When handsome California surf god Lincoln Savage suddenly rolls into Ocean Beach like a rogue wave, shy beauty Simone Bianchi's foundation is shaken. No longer under the thumb of her domineering father, she's made a simple, quiet life for herself and her fluffy, 14-pound Havanese pup running a surf shop in her hometown of OB. Long ago she gave up her dreams for a future with Linc.
But now the notorious lead singer of the Dirt Dogs has returned, and Simone is reluctant to admit that she's still vulnerable to his killer dimpled smile and easy charm. She finds that although she's stowed away the mementos, it hasn't been as easy to erase the memories of their epic summer love.
It seems he hasn't forgotten, either.
Is the recording contract he's offering merely a pretense?
Or does he have something more in mind?
Does he really believe that they can just pick up where they left off, despite all the bad luck and heartache?
And is she willing to risk everything again for one last chance at love?
©2015 Michelle Mankin (P)2015 Michelle Mankin
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
A second chance romance which is initially told in the present as two former lovers meet again after a brutal heartbreaking breakup. Simone (aka Mona) has made a life for herself despite being haunted by memories of the past as she looks out over the sand towards the sea to the surf and dreams, yearns and remembers her lost love.... even in her Surf Shop everything is a reminder of him. You really feel her sadness and melancholy over Lincoln (aka Linc) the young handsome Surfer who stole her heart, took her breath away and changed her life.... then he broke promises, shattered dreams and took Mona's heart with him. Then he's there, back in her life begging for another chance, after 15 years of fame and fortune as the Lead Rock Singer in the Dirt Dogs Band which included drugs, booze, groupies and absolutely no contact with Mona because of the guilt after finally breaking her heart.
Then the story flips back in time to their teenage beginning where attraction was instant, chemistry was combustible, sex was inevitable and love very quickly grew. But there was a lot of angst caused either by Linc's estranged Father's long ago words or Mona's overbearing controlling Father and her drunk of a Mother. Drama and more angst followed as a tragic accident changed their paths, left physical and mental scars, insecurities and it started the cracks that would ultimately break them apart. However, they tried, went blindly on and grabbed moments in time to love and be loved but, just as the Band started to make it big, a call came, choices were made and the fallout was catastrophic. And again, you felt the insecurities, the doubts, the betrayal, the pain and the cost it would have on them both.
Again, the story flips back to present day as Mona's walls around her heart are holding tight but Linc has all the right words, actions and sexual moves to gain entry to a heart that he had so callously broken but a heart that remained forever his..... he just had to make Mona realise it.
A beautiful yet tragic romance, young stupid love, insecurities and self-doubt ruined it, memories good and bad rekindled it and undying love and forgiveness brought it back to life. There were a few 'questionable' issues..... why the 15 yr wait?, threads of the story that wasn't followed through,15 yrs of their lives that wasn't told and Mona was too quick to forgive (as I'd of made him suffer and sweat a little longer for the time he wasted and the heartache he'd caused). However, that's the story and I loved it and also the misguided characters that made it a touching, tender, tragic, heartbreaking, romantic, sexy and beautiful love story. It was so well-written you could smell the Ocean, hear the waves and feel the breeze on your face. There were a few secondary characters.... however, Linc's best friend Ash stood out way above the rest.
Dual POV's, the impressive narrating team of Wen and Kai created the perfect synergy and they made the story flow so effortlessly, like a two-way conversation, with each of them sticking to their own gender's voice. Oh, and the beautiful love song at the end which they both sang was just the cherry on the top..... bravo to you both.
Worth a credit? I'm so glad I listened to this hauntingly tragic and beautiful love story of lost love, broken promises and second chances.... so YES, IMO, very creditworthy.
The song at the end of the book had me in tears and I love it so much
every performance is unique and brings something to each book that is uniquely its own
N.Y. Times Bestselling Author
The beautiful writing combined with the amazing narration made this book one of my favorites.
I absolutely loved the song at the end of the book. It had me crying.
Kai and Wen are the best narrators I have ever listened to. They have truly spoiled me on other narrators. No one can compare to their amazing and beautiful storytelling. They bring so much emotion to the story it's hard not to feel like you're a part of the story yourself.
A second chance at love.
I can't say how much I love Michelle Mankin's books. Her writing is beautifully lyrical and Kai and Wen's narration fits perfectly with this story. A match made in heaven.
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Mona feels trapped in her life, see is biding her time until she can get out of her house. She seems the timid sort but she be fierce when she needs to be. I was kind of surprised by that in a good way. I did find she was very jealous. And for the age it was kinda like chill but it made the story interesting.
Linc, to me seems so sure of him self. But his passed is nipping at his heels. He sure hasn't had an easy life. And he lives to surf. I kind of like his laid back attitude. He is so loyal but again he was so jealous even of those he didn't need to be.
When they meet again then for the first time and then we go back to the present you just felt the sparks between these two. I love how he showed her its OK to let loose and be her self. I also love that she make him more cautious.
Over all I really enjoyed the story, I was a little put off by the jealousy and I am not a fan of the present, passed, present but it worked.
Some of my favorite quotes :)
"You are my breath Mona, and you take it away every time you leave." - swoon
"See if you can find the rest of Christen." ... Yeah this cracked me up but only because of the context not because it could have been dangerous.
Final thoughts - I will never think of a Surf Board the same again......
I enjoyed this story, I mean who wouldn't we have Lincoln who is a beautiful surfer and now the lead singer of Dirt Dogs and Simone who owns her own surf shop. Even after all their years apart the connection is still strong. When they finally come back together after over a decade things pick up. The control that Simone's father has over her is unbelievable but the way Linc understands and still stands by Simone's side is beautiful, you can tell that he will go above and beyond for her. We do get struck with a twist at one point and it only brings the story together stronger. This can absolutely be read as a standalone.
Top 10 all the way! It was an awesome book to listen to.
When Ash opened up to Mona about his true feelings
Kai and Wen are a couple of the best narrators I've ever listened to. They bring so much emotion to the story it's hard not to feel like you're a part of the story yourself.
Oh yes! I listen to it in 10 hours without stopping!
Love it and can't wait to listen to another one!
Yes...i absolutely love Mona and Linc
I hope Michelle does a follow up i need to know what is next for them
When Mona is performing knowing Linc is there after years apart
When Mona is able to go back to the beach thanks to Linc being back and making her whole again
Linc admitting he messed up
I loved loved loved that Wen and Kai do the song 😊😊
I loved that it started in the present and then flashed back to the beginning of their relationship in the past :)
When Ash opened up to Mona about his true feelings
I have loved Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross ’s performances since the first time I heard them work together! They play very well of each other. This is just as good as every other first in a series I have heard by them! Each character is unique and well performed. I hope they continue on with this series as it was a really fun listen. They bring a depth of emotion to every performance that I dont think I would find by just reading the book. I can't imagine it voiced by anyone else. More please :)
The limo scene was very poignant and beautiful. It made me wish for a different outcome and better circumstances.
This series must be listened to (or read) in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to listen to the next one!
***NOT for the homophobic or closedminded***
Simone has never gotten over her first and only love Link Savage. He hurt her worse than she ever thought possible. Choosing fame and fortune over their relationship all because she felt the need to do the right thing. If only things had been different. Now he is back with a proposition and all she wants it to be left alone... Or does she? Is what she felt for him truly buried in the past? Does she dare give him another chance? Or should she just keep to her solitary existence? Is love worth the risk?
Lincoln never loved anyone except Ash until he met Mona. She was unlike anyone he had ever known. Growing up with an abusive father who hated him and told him how worthless he was didn't help his self esteem any. At least he'd had his Aunt and Uncle ... And Ash. Ash was the brother he never had as well as his best friend. Mona was a breath of fresh air and he wanted to make her his from the moment he heard her singing on the beach. Sensing her family life was as screwed up and damaging as his had been brought out his protective instincts and her choosing him over everything was a huge ego boost. Too bad he ruined it all. Will he be able to win her back? Does she still love him? Or is it too late to make up for the disastrous mistakes of the past?
***This series is suitable for adult listeners (or readers) who enjoy second chance contemporary romances with damaged people who learn they are worth love and that love is the most precious thing you can ever have :)
I loved the characters. Mankin's a terrific writer whose characters really draw you in.
The motel scene where Linc walked in on Ash and Simone. The entire scene and conversation leading up to it were pretty intense.
I had two: Simone as performed by Kai Kennicott and Ash as performed by Wen Ross.
Ash's discussion with Simone near the end of the book was really moving. So was Linc's confession of his feelings for her at the end.
Mankin is an incredible writer, but I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as her Raging Tempest series, largely because it was more relationship-driven with less conflict. I like more of a plot, but it's a testimony to her wonderful writing and Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross's narration that I still loved this book.
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