would def love. Great review Ellen!

    Marlene Detierro (Terry Costa)


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