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The Complete Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances Series, Books 1-5: Beach Romance Surfing Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B082ZRW19M
- Language : English
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- Print length : 1485 pages
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I still haven't read book 1?!
Okay, okay, a few things before my review.
1) I love Michelle Mankin! She's a true Rock Chick (not the KA kind, altho she might be a Kristen Ashley fan, I do not know).
2) This is book 2 in this series & I haven't read book 1, altho I have it.
3) I forgot my third.
So, Ramon & Karen. First, the things I didn't like. This is a triangle of sorts - not a fan of triangles because they split my emotions & I just don't like that 3rd wheel feeling. There is a lot of misunderstanding & unnecessary angst that could be resolved with a little open communication. This annoyed me. The story is told in the present, and the past, and the present again. This also annoyed me. So, I spent a lot of this book NOT enjoying the story.
HOWEVER! The writing is BEAUTIFUL. The chemistry between Ramon & Karen LEAPS off the page. The friendships in the story are awesome. And when they get steamy, they are HOT. *fans self* So, altho I spent a good portion not enjoying where the story was going, the times I did enjoy it more than made up for it. I don't know if that makes any sense!!
This is an emotional, gritty read, so if you like beautiful story telling & feeling the angsty feelings, I can highly recommend this book. : )
Fanny & Ash pulled me in straight away. Their story is intense and complex, and the obstacles they face are unique. Unique to the book world, altho Ash's obstacles are, I think, common issues that have been overlooked in recent years.
There are some parts I wasn't a fan of - glimpses of Ash's pre-Fanny life that were too detailed for me, altho I understand why they were included. I did skip around those, not fully reading them as they were personal hard no's.
Aside from that, I love the pacing of the story, the friendship & road to trust each of them must take to get to their (also unique and complex) HEA. Seeing the couples from the earlier books was a treat, and seeing how they are all FAMILY, how they are all connected and work at those connections was truly mesmerizing and beautiful to read.
I love Fanny's strength and resilience, Ash's dominance and care, and both of their protection for each other! This is an amazing story, full of love, hope, and promise. I'm very interested to see updates & to read Hollie's story! : )
This was not the book for me. I did not enjoy a lot of this book for several reasons, none of which I can explain because I don't want to spoil anything! Still...
This story is beautifully written - I've said about this author's writing before that it's lyrical. This book falls into that category. The characters are well rounded and fleshed out to the point they feel like ppl you know or want to know. You want to hug them or yell at them or smack some sense into them.
This is a HIGHLY emotional read. And part of the reason I didn't like it is also the reason I'm HIGHLY anticipating and looking forward to reading Island Side. : )
Part two of Hollie's story with Diesel is just as beautifully written as all this author's work. Despite my reservations, I fell in love with their story!
Island Side takes us on a journey of healing and love, finding your inner strength, being encouraged and allowing that encouragement to bring you out of your shell. Those are the themes and story points that I LOVED in this installment. I loved getting to see the growth and development of these characters and their relationships.
One detraction, for me, was the amount of page time the steamy scenes get. Their physical relationship is a HUGE part of the story, and though done well got to be a bit much for me. I know this is a hallmark of this author's story telling, however, and fans of that steam will be EXTREMELY happy with it!!
Ash, Fanny, Diesel & Hollie's stories are overall my favorites in the series, and I was overwhelmingly happy myself with their - and the band's - HEA. Thumbs up!! : )
***4 ‘Hopeful Possibility’ Stars***
What a ride this book was!
There is so much going on it kinda made my head spin. There is obviously the romance between Ashland and Fanny, then there are the issues Ash and Fanny have going on outside of that (though to be honest they do merge, but still) and then there are the various relationships Ash has with the people in his life and how they all converge and become involved in the crazy that Ash and Fanny are involved in. In a lot of ways it was exhausting emotionally, and even mentally trying to keep up and yet the feels were potent and I kept turning the pages to find out what would happen next.
I really liked Fanny and while she could be impetuous, she still had a plan. That plan may have been simply getting from point A to point B and not really thinking beyond that, but her heart was always in the right place. Strong, resilient and once she called you hers, she was all in.
Ashland. This man is complex. On one hand he will go to the ends of the Earth for those he claims as his. On the other, he keeps a large portion of himself locked away from those same people. He craves control and has a way of gaining it without you being aware of it ~ at least if you aren’t paying attention. I liked him a lot, but the need to Gibbs smack him while giving him a big hug was strong.
The funny thing about Fanny and Ash’s journey to their HEA was that while there was a lot of push/pull going on between them, for many reasons, the angsty-ness never reached OTT level for me. It was there, and I had a few growly moments with both of them, but overall I really enjoyed watching them become more because from their first meeting the connection, the pull between them was real and they ended up being exactly what the other never knew they wanted, or needed.
Confession time ~ this is only the second book by the author I’ve read and the first book was RFC, so I went into this one blind. I did have the opportunity to at least read the first two in the series, which I was very grateful for, but at the time there just wasn’t any time. Do I feel as I should have read them? Yes and no. The ties the bind Ash to his friends are complex and there were some undercurrents that I’d have understood better if I had read the first two. But I have to admit that I liked going in blind and meeting Ash for the first time (sort of) and learning about him in the here and now. But, I loved the Dirt Dogs and their women and will do my best to meet them properly by reading the first two books *crossing toes it happens before the next decade*
I really enjoyed Oceanside. There is a lot going on and the author does tackle some heavy issues, which I found quite refreshing, and thought she did it with respect and compassion. So, if you love rock star romances with well written characters then this is a must read for you!
High Tide (Book #4/Duet #1)
THAT’s where things are left at??
Well, at least the conclusion is just around the corner, but still…
So, with this being a duet I’m going to keep this one uber-vague (#sorrynotsorry) because so much happens, and doesn’t happen, that if I do my typical review I will probably slip and spoil something and I don’t want to do that...Hollie, Max and Diesel. These three gave me a run for my money. I loved them, I rolled my eyes at them, I hurt for them and there were moments (more than one) where I wanted to Gibbs smack them, but they all had me wanting more. They are all complex, vulnerable and real.
As for the whole triangular second chance romance thing...I did the whole scratching of the head thing when I first read that, but now it makes sense and considering everything that happens in High Tide with Hollie, Max and Diesel, I can guarantee you that Island Side is going to be one heck of a ride.
I must give props to the author for taking this story in the direction she has. She tackles some pretty heavy issues, so yes, there are triggers, and yet, things get angsty (I’ll let you decide how much for yourself) but everything that happens works. There were some things that didn’t make me happy, but they all made sense within the context of the story. As for the secondary cast of characters...there are some newbies I ended up liking and a few I’d like to gut with a rusty spoon and I enjoyed catching up with the Dirt Dogs crew and cannot wait to hang out with them all in the conclusion to Hollie’s story and the series!
Island Side (Book #6/Duet #2)
***5 ‘#TeamDiesel’ Stars***
Now that’s how you bring all the pieces together and put them back together the way they should be! It wasn’t easy, and still just as frustrating as watching the events in High Tide, but this time I was hooked on all that was going on with Hollie and Diesel and absolutely loved watching them both finally become the people they were always meant to be.
So, my review for High Tide was insanely vague, but considering who is gracing the cover of Island Side, I figure I can be a little less vague. Since it’s quite obvious which...horse...I was rooting for, I can say that I ADORED Diesel. Yes, he is an unrepentant a#$h%t for much of the time I’ve ‘known’ him, but I couldn’t help but respect the brutal honesty that came out of him. Could he have been a bit more considerate and tactful? Sure, but that isn’t him and as I finally got to see under the anger, I found a man with a battered, but golden and wise heart.
Hollie. Here’s the thing with Hollie. I’ve always liked her. I’ve always seen her as being way too old for her actual age and yet still naive in so many ways. So, to say she frustrated me throughout most of these books isn’t a surprise, but I enjoyed watching her learn and grow from each situation she found herself in, good or bad, and emerge as a person who finally understood what her true strengths and vulnerabilities were and worked with them, instead of against them and found what really mattered to her in the end.
As for the “triangular second-chance love story”. I’m happy with the way everything turned out. Hollie’s journey was chock full of heartache in all forms, learning to forgive ~ not only those who hurt her, but herself as well for choices made and not made ~ but it was one that showed that sometimes you find the truest love in the most unexpected of places.
I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant to dive into this baby. Oh, I wanted to see how everything would play out, but I’m always wary about any story that is set in Hawaii since I was born and raised there and though I haven’t called it ‘home’ for many years, my heart still considers it that in every way that matters. It doesn’t matter if the author is from the islands or not, we all have our view of it and it takes a bit to adjust and accept another one. It was a little more difficult this time since both sides of my family lineage can be traced to the Big Island and the Hilo area and I spent quite a bit of time there growing up, but I must give the author props for bringing the city to life. I do use the word ‘City’ loosely since Hilo isn’t call ‘Hilo Town’ for nothing, but the laid back, go with the flow (mostly because doing anything quickly isn’t possible with all the humidity) vibe that I’ve known all my life jumped off the page and I felt like I was home.
This was a great end to the series, though if you’ve read any of the authors books you know that they are all connected in various ways and characters from other books have a way of popping up every now and again, so to say it is an ‘end’ isn’t necessarily true in the general sense, but right for the series. And what I’ve come to love, appreciate and respect about this author’s writing is that while we do get that HEA ending we all crave, she keeps things real because life is messy and not everything has a resolution that we’ll like, but life rolls on and it’s up to us to find the happy and roll with it.
Fanny and Ashland meet when they are both at a crossroads in their lives, fast forward 2 years later and they are running into each other. Ashland finds Fanny when she need help more then anything to get through life. Fanny helps Ashland out of his self imposed exile that has his friends knowing that she is the one. Music can bring together and their songs of the heart will find each other.
Mankin wrote an emotionally charged story that tackles issues in our modern society that needs to be addressed. Her character development of the Dirty Dogs band is fantastic and makes the story flow. I can't wait to find out who Mankin has for Diesel.
Hollie has finally turned 18 and trying to take on Hollywood by storm even though she is in a huge lawsuit with her stepfather. Her dad will stop at nothing to bring her to heel and fall back in line. As she is spreading her wings she is torn between her sweet bodyguard Max and the sexy rocker Diesel. Does she go with the sweet or the sour? Life is never easy in the world of Holliwood.
Mankin creates in depth characters that you want to know more about. Lots of good plot twist and turns that the reader does not see coming. Mankin also brings in glimpse of past couples that we have falling in love with in prior books.
Hollie does what she has always done, run from her problems. This time she is in Hawaii and with Diesel the man who has always wanted her. Hollie and Diesel fight their attraction to each other at first, eventually Hollie gives in and them together becomes explosive. Diesel and Hollie both have demons from their past that causes them to hurt each other, yet keep wanting each other still. Can Hollie bring Diesel to the light that his soul needs?
I loved seeing all the past characters from Dirty Dogs. A great way to conclude this series.
Hollie is reeling with the events that have occurred. Max is gone, she is pregnant, and is caught up in a media storm. Diesel Le offers for her to come stay with him in Hawaii to get away for a while. While these two have always clashed, she agrees to go. The chemistry between these two is amazing and hard to resist. Diesel hides his pain in a different way than Hollie, with a different woman every night, but when Hollie comes, he finds he can't get into other women. They struggle with their feelings, their attraction, and their pasts. These two damaged souls are so beautiful together. Their feelings grow, they challenge each other, and fall in love. Can they fight their pasts to come together in the now?