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(Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  481 ratings  ·  126 reviews
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 futur ...more
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published July 19th 2015 (first published July 18th 2015)
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Outside
Author – Michelle Mankin
Publication Date – July 19, 2015
Genre – Romance
Type – Stand Alone (but would love books for the other band members)
Cliffhanger – No
Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
I can’t even express the full emotions this book brought out in me. As always, Ms. Mankin’s writing is flawless – she has the ability to keep the words flowing smoothly where you aren’t stumblin
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoy a well written second chance contemporary romance. The good ones run you through all of the emotional highs and lows of a love story, usually twice, past and present, then after you have been run through an emotional tornado, leave you completely satisfied with the HEA of your hero and heroine at the end. Add the serious surfing scene on the California coast and the temptations of rock-and-roll stardom, you have OUTS
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the past I have received ARC’s for some of Michelle’s books and I really liked her style of writing and the storylines are always very interesting. This one I just saw and did on my own & I am glad I did.

Simone is a GREAT character. She is sweet and independent and I just thought she was perfect.

Lincoln is beautifully flawed and sexy. The two of them had great chemistry.

I liked how we started out in present day & then went back in time for the whole middle part of the book and then
Big Joe  Rossi
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Sorry but wasnt a fan of OUTSIDE. It was slow, flat, level with nothing that snagged my attention. Lincoln is a rock star surfer who is back in town 15 yrs after he broke the heart of Simone. There romance was a few weeks long but yet they still havent moved on.

The book starts in the present, then we go to the past and see the reason why he breaks her heart and then to the conclusion of his attempts to win her back.

Personally, again this is only my opinion, but the characters were lame, I am so
Ever want to hear an audio duo sing?
Grab this audio.

listen to the whole thing.
Get to the end.

Hear the singing.

So, I've been a fan of Kai and Wen for what feels like forever at this point. They nail the characters every single time. They nail the emotions and the chemistry and the voices. They do not disappoint in this book.

Linc and Moana. Well, this is one story I wasn't expecting. Second chances are a favorite of mine.
And this is one epic second chance.

It's been fifteen years since Moan
Jun 01, 2015 added it
Shelves: arc, dnf
☆ I received an ARC via TRSOR PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

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Although the rock-star/surfer life (Lincoln), seemed glamorous to Simone, it was detrimental to her and destroyed every dream she had. It didn't seem fair that Lincoln got to live all of his dreams while disappointing Simone in every way possible. Is it possible that a 15 year separation can give them a new start on their bumpy journey to true love?
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good rock star read-before the fame, mostly. Good romance, although second chance with fifteen years in between seemed like a really long time to have not moved on, especially on the part of Simone. But I did enjoy the read! 4 stars!
Gemma Weir
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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Outside is the first book I have read by Michelle Mankin I was gifted a copy of the book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.

Ok so I’ve just finished Outside and honestly my first thought was


Followed by shortly by


This book is ultimately a very sweet second chance love story but honestly I wanted to knock the lead characters heads together!!!

This book starts in present day
Lisa Anthony
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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?
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
I received a copy of this for an honest review.

I loved this story, I really did. It sucked me in and I rode that wave all the way to shore. I thought it was a really good story line. I liked the way that it is in three parts - Present, Past and Present.It ties everything together well, unlike some books which can become confusing when the jump back and forth, this worked perfectly.

I liked all the characters, they were very real and I felt their happiness and pain as I read along. I fell in love
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
Three Stars

Good story. Kept me engaged, but some parts of the story felt off. The fifteen year gap was definitely one of them and the way the story was told. It started with the present, but then it geared back to the past which was the majority of the book. Then of course the conclusion. The reason for their break up was anti-climactic especially since the Hero claimed to love the heroine then when she didn't do what he wanted, goes off and does something stupid.
Cyndi Becker
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!

Outside (Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances #1) the first in Michelle Mankins’ latest series and happens to also be my first Michelle Mankins read. I happy to say that I am mightily impressed. This second chance love story is set in a beachside community in California featuring a surfer/rock star Lincoln Savage and Simone “Mona” Bianchi, a surf shop owner/college student. The job descriptions reflect the characters in their past and present as that corresponds with how this story is
Heather / Obsessed With Myshelf
The love in this book is intense, taking you through soaring highs and crumbling lows.

You need to know that most of this story occurs in a flashback. I wasn’t totally prepared for that turn of events, so it took me a little offguard. Regardless, the story flows well and I really enjoyed the characters. Linc’s an up and coming surfer and seeming playboy, while Simone is a good kid who is really just trying to keep her head down and get through college without pissing off her dad.

From the moment t
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I had read by Michelle Mankin and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I have a big love for books with sexy rock stars, throw in the location most of the book is set in, at the ocean, and I will admit that I have an obsession with surfers. So this was the perfect trifecta for me.

This is a story of true love and soul mates. This story starts in the present when Linc Savage returns to Mona's hometown after 15 long years. She's very leery of why he's back and immediately puts her guard
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books
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 compani
Small Adventures, Full Hearts
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I mean what more do you need than Hot surfer, hot Rock star, and a killer second chance romance.

I think Mona and Linc had some crazy chemistry. You could tell from page one that this couple was special. They were soul mates. Even though it took years and major heartache to get these two to the right place. There was no denying they were meant to be.

I loved loved Mona.. Despite everything she went through I loved how her character was strong, smart and continued to ha
Nicole Garcia
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I could live Outside!!

I purchased the audio version of this book and absolutely loved it.

"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 e
Amy Neighbors Senethavilay
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing

"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 completely 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 cha
Carey Sabala
Jun 04, 2016 rated it did not like it! I started this book with high hopes, even liking it but then it flashed back to the past and I'm supposed to buy that the two had this intense connection after just weeks together then flash forward to 15 years later and the hero throws everything away to get the girl back and she's been waiting for him. Yep don't buy it and the chemistry felt forced as well as all the beach themed analogies "I only want you on my board". Ugggggggg is it over yet???? I don't think my eyes can roll ...more
Tracy Lundy-Munn
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Michelle Mankin and Outside is just another example of why!! This book was the first in the Rockstars, Surf and Second Chances series and it was absolutely fabulous. The storyline was solid and had tons of twists and turns that had me hooked from beginning to end. The characters were well thought out and had amazing chemistry. Looking forward to more books in this series and more by Michelle!!
Teresa Lara
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Linc and Mona grabbed my heart
Cant wait for more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was ok

All reviews I read are very positive. Not my kind of book. The characters dialog is childish. They break up and he spend 15 years away making a great life, while she stayed apparently living with his memories. When he returns it takes very little before she’s back to loving him. Who cares he lived a great life with plenty of woman. But they only wanted to sleep with a star, so after 15 years he got tired of it and went looking for her. I’m not reading the rest of the books in this series. I g
Three Chicks
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Review by Lisa Kane

"Outside," the one on the right yelled to the other as a steep wave rose and curled over him.
"What does that mean:" I asked Linc.
"That there's a good wave, a surf-able wave coming up behind you. Up to you to turn around and take it or get out of the way before it crashes over you."

Outside opens up with Simone Bianchi performing at her weekly gig at the Tiki Bar in Ocean Beach. But she senses someone in the crowd is there. And she's right-Linc Savage the love of her l
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-editions
•••I listened to the Audible Audio Edition of this book•••

I have loved Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross ’s performances since the first time I heard them work together! They play very well of each other. This is just as good as every other first in a series I have heard by them! Each character is unique and well performed. I hope they continue on with this series as it was a really fun listen. They bring a depth of emotion to every performance that I dont think I would find by just reading the book. I
Jessica Adkins-Charles {Bottles & Books Reviews}
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 co
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
He rearranged her world...then came back 15 yrs later to do it again.

Outside is a beautifully sweet love story. Their love survived in spite of the turbulence. Too bad it lived in each of their hearts separated by miles and years and tears and fears.

The story starts in the present, at the end. I felt the pain first. I felt the loss. I felt the devastation and the betrayal. I felt the passion that survived the pain and it continued to live in spite of it. But the question was, would she be str
Red Cheeks Reads
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
“I couldn’t tell her that it had been easier to get over it than her because that wasn’t strictly true. I had never gotten over her.”

I always check out a book on goodreads before I read it and I loved how this looked! The cover and the synopsis had me so excited. A surfer turned rock star, and a second chance love story!

We start off with Linc and Simone coming face to face after 15 years apart. We then get to live through their relationship and how they got where they were today. My heart was
Nicole Huffman ~ Author Groupies
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I love Michelle Mankin and her writing. She can really write anything (from rockers to surfers to paranormal). She pulls you into the characters world and you easily become invested in the characters and can’t help but love them. Another thing I love about her writing is the amount of research and passion that goes into her books. Outside is a second chance romance that is full of struggle, love, and life changing decisions.

The book is written in three parts, and we not only g
3-3.5 stars. Lincoln is back in San Diego to seek out Simone and has a business proposition for her, behind the veiled hopes that they can start over again as friends, if not more. Fifteen years ago, they had an incredible summer romance and haven't forgotten each other or properly moved on. The story is told in present-past-present with alternating POVs. I liked the plot, but found myself not really engaged with the past portion of the book, where it all began, because it was 15 years ago and I ...more
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