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.
Tidal follows the story of a young actress who has just gotten out of rehab for her pill problem. Her drug problem started because of a secret she has that she is ashamed of. At first I wasn’t sure what I was going to think of Willow. I liked her but I wanted to see some real change in her. I didn’t want her to just make excuses for everything. And she did really try and change! I was so happy. I thought Willow was a great character. She has problems and issues, insecurities, and family issues. But she is also thoughtful and smart and much stronger than she knows. As soon as leaving rehab, Willow’s parents sign her up for a remake of a surfing movie. Without even telling her about it. Side note: I wanted to smack her parents in the face.
At first I was a little worried that Cooper was just attracted to Willow and that their relationship would be unrealistic. But man, oh man was I wrong. Cooper was so much more than meets the eye. He is so loyal and unwavering. Even when some of Willow’s other friends were awful, Cooper was always there for her. He melted my heart.
Tidal takes all of these serious issues and still somehow manages to create an awesome and fun beach romance. It sounds strange that a book can be both deep and heavy and dark and still romantic and happy. Tidal is a great book for fans of edgy and/or new adult books.
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