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Tidal: A Novel

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Tidal is such an emotionally gripping story of a young woman nam

Tidal is such an emotionally gripping story of a young woman named Willow who has been in the spotlight and focus of the camera since she was a young girl.  Damaged and broken, Willow carries both emotional and physical scars as a reminder of a past she tries hard to fo...
Tidal is such an emotionally gripping story of a young woman named Willow who has been in the spotlight and focus of the camera since she was a young girl.  Damaged and broken, Willow carries both emotional and physical scars as a reminder of a past she tries hard to forget.  Her life is not one of her own, but one under scrutiny by all of America via tabloids and paparazzi.  There is no escape or respite for her, and she is constantly berated by her family and tempted to escape via drugs by her best friend.  Fresh out of rehab, everyone doubts Willow's strength, including herself.  She just needs someone to believe in her.  When Willow meets Cooper at a lunch meeting with the Hollywood moguls, she tries to fight her attraction to him.  She doesn't want to get close to Cooper, her new trainer, knowing it will only lead to a broken heart later when she has to leave him and the magical setting of Hawaii where he lives.  




Cooper is a young man with his own physical and emotional scars, yet he sees something in Willow that no one else sees.  He sees Willow, the person, and not Willow the actress.  He has one rule:  He will not date clients.  But his feelings for Willow grow to overshadow that one rule, and eventually he can't fight those feelings anymore.   He becomes her savior in more ways than one.

"Am I hell bent on protecting you?  Yea, I'd rip someone apart to keep you safe...." ~ Cooper

"I'm f**ked up, Cooper," I said, .... ~ Willow

"We'll fix you." ~ Cooper

Cooper doesn't fix Willow, but his love for her performs miracles and invokes changes that only she can make from within herself.  Willow finds healing in so many ways, as she gains true friends she never knew she had.  Miller, Paige, Eric, and Cooper were the bright rays of sunshine that pushed through the dark storm clouds that constantly hovered over Willow's existence.  




Tidal is a heart pounding emotional story full of angst, tears, betrayal, romance, and truth.  Emily Snow has outdone herself with this beautiful story of two damaged people who find solace in each other.  I had that feeling of wonder about Willow's future while reading.  Would she receive the happy ever after she deserved?  Would she and Cooper be able to be together?  My throat maintained a lump the size of my fist as I hoped beyond hope that Cooper really could "fix" Willow.  But, that lump of angst in my throat soon turned into a lump of joy garnering tears and a smile at the ending of this beautiful story.  I don't know from where in Emily Snow's imagination this story came, but I hope there are more just like it in the future.  Once upon a time Emily Snow told me a story....     




Disclaimer: Thank you to the author for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

posted by RomanticReadingEscapes1 on December 17, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

3.5 stars

Sexy characters that are flawed ... unfortunately there isnt much that separates itself in this genre.

posted by Anonymous on February 10, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    3.5 stars

    Sexy characters that are flawed ... unfortunately there isnt much that separates itself in this genre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2013

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    3.5 stars:  TIDAL is a New Adult contemporary romance storyline

    3.5 stars:  TIDAL is a New Adult contemporary romance storyline that could have been easily torn from the pages of a Hollywood magazine. Our heroine Willow Avery has some major issues that land her in rehab on numerous occasions and like many of today's young stars, the people behind the scenes enable those most vulnerable and susceptible to addiction and ways to relieve the pain. But there are circumstances in both our leading character's lives that would probably push many people over the edge if there is no one to help ground them in their time of need.
    The storyline focuses on Willow Avery whose recent stint at rehab is followed by a leading role in an upcoming remake of the 80s beach movie Tidal. And like the former lead actress from the original movie, Willow is slowly travelling a path of self destruction. Enter Cooper Taylor-a surfing instructor who has been hired to prepare Willow for her role. But Cooper has many secrets that will slowly reveal themselves to Willow-not by choice-but by the paparazzi and greedy rumor hounds.
    Tidal is a story of two people from different backgrounds but backgrounds that are more similar than not. The story and plot are predictable like many of the New Adult novels: angst and heartbreak; betrayal and trust; hidden secrets; forgiveness and love. The world building focuses on Willow and Cooper's current dilemma and also references many flashbacks and memories that triggered Willow's most recent downfalls and spiral into addiction.
    The characters are relatable in a Hollywood sort of way-but as expected Willow is a little defensive when it comes to people trying to get up close and personal. Cooper is a young man who falls hard for the one-time star and as the story develops, loses his heart to the woman trying to survive one day at a time. Tidal is an enjoyable read about two people destined to fall in love when circumstances force them together because of a lifetime of pain and hurt.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Was good but

    Too predictable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Not Quite There

    I liked that this was a fast read and I thought the mysteries in the main character's pasts were intriguing. Just thought it was a little lacking in the romantic scenes between the two of them.

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