Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fever (Songbird #1) by Melissa Pearl

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 UChicago, 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 loved this book.  Really.  I was not a jazz fan until I met my husband.  (Mostly because my father used the smooth jazz radio station to put us to sleep on car trips when I was a kid.)  My husband was a huge jazz fan before I ever met him so I've come to associate jazz with him.  I enjoyed all of the musical references and how they brought the story to life.  Ella is an interesting character who has played it safe for far too long at the expense of her sense of self.  Cole is adorable.  Just adorable.  I really enjoyed the idea of music pulling us out of ourselves to be truer versions of ourselves.  I also liked the themed of finding love through music.  All in all this is a ridiculously romantic summer read.  Well worth taking along on a trip to the beach or just reading in a lounge chair with a cool drink nearby.

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