Author: Emily Snow
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Emily Snow Books
Publication Date: December 12th 2012
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 guy she’s falling hard for.
Willow Avery, you are my hero. Seriously, I really look up to you. Willow Avery IS the heroine of all heroines. I admire her. So what if her life is screwed up? She accepts her flaws and recognizes that she genuinely needs to change. I am much more impressed with a used-to-be-in-rehab-but-wants-to-redeem-herself actress for a main character, than a whiny, love sick weak doormat character that can’t even stand up for herself. I’m so tired of the generic cookie cutter main characters of most of the books I’ve read. Willow Avery is one of the most refreshing heroines that I’ve ever come across.
Willow Avery, a washed up actress just out of rehab, just has one more chance to turn her life around. When she’s offered the lead role for a remake of classic surfer movie Tidal just out of rehab, she’s more than reluctant to do it. But being reminded that no one else in Hollywood wants to work with her, Willow accepts the challenge. Things look up just a bit, when she’s introduced to her new surfing instructer Cooper Taylor. Blond, muscular, cocky and GORGEOUS Connor is just what Willow SO not needs right now, but she can’t deny the instant attraction she feels toward him. Willow has secrets that she’s desperate to keep, and Cooper also has secrets that Willow may or may not be willing to hear. What happens when both of them discover that what they really need- is each other.
I LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK! It was so raw and heartbreaking. It was not what I was expecting when I read the blurb on Goodreads. Willow Avery is a great protagonist; she’s mature, witty, sarcastic and incredibly smart. You could really understand her situation and know what she was going through. Even when she was at her worst, you wouldn’t even dare to judge her. At least I never did. I’m so glad the author never tried to make her flaws dissappear. It just shows how down to earth and how realistic Willow is.
All good stories begin with a guy…
Cooper Taylor is… unreal. I refuse to believe that a man like him exists. COOPER TAYLOR SHOULD BE REAL! Cooper is the embodiment of perfection. On top of being gorgeous, he’s Australian. HE’S AUSTRALIAN! Just imagine a beatiful blond blue eyed muscular surfer utter these words: ““I can live without you. I just refuse to”” in an Australian accent. How can you not swoon over him?! Cooper was such a great character. His cockiness was so amusing, because you could see he wasn’t geniunely like that. He was sensitive and sweet. He was supportive and overall amazing. Not even when I was mad at him could I deny it. If you look in the dictionary for the word “heartbreak”, his face would probably be there. (And also in the entries for “Perfect”and “Gorgeous”)
This story was so captivating, even from the prologue, I knew I’d love it. Nothing would prepare me for the ending though, I was flailing like a crazy fan-girl and squealing like an idiot. I got a lump in my throat and my eyes got all misty. The ending really is a tear-jerker and so very sweet. I’m so glad I decided to buy this book.
Rating: 5 stars
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