I picked up Tidal by Emily Snow to read on holiday. It’s set in Hawaii and features a romance between an actress and an Australian surf instructor. Sounds cute, right? And I read it while I was also on vacation in Hawaii (different island though) and it was a fun escapist read. It’s light and breezy and perfect for a hot weather read or to read in the winter when you wish it was summer.
In Tidal, Willow is an actress who has had numerous stints in rehab and has just finished another round. She goes straight from rehab to a meeting about a new movie project- a remake of a popular surfing movie. This is her last chance to prove herself in Hollywood or end up as another cautionary tale. Willow is teamed up with Cooper, a hot surfing instructor who will help her look convincing on a surfboard. They jet off to Honolulu to begin shooting and try to keep their relationship professional, while Willow tries to keep her nose clean.
Willow has a lot of demons to overcome and doesn’t have the best support network. Her relationship with her parents is shaky and her friend is a party girl and not the best influence since Willow’s trying to stay out of trouble. I like that Willow wants to work hard to get better and does it for herself. She also strikes up a healthy new friendship that’s very sweet.
Willow and Cooper really get each other- he has issues of his own to deal with and they are good together. There are some surprises about each of their back-stories but not really any unnecessary contrivances. Cooper is likable and actually makes Willow more down to earth and relatable. The pair has good romantic chemistry and I liked that there wasn’t too much angst for the most part.
The premise and the picturesque setting held the most appeal for me and made Tidal a good beach read. It could be partly the novelty of reading a book set in Hawaii while I was in Hawaii, and there is also something fun about reading a beach read in winter. It started off a little slow and awkward for me but picked up steam as it went on to make it an above average read, especially considering it’s bargain price. Tidal is a standalone book, and ends with an epilogue that ties up the loose ends. Consider tucking Tidal into your beach bag this year for some escapist reading.