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Outside Audiobook

Outside: Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances #1

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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, 14-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?

©2015 Michelle Mankin (P)2015 Michelle Mankin

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  • CAROLYN
    newark, New Jersey, United States
    05/09/15
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    "LOST LOVE, BROKEN PROMISES & SECOND CHANCES"

    A second chance romance which is initially told in the present as two former lovers meet again after a brutal heartbreaking breakup. Simone (aka Mona) has made a life for herself despite being haunted by memories of the past as she looks out over the sand towards the sea to the surf and dreams, yearns and remembers her lost love.... even in her Surf Shop everything is a reminder of him. You really feel her sadness and melancholy over Lincoln (aka Linc) the young handsome Surfer who stole her heart, took her breath away and changed her life.... then he broke promises, shattered dreams and took Mona's heart with him. Then he's there, back in her life begging for another chance, after 15 years of fame and fortune as the Lead Rock Singer in the Dirt Dogs Band which included drugs, booze, groupies and absolutely no contact with Mona because of the guilt after finally breaking her heart.

    Then the story flips back in time to their teenage beginning where attraction was instant, chemistry was combustible, sex was inevitable and love very quickly grew. But there was a lot of angst caused either by Linc's estranged Father's long ago words or Mona's overbearing controlling Father and her drunk of a Mother. Drama and more angst followed as a tragic accident changed their paths, left physical and mental scars, insecurities and it started the cracks that would ultimately break them apart. However, they tried, went blindly on and grabbed moments in time to love and be loved but, just as the Band started to make it big, a call came, choices were made and the fallout was catastrophic. And again, you felt the insecurities, the doubts, the betrayal, the pain and the cost it would have on them both.

    Again, the story flips back to present day as Mona's walls around her heart are holding tight but Linc has all the right words, actions and sexual moves to gain entry to a heart that he had so callously broken but a heart that remained forever his..... he just had to make Mona realise it.

    A beautiful yet tragic romance, young stupid love, insecurities and self-doubt ruined it, memories good and bad rekindled it and undying love and forgiveness brought it back to life. There were a few 'questionable' issues..... why the 15 yr wait?, threads of the story that wasn't followed through,15 yrs of their lives that wasn't told and Mona was too quick to forgive (as I'd of made him suffer and sweat a little longer for the time he wasted and the heartache he'd caused). However, that's the story and I loved it and also the misguided characters that made it a touching, tender, tragic, heartbreaking, romantic, sexy and beautiful love story. It was so well-written you could smell the Ocean, hear the waves and feel the breeze on your face. There were a few secondary characters.... however, Linc's best friend Ash stood out way above the rest.

    Dual POV's, the impressive narrating team of Wen and Kai created the perfect synergy and they made the story flow so effortlessly, like a two-way conversation, with each of them sticking to their own gender's voice. Oh, and the beautiful love song at the end which they both sang was just the cherry on the top..... bravo to you both.

    Worth a credit? I'm so glad I listened to this hauntingly tragic and beautiful love story of lost love, broken promises and second chances.... so YES, IMO, very creditworthy.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • J. Haney
    Kentucky
    29/06/16
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    "Rock Stars, Sufers and Second Chances! Perfect Mix"
    Where does Outside rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 all the way! It was an awesome book to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outside?

    When Ash opened up to Mona about his true feelings


    What about Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross ’s performance did you like?

    Kai and Wen are a couple of the best narrators I've ever listened to. They bring so much emotion to the story it's hard not to feel like you're a part of the story yourself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes! I listen to it in 10 hours without stopping!


    Any additional comments?

    Love it and can't wait to listen to another one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonnie Bracken
    03/11/15
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    "Heartstring pulling,tearjerking,romantic"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The song at the end of the book had me in tears and I love it so much


    Have you listened to any of Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    every performance is unique and brings something to each book that is uniquely its own


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nicole Garcia
    Brooklyn, New York, United States
    23/09/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pam Audio-Fanatic
    Canada
    14/03/16
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    "Take a chance... its worth it."

    *Received for and honest review*

    Mona feels trapped in her life, see is biding her time until she can get out of her house. She seems the timid sort but she be fierce when she needs to be. I was kind of surprised by that in a good way. I did find she was very jealous. And for the age it was kinda like chill but it made the story interesting.

    Linc, to me seems so sure of him self. But his passed is nipping at his heels. He sure hasn't had an easy life. And he lives to surf. I kind of like his laid back attitude. He is so loyal but again he was so jealous even of those he didn't need to be.

    When they meet again then for the first time and then we go back to the present you just felt the sparks between these two. I love how he showed her its OK to let loose and be her self. I also love that she make him more cautious.

    Over all I really enjoyed the story, I was a little put off by the jealousy and I am not a fan of the present, passed, present but it worked.

    Some of my favorite quotes :)

    "You are my breath Mona, and you take it away every time you leave." - swoon

    "See if you can find the rest of Christen." ... Yeah this cracked me up but only because of the context not because it could have been dangerous.

    Final thoughts - I will never think of a Surf Board the same again......

    14 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • H. Faulkner
    Tn, USA
    13/08/17
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    "Enjoyable Summer Read"

    This was a 3.5 star read for me. It had a descent storyline that I enjoyed but nothing spectacular.
    This story starts out in present tense and then switches to the past. It tells about Simone and Lincoln's Summer of love that starts when he is just a surfer. When he gets hurt on his board he turns toward being lead singer in the band The Dirt Dogs. Between Simone's abusive relationship with her father, Linc's rise to stardom and his lingering thoughts that he's not good enough for Simone things ultimately end badly.
    Fast forward 15 years and Linc is back with a pretense of recording a song of a duet they once sang together. She could definitely use the money because things aren't running as smoothly as they once were at her surf shop. And there's no denying the intense chemistry they still have for each other. But can she trust him not to hurt her again?
    I would definitely check out more by this author. I listened to the audible version and the narrators did an awesome job!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MicheleAnn Oboyle
    17/07/17
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    "perfect ending with the music"

    loved and enjoyed this audio book the music at the end was perfect the story was just as powerful as the music at the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley Hedden
    17/07/17
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    "Great Read"
    Any additional comments?

    Outside by Michelle Mankin was a great Read. Simone is a shy woman who has been through so much. She once gave up all of her dreams for Linc although everything had ended. I enjoyed reading about their reunion and how they come together. I absolutely loved reading this book. I love Michelle Mankin,s writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    13/07/17
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    "Second chances."

    Overall Outside was good but I'm not a fan of flashbacks. Two people damaged from their previous & current life experiences along with stresses of starting high pressure careers and finding themselves is the story line. With many years separating them, it was a good second chance happily ever after. The narrators are two of my favorite and this was a first time for this author, which I will look for again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theresa Talbot
    Levittown NY
    22/02/17
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    "My Two Pennies"

    I enjoyed this story, I mean who wouldn't we have Lincoln who is a beautiful surfer and now the lead singer of Dirt Dogs and Simone who owns her own surf shop. Even after all their years apart the connection is still strong. When they finally come back together after over a decade things pick up. The control that Simone's father has over her is unbelievable but the way Linc understands and still stands by Simone's side is beautiful, you can tell that he will go above and beyond for her. We do get struck with a twist at one point and it only brings the story together stronger. This can absolutely be read as a standalone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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