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Oceanside by Michelle Mankin

Oscar night.
Rock star legend, Ashland Keys should be on top of the world, but the blond blue-eyed SoCal surfer is disillusioned with fame, done with drugs, bored with the groupies and sick of all the fake f*ckery.
A rising star, Fanny Bay is nominated for best original song in the same category as the Dirt Dogs band, but the novel redhead with the corkscrew curls and the slight Canadian accent would prefer to chart a course with a different destination.
Hollywood is not for her.
He's full of regrets, darkness and secrets.
She's full of hope and light and has mysteries of her own.
He's her reserved hero.
She's his gypsy rose.
He's water. She's fire. Together, they don't make sense.
But he's what she's always wanted, and she just might be everything he needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781986850520
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 458
Sales rank: 1,186,436
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Michelle Mankin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.
Rock Stars. Romance. Redemption.
Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a BRUTAL STRENGTH centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock 'n roll industry.
Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the TEMPEST series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.
Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the MAGIC series.
Catch the perfect wave with irresistible surfers in the ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES series.
Romance and self-discovery, the FINDING ME series is a Tempest spin off with a more experienced but familiar cast of characters.
Exploring the sexual double standards for women, the ROCK F*CK CLUB series is a what-if the groupies called the shots instead of the rock stars.
When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock or NOLA funk music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend.

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Oceanside (Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances, #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
-Lisa-Anthony- 27 days ago
Oceanside by Michelle Mankin will take you to Ocean Beach California where you will experience heart stopping emotions, lots of drama, suspense, secrets, and steamy love scenes. The writing in this book is so good and so detailed that it plays out like a real movie and yet reads like a poem because it has the most beautiful symbolism. Meet Ashland Keys-Ash, he will unveil himself layer by layer-he is like an onion. Ash is super protective and hiding away from his problems. Meet Fanny she is super cute, sweet- she will steal your heart, and she is running from problems of her own. When these two unite there is such a connection, they are so similar in so many ways. The characters are so real and relatable. This is a beautiful story of what happens when you open your heart-- you find true loyalty, friendship and love. 5-stars!!
CrystalsBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Oceanside is a must read! It was so refreshing to read a second chance romance book with a different kind of story line. I really never have come across the surfer books that intrigued me. When I read the blurb, I knew I needed to dive right into this book! Ash did it for me! Fanny was super woman and never gave up. There were a few dramatic scenes that brought a tear here and there. What Fanny had to endure to make sure her sister stayed safe, blew me away. She is selfless. Ash broke my heart. Living in his own made purgatory had made me want to save him. To wrap him in my arms and tell him he can still live and be loved. He surprised me in many ways. There was a lot of skeletons he keeps in the closet. Once you learn them, its a bit of a shock but yet a revelation to what makes Ash be Ash. The drama factor in this story line kept the angst at a high level alert. The sexiness between the characters bring up the heat factor in the story. And boy is there so much heat!!!! I was loved each page and every moment that Oceanside brings. Talk about loving me some Rock Stars who love to stay in the Ocean!!!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars--OCEANSIDE is the third instalment in Michelle Mankin’s contemporary adult ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES erotic, romance series focusing on the rock group Dirt Dogs. This is drummer, and former lead singer Ashland Keys, and singer Fanny Bay Lesowski’s story line. OCEANSIDE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary but saying that there is quite a bit of missing background information between the members of the band that would benefit from reading the series in order. NOTE: Due to the story line content, there may be some triggers for more sensitive readers. Told from dual first person perspectives (Ash and Fanny) OCEANSIDE follows the second chance relationship between Dirt Dogs’ drummer Ashland Keys, and singer Fanny Bay. Four years earlier, Fanny met her idol at the Academy Awards, rock star Ashland Keys, as both were nominated for Oscars. A promise to meet later never came to fruition, and in the ensuing time life changed for both Fanny and Ash. Fast forward to present day wherein Ash is no longer playing music but struggling to move on from a devastating blow, while Academy Award winner Fanny Bay, finds herself on the run, with her younger sister, in the hopes of protecting what’s left of the life they once knew. What ensues is the rekindling relationship between Fanny and Ash, and the potential fall-out as Ash’s secret is revealed, and Fanny struggles to overcome the disaster that has become her life. Fanny Bay and her younger sister Hollie are on the run. Homeless and battling illness and a local gang, Fanny and Hollie would find solace and help from an unlikely source-Fanny’s childhood idol, rock star Ashland Keys. Ashland knows struggle, battling a life-altering disease that changed the course of his rock star career, a career that would, once again, blossom with the love of a woman battling her own demons. The relationship between Fanny and Ash is one of ‘second chances’ of sorts. Having met but never truly bonding, Fanny and Ash’s rekindling relationship remains hidden in the hopes of protecting our story line heroine. The $ex scenes are erotic and intense but I struggle with the use of a certain four-letter word, I feel isn’t necessary in a romance story. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including the member of the band: Linc and Simone (Outside #2), Ramon and Karen (Riptide #2), as well as Diesel El; Fanny’s sister Hollie; their representative Maximillian Cash, as well as several members of a local street gang, and Renee, a groupie who wants something more from Ash then he is willing to give. OCEANSIDE is a well-written, detailed story line with complex characters who are battling not only the paparazzi but illness, betrayal, stardom and loss. I struggled with the ‘homeless’ aspect of the story-there should have been many other avenues to safety and protection; and the conflict resolution was little more than a blip. I wanted satisfactory details as to the who, what, how and why of how Fanny and Hollie were completely freed from the evil that permeated their lives. The premise is intriguing and entertaining; the romance is heavy and heart breaking; the characters are broken, colorful and strong.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
I was given an ARC of this book and asked to review it. I have never read this author before, or the previous books in this series, but overall I liked it. Fanny Bay Lesowski is in her early 20's. Fanny has scored a number one hit with her song from a movie and is now even nominated for an Oscar, where she will perform her hit song. While rehearsing, Fanny sees Ashland Keys, drummer of the Dirt Dogs and the guy who has been more than a crush to her for the past few years. After losing her mom, the Dirt Dogs music got her through some very rough times. Knowing her sister Hollie would be disappointed if she didn't at least talk to Ashland, Fanny gets up the courage to go and say hi. Instantly there is chemistry. After a cute and awkward chat, and a bad run-in with Fanny's stepfather, they decide to meet up at a coffee shop in two weeks. Two weeks later, Ash is a no-show and is not replying to Fanny's text. She's confused but figures the guy's just a typical jerk, not realizing what really happened. Flash forward two years and Fanny's life has done a 180. Her and Hollie are on the run from their stepfather and end up in Ocean Beach, where Ash just happens to live. After some crazy things, Ash ends up rescuing her and Hollie even though he does not know who she really is. Slowly, together these two start let their defenses down and only then can they finally start to heal. It ends up taking a huge leap of faith, but they eventually get to their happy ending. Overall I really enjoyed this story. I have a feeling that if I had read the first two books in the series, a lot more of the story would have made sense....especially with all of Ash's friends. Some of the time it seemed like all of a sudden I missed something, but in the end, I really enjoyed the characters and the story and am looking forward to Hollie's story which is next.
Kritzusa More than 1 year ago
Oceanside: Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances Book 3 by Michelle Mankin This is the third book in the Rock Stars, Surf and Second Changes series from Michelle Mankin. I have not had the pleasure of reading the first 2 books in the series but if they are anything like book 3 then I need to read them. I can honestly say that I generally steer clear rock star books but I found this one to be not what I expected. Rock Legend Ashland Keys, drummer for Dirty Dogs has taken himself out of the mainstream. He has decided that life isn’t for him any longer. Drugs, women and rock n roll is a lifestyle with much temptation. The decisions we make can be lifelong. Ash is carrying around the ramifications of his choices which no one knows about but his inner circle and it is slowly destroying him. Can there be light in his darkness? Fanny Bay Lesowski young, talented song writer and Oscar contender who is always looking for her path in the world. She is dealing with family issues beyond her control that have her doubting everything she wants. Family is important to Fanny and she will do anything in her power to protect what she holds dear. As readers, we are taken on an unexpected journey right out of the gate. You start reading the prologue and humming right along. Okay this is awesome and then bam the first chapter throws you for a loop. Wait what the heck happened? Honestly I didn’t see that coming…..hahahahaha not going to tell you. The depth of emotions with each turn of the page had this reader eager to continue reading. I can read on my phone and was stealing minutes anywhere and everywhere I could because I couldn’t wait for the next piece of the puzzle to be put into place. YES!!!! this story is that good. Emotions are tough to write and convey correctly for authors but Michelle Mankin has done an outstanding of pouring emotions into this book. These are very deep emotions and not superficial so you will become invested very quickly as you go through the pages. The book finished in a great spot and I could not be happier with what we learned along the way and where things ended up. However, then I hit the Epilogue and expected something totally different then when I got. I’m still eagerly turning pages and then I see the works all readers hate to see when they get to the end of a good book. My suggestion is to take your time and let this story flood your senses. I highly recommend this book and will be going to get the others to read. One last thought……I have not read the other books in this series and was able to not be lost with the supporting characters so I could easily see this being a reader first brush with Michelle. Give it a shot.
mjlovestoread More than 1 year ago
Oceanside is the very definition of the ultimate read. Michelle Mankin has done it again with this moving story of a most unpredictable love that is all kinds of perfect, even when it shouldn't be. Getting just a small taste of one Ashland Keys in the two prior books in the series, I just knew his tale would be the most difficult to read. The author takes a very sensitive and still very scary subject and gives it the hopeful voice it now deserves. Explaining a lot about the guarded Ash and his penchant for control, it's no wonder Fanny Bay grabbed both his attention and his heart in the most unexpected of ways. This book is a slow-burn kind of romance but never did it feel too long or overly wordy. On the contrary, the steady beat in which the author so meticulously presents the romance between the reclusive drummer and his Laker Girl was exactly what I wanted. You could feel the chemistry that everyone around them felt, even as they continued to deny what was standing right in front of them. Those stares that were held just a little too long. A stolen embrace or the slight touch of a hand. Extremely romantic without even a kiss shared. That is GREAT writing. Not to mention the way Ash opened his home to Fanny and her sister, and his protective eye over them. The manner in which Fanny uncannily understood Ash. Together with their selflessness towards one another in providing both shelter and feelings never before shared. Oh these two had a magic connection that only a misguided stubbornness could sever. With a few stops and starts, I adored the fact that both Ash and Fanny stood up for what they wanted and never took the easy way out. Facing their emotions and everything that came with it, even then it wasn't going to be a smooth journey for either of them. But damn if that didn't make it that much more captivating! There is a secondary storyline that is part of the reason Fanny is back in Ash's life after a far too brief encounter 3 years prior. It is beautifully blended and gives the book a certain edge to keep things moving at the ideal pace. I also need to make mention of the fact that the sex scenes were incredibly poignant but yet wildly erotic at the same time. Only Michelle Mankin can pull that off in such a wonderful way. There are very valid reasons why there aren't many but it is well worth the wait when some time between the sheets and even outside of the bedroom grabs your attention and you're left fanning yourself. In addition, the entire Dirt Dogs crew is present and accounted for adding a bit of humor and true brother and sisterhood when needed. But it's the unconditional love they have for their Ash and now for Fanny and her sister Hollie that continues to make me smile. They are all vitally important in their own way and I loved that they were here once again. With a final scene and epilogue that had me in tears, Oceanside is certain to be one of my very favorites for 2018. It is everything I want in a book and Michelle Mankin delivered in only the way she can. I've been a fan from the start and I can't recommend her work highly enough. 5 huge stars!!
DorisB More than 1 year ago
Kudos to an author that is not afraid to touch on a subject that hasn’t been mentioned much in a long time. I was so glad to finally get my hands on Ash’s story and wasn’t let down one bit. The night of meeting Fanny Bay backstage at an awards show Ash was about to receive the biggest and most challenging news he was ever going to face. Fanny Bay was a pretty and very talented singer who just happened to be up against the Dirty Dogs for an award. She was a huge fan of the Dirt Dogs even though she was a talent in her own right. Ash wasn’t the only one at a crossroads because Fanny Bay was reassessing her life as well. Since they had this connection Ash asked Fanny Bay to meet him at a coffee shop. There was one little problem though…Fanny Bay showed but Ash couldn’t even be reached on his phone after she left a few texts to see if she had the time and place right. A couple of years later life had changed drastically for these two and Fanny Bay had never forgotten about Ash only now she was running from so much; including Ash. After Ash received his life altering news the Dirt Dogs retired and Ash and Linc are now running a label together. At this point in his life Ash was cut off from the entertainment world as much as he could be and kept his friends and family at arm’s length. Would Ash ever be able to track the down the homeless Lakers Girl or would Fanny Bay and her sister, Hollie make it across the border before anyone recognized either of them? A lot was on the line for everyone and secrets would come out and lives would be changed. I received this book as an ARC for a freely given and honest review.
kahea46 More than 1 year ago
***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 a 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! ~ Copy provided by the author & voluntarily reviewed ~
3MnMs More than 1 year ago
"...I am a sum of my parts and a product of my past. You know all the truth of it now. That kiss was the only untainted part of me I had left to give you." ~ Ash Loved Oceanside from the first word till the last. I did not want Ash and Fanny to end. The love that the share for each other and their friends is beautiful. Cannot wait to read Hollie's story.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**I received an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review** I am a newbie to Michelle Mankin books, but I'm so glad that I have discovered her! While Oceanside is the third book in the Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances series, it can be read as a standalone. I am definitely going to have to go back and read the others in this series and other books/series by the author. This book was so different from any that I have read and I mean that in the best way possible. I read a lot, I mean a lot, and I can honestly say that I have never encountered a book with this storyline. It was unique and heartfelt and a breath of fresh air. It kept me engaged and I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen with these people. Both Ashland Keys and Fanny Bay are fighting their own demons and are extremely strong characters. They are dynamic and accomplished in their own right and while things haven't been easy for them as individuals, they continue to push forward. The two met briefly a few years before and there was a definite attraction. However circumstances kept them apart and it isn't until a few years later that they find one another again. They both have walls so high that need to come down and they may be the only ones who can accomplish it for the other. So much happens in this book, both good and bad, but in the end for me this is a book about hope. No matter the situation you find yourself in, there is always something, or someone, that is going to be the light at the end of your tunnel. I don't want to say much more because I want the story to unfold for you like it did for me. This is definitely a book to take a chance on, especially if you enjoy unique and beautiful stories. Kudos to Michelle Mankin for an outstanding story!