Chasing Swells

A.L. Goulden
Chasing Swells
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A.L. Goulden
Release Date
June 2016
Book 1 of Chasing Swells
Contemporary Romance

Dean "DeBaz" Bazner is a Professional Surfer, private about his past and quiet about his future. Like any famous professional athlete he's got the talent and sponsors, but he hasn't clinched a World Title since his rookie year. Now in his thirties, with a career clock ticking, he's pushing his limits to get to number one again. When a travel writer named Azure Thomas is assigned to observe his journey between events, what seems like a dangerous diversion, both in and out of the water, forces him to accept that there's more missing from his life than another trophy.

She doesn't know anything about surfing. She doesn't drool over his celebrity. And she sure as hell doesn't ask others to haul her crap around. Azure Thomas has been taking care of herself for most of her thirty years, and this is just another assignment in the changing world of freelance journalism. What she doesn't expect is an athlete who relates to her profound loss and has sacrificed everything except his soul to get to the top of his sport. Dean is more than the hot surfer splashed across magazines and surfing is more than a hobby. Is it possible that what she can't live without is chasing the next big swell?

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Aug 07, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
113 people found the following review helpful
Get your board shorts on, slap on some sunscreen, and get ready. Surfs up in A.L. Goulden's CHASING SWELLS and we are in for a wet ride. Dean Bazner is a California surfer running the circuit with his teammates. It's been close to a decade since he's been number one and the big fear is that his wins as a youth were nothing more than a bit of good luck.

Azure Thomas is a freelance writer who lucked into this writing gig because, well, everyone else was either unavailable or turned it down. Determined to make a name for herself, she makes the trek despite knowing absolutely nothing about surfing.

Likes: The way Dean sees her. When she first arrives, "The way she genuinely listens and reacts to everything is intoxicating to watch. She doesn't carry herself like a beach bunny, but her skin is just as golden. Her long brown hair isn't being twirled or tossed by a nervous hand, it just flows naturally, never shaking her poise…. This woman in yellow is different. She doesn't need to be patronized or complimented, and her laugh is so unguarded and full." Now, you know right now that he is well and fully smitten, which may not be a good thing. He does need to concentrate AND win.

Other likes: Their respective pasts, which seems to haunt them yet makes them all the better for the people they've become. The overall relationship building (see other comment regarding secondary characters) does a bang up job of story building.

Against the backdrop of surfing, this is a fun romance that blossoms slowly, building as the story unfolds. The small details like the charity work and various foundations as well as the different locales add dimension to the story. The various secondary characters help to bring out what's great about both Dean and Azure and the finale, which takes place in my hometown, is all the more memorable leaving me with a large contented sigh. You don't have to like sports or specifically surfing to enjoy this story. It's a sweet romance with its happily ever after.
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