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Outside

Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances #1
Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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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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Take me to the beach!

Though a Jersey girl, I do not have a passion for the Jersey Shore. Yes, I enjoy going a couple times a year but on the average, it's not my choice of days off. This book may have changed my mind. Michelle Mankin has shown me that the water can the beach can be the perfect place to go to. Getting to know the characters of Linc and Simone has been heart wrenching, loving, full of despair and hope. A little instant attraction that leads to love, Mankin shows how the strength of that love no matter the circumstance can stand the test of time and when given the second chance, turns out to be even stronger. Starting off with surfing, Linc is on his way to being a champion, but tragedy happens changing his path. This change is drastic, leaving the question of whether their relationship will be able to stand it. Confidence and that feeling of being whole is tested over many years, and Mankin flawlessly switches back and forth between the past and present unraveling the story of this couple. It will leave you with that feeling that true love never dies.

Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross are the perfect narrators for this story. Their ability to sound young and slowly mature is amazing, it gives the story the texture it needs to build to Linc and Mona's future. The singing is also a plus! Have to love the talent of this narrating team's performance!

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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Take a chance... its worth it.

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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......

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Second Chance Love

The story begins in the present and then takes you back in time. Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross relaying the story in their usual excellent way. My first book by Michelle Mankin and will definitely read additional.

Worth the read and the signing duet at the end

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Angst and second chance

I loved this book. Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross did such a wonderful job narrating this story. The narration gave the story this other dimension that worked for me. The authors words are so, so good. A definite must reading

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Fantastic Story & Narration🎧 Beautiful & Heartfelt

Wow, this is such a beautiful and heartfelt story. Michelle Mankin has a wonderful writing style, she grabbed my attention right from the start and held to the end. I adored the characters she created, they were realistic and easily relatable. Both Simone “Mona” and Lincoln “Linc” were far from perfect each having their own issues and struggles in life. But they were so good together and for each other. Sadly life and their own insecurities got in their way and Linc went and screwed it all up breaking Mona’s heart. Fifteen years later Linc returns to OB and tries to make amends with Mona, whom he still loves. After all that time can she forgive him and give him another chance? I was happy that Linc finally came to his senses, sure did take him long enough to wise up. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I loved the way the time frame was plotted, starting with the now, the past in the middle and ending in the now. It is like a glimpse into the whole picture that goes full circle. Thank you Michelle Mankin for this wonderful story and the emotional rollercoaster ride.

I listened to the Audible edition, narrated by the mega talented Kai Kennicott and Wenn Ross. They bring these characters to life, give each their own voice and personality. They did a great job projecting the emotions of the characters, as well as the drama of the story into their performance. I just loved the ending and that magnificent duet, consider me wowed! This dynamic duo are always a pleasure to listen to, they are amazing storytellers who’s performance enhances a great story another level. Thank you for another great listen🎧

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Emotional, and Breathtaking Second Chance Romance!

What an emotional, and breathtaking second chance romance! Linc and Simone meet as young adults and have instant chemistry. The story begins 15 years later after their heartbreaking split, when Linc comes home to win her back. Simone is a strong successful business owner and Linc has had a great music career. But they both are missing something, never really moving on from each other. I loved how the story is told in flashback, giving us the foundation of their love and the struggles they had being together. I loved that Simone wasn't going to make it easy for Linc to just move back into her life. It made this story feel honest and more captivating. Their friends, family and adversaries were all great additions making this story so beautiful and multifaceted. Kai Kennicott, and Wen Ross kept me totally engaged from start to finish. Their voice changes for the growth and maturity for each character was so believable and their chemistry was palpable. I truly felt the struggles, joy, heartbreak and love of each character as I was lost to their storytelling making this book even more intoxicating.