Outside (Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances, #1)

Outside (Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances, #1)

by Michelle Mankin

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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?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152193831
Publisher: Michelle Mankin
Publication date: 07/19/2015
Series: Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 32,899
File size: 2 MB

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Outside (Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances, #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JoannaDursi less than 1 minute ago
3.5-3.75 stars I enjoyed OUTSIDE and am looking forward to diving into the rest of the series. I did feel more connected to the hurt in the present than the past. I spent so long waiting to return to the present that once we got there, it was over too soon. I hope we’ll be getting more of Simone and Linc throughout the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story...love these characters...linc should have had to work much harder to get simone back...you made her a pushover
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
This may be my favorite from Mankin yet! She said she loved these characters and it shows in her writing. I love them, too. The way Simone "Mona" and Linc's story is told plays well. It's told in three parts, Present, Past, and Present, and in dual POV. And the way Mankin presents Mona and Linc's backstory was clever. We meet Mona after 15 years have passed following the end of her ill-fated relationship with Linc. She's made a nice life for herself but there's something missing. When Linc shows up on Ocean Beach again, Mona's isn't sure she's ready or even willing to listen to anything he has to say. She'd thought she'd put that part of her life behind her. When we meet Linc, he's grown up. Seeing the difference between his younger self and the man he's become was startling. He's always been a determined man, doing everything in his power to win what he wants. And he's determined to win back the love he stupidly threw away. Reminiscing over photos of that summer, we learn the story of the summer they fell in love. We see the connection these two forge - it's a powerful love. Their relationship was intense and although they were young when they found one another, their love grew organically and I felt it. The Past section also conveyed the very different people Mona and Linc were that summer and that made the contrast with who they are now that much more stark. Their childhoods affected them both significantly and it showed in their personality and actions. Back in the Present, Mona and Linc have to determine if their love is a love that, despite the tempestuous waters they've navigated, will endure. Watching as these two find one another again, grabbing onto the second chance they've been given was awe-inspiring. I happen to believe that things happen for a reason so I like thinking that Mona and Linc had to endure some trials and tribulations to get to a place where they really appreciated what they have. I adore Mankin's style. Her use of many definitions of 'outside' is clever. I appreciated her surfing metaphors. The fact that Mona and Linc are older characters was also a plus. Add all that with the delivery of a second chance love story with rock stars and surfers and you get an incredibly poignant read!
-Lisa-Anthony- More than 1 year ago
Outside is like no other book I have read in that it is about young love and second chances and the story spans 15 yrs! Wow! I was caught up immediately in the beginning of Linc and Simone and how they had not seen or talked in 15 years and yet how even after all this time Simone is still mad and hurt. What happened? The story starts in the present but then goes back to the past where it all began and this is where you will fall in love with the young Linc and Simone and the relationship that grows between the two. The writing is flawless and smooth and the character development is off the charts! Linc and Simone are both so young and have so much to deal with that forces them beyond their love for one another. Both characters struggle with insecurities that can easily make or break any couple. This book was not at all what I expected, it goes beyond a romance and will take you by surprise! I learned a lot about surfing and as I read this book I could feel the sand in my toes and imagine what it was like to crush those waves! A great Beach summer book and 5 big stars! For more indie book reviews: Myindieauthorfix.com
NicoleGarcia More than 1 year ago
I could live Outside!!! I purchased the audio version and absolutely loved it. Here is my review. "Hot, Gut-wrenching, Heartstring Pulling Romance!!!" What made the experience of listening to Outside the most enjoyable? The beautiful writing combined with the amazing narration made this book one of my favorites. What was one of the most memorable moments of Outside? I absolutely loved the song at the end of the book. It had me crying. What does Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book? Kai and Wen are the best narrators I have ever listened to. They have truly spoiled me on other narrators. No one can compare to their amazing and beautiful storytelling. They bring so much emotion to the story it's hard not to feel like you're a part of the story yourself. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? A second chance at love. Any additional comments? I can't say how much I love Michelle Mankin's books. Her writing is beautifully lyrical and Kai and Wen's narration fits perfectly with this story. A match made in heaven.
starznstripes24 More than 1 year ago
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.
BottlesAndBooksReviewsJA More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
mjlovestoread More than 1 year ago
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.