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Monday, July 20, 2015

BOOK TOUR: Outside 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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Stephanie's Review:

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 up. It's obvious that she was hurt deeply by him.

".....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. 

The author then takes us back in time and tells us their story. I loved their story, almost a love at first sight. But as time goes on, the circumstances of events has you on the edge of your seat just wondering when the bottom will fall out. There were times I was really pissed at Lincoln and wanted to slap him. Did I understand? At times, yes and other times, absolutely not. I wanted to scream at him to open his eyes and see what he was sacrificing! And then my heart broke in two for Mona. 

So we learn why the 15 years passed and why Linc is back and fighting for her. And I fell in love with Ash as well. He was such a kind, considerate, helpful guy and you could see that he truly cares about both of them.

"You're a smart guy, Linc but a lot of the time you have your head up your ass and don't see what's standing in front of you. Open your eyes. Get your shit together. You love her. Be the type of guy she needs you to be. I'm not asking you, I'm telling you." 

And I hope that the next book in the series might follow up with some of the things that were left hanging. I highly recommend this book. You will fall in love with the whole gang in this story.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Donna's Review:

“I’ve seen you at your best and I’ve survived you at your worst.”

I had read the Brutal Strength series by Michelle Mankin and ABSOLUTLY loved it so when I saw this new series, starting with Outside, I was very excited and could not wait to read it. Ms. Mankin has a way with creating alpha male rock stars and hot, sassy women who love them. Outside is no different. Lincoln so sexy and Simone has a hidden strength that is amazing. I also loved the other characters. This book is well written, but has WAY too much angst for my taste. I had a hard time believing the plot line. Their time together was so short, 15 years of pining was hard for me to swallow. There is also an aspect of the plot that seemed to be top secret because it took FOREVER for the details to come out, and even in the end, the reader still didn’t know all the facts, I found it VERY frustrating. Plus, I found one of my pet peeves in a book, a mix up of facts. So although I have loved Michelle Mankin’s work, I did not love this book. 

 “You were the best thing that ever happened to me, Lincoln Savage. And the worst.”


“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.” 

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The walls vibrated as soon as the spotlights hit them. Feet stomped. Fans yelled. Some even stood on their chairs. Camera lights clicked on and so did Lincoln. Brightly. He strode to the center of the stage. Confident. Compelling. Controlled. A cosmic force.

He plucked the mic from the stand glared at the audience daring them to come along with him or get the hell out of the way, before he and the guys launched into a cover of ‘Satisfaction’ that kicked ass as righteously as the original.

It went uphill from there. Ramon on guitar flashing his flirt. Ash slamming sexy on his drums. Patch firm and steady on bass. And Linc my gorgeous warrior with depths of worth that he still failed to recognize eclipsing them all. The Dirt Dogs might still a bit rough around the edges but they were undeniably on the ascent. What had started out as something to occupy their time when the surf wasn’t up had transformed into a magical mΓ©lange of Pacific saltwater, California sun and hard rocking in your face attitude.

I moved quickly across the parking lot shielding my eyes from the glare when I reached the sand. The tension inside my stomach instantly ratcheted tighter. I recognized Lincoln right away. Even in his wet suit the way he moved across the surface of the ocean on his board was as unique as he was.

Under the curtain unleashing his fins.

Maxing out of the tube.

Finding steep wall and going nearly vertical.

Those were the maneuvers I knew, the others I didn’t but that didn’t make them any less awe inspiring.

`My favorite inspirational surf youtube video with music that captures the tone and spirit of Outside perfectly`

“You afraid?”

I shook my head. I was never afraid of him. Never.

He studied me a beat seeming to notice my parted lips, heavy breathing, hard nipples and trembling.

“Turned on?” he guessed.

I nodded.

“Get on my board then, babe. I aim to please if you’ll let me.”

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.


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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