Rock star Ramon Martinez can have any woman he wants, and he frequently does because he can’t have her.
My band mate's wife
The one woman I can't have.
The one woman who could have my heart though I can never let her know.
I wanted him back at the beginning, but he didn’t want me.
So I made the safe choice.
The wrong one.
We were once friends.
Now we’re not even that.
But we’re both back in Ocean Beach and that dangerous attraction remains.
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I'm a sucker for a second chance and in Riptide, the second chance allowed for Karen and Ramon was equally heartwarming and bittersweet because of all the reasons it came about. These two - their lives together and apart filled with so many "what if's". If only Karen had waited, or chosen more wisely. If only Ramon had behaved differently or fought for what he wanted from the beginning. But maybe things happened the way they did for a reason. Both Karen and Ramon had things to learn - about themselves, about each other, and about the nature of love. I wish their path hadn't been so rocky or painful and full of loss, but it seems that was the path they were meant to take. See, Karen married Ramon's best friend and band mate, Dominic. But things went awry when he joined the military after 9/11. Ramon was there to support her during Dominic's long absences - and yes, a case could be made that she cheated - if only emotionally - but I'd argue that Dominic cheated too - again, emotionally - with his brothers in the Marines. However, there'd always been a flame between Karen and Ramon - they just wouldn't admit it or act on it. And apparently, it was a flame that wouldn't die. There were lots of events and years in the making of this romance. Many misunderstandings and hurt feelings. And like I said, a lot of maturing. I felt Ramon's growth more acutely than Karen's, however. The changes he made were visible even if Karen couldn't see them. Karen...in the end, she got there but her insecurities about Ramon's feelings and her desire to become what he wanted - what Dominic wanted as well - made me sad. She couldn't see her own worth and want to be loved or accept love based on that. When she arrived though, that was a thing of beauty. There was also a lot of back and forth because neither would admit their feelings or misunderstood when feelings were mentioned. This frustrated me a little because they were friends first and foremost so I felt they should've been able to be honest with one another. But then the history they shared explained the reluctance, especially Karen's - so... They'd been though so much together, shared everything with each other, except for their true feelings. I enjoyed the camaraderie between Simone and Karen, and Ash and Ramon. I hope that continues in the series. And I also appreciated the tough topics Mankin tackled - being a soldier's wife as well as Alzheimer's. I've not experienced military life myself but what Karen went through both with Dominic's continual re-enlistments and his long absences without his discussing his decisions or life overseas, felt very realistic. I felt her fear and hurt and understood her feelings. Dealing with a parent having Alzheimer's - the good days and the bad days - felt realistic as well. Overall, I was enthralled with Karen and Ramon's story. The format, both the dual POV as well as the insertion of the past between present, worked very well. Getting to see where Karen and Ramon were currently and then seeing the progression of the friendship as well as when, how and why the feelings between them developed over the years they've known each other, added the depth and complexity that made this romance rock solid. And Mankin's prose, her description of both the physical and emotional, beautifully conveyed a story where we learn it's never too late to reach for your dream.
I was lucky enough to read this as a ARC and am so excited for this book to be released! This book! So much relationship tension-- never before have I read a book where i wanted a couple to be together so much! Book to be released Feb 21st! full review to come! Ripetide nearly ripped my heart out!! Wow this book! So much drama that it wretched me! From the very first encounter between Ramon and Karen you will actually feel the strong chemistry. These two are so sexy, and steamy--the connection...the sexual banter. Wow! Never before have two people been so meant to be together. You must read this book and experience the rush. This book will keep you on edge and you won't be able to put it down! 5 stars!!!!! Sometimes the only way forward is to go back. #riptide Rock star Ramon Martinez can have any woman he wants, and he frequently does because he can’t have her. Karen Grayson Surfer girl. My band mate's wife The one woman I can't have. The one woman who could have my heart though I can never let her know. Ramon Martinez Romeo Completely forbidden. I wanted him back at the beginning, but he didn’t want me. So I made the safe choice. The wrong one. We were once friends. Now we’re not even that. But we’re both back in Ocean Beach and that dangerous attraction remains.
Michelle Mankin has done it again. She has taken my heart and knocked it around a bit. But always in the very best way because when I read the very last words of Riptide, my heart was beating soundly and very very happy! What an adventure. Told in both Karen and Ramon's POV, this is the story of two souls, both wrecked by the loss of a husband and best friend and the journey they take into each other's arms. These two have had a mutual attraction for years, but chose to be friends. Karen and Ramon have danced around each other with lust, with hate but always underneath there is a love. One they are both so fearful to acknowledge. We get the present, as Karen and Ramon see each other again. But what adds to this book is that we get the past. We see when our couple meet, how they both love Dominic, Ramon's bandmate in the Dirt Dogs. How Karen becomes his wife. How Ramon makes her hate him. How they become best friends. We get every damn emotion tenfold and I loved every minute! The author painstakingly takes us on a ride that will no doubt drive you crazy more than once. To watch as the Dirt Dogs find fame but without their bassist. To see how Karen survives being a military wife. Her guilt at wanting to be home in Cali, trying her best to make life on the East Coast bearable. I adored her time as Ramon's best friend. The man looking out for his bestie's wife while he is deployed. Mankin doesn't leave any stone unturned and you get the WHOLE story, not just infrequent flashbacks. I often wondered if Ramon and Karen, clearly meant to be, could ever find their happiness. The author does not make it easy I will tell you that. Even when it's now the present and the road is somewhat clear for them to be together, both characters have their doubts, not wanting to soil the memory of a man now gone from their lives. They play a game of push and pull and I honestly wanted to scream at both of them and often to just please say what was in their hearts. Thankfully the very bumpy excursion that is Riptide has a satisfying conclusion and here I sit wanting more from this fantastic crew of characters. We get to catch up with the entire group, first introduced in Outside and with some still unanswered questions I'm hopeful for at least one more book. Michelle Mankin is a go-to author for me and she has made this girl very happy once again. Surfers and rockers, what else could you possibly ask for? A total win-win without question. 5 solid stars!
You can never go wrong with a rock romance by Michelle Mankin and Riptide gave me everything I’ve come to expect from her and more. What do you do when there is a girl you really like and would like to see where it goes but before you can act on it your best friend and bandmate tells you he wants her? That is the story of Ramon, Dominic and Karen. They were kids from Ocean Beach, California who loved to surf and the group of guys was on the cusp of making it big as a rock band. Even though Ramon stepped aside for his friend he never got over his feelings for Karen. Karen was sure that the sparks that she felt with Ramon were something they could act on but Ramon pulled back on anything other than friendship so then Karen then fell for Dominic. He was the more stable and sensible of the two. All the sex and drugs that came along with a rock band had now landed on the Dirt Dogs doorstep and Ramon along with the rest of the guys in the band took full advantage of it; that is everyone but Dominic. He stayed true to Karen while Ramon wasn’t afraid of hiding his sexual adventures with all the women in front of Karen. What comes from 15 years of a love triangle when friendships are involved and life happens? Dominic ends up taking a different path than the rock life with the Dirt Dogs and he has Karen along for the ride…it was just a ride that she did not sign up for. Dominic does ask Ramon to look after Karen when he leaves but Dominic had no idea the extent Ramon would go to keep his watchful eye on Karen. Will that strong chemistry between Ramon and Karen prove to be too much for either of them to deny? This was a great rock romance that showed you the seedier side of a rock band and all the pitfalls that come with it. It also gave you one hell of a romance that made your heart break at times and wasn’t afraid to throw surprises at you once you think you had it all figured out. It also taught you how not to let words go unsaid…love is worth the risk. This book was provided as an ARC from NetGalley for a freely given and honest review.