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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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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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