Published December 12, 2012
At just nineteen years of age, Willow Avery is a washed up junkie actress. She’s just gotten out of rehab, again, to find out that her parents have lined up a movie for her. It’s a surfing flick, a remake of an 80’s movie of the same name, Tidal. Willow doesn’t want to do it, but the fact of the matter is, she’s broke. Filming will all be done in Hawaii, and commences in a couple of weeks, only Willow has to leave straight away, so that she can learn to surf before production starts. Cooper Taylor, a gorgeous, cocky Aussie, will be her surf coach. From the moment they meet, the attraction between them is undeniable. Willow just wants to get her life back on track, but everyone – the paparazzi, her parents, her producer, her agent, everyone – is waiting for her to screw up again. She also wants to deal with her troubled past, and stop wanting to get high every time something upsets her once and for all. It just so happens that the sexy Cooper helps a lot in that respect, and she can only push him away for so long.
Tidal is another one of those contemporary new adult romance novels that features characters with emotional baggage and troubled pasts. It is quite short, and while it’s not the best one in this genre that I’ve read (so far, that would be Easy), it was still really enjoyable. I loved the premise of a junkie actress on her last leg, unexpectedly falling in love. It was maybe a little different then I expected, but everything that the blurb promised was delivered.
At first I thought that the actual acting on their attraction was too rushed, but when Willow herself described it as ‘insta-lust’, I decided that it was justified. I just thought maybe there could have been some more anticipation – which, I think, is what makes romance novels such a good, guilty pleasure.
Still. It’s worth a look at if you’re into new adult contemporaries.
My rating: 3.5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.04/5