Meet Lincoln Savage in this perfect summer read. Are you ready for rock stars, surf and second chances in
Outside 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?
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 that they first meet there’s a charge in the air. They’re pulled to one another like the current in the ocean – but will they get swept away or pulled under?
I could have killed Linc for about half of this book…and there was such an impending doom and dark cloud covering the flashback I had to read through my fingers. I felt that I couldn’t totally enjoy all of the really good moments because as the reader you know it’s going to turn to shit. Of course, the sky clears, letting you breathe deeply after what feels like eternity, leaving you feeling exhausted and complete. *swoon*
There’s a tinge of a love triangle, but not enough for me to really call it one, so we’re good there. I loved Adult Linc about twelve million times more than teenage Linc. He’s possessive and all alpha male, but ready to throw his heart and pride on the line (and anything else required) to get Simone back for good. YES YES YES. As Simone struggles with how to respond to Linc’s reinsertion into her life, I could totally feel her pain. Fifteen years is a long time to pine for a lost love, and she’s never truly dealt with the pain of losing him. The memories crash over her as she yearns to change the tide of her future…LOVED the ending!
Get ready for some sexy scenes, broken hearts, and kisses that will tilt your world. This is a beautiful second chance love story full of broken promises but a lot of love. 4.25 stars!
[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]
“Dammit, Mona.” I leaned in closer inhaling her sweet scent and nearly brought to my knees with desire. I wanted to have her. Right here. Right now. I had to curl my fingers into fists to keep from reaching out, grabbing her and reminding her how it used to be between us. Her lids lowered and her breathing turned ragged. Was she remembering, too, or trying to forget?
“Go away, Linc.” Apparently the latter.
“Maybe I can’t,” I admitted my voice raspy with stripped down need. “Maybe I don’t want to.”
“Don’t.” She closed her eyes and her chin dropped. “Don’t do this to me.” She wet her lips. They visibly trembled. Even though I knew I had upset her I still wanted to kiss them. “I’m not one of your groupies easily flattered by your bullshit. The fact that you’re a big rock star doesn’t impress me. I know who you really are Lincoln Savage. I’ve seen you at your best and I’ve survived you at your worst. So don’t think you can come here and play games with me.”
`My favorite inspirational surf youtube video with music that captures the tone and spirit of Outside perfectly`
Surf Mix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz5mCIJa_L8
About the Author:
The bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.
Romance with subtext.
Reimagining classic stories with sexy rock stars and thought provoking issues.
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.
Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the TEMPEST series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.
Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the MAGIC series.
When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.
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