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
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5 out of 5 stars
By PATRICIA on 03-04-18

Take me to the beach!

Though a Jersey girl, I do not have a passion for the Jersey Shore. Yes, I enjoy going a couple times a year but on the average, it's not my choice of days off. This book may have changed my mind. Michelle Mankin has shown me that the water can the beach can be the perfect place to go to. Getting to know the characters of Linc and Simone has been heart wrenching, loving, full of despair and hope. A little instant attraction that leads to love, Mankin shows how the strength of that love no matter the circumstance can stand the test of time and when given the second chance, turns out to be even stronger. Starting off with surfing, Linc is on his way to being a champion, but tragedy happens changing his path. This change is drastic, leaving the question of whether their relationship will be able to stand it. Confidence and that feeling of being whole is tested over many years, and Mankin flawlessly switches back and forth between the past and present unraveling the story of this couple. It will leave you with that feeling that true love never dies.

Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross are the perfect narrators for this story. Their ability to sound young and slowly mature is amazing, it gives the story the texture it needs to build to Linc and Mona's future. The singing is also a plus! Have to love the talent of this narrating team's performance!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 05-09-15


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.

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