Outside (Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances, #1)by Michelle Mankin
When handsome California surf god Lincoln Savage suddenly rolls into Ocean Beach like a rogue wave, shy beauty Simone Bianchi’s foundation is shaken. No longer under the thumb of her domineering father, she’s made a simple quiet life for herself and her fluffy fourteen pound Havanese pup running a surf shop in her hometown of OB. Long ago she gave up
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When handsome California surf god Lincoln Savage suddenly rolls into Ocean Beach like a rogue wave, shy beauty Simone Bianchi’s foundation is shaken. No longer under the thumb of her domineering father, she’s made a simple quiet life for herself and her fluffy fourteen pound Havanese pup running a surf shop in her hometown of OB. Long ago she gave up her dreams for a future with Linc.
But now the notorious lead singer of the Dirt Dogs has returned, and Simone is reluctant to admit that she’s still vulnerable to his killer dimpled smile and easy charm. She finds that although she’s stowed away the mementos, it hasn’t been as easy to erase the memories of their epic summer love.
It seems he hasn’t forgotten, either.
Is the recording contract he’s offering merely a pretense?
Or does he have something more in mind?
Does he really believe that they can just pick up where they left off, despite all the bad luck and heartache?
And is she willing to risk everything again for one last chance at love?
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Michelle did a fabulous job of telling the story how Lincoln and Simone met and came together. I'm a fan of insta love, and this aspect was well written and done right. The story starts out at present day with the couple apart and living separate lives. Linc comes back to see Simone and wants to win her back. These two are truly fated for each other and are two halves of one whole. Unfortunately, events from their past and naivete of youth prevented their relationship from sustaining and actually tore them apart in their first go around. The book then transports you in time to the year 2000 to chronicle their relationship and the launch of the band. We meet all the friends and get a feel for the relationships surrounding the secondary characters as well. Once the relationship is over between Simone and Linc in 2000, we are brought back to present day and their second chance at love. What I loved about this is that we didn't get snippets about their past while reading in present day but rather an entire portion of the book detailing their young relationship from beginning to end. What I didn't like about it...the exact same thing. I know, I can't have it both ways. But I really wanted it. Seeing as this is about second chances, I was hoping for more present day events and maybe discussing the good and bad times from 15 years prior. For me, the section of the year 2000 was a little too long with not quite enough emphasis on who they were as adults in the present day. This is a good read with likable characters. I can't really pinpoint what the exact "more" is that I was looking for to make this a great read for my which is why I have to rate it in the middle of the scale for me.
SIMONE had thought she had found her true love fifteen years ago, but then Lincoln followed his dreams and left her behind and broken-hearted. Now she's out of her father's ruling fist and owns her own surf shop while living a quiet life. That is until Lincoln comes back into it. LINCOLN knows he made a mistake when he broke Simone's heart and left her behind, but a part of him always hoped she would still be waiting for him when he finally came home. Now he's home and offering her a recording contract, but is there more to his offer? OUTSIDE is a beautiful written, poignant, and lyrical book about life, love, happiness and most of all second chances. Michelle Mankin touches you with her heartfelt words as Simone and Lincoln both bury themselves into your hearts. There were times I wanted to hate Lincoln, smack him even, but despite those moments I still genuinely liked his character and felt his emotions. I connected with Simone so much and loved her character. Simone and Lincoln's story is touching and one that you won't forget anytime soon. WHAT I LOVED ABOUT OUTSIDE: -The cover! Um, hello, have you seen the beauty that is this cover? It screams summer, beach, and romance! I love the colors the designer used. -The formatting. Julie Titus of JT Formatting does a wonderful job. I love the ocean chapter header on each chapter. -The characters. Simone and Lincoln are characters that you can relate to and fall in love with. Simone and Lincoln are both have personalities that you can connect with and you can feel each ones emotions. -The plot. I am a sucker for a second chance romance, surfers, and rock stars. Mankin literally made my year by combining all my favorite loves into one book. -The authors writing style - I have NOT read a book by Mankin before *gasp!* and let me tell you, I'm sorry that I hadn't discovered this author sooner. I love her writing style and the emotions she invokes within me as a reader. Her descriptions of Ocean Beach made it seem as if I was there and I felt each characters emotions clearly and genuinely. OUTSIDE is the perfect book for summer. Surf, sand, and romance, what else could you want? FIVE STARS!!
Beautifully Turbulent Journey "You're wrong. I haven't forgotten. I can't forget any of it." Outside is a powerfully turbulent journey for a young couple whose immediate and devastating attraction and love for one another burns hot, but eventually tumbles into the depths. Their past hurts and the damage they carry creates a situation in which neither is ready to open one's self completely to the other. After 15 years apart, can the two finally open their hearts fully to one another? Will they find their second chance? Or will the past events and betrayal be too much to bring these two together? I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest review
As one of my go-to authors, Michelle Mankin continues to deliver books that warm my heart and make me smile. She has the ability to take a second chance love story and give it the freshness that I seek. Successfully combining the exhilarating world of surfing with the sexiness of Rock and Roll: Outside is every reader's dream come true! Simone Bianchi thought she had found forever love with Lincoln Savage. But that was 15 years ago and since then, her life has been quiet with her constant companion Chulo and her surf shop in her beloved Ocean Beach to fill her days. And now Linc is back and he wants nothing more than to claim his 'Mona' once again. Under a ruse to have her sign papers to work together on a song they co-wrote all those years ago, Linc will stop at nothing to convince Mona that they have another chance. Oh my. This book is just so beautiful. The way the author describes the sights and sounds of Ocean Beach, you can almost smell the breeze coming off the water. We get both the past and present lives of our couple and watch as the love they thought was meant to be as young lovers, get decimated by some rash decisions and foolish words. I love the way Lincoln is so sure of himself. His passion, his want, his need for his woman was off the charts moving. Getting the more mature and self-assured Lincoln is just what Mona needs. It's all we can do to hope that she sees how he truly is her HEA and the missing piece to the broken puzzle she has remained all these years later. With wonderful secondary characters in Karen and Ash and even a lovestruck Patrick, this book has it all. The author even touches upon the sometimes tragic consequences of a rock and roll life which gives this story the realism she is known for. This is a love story that is truly touching. I devoured every page and then went back and read it again. I'm hopeful that some loose ends that intrigued me in this story will be explored further in future books in the series. This is a great crew that you will fall hard for, just as I did. A huge 5++ stars.