When he won his first World Title at eighteen, they said he d be the greatest professional surfer to ever compete Fourteen years later, Dean DeBaz Bazner is inching towards retirement having never clinched another Title This year he s pushing limits to prove his beginning wasn t a fluke, and it s working Until she comes along You don t have to know anything about surfing for it to change your life Travel writer, Azure Thomas, can attest to that She was navigating the changing world of freelance journalism when she took this gig She wasn t prepared for a man that connects to her profound loss and sacrifices everything, except his soul, to live his dream He s than a hot magazine cover, and surfing is than a hobby The dangerous diversion, in and out of the water, forces Dean to accept there s missing from his life than another trophyAmongst tropical breezes, in the most beautiful locations on earth, CHASING SWELLS is an absorbing journey about riding the waves of life, overcoming childhood loss, and letting go of the mistakes that barricade us from our potential


10 thoughts on “Chasing Swells

  1. Jen Jen says:

    This was such a pleasure What a surprise I m frequently asked to review audiobooks that have been self published by authors who choose their own narrators More often than not, it s either mediocre or a complete disaster But this book was just delightful, a great story and great narrator to boot.I learned a lot about surfing I had no idea all the stuff that goes into it I also liked the slow burn romance, taking it s time to settle into itself The characters all of them were a lot of f This was such a pleasure What a surprise I m frequently asked to review audiobooks that have been self published by authors who choose their own narrators More often than not, it s either mediocre or a complete disaster But this book was just delightful, a great story and great narrator to boot.I learned a lot about surfing I had no idea all the stuff that goes into it I also liked the slow burn romance, taking it s time to settle into itself The characters all of them were a lot of fun The story moved along nicely and I felt like I was right there in balmy Bali, cool, damp Oregon and sunny San Diego Actually it would have been nice to have stayed in BaliMatt Haynes was an excellent choice to narrate this story He had just enough range to distinguish each voice and his use of accents was spot on I think his narration made the story even better.Goulden has renewed my faith in self published books and author published audiobooks This was definitely a winner


  2. Shasta Mosley /Cherry0Blossom Shasta Mosley /Cherry0Blossom says:

    Reviewed for Hooked on Books Cherry0Blossoms PromotionsI was unsure of what I would find when I started reading Chasing Swells by A.L Goulden, since this is the first book that I have read by her By can I just say that this is not my last The author brought the life of the story out so amazingly in the places that the characters visited that I thought I was there right along with them And isn t that the whole point when we read is to capture us and let us be a part of the imagery as well Reviewed for Hooked on Books Cherry0Blossoms PromotionsI was unsure of what I would find when I started reading Chasing Swells by A.L Goulden, since this is the first book that I have read by her By can I just say that this is not my last The author brought the life of the story out so amazingly in the places that the characters visited that I thought I was there right along with them And isn t that the whole point when we read is to capture us and let us be a part of the imagery as well To be a story about surfing I was a little skeptical, I m not going to lie I don t know anything about it although I wish I could do it, but this author has combined a great love story with surfing and it works so well Dean DeBaz Bazner is living the life of a professional surfer, traveling all around the world to exotic places, having tons of fans, and making money Anyone would think he would be the happiest man in the world with his job, but he going through the motions of life and he is not going to be happy until he back on top with that championship again The only thing that makes him take pause is when he meets travel reporter Azure Thomas, and after coming out of a bad break up Dean is unsure if he wants to get anywhere near her, but when sparks fly between them there is no denying the chemistry they have The question remains will she be the one that he has been looking for that changes everything for him, or will she be just a distraction from his goal to recapture that championship Azure Thomas has been given the chance she has waited for to further her career and make it even bigger with Travel World Magazine, but there is a catch She has to follow a professional surfer and write an article about a sport that she knows nothing about Azure has a plan though, she can do a little research about Dean Bazner online before she gets to Fiji, just so when she meets everyone she will seem to know a little about the sport, write her article and move on to the last leg of the journey with them and leave What she doesn t expect is what she finds when she gets there is the connections she feels towards Dean and his crew or family iflike it And family is something that she hasn t had in a very long time But there is something about Dean that pulls her in and even though she tries to fight it she is unable to She knows that this job is what will catapult her career into something bigger, but with what she is feeling towards this man could it be something good or will her fears cause her to push him away


  3. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Review of Chasing Swells by A.L GouldenReview done for Hooked on Books CherryOBlossom Promotions4 out of 5 starsAzure Thomas doesn t know the first thing about surfing She has to learn quickly when she is assigned to cover surfer Dean Debaz Bazner for the magazine she works for It is supposed to focus on travel but theshe learns about surfing, theshe wants to change the focus.Azure is immediately attracted to Dean He is gorgeous and smart, everything she wants in a man, but Review of Chasing Swells by A.L GouldenReview done for Hooked on Books CherryOBlossom Promotions4 out of 5 starsAzure Thomas doesn t know the first thing about surfing She has to learn quickly when she is assigned to cover surfer Dean Debaz Bazner for the magazine she works for It is supposed to focus on travel but theshe learns about surfing, theshe wants to change the focus.Azure is immediately attracted to Dean He is gorgeous and smart, everything she wants in a man, but he is also too aloof He is not a for sure in her books Plus she has to keep her focus on writing the article getting involved could be a disaster for her career.Dean has surfing in his blood His father taught him everything he knows unfortunately he passed way before he could see Dean s success Surfing has always been Dean s passion and number 1 priority When he meets Azure, there is something about her that throws him for a loop She is beautiful, smart, and sassy and Dean can t help but want to spendtime with her.Both Dean and Azure have demons from their past that keep them from letting go of their heart Their attraction to each other is stronger than they have ever felt before They are perfect together They now must decide if they can commit to making this relationship work.I loved this sweet, romantic love story The author did an amazing job with the details of the surfing world while also letting the reader get swept away with Dean and Azure s love story I loved both characters immensely and the story flowed beautifully.I definitely recommend this book to read


  4. CHERRY0BLOSSOMS CHERRY0BLOSSOMS says:

    I was unsure of what I would find when I started reading Chasing Swells by A.L Goulden, since this is the first book that I have read by her By can I just say that this is not my last The author brought the life of the story out so amazingly in the places that the characters visited that I thought I was there right along with them And isn t that the whole point when we read is to capture us and let us be a part of the imagery as well To be a story about surfing I was a little skeptical, I m I was unsure of what I would find when I started reading Chasing Swells by A.L Goulden, since this is the first book that I have read by her By can I just say that this is not my last The author brought the life of the story out so amazingly in the places that the characters visited that I thought I was there right along with them And isn t that the whole point when we read is to capture us and let us be a part of the imagery as well To be a story about surfing I was a little skeptical, I m not going to lie I don t know anything about it although I wish I could do it, but this author has combined a great love story with surfing and it works so well Dean DeBaz Bazner is living the life of a professional surfer, traveling all around the world to exotic places, having tons of fans, and making money Anyone would think he would be the happiest man in the world with his job, but he going through the motions of life and he is not going to be happy until he back on top with that championship again The only thing that makes him take pause is when he meets travel reporter Azure Thomas, and after coming out of a bad break up Dean is unsure if he wants to get anywhere near her, but when sparks fly between them there is no denying the chemistry they have The question remains will she be the one that he has been looking for that changes everything for him, or will she be just a distraction from his goal to recapture that championship Azure Thomas has been given the chance she has waited for to further her career and make it even bigger with Travel World Magazine, but there is a catch She has to follow a professional surfer and write an article about a sport that she knows nothing about Azure has a plan though, she can do a little research about Dean Bazner online before she gets to Fiji, just so when she meets everyone she will seem to know a little about the sport, write her article and move on to the last leg of the journey with them and leave What she doesn t expect is what she finds when she gets there is the connections she feels towards Dean and his crew or family iflike it And family is something that she hasn t had in a very long time But there is something about Dean that pulls her in and even though she tries to fight it she is unable to She knows that this job is what will catapult her career into something bigger, but with what she is feeling towards this man could it be something good or will her fears cause her to push him away


  5. D D says:

    This was my first time reading something of A.L Goulden s and I would definitely put her on my TBR list again What the story didn t have in sexy heat definitely had it in layers of emotional storyline I loved the relationships that were deep and real between Dean and his surfing crew as well as the one that built with a slow burn between Dean and Azure The author did a great job of weaving the technical surfing jargon and aspects into the story and it lent itself to portraying surfing as the This was my first time reading something of A.L Goulden s and I would definitely put her on my TBR list again What the story didn t have in sexy heat definitely had it in layers of emotional storyline I loved the relationships that were deep and real between Dean and his surfing crew as well as the one that built with a slow burn between Dean and Azure The author did a great job of weaving the technical surfing jargon and aspects into the story and it lent itself to portraying surfing as the very real and intense sport that it is it s not just about a bunch of tanned hotties who speak like dolts In fact, this was probably what I loved about the story the most showing the intellect and sincerity of the sport.There were some spots in the story I felt read a little slow but overall the flow was good and the story was well developed.As mentioned before Chasing Swells was a slow burn It fit the story perfectly and the build up of the Dean and Azure s relationship perfect There were some beautiful and heartfelt moments that pulled at the heartstrings.I need the second instalment to this story as 1 I wantof Dean and Azure and 2 I felt that the ending was a little stunted and missing something I actually looked for another page It could beof a case that the ending was a bit rushed.Nonetheless, I enjoyed Chasing Swells and feel it is definitely worth the time to read.D 3.5 5


  6. Rosie Rosie says:

    Chasing Swells is a romance novel written by A.L Goulden After teasing his father, Randy, about being able to catchswells, Dean Bazner sits on his surfboard, relaxing as his father tries to catch up Years later, while on his way to Fiji a stopover to Bali , Dean is advised that a writer will be joining him in order to write about his travels as a surfer Nonplussed, Dean hopes the guy that they assign to the job keeps out of his way so he can train and compete in peace When freelance Chasing Swells is a romance novel written by A.L Goulden After teasing his father, Randy, about being able to catchswells, Dean Bazner sits on his surfboard, relaxing as his father tries to catch up Years later, while on his way to Fiji a stopover to Bali , Dean is advised that a writer will be joining him in order to write about his travels as a surfer Nonplussed, Dean hopes the guy that they assign to the job keeps out of his way so he can train and compete in peace When freelance reporter, Azure Thomas, arrives on the island, excited about having been chosen to write the travelling experience of the famous surfer but after encountering some surfers during the initial journey to Fiji, is less than impressed by their display of immaturity The chemistry between Dean and Azure is electric from the moment they lay eyes on one another, but both maintain their cool exteriors in the name of professionalism They soon realize that they share similar tragic pasts in the loss of their families so young, and feel an unexplained need to protect each other from any unexpected curve balls that life throws their way While their inner voice keeps telling them both how much they need to distance themselves from each other, their attraction growsand , making it hard to keep their focus on their careers, which had originally brought them together in the first place.This is certainly one of the most fun and realistic romance novels I have ever read Getting inside the head of both of the main characters throughout the story made it very easy to relate to and engage with them both A.L Goulden s use of coarse language at exactly the right moments and in the right doses adds to the realism of this wonderfully romantic and often hilarious tale of two adults who are in high profile careers and are used to others gushing over them, but who are determined to appear uninterested in each other, thetheir feelings grow Having a writer who knows nothing at all about the sport of the celebrity she has been sent to write about creates an innocence all of its own, especially since the only knowledge that the writer has prior to her arrival on the island is a few hours of Googling I found myself smiling throughout most of this book, seeing a shy little boy and a modest young girl get to know each other in such a beautiful setting while overcoming past relationships which have left them both scarred I very much enjoyed reading this book and recommend Chasing Swells to all those who love action, adventure, drama, jealousy and humor tucked into the perfect romantic tale Rosie Malezer for Readers Favorite


  7. J. Magnus J. Magnus says:

    Chasing Swells is a contemporary sports romance written by A.L Goulden Azure knew absolutely nothing about surfing or the type of life a professional surfer would live, but she was excited about her upcoming assignment to cover Dean Bazner, a surfing legend She was a fairly new freelance writer with Travel World West, and normally this type of assignment would have gone to aexperienced writer, but Marie, who had gotten the assignment, was suddenly unavailable and the job had gone to Azu Chasing Swells is a contemporary sports romance written by A.L Goulden Azure knew absolutely nothing about surfing or the type of life a professional surfer would live, but she was excited about her upcoming assignment to cover Dean Bazner, a surfing legend She was a fairly new freelance writer with Travel World West, and normally this type of assignment would have gone to aexperienced writer, but Marie, who had gotten the assignment, was suddenly unavailable and the job had gone to Azure Azure loved the idea of freelance travel writing She was adept at packing light and at a moment s notice, and, after her last unsatisfactory relationship, she enjoyed the freewheeling and unattached lifestyle that went with the position While she was covering Dean s event in Bali, his team was currently in Fiji where she would be meeting up with them The island of Tavarua, where they were staying, enchanted her She was treated like family by the Fijians she came in contact with and the Treehouse accommodations were way beyond her expectations And Dean, well, Dean was another matter entirely She didn t like the idea of being a fan girl or hanger on at all, but there was something about him that she found hard to resist.A.L Goulden s contemporary sports romance, Chasing Swells, blends surfing, travel to exotic locales, and the stories of two independent and scarred people who might just be the best thing that ever happened to each other that is, if they can get past the baggage and the glitz of the pro tour circuit I was attracted to this title because of the surfing, the California locations, and those exotic locales, and I wasn t disappointed Goulden makes those heats and competitions come alive you can almost feel the hot, tropical sun and hear the boom of the big waves as they crash down Azure and Dean are marvelous characters and their on again off again would be romance is fun to watch and totally unpredictable Goulden also does a masterful job of creating a supporting cast for her two stars, and, as Azure realizes with a start, the reader can t help but feel as though those people have become like family, at least until the book is finished and then perhaps for a bit longer Heady romance amidst the magic of sand and surf is a winning combination indeed Chasing Swells is highly recommended


  8. Colleen Colleen says:

    DIRTY KNEES REVIEWS CHASING SWELLS by A L GOULDEN5 DIRTY KNEES D s review Ranked third in the world s surfing elite, Dean DeBaz Bazner is living the life traveling the world to exotic locations, chasing the dream of being number one, one wave at a time Living the carefree life Dean thinks he has all changes when he lands eyes on Azure Thomas.Azure is a freelance journalist assigned to cover a three article spread on Dean s travels from Fiji to Bali It was suppose to be a simple assignment DIRTY KNEES REVIEWS CHASING SWELLS by A L GOULDEN5 DIRTY KNEES D s review Ranked third in the world s surfing elite, Dean DeBaz Bazner is living the life traveling the world to exotic locations, chasing the dream of being number one, one wave at a time Living the carefree life Dean thinks he has all changes when he lands eyes on Azure Thomas.Azure is a freelance journalist assigned to cover a three article spread on Dean s travels from Fiji to Bali It was suppose to be a simple assignment until Dean opens her eyes to his way of life She meets the extended family he always travels with on the surfing circuit and the uncomplicated assignment starts to unravel as they treat her as their own.It s a beautiful love story that grows strong when distance and time tries to stand in their way I have always found exotic locations and surfing awe inspiring so when I read the description of this book I did not hesitate to dive in I.LOVED.IT.FROM.PAGE.ONE Everything about it held me captive and wantingThe only one thing I could say I didn t like and this is a stretch is they talked surf lingo in one partTHAT S IT This was my first experience with A.L Goulden and it definitely will not be my last C s Review If you love reading love stories, you will absolutely love this story A L Goulden is a visual writer She took me to the beach with her fluid writing style and vivid descriptions The story is refreshing and kept a steady pace and flow, keeping the characters interesting with their interactions It is such an awesome summer read full of sun, beach and surf While D didn t like the surf lingo, I did I thought it added to the story and brought a sense of realism I knew nothing about this author or her writings before reading Chasing Swells Now I can call myself a fan and follower I highly recommend watching the trailer to Chasing Swells Absolutely amazing We both agree 5 DIRTY KNEES BUY NOWNoble


  9. Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method) Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method) says:

    This is a solid, solid book for a little known author None of her books break the 100 review mark on Goodreads Well written, the world building was thoughtful, and the characters were obviously lovingly developed I will admit to a small dislike for Azure for being written as the male fantasy of a girl who eats whatever she wants but is still like whip thin, but, hey, that s a small quibble


  10. Hooked On Books Hooked On Books says:

    4 out of 5 starsAzure Thomas doesn t know the first thing about surfing She has to learn quickly when she is assigned to cover surfer Dean Debaz Bazner for the magazine she works for It is supposed to focus on travel but theshe learns about surfing, theshe wants to change the focus.Azure is immediately attracted to Dean He is gorgeous and smart, everything she wants in a man, but he is also too aloof He is not a for sure in her books Plus she has to keep her focus on writing 4 out of 5 starsAzure Thomas doesn t know the first thing about surfing She has to learn quickly when she is assigned to cover surfer Dean Debaz Bazner for the magazine she works for It is supposed to focus on travel but theshe learns about surfing, theshe wants to change the focus.Azure is immediately attracted to Dean He is gorgeous and smart, everything she wants in a man, but he is also too aloof He is not a for sure in her books Plus she has to keep her focus on writing the article getting involved could be a disaster for her career.Dean has surfing in his blood His father taught him everything he knows unfortunately he passed way before he could see Dean s success Surfing has always been Dean s passion and number 1 priority When he meets Azure, there is something about her that throws him for a loop She is beautiful, smart, and sassy and Dean can t help but want to spendtime with her.Both Dean and Azure have demons from their past that keep them from letting go of their heart Their attraction to each other is stronger than they have ever felt before They are perfect together They now must decide if they can commit to making this relationship work.I loved this sweet, romantic love story The author did an amazing job with the details of the surfing world while also letting the reader get swept away with Dean and Azure s love story I loved both characters immensely and the story flowed beautifully.I definitely recommend this book to read