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3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  235 Ratings  ·  72 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 stumbling over what
Joe Rossi
Jul 19, 2015 Joe Rossi 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
Jul 19, 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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Michelle Mankin
Jun 01, 2015 Michelle Mankin rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

Jul 21, 2015 Gemma rated it liked it
Check out more of my reviews on my blog

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
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
Feb 18, 2016 Earicka 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
A Beautiful Book Blog
Jul 10, 2015 A Beautiful Book Blog 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
Jul 19, 2015 Stephanie 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
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
Dec 09, 2015 Cyndi 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
Jul 17, 2015 MJ 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
Amy Neighbors Senethavilay
Jul 10, 2015 Amy Neighbors Senethavilay 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
Three Chicks
Jul 21, 2015 Three Chicks 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
Tracy Lundy-Munn
Jul 21, 2015 Tracy Lundy-Munn 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!!
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
Nicole Garcia
Sep 23, 2015 Nicole Garcia 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
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 ge
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)
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 stron
Lisa Anthony
Aug 03, 2015 Lisa Anthony 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?
N. Kuhn
Aug 09, 2015 N. Kuhn rated it really liked it
"The song washed up a summer's worth of heart crushing memories."
This book is just that. An emotional roller coaster that will have you up and down. I love reconnecting romances. I'm sure there are a lot of women out there who have that one person they wonder 'what if' about. This book brings that story to life. Simone is a woman with every day struggles. Making ends meet, trying to survive. Nice clothes or bills? Simone is hurting. You can feel her pain through the words the author puts to pap
Andrea Tate
Aug 08, 2015 Andrea Tate rated it liked it
Less gripping than the author's previous books

I really enjoy the Tempest series by this author. I liked Brutal Strength too, but the edginess of Tempest really set it apart from other rockstar romances. So, I was looking forward to this series and hearing about another band, and I hoped for those edgy storylines. I liked that it was at a different part of the band members' career too, again something different. The book starts off quickly and I was intrigued, but once we hit the flashback portio
Jodie's W.I.N.E. List
Jul 23, 2015 Jodie's W.I.N.E. List rated it really liked it
Overall, I really enjoyed this second chance at love story. It was a heartwarming story that would be perfect for a beach read.

I felt so connected with Simone. 15 years ago Linc hurt her. I was kept in the dark for so long about what really happened it frustrated me. But I could tell that she definitely wasn't over it yet, the love was still there.

Linc kind of annoyed me as a character. He comes back to town after 15 years and it's almost like he expected everything to be like it was with them
Red Cheeks Reads
Jul 22, 2015 Red Cheeks Reads 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
Jul 20, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it
This was my first read by Michelle Mankin and I was pleasantly surprised by how well I liked the surfer/rock star combo in this book. I really loved how Michelle wrote this story where she gave you some of the present, went in to the past and then finished off with the present again. It let you get to know the characters and then you got to know their background and how they meet and what their connection was. Since this book had a lapse of 15 years for Mona and Lincoln, the background of their ...more
Michel Reinhard
Jul 20, 2015 Michel Reinhard rated it liked it
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If you are a fan of second chance romance, Outside by Michelle Mankin might be the book for you.

What happens the odds of your relationship are stacked against you? What happens when your dreams are blown to pieces without warning? What happens when your life takes a new direction that is beyond your control? While all of this is happening you are not secure enough or mature enough to handle it all. When love enters the equation it makes all the more difficult.

Michelle Mankin did a wonderful job
FMR Book Grind
Jul 20, 2015 FMR Book Grind rated it really liked it

Holy Freaking....... OH MAN! This book really is a great second chance romance!!! Despite on occasions wanting to drop kick Lincoln Savage, it really gave me the feels I want from a book!!
Outside by Michelle Mankin brings you a ROCK GOD, surfing, and a beautiful story filled with emotion and LOVE told in Present, Past and Present again that will take you on beautiful highs, intense and really heartfelt, crippling lows.

Simone (Mona) starts this story and it is set fifteen year
Jul 19, 2015 Marissa rated it really liked it
4 out of 5 stars Kindle Copy for Review

It was a summer love like no other when Lincoln Savage and Simone Bianchi. Surfer boy and the shy girl met but her father never approved. But when tragedy hits his promising surfing career, he turns to music as they ended up on tour together. Too young as misunderstandings takes shape and they end up going their separate ways.

Over a decade has passed as Lincoln returns as a famous leader of Dirt Dogs and is set on Simone once again. He is back for his one
Paula  Phillips
Jul 09, 2015 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
One of my favourite Texan Authors is back in action with her latest release Outside. Outside has something for all readers from Rock Stars and Music for those who love a good Rock Star , Surfers for those who love the beach and those hunky tanned guys and for the romantics at heart - it has a second chance love story. I was lucky as I am a fan of all three of those areas and personally for me , I am a sucker most of for a good second chance love story, this is probably because I am in the same b ...more
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New Adult Book Club: #158/15 ~ Outside by Michelle Mankin 9 29 Nov 01, 2015 02:24PM  
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MICHELLE MANKIN is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.
Rock Stars. Romance. Redemption.
Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a BRUTAL STRENGTH centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock 'n roll industry.
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