Tidal: A Novel

Tidal: A Novel

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by Emily Snow
     
 

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The New York Times bestselling new adult romance about a young actress who’s filming a beach drama in Hawaii and who may be falling for her surf instructor.

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

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The New York Times bestselling new adult romance about a young actress who’s filming a beach drama in Hawaii and who may be falling for her surf instructor.

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, Willow finds herself in Hawaii with Cooper, the gorgeous Australian surfer who’s been hired to train her for her new role. Cooper is different from the other men she knows. He doesn’t want to use her. And he refuses to let her fail. But when an old friend with a toxic presence reenters Willow’s life she will have to choose between the girl she was and the person she’s becoming…or she may lose the man she’s falling for.

Editorial Reviews

Shortie Says Book Blog
"This book I promise you has a little bit of everything... hot romance, complex characters, secrets, laughs, fantastic friends, an amazing setting, and everything in between. Plus the ending had my heart so filled with emotion I thought it might burst!"
Book Bitches Book Blog
"I enjoyed every character and every word of this story and didn't want it to end. I was sucked in from the very beginning and couldn't put it down. So many life issues are addressed in this story and they are addressed with class. It was an easy and enjoyable read. I am a huge fan of Emily Snow and HIGHLY recommend you read Tidal!"
Shh Mom's Reading Book Blog
"I recommend this book to anyone looking to read about love and wanting something to touch a piece of your heart. It certainly touched mine and you won't be disappointed!"
Romantic Reading Escapes Book Blog
"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..."
Kelli Maine
"It's not surprising that Emily Snow wrote another male character that I fell hard for. Cooper is every bit the heartthrob I knew he would be! But, the real gem is that I fell just as hard for Willow. I love her brokenness, her flaws, and her tenacity. She's a deep, layered character that I could read about over and over again and want to be best friends with. Her happy ending brought tears to my eyes."
From the Publisher
"It's not surprising that Emily Snow wrote another male character that I fell hard for. Cooper is every bit the heartthrob I knew he would be! But, the real gem is that I fell just as hard for Willow. I love her brokenness, her flaws, and her tenacity. She's a deep, layered character that I could read about over and over again and want to be best friends with. Her happy ending brought tears to my eyes."

"This book I promise you has a little bit of everything... hot romance, complex characters, secrets, laughs, fantastic friends, an amazing setting, and everything in between. Plus the ending had my heart so filled with emotion I thought it might burst!"

"I enjoyed every character and every word of this story and didn't want it to end. I was sucked in from the very beginning and couldn't put it down. So many life issues are addressed in this story and they are addressed with class. It was an easy and enjoyable read. I am a huge fan of Emily Snow and HIGHLY recommend you read Tidal!"

"I recommend this book to anyone looking to read about love and wanting something to touch a piece of your heart. It certainly touched mine and you won't be disappointed!"

"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..."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476744117
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
02/21/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
487,799
File size:
3 MB

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Meet the Author

Emily Snow is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the erotic romance series Devoured, which includes Devoured, All 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. Visit her online at EmilySnowBooks.blogspot.com, and follow her on Twitter @EmilySnowBks.

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Tidal 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seemed a little slow in the beginning....but the rest of the book made it totally worth it. I dont know why you wouldnt read this. Its 200 pgs and the 2nd half of the book made it hard for me to stop reading. I even teared up at the end, and I'm not usually emotional.
RomanticReadingEscapes1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from the very first page this book is amazing. LOVED IT!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author! She is officially on my fav list! This book was great & cant wait for more to come from her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book knocked me over and did me in! It truly stole my heart and skyrocked itself to one of my top 10 if not top 5 books in my lifetime. Tidal is the story of a young actress (Willow) who is just getting out of rehab and immediately forced back into a role that she was prepared to take. In order to prepare for the role, she must learn to surf, enter the hunky blonde surf instructor (Cooper). You have to read this amazing story of how Cooper and Willow help each other combat demons and Willow finds the strength to deal with her addictions. I cried, I laughed but most of all I truly fell in love with this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book from beginning to end!! I felt it gives you hope of a better tommorrow no matter what you did yesterday!
upallnightbookblog More than 1 year ago
Okay, so at first I couldn’t help but think, Lindsey Lohan.  That thought quickly left.  Willow Avery is a dynamic character.  I read a lot of messed up characters and wow did Emily Snow make a character that really tugged at my heart strings.  Willow was a child actress and as an adult she has found herself partying to the extreme and she became a drug addict.  Reading this, you kind of want to hug Willow through out the whole thing.  She seems so used, by her parents, her agent, and the media. In walks Cooper, a hot surf instructor  ready to train her for her next role.  Cooper is a man who knows what he wants!  Cooper and his friends save Willow in so many ways. The smallest critique I would give this book is that I would have liked Willow and Cooper to be described a little more so I could paint a better picture of the two in my head. I completely enjoyed this book and would suggest for anyone to pick this up and check it out.  Emily Snow gave character building a new meaning  with these well thought out, troubled and heart warming characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sooooo good i didnt want it to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy characters that are flawed ... unfortunately there isnt much that separates itself in this genre.
MrsZeig More than 1 year ago
This is not one of my normal reads, but it kept me involved all the way to the end..
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
How could you not love a setting of a Hawaii and a sex on a stick surfer boy? Tidal literally captures your attention right in the beginning with a hurting actress on the path of trying to get her life back on  track. You cannot help but be sucked into Willow's world and fall and ache and then smile along with her. It's one of those books where both of our main characters have secrets kept hidden away for very real reasons. One of those books where you find your emotions soaring all over the place but ultimately being so happy. I loved every heartache and every smiling moment of this fantastic story. Willow starts off as the impression of almost a "Lindsay Lohan" actress... except not as extreme. She uses this new beach lead as her way of getting on track and watching her fight through all her demons and connect with Cooper in more ways than she thought possible just constantly sucked me into the story. I have a thing for hurt characters,  characters that need restitching. I cannot help but immerse myself in their stories. Our love interest, Cooper even has a background and his own demons to overcome as well and watching these two weave their lives together was everything I could have hoped for. Plus I mean come on... Cooper is hot. I mean 22 year old, blonde haired, Australian surfer.... yep, sex. This book I promise you has a little bit of everything... hot romance, complex characters, secrets, laughs, fantastic friends, an amazing setting, and everything in between. Plus the ending had my heart so filled with emotion I thought it might burst. I personally thought it was the perfect ending. Tidal is one of those books that will take you full circle from dark, to snarky, to laughing, to hurting, and eventually smiling. I loved every emotional moment from beginning to end! Definitely worth a buy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emily Snow deals with addiction well. She relates issues with "toxic friends", therapy that takes years and hard work and support, and relationships that need time to grow. These are well written. I agree with a previous poster that the sex scenes need work - not necessarily more graphic, but need more emotion. They're stunted. This is a book for a mature reader due to content.
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MickLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! It's usually the big time actor  with problems, but not in this one! Highly Recommend!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
Going into this, I was pretty confident I would like it. It sounded like a great story. A bit typical to New Adult, but still interesting. It was very raw and emotional and I really loved that aspect of it. Yes, it has the Hot guy, insecure girl thing going on to an extent, but they are both much more damaged than you would think upon first meeting them. I loved how it wasn't like an instant romance either. The characters got to know each other, they were well developed, and they were good for each other. I did guess the secret that Willow was hiding pretty early on, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. I wanted to know how it would come out. That along with some other big secrets that both of them were keeping made for an amazing story about learning to heal yourself. Willow was not a very easy character to connect to, but I was able to really feel for her. She's lived a pretty messed up life being an actress from an early age. Every mistake she's made has been right out there for the media to see. All the partying, the drugs, the rehab. Basically everything that has destroyed her. What hasn't been in the public is the one major secret she is hiding that makes her want to lose herself in the oblivion that drugs bring. She is an extremely broken person. Yes, she's been to rehab and back, she's still working in Hollywood, but the lack of her parents respect and affection, plus every aspect of her life being controlled for her isn't helping her to get better. That's where Cooper comes in. She really does struggle, but I like that it wasn't simple. She does have set backs, but she learns and grows from them. Cooper is just awesome!! He makes it clear that she is what he wants, but only when she is ready. He doesn't want to screw things up with her. He has his own secrets too. He's broken, but in a different way. He really does care about her, and she isn't just some fling to him. He wants to help her get where she needs to be mentally. He won't push her or force her to tell her about her past. He wants her to open up willingly and trust him. The secrets he has aren't anything that he thinks really would affect her, and some of it is stuff that he doesn't intentionally hide, but he doesn't come right out and tell her. Even when she messes up, he doesn't turn on her like everyone else in her life has, but he is there more. He stands by her through everything that she is struggling with, even when it directly affects him in a negative way. He feels like as long as they care for each other, they can get through whatever life throws at them, whether it's their broken pasts, or what the future might hold. I absolutely loved Cooper!! The romance was done really well. It progressed slowly and seemed very real to me. It wasn't easy, and that's why it worked. They were fighting a constant battle with themselves and outside influences. Willow is scared to be hurt again like she has been in the past, and Cooper doesn't want her to think that he is just using her. They need to learn to trust each other and to not be afraid. The narrator for the audio captured Willows voice very well. I could really feel the emotion of the things she was going through. I wanted to comfort her, I wanted to help her not fall again. She also did Cooper very well too. The accent came through great. It was easy to tell the character's dialogue from one another. I have listened to books done by this narrator before and I really like her. Overall, the story, the characters, and the audio were fantastic. Not only are Willow and Cooper well developed, but the other characters as well. You really get a feel for them and how they affect both Willow and Coopers lives. I thought that how all the secrets came out was done really well too. It was an emotional, gradual work up to everything. By the time some things are discovered by the other, they already are falling for each other. Even when things seem really bad, they communicate. Everything isn't all tidy and that was what was enjoyable about it. I also thought that the sexy times were really great too. Not too drawn out or too often like some other books tend to do. The author had a great balance and it was a wonderful book!! *An audiobook copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.
Meganm922 More than 1 year ago
I loved Tidal! It was a wonderful love story that surprised me with characters I completely fell for who were multifaceted and complicated. Tidal is a must read New Adult Contemporary Romance and one that is absolutely perfect for summer and beach reading, especially since so much of the story took place on or near the beach. Willow was a bit difficult to relate to at first because she was an actress leaving the rehab clinic at the start of the novel and I don’t think many readers can relate to what her life must have been like. I quickly felt like I got to know her and understand her as a person, though. She was a very complicated, but completely loveable person who needed the right people in her life to help her head in a better direction. I felt her pain, understood her anxiety, and rooted for her the entire novel. Cooper was such a good love interest. A sexy, talented surfer with a dimple and an Australian accent? What’s not to love about that? But his personality was what really did me in. He was so passionate about the water and devoid of all dumb surfer guy stereotypes. He was real, down to earth, and incredibly sweet. He was a perfect mixture of the hard, knows-what-he-wants, gruffness that I like and the sweet, I-take-my-time, gentleness that I adore. The supporting characters were wonderful, too. Miller, Willow’s bodyguard, was sweet, stern, but he really looked out for Willow at a time when she really needed it. Paige and Eric, Cooper’s friends, were such down to earth people who treated Willow like a normal person. Paige was so loveable the instant she was introduced. The conflicts and issues the characters faced in Tidal were interesting and tough. Some of the issues were pretty serious, like Willow’s previous drug problem and the even deeper reasons that caused the drug problem, but I didn’t feel like the issues were overdone or overdramatic. Willow didn’t really fit the stereotype for the issues she had and didn’t walk around like she was fragile and going to break, even when she was. On the surface, Tidal was a story about a troubled actress and a surfer falling in love on a movie set, but it felt like so much more than that because of the characters. They surprised me by not being cookie cutter or predictable. Cooper and Willow’s relationship was sweet and fun, while also being deep and healing. Tidal had everything I could have wanted in a New Adult romance! I haven’t read any other Emily Snow titles, but I’ve heard of her and I knew she wrote mainly Erotica romance. I have her Erotica title, Devoured, on my shelf to read, but I wanted to start with the New Adult since that’s what I’ve been reading so much of. I was surprised to see that Tidal was a much cleaner new adult title than I was expecting! It was steamy, but not nearly as graphic as what I’ve seen recently from other New Adult titles, which I loved. I think I was expecting Tidal to be more graphic due to the author being an Erotica author and the fact that so many other authors have blurred the lines between New Adult and Erotica. I loved that Emily Snow was able to write outside of the Erotica category so flawlessly. Obviously, I don’t have issues with graphic sex scenes, but I appreciate when an author can be flexible and write something different. She could have written a graphic New Adult and she didn’t, so I think that’s awesome. I definitely recommend Tidal. It’s a New Adult romance that doesn’t weigh you down with too many issues or ends up being an excuse for the characters to get it on. It’s refreshing, sweet, and I couldn’t put it down! Source: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
 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.   
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
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. see all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe(dot)com
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Stacy_H More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars -- Great beach read!!! Full review on Books Unhinged Book Blog ~StacyHgg
VivianaEnchantressofBooks More than 1 year ago
I've read Emily Snow's "All Over You" and "Devoured" which I really enjoyed and was interested to see what her YA Mature story would be like. I'm not a big YA reader (I've said it once and I'll say it again, I've been there and done that already, don't need to relive the angst) and I'm not a huge fan of the new sub-genre New Adult or YA Mature because either you're an adult or not! I hate to see that one day they'll create a "Middle Adult" (ages 28 - 40) and then "Old" no wait " Vintage Adult" (ages 40 - 55) and "Antique Adult" (ages 55+). So as you can see its not the genre itself but the new labeling. Mention the ages of the main characters in the blurb and let me decide if I want to read about someone in their early 20s or late 30s. Thought you'd need to know this before I give you my thoughts on "Tidal".  I was pleasantly surprised! Though both characters are in their early twenties, you could have easily changed the ages (middle adult - Yeah I'm having fun with the new sub-genre I've created) and the story would have worked perfect. Well, minus the parents checking in, no wait, I take that back, I'm 33 and my mom is always checking in. The point is Emily did a fantastic job of focusing on the story of the characters vs. making it about the character's age!! Brilliant! It freaking works! Not once throughout reading did I ever roll my eyes at the "kid" or "teenager" or "new adult" (hahahah - sorry).  BONUS! Willow, the heroine wasn't a meek, whiny, "why me" woman complaining about her circumstances. She owned them. She worked out her issues and faced them front on. Sure there were moments of doubt and I loved that Emily made that her "inside voice". We all have that inner voice of self doubt but I loved that she didn't give into it. She snuffed it! I hope other YA Mature, heck, ALL GENRE take notes when it comes to this!  Ahh Cooper! I really loved that he wasn't her "superior", either as a boss or in circumstances. He was the "regular joe" so to speak and while he's the Hero (in more ways than one) he stood out not because he was one hell of a sexy guy, or because he was cocky and just KNEW they'd end up together, but because he gave her time and space and did really look out for her and her best interest. Even when he was saying things that would have come across as cocky if another man said it, it didn't when he said it. Why? His personality shined through from the very beginning. He wasn't this "mysterious man with secrets". Yeah, there were a few things he didn't share with Willow, but it wasn't like in other books where its this huge cloud or rather the secret is like another character in of it itself. He was funny and smart! He knew when to push and when to back off.  The other characters are all awesome! Paige becomes a great friend to Willow and Miller (Willow's body guard) was intriguing enough you sort of want Emily Snow to write a story starring him so you can get to know him better, but he's not the main focus or a distraction (again, Emily did a great job with creating her characters).  I truly enjoyed the entire story and was able to connect with the characters. Though the story dealt with addiction it wasn't about the addiction itself but rather focused on WANTING to get help and then LEARNING to move on with your life and being able to be that better person. I would definitely read another YA Mature written by Emily Snow. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago