***Blog Tour – Outside by Michelle Mankin – 3 Stars***

***Blog Tour***
by Michelle Mankin

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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?



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Review 3 Stars




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 then flashes back to 15 years previous and then back to present day.

Linc comes across as incredibly sweet but he does have some serious asshole moments and I’m not sure if I want to hug him or slap him!!!

Mona (Simone) is a doormat, she allows everyone in her life to railroad her. Now I get that its hinted at her being a naturally submissive person but I just really wanted her to stand up for herself!!!

This is a beautiful love story and the idea that even 15 years later they still love each other is lovely.

BUT!!!! What on earth made them wait 15years; I mean that’s a very long time!!!

I felt intensely sad for Mona, she really never moved on from Linc whereas he’s been living the sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle.

There is a lot of underlying plot that is mentioned i/e Patch and Karen, Ash & Linc, Mona’s parents’ divorce, Mona’s money problems. I really felt like I was missing something and twice I checked that this was a standalone rather than a book in the middle of a series.

The sex in this book is intense and passionate but Linc, dude, ever heard of foreplay???

I spent the whole of this book torn between thinking the story was lovely and thinking it was all 15years too late!!!

In the end I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a cute beachy, romance.

Outside gets 3 stars from me.



Beautiful young couple in love  having holidays on the sea.
Beautiful young couple in love having holidays on the sea.





“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.”


Heart drawn on ocean beach sand.
Heart drawn on ocean beach sand.



Book Trailer:





`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


Author Bio


michelle mankinThe 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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Gnarly Surf Themed Prize Pack including:

A  Fiery Orange Striped Roxy Beach Towel

A  signed paperback of Outside, an OB surf sticker,

Need It Now Roxy Palm tree printed Linen Beach Tote

in seafoam green to carry all of it.

(Value of $125)




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