Tides by Mara Oudenes-Cruz Ramos

“I have been to Hawaii!”

“Oh yeah? Which island?”


What’s it about?tides

Sun, sand and waves, three words that summarize what life is like at Sea Glass Beach. The normally quiet village is hosting a surfing festival with the biggest names and brands in the sport. The Kalani siblings; a lawyer and an instructor, and their friends; an investor and a librarian, are surrounded by new visitors, unexpected situations and a tide of emotions as they find themselves as amateur contestants in the world of professional surfing.

First Impressions

I’ve actually never been to Hawaii. Hell, I don’t even know for sure if that’s where this book takes place, but I really wanted an excuse to use that quote from Grumpier Old Men. Considering that the main family in this novel has the name “Kalani”, and they’re big into surfing, I took a leap of faith in assuming that we were reading about a Hawaiian island. A note to authors everywhere: one little sentence clarifying the setting of the book can reduce my anxiety level by about 85%. Anyway, this novel has a love story for just about everyone out there, as it relates the budding romances of the entire Kalani clan, and some of their closest friends as a big surfing competition comes to town.


Wait…Who Now? 

Definitely an interesting premise to focus each chapter on another member of the Kalani family, or a close friend, but in my opinion there were just way too many stories going on at once. I mean, we’ve got at least 5 couples here: Luna and Blue, Dax and Lottie, Skye and Joan, Dylan and Ross, Kay and Valentina, not to mention a plethora of other characters. The constant switching back and forth between everyone made it really hard to keep the stories straight, or get lost in any one romance story. Then a long-lost brother gets thrown in there, Dylan gets attacked for being a homosexual, and a large portion of the group has severe medical conditions. Talk about drama!

drama cat


It’s great how the underlying theme of pretty much any romance novel is to show you that true love is possible. However, having practically every person in one friend group find their significant other at the exact same time? That sort of extends beyond coincidental and into unrealistic territory. For crying out loud it took 10 seasons for everyone in Friends to find their one and only someone, and this book is dealing with twice as many people! Actually, now that I think about it, Joey never did end up with anybody. Well there ya go, it took 10 years for 5 members of Friends to have a happily ever after, and it took everyone in Tides just a matter of weeks. Maybe it’s something in the water. I gotta get me to Hawaii! Or wherever this book is set.

lonely joey

*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Nope

Should you read it? There really is a love story for everyone, but the grammar was extremely distracting. I even had to re-read a few sentences to understand what was being said. At first it wasn’t too bad, but after a while it really became a distraction.

Smut Level: For a book with a lot of romance, there are only 2 love scenes. But damn are they steamy! The one is between Dylan and his boyfriend Ross, and the other involves Luna and Blue in her work studio. Hot and sweaty all the way!

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Brave New Books. 372 Pages.

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