Series: Songbird #1
Published by Self Pub Release date : June 15th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: The Author | Format: eARC
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Singing in the shower takes on a whole new meaning in Melissa Pearl's first Contemporary Romance.
Ella Simmons does not want to move across the country. But she is, because her boyfriend has persuaded her to join him at UChicago to finish out her college education. Never able to tell him no, she hops on a plane and makes the trek from LA expecting to adjust to life like she's often forced to, but things are not that simple when she hears a luscious voice singing over her shower wall. His deep, sexy tenor makes her weak in the knees, spreading fire through her limbs and making her question everything about her life and relationship.
Can one voice really have that much of an impact?
Cole Reynolds is on his way out. In his final year at UChicao, the only this he wants to do is finish school and get on with this life. But the sweet voice that interrupts his morning shower turns his world upside down. Compelled to find his shower songbird, he begins a search across campus. The only thing to distract him from this goal is his roommate's gorgeous girlfriend who's just arrived from LA - Ella Simmons.
Relationships are put to the ultimate test as future dreams are questioned and friendships are thrown on the line for love.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
*Review originally posted at Lilybloombooks*
With an array of New Adult contemporary romances out there, it’s become difficult to find one that is solely original and unique. Fever, is one of those books.
Although this isn’t the first book I have read that has infidelity in it, it is probably one of my favorites. Of course, I don’t “support” infidelity, but it’s something that happens in real life – often – and it’s always fascinating to me how an author with handle a situation that is so tricky. And often touchy for some. From a personal standpoint, “emotional affairs” are worse than physical. You love that person. You think about that person often. And emotions obviously run deeper than any time between the sheets do.
What I appreciated most about this situation was how there wasn’t really a “bad guy.” Both male characters had their issues, sure, but both were decent guys. This wasn’t one of those situations where the boyfriend is this awful person. So why did I love it? Because it’s so realistic. Sometimes, the person you are with turns out to be the one not perfect for you – someone else is. And I think Melissa handled the situation well. She did a great job creating the angst in the characters, and really makes you question how far you are willing to sacrifice yourself, for someone else’s happiness.
Ella was a likable character, who has struggled since the death of her parents. She reminds me of one of those people who you know, but you don’t KNOW. She is quiet, reserved, and is scared to be herself. Some could chalk this up to weakness, which yeah I can see it, but I think a lot of it was her insecurities. She wanted to be accepted, safe and loved. She had that with David. But it was under false pretenses. She is fiercely loyal to David, and only after a surprise was sprung on her, did she finally make a life changing decision.
So then there is Cole. It’s kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about Cole that I liked. He’s sweet, caring and funny. But he is honorable too. I guess falling in love with your best friends girlfriend would usually knock down a few points, but he tried his damnedest to stay away from Ella and fight their attraction. They had amazing chemistry and had so much in common. Although he is confident and knows what he wants in life, I think there is a soft, vulnerable side to him too that Ella brings out.
I adored the secondary characters. Morgan and her sister, Jody. There were good to Ella, and helping her try to figure out who she is and what she wants in life. The next book in the series is Morgan’s book, and I am SO looking forward to that.
I also loved how much music played a part in this book. Both characters love music, and since there is a play list associated with the book, it really gives you another perspective on the meaning of all the songs mentioned.
My only slight issues? There were parts of the book that really dragged for me. I was wanted things to move at a more brisk pace than it did. Also, I was a little disappointed about the end. But overall, I really enjoyed Fever. Melissa created a thought-provoking – yet sweet – romance. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Fight For You.
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