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Island Side

(Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances #5)

4.68  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Hollie Lesowski is a beautiful young actress locked in a legal battle with one of the most powerful and feared directors in Hollywood, a man who betrayed and hurt her, a man she mistakenly believed was her father.
Maximillian Cash is her bodyguard, a blond, blue-eyed giant sworn to protect her. Gentle despite his imposing presence, he seems to be just right for her. But can
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I liked the last half of this book and loved the epilogue which tied everything and everyone together.

I highly recommend the first three books in this series. I would say this book is worth the read to find out how all of the Dirt Dogs and their loves end up.
B. C. Booklover
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Cyndi Becker
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OFF THE CHARTS SEXY! And a bit sweet...

Michelle Mankin closes her Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances series with perhaps her steamiest story yet. Hollie and Diesel share a sensual connection that makes for a truly erotic read. With a bossy alpha, dominant and sure of himself male in Diesel and a young, sweet and sensitive heroine in Hollie, there's a lot of angst between these pages. There's so much going on in this story and not much I want to spoil for any reader out there. Except to say READ
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I THOUGHT for sure. 100% Sure was gonna happen , didn't. Was I disappointed? Maybe. For all five minutes. I can't tell you why just yet, but once you read the first few pages, you'll find out.
Now...with that being said and without giving away too much, let's just say Hollie finds herself. she finds out what it means to be loved and love in return. Something we should all try to do more of.

Another I wish I could more than 5 stars read for me!
Melissa Ledet
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all you will need a fan to cool yourself off with. Diesel is HOT!
Diesel and Hollie are two tortured souls who deserve to find true love and happiness. Their story pulls on your heartstrings and their ending will have you in tears of happiness. This duet series has been one of the best I have read this year.

Favorite quote: Diesel ~ “You and I both know love isn’t a soft emotion. It has sharp, jagged teeth that sink in deep, past the mind, through the center of your heart, all the way t
Michelle Mankin
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am SO excited to share Hollie's two-part story with you! Release is July 2nd for High Tide and July 11th for Island Side! Text ROCK BOOK to 345345 for a release alert. Start the series on all retailers and enter the MEGA HUGE $150 gift card giveaway! Are you ready to get swept away?
***5 ‘#TeamDiesel’ Stars***

Now that’s how you bring all the pieces together and put them back together the way they should be! It wasn’t easy, and still just as frustrating as watching the events in High Tide, but this time I was hooked on all that was going on with Hollie and Diesel and absolutely loved watching them both finally become the people they were always meant to be.

So, my review for High Tide was insanely vague, but considering who is gracing the cover of Island Side, I figure I ca
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Island Side is one heck of a heart-wrenching conclusion to the Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances series (also the ending for the duet that includes High Tide). Michelle Mankin doesn't hold back as she gives us the other side of Hollie's story, the one that starts with heartbreak and ends with the happiness that has eluded her for most of her young life.

With Hawaii as our backdrop, we get to see Hollie grab that tiny bit of respite she has been craving from her life as a known actress, the deba
Danielle Cordsen
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Island side
By: Michelle Mankin


Heartbreakingly beautiful!

Let me start by saying I’ve been nervously waiting for this book. Ive had a soft sport for Holly and Diesel from my first introduction to both of them in the previous Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances books. In the conclusion of Hollie’s story we get to Diesel and Hollie’s story. We get to find out if two beautiful souls who put everyone but themselves first can finally believe in love and forever. These two are so deep and well
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Honestly, i had a little bit trouble getting to like this book...not so much cause of the story, it was a second chance romance and it work the spades BUT I had issues with liking the main characters...

yikes, it seemed to me, Hollie didn't "learn" anything from her previous experience, considering the bad things happened to her in her young age, one would think she would cope a little differently, but to me, she seemed so eager to "find" LOVE by jumping from one man to another, simply by
Books Laid Bare
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off, let me say if you haven’t read High Tide (which I am sure you will have) then you really need to put down Island Side and start at the beginning. High Tide is a must…don’t waste your time trying to decipher any of this without the history that the first book gives you.
From the end of the last book, this one just totally takes off. Hollie is spiralling her life seemingly getting ever more crazy but can she really find some rest bite? Away from all the push and pull around her?
I wanted
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait to crack open this book after the way High Tide left off, so I dove in as soon as it hit my Kindle. My dilemma lies in how to explain why I loved it while not spoiling anything... so here goes nothing... If you have not read High Tide- STOP HERE!!

Hollie's life has just been getting crazier and crazier, and as this book opens, she is on the verge of breaking after the devastating hits she took at the end of book 1. She decides to make her escape to Hawaii for a little while to le
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
"We might burn down the night if we were ever together, but I knew I would get hurt."

Michelle Mankin pulled out all the stops with this duet. She blew my mind and left me gasping like a guppy at the end of High Tide. Saying I was excited to read Island Side is a huge understatement. While I might be envious that Hollie had two extremely sexy men vying for her attention, I had my sights set on one in particular that I hoped would win her heart.

I really enjoyed my visit to the 'island side'. It
Heather in FL
** I was provided an ARC in exchange for my honest review. **

This was a good finish to Hollie's story. We pick up right where the last one left off... Max is dead. Hollie is grieving. She attends the funeral and then, to escape from her life for a while, she heads to Hawaii to stay with Diesel. Diesel knows she's been hurt, though he doesn't exactly back off. I suppose maybe that comes from the death of his son -- knowing that life could end at any time, so you should take your opportunities as
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Island Side is a wonderful culmination of the Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances series. It ties up loose ends and picks up right where we left off in High Tide. This is definitely Hollie and Diesel's story but all the characters we've met before play an important role and those that aren't family are family by choice and supportive and protective of each other. Fanny, Hollie's sister, worried throughout.

There are a lot of twists and turns as we go from Ocean Beach, California to the Big Island
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow Island Side is a beautiful conclusion to this twisty, complex, utterly consuming story! With expertly written surprises that I never saw coming. Every single time I thought I had something figured out - bam, nope! Love this!

This duet was a rough yet eventually heartwarming journey filled with transformation for Hollie. She may have been a sheltered, naïve teen in the start - her strength and character are powerful forces that guide her. I love a strong heroine and Hollie is definitely tenaci
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m still trying to process Island Side...ok not process but get over the fact that it’s more Dirt Dogs. I’m kind of reeling still from it...this book left me with a book hangover!

Hollie went through literal hell growing up and throughout High Tide...she met Max who she attempted to open up to. Diesel sat beck in silent longing while Hollie had her relationship with Max.
Diesel tried to warn Hollie that Max was no good but Hollie refused to listen to him (because in her mind he just wa
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC for an honest review. I liked this book better than part one. But I didn’t like how Diesel immediately went to hitting on Hollie right after Max died that was not ok with me.

Hollie did some growing up which I liked to see but I wouldn’t say it was a lot. I was annoyed and disappointed in how she approached the lawsuit and allegations. I really didn’t feel like she ever took it seriously.

Diesel had some issues which understandable but I wish some more time was spent on him o
Amy Weichseldorfer
ARC gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is book two of a duet and book one, High Tide, should be read before this.

The conclusion of Hollie's story was a little bittersweet. The story itself was great, but it also marks the end of the Rock Stars, Surf, and Second Chances series. I have enjoyed every book in this series, and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

This book takes place right after the events of High Tide and continues Hollie's story.
The Book Fairy Reviews
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the fact, that Michelle starts off this book right where we left Hollie, in book 4. The pain and the confusion of her current situation forces her to look outward to help herself find, well herself.
Enter Diesel, the one man she has been running from, might just well be the one she should have been running to all along. All through this series you see how the characters find what their inner selves are really looking for and how to overcome the obstacles that life and fate have put in the
Meryl Markowitz
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read an advanced copy for an honest review.
This is the coninuation of the story for Hollie.
At the end of High Tide, she is reeling from the betrayal and death of her lover. She also had discovered she is having a baby. She is currently at the end of her rope.

Deisel, who has always been attracted to Hollie, invites her to his house in Hawaii to "get her act back together". He has no idea she is pregnant. He lusts after her and figures if he can have her just once, it will get her out of his sys
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to say, where the first book was hard for me to get through because I just didn't like the pairing of Hollie and Max (sorry, but there was something about him I just didn't like), I really liked this one because of Diesel. Even though he's so much older than her and I don't usually go for those kinds of stories, I felt like he was a better pairing for her and their relationship felt a lot more natural, where hers with Max felt more forced. There was a much better love and backstory betwee ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Amazing

Talk about getting sucked in this book sure did that. This was a book I could not put down. In the previous book High Tide we see Holly struggling with her issues regarding her slimy step father. Her bodyguard Max is always there protecting her...until he isn't. He's fallen for her but Holly is struggling to say the words he wants to hear.

Diesel has always had a way of going head to head with Holly which she has no problem with standing up to him. Diesel warned Holly about his
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Part two of Hollie's story with Diesel is just as beautifully written as all this author's work. Despite my reservations, I fell in love with their story!

Island Side takes us on a journey of healing and love, finding your inner strength, being encouraged and allowing that encouragement to bring you out of your shell. Those are the themes and story points that I LOVED in this installment. I loved getting to see the growth and development of these characters and their relationships.

One detractio
Cali Gals
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just want to say to this book... “You Complete Me”! This is the second book in a duet so yes you have to read “High Tide” which will leave you reeling. OMG I was a mess after that story.

My girl Hollie is back and Diesel is the front runner in this book. Yum! You can’t help but love a guy this brutally honest. Hollie is a wonderful soul that has amazing heart and forgives beautifully. She is a bit naive at times which is amazing considering the world she comes from. She can also be wise beyond
Thia Finn
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too Good to be Over

In the outstanding conclusion to a wonderful series, Michelle Mankin, brings her A game to the table. Her beautiful but tragic tale of second chance love will tug at your heartstrings and make you truly believe it’s possible to find love again.
When the Dirt Dogs’ lead singer, Diesel, sends an invitation to actress Holliewood to escape to Hawaii, he learns to navigate the turbulent waters around her and her heart. The two are both broken from loss but neither are ready to heal
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely epic ending to this duet. The backdrop to this second half is mostly set in Hawaii, with its beautiful beaches, it is a world away from the glitz and glamour that Hollie is used to dealing with in LA. In this final instalmsnt we see Hollie take a much needed vacation to Hawaii to stay with Deisel Le so she can regroup and get herself together.

They realise that they both have more in common than they could possibly imagine. Both have suffered serious loss and grief and even th
Crystal's Book World ~ Crystal Cordova
Island Side played with my heart strings from page one to the end. Hollie's side is splayed out for everyone to read. Your stomach will clench and tears may form. My heart saddened for her and what she has been through. The past was not pleasant and her future was not looking great.

Then we have this love triangle going on with Max and Diesel. My heart just could not take it! But in the end Hollie gets her HEA! I was smiling and fell for this amazing story <3

Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
Like puzzle pieces that you know belong together but you just cannot make them fit correctly, the Hollie/Max/Diesel conclusion wraps everything up in a nice little package and makes everything fit perfectly. Running away to figure out what she needs to do Hollie is faced with feeling of despair from Max and feeling of strength and love from Diesel. But will the secret baggage be too much for Diesel to change his life for her? Will the legal battle be too much for Hollie? Can two very different p ...more
Becky Claxon
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You must read High Tide before this book to get the full essence of the story. I have been looking so forward to this book as I was devastated with the way the last book ended. I have to say that I really liked Max, but after reading this book I can see that Holly and Diesel were meant for each other. Because of Diesel’s reputation, I wasn’t sure how good he would be for Holly. Happily there was nothing to worry about for me. Diesel is a complicated man that was living from the ghosts of his pas ...more
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MICHELLE MANKIN is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.
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