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Fever (A Songbird Novel Book 1) by [Pearl, Melissa]
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FEVER - Ella & Cole's story...

Singing in the shower takes on a whole new meaning in Melissa Pearl's first New Adult 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 thing he wants to do is finish school and get on with his 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.

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First, I have to say that I absolutely love when an author shares the music that inspired them while writing. I think it makes reading the book so much more intimate. I feel I've been included in on a more personal level. When the songs come up in the book I love stopping and going to listen to them if I haven’t heard them before. So when I read the author note from Melissa Pearl, I was excited to immerse myself in some jazz, a genre that I can honestly say I don’t have a lot of experience with.

Fever is Mr. Pearl’s first contemporary romance novel, and let me tell you it’s a really good debut into the genre.

Our story opens with a totally stressing out Ella, who is moving across the country as a transfer student to the University of Chicago. She is moving to be closer to her boyfriend David and best friend Morgan.

Ella has a sad past, her parents died in a car accident when she was 10, thus leaving her to move in with her not so nice aunt in Pasadena. Thank goodness she met Morgan and her sister Jody. The girls and their parents quickly accept Ella as part of the family and the girls have been know as the “terrible trio” since.

Ella is dating David, the boring pre-law student who has his and Ella’s life plan all mapped out. Which pretty much involves him studying all the time, maybe going out for dinner (never dancing or clubbing) and of course no sleepovers before test days! But he believes this will all eventually lead to the bigger picture of successful career, marriage and 2.5 kids with Ella.

Ella feels indebted to David as he was her first love and has been so supportive of her over the past 3 years and he’s really helped her thought some tough times. Hence her moving to Chicago despite not really wanting too.
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By Sarah on Nov. 22 2015
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Wow another all nighter with one of miss pearl's amazing deliciously wonderful books. First off Cole!! *swoon*😍
I loved this book! Melissa Pearl has an awesome writing style! It makes her books easily binge-able! Giving you soo much joy and yet leaving you wanting more!!! The songbird series has its own soundtrack it emanates from this book filling it with music even if your not listening to the songs you feel them resonating from the pages!! ❤️❤️ Lovers of music and romance will fall into this book and get lost in it's amazingness!
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HASH(0xb3b5bc3c) out of 5 stars There's beauty in the tough choices. June 16 2014
By Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm a fangirl for Melissa Pearl. I'll go ahead and put that out there right from the start. But I've had a hard time getting into New Adult books. So, whenever I first heard about Fever, I just knew it was my chance to get into NA. And it was! Melissa Pearl totally captivated my attention with Fever and swept me up in the world of her characters.

Fever is full of things I expect from a twenty-something college student. Sure, I had my old lady (Is 25 old?) judgement face on a few times, but Ella's actions felt authentic. She didn't act immature. She acted her age, and I think that is what really got my attention. Ella shows a lot of growth throughout this book, and I became attached to her. Her actions at the end with making sure she was doing what she wanted with her life left me feeling like she had really grown up. Melissa Pearl always does characters right, and Ella is no exception!

The musical element of Fever was unique and added another enjoyable element to the story. I love the way that Melissa Pearl weaves music into the story and the romance. The relationships in the story feel authentic and not just contrived for the reader's sake. I was very much into Cole and Ella's relationship from the start. The dance to Fever was my favorite part!

Fever was a journey to find one's self and the happiness that we all deserve. The choices in life aren't always easy and laid out in front of us. There's beauty in the tough choices, though. I felt like that's what Ella learned. Melissa Pearl is undoubtedly a talented writer, and Fever is another example of that. If you're a New Adult fan, what are you waiting for?!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review without compensation.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa79f5d68) out of 5 stars 3 stars. Another case of "It's not you, it's me" type of book. June 20 2014
By Gwen the Book Diva - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
It was an OK read. I really wanted things to hurry along and it seemed to take forever to get to the good stuff. I know this is really an ugly way to feel but I thought singing very cliche jazz songs through the walls to each other in a public shower was cheesy. It would have been believable if this were a Broadway play where it's totally cool for characters to burst into song. I actually felt a little embarrassed for them yet at the same time my mind is going "Why? Why can't people do that? How come it's not cool?" Cause it just isn't, I guess. In the end it was a decent read if you just go with the flow, stay on the surface and try not to dig too deep.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa79f5684) out of 5 stars Charming! June 17 2014
By B. Price - Published on
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Fever - what a charming read! It had all the elements I love in New Adult - then added some of my favorite music. This introduction to Ms. Pearl's Songbird series was delightful.

Ella Simmons is a young woman who'd rather ride on the track of someone else's plans, someone else's dreams, than figure out her own. She experienced tragedy at a young age and that has left her feeling as though she has no control of her life.

"The fact I didn't know what I really wanted scared me, and it was easier just to go along with David's plans." -Ella, Loc 903

So she floats along with others' plans for her. That's how she's ended up at UChicago - where her boyfriend, David, wants her. She's not exactly happy about it but it makes him happy, so she made the move. Her first morning after arriving, she's singing in the shower and hears a voice through the wall, singing along with her - a voice that does things to her body and mind that David never has. To make matters worse, she feels an immediate connection to Cole, David's roommate and best friend.

"What the hell was wrong with me? First shower guy, now Cole! Why was I attracted to all these other men, when the only one I really wanted was walking right beside me?" - Ella, Loc 935

Cole Reynolds is starting his last year at UChicago. He has plans and they don't include a relationship with any girl. He needs to focus on school, on work, and on making his dream reality. He stumbles a little on this path when first he hears the voice of an angel singing in the shower one morning, and second, when he meets his roommate's girlfriend, Ella. The pull he feels for her is so strong, he knows he can only ignore it for so long. He needs a distraction and so sets about looking for his songbird.

"I wanted a girl, but not just any girl, and since I couldn't have Ella, there was only one possible solution left. I had to find my songbird." -Cole, Loc 1031

Besides the music, I most enjoyed watching Ella blossom. She went from being this timid and self-conscious young woman, who did anything to please her boyfriend to a strong, self-assured woman who set out to find what she wanted out of life. I admired her for standing up for herself and taking charge. Her timidity and people-pleasing ways were things I identified with so I was proud she had her epiphany before it was too late.

I adored Cole. He'd endured tragedy as well, and he and Ella really connected on a deeper level. He was able to open up to her in ways he'd never done before and got Ella to do the same. He was patient with her, took the time to really get to know her, and could compromise.

I haven't said much about David. I didn't care for him much because he seemed very self-centered. Of course, all the blame for his and Ella's problems can't be laid at his feet. Ella could have changed things. But his reaction to something Ella did seemed to show his true colors, although he did redeem himself somewhat in the end.

Ella's best friend, Morgan, was a lot of fun to meet. The next book in the series is her story and I'm anxious for it. Morgan is quite a character. She's strong and wise, and seems to know what Ella needs to hear, when she needs to hear it.

"You're stronger than you think, and once you've had some space to breathe, you'll know. You'll know what's worth fighting for." -Morgan, Loc 3710

The music was the cherry on top. I love jazz and hearing Ella sing Ella Fitzgerald (her namesake) and Louis Armstrong was fantastic. That the music sparked childhood memories for Ella, not to mention sparking a fever for Cole, was a delight.

Fever is told in dual POV between Ella and Cole, which also added to my enjoyment. The story might have been a tad predictable - although Ella did surprise me a few times - but it was a fun read. In fact, the only things I didn't love were David and Ella's initial lack of self-confidence. But those both made for a more engaging story.

What are you waiting for? Go get the Fever!

**I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.**
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8000ef4) out of 5 stars A beautiful new adult contemporary romance Oct. 7 2014
By Michelle@Book Briefs - Published on
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Fever is the first new adult romance book that I have had the pleasure of reading from Melissa Pearl, and I enjoyed it so much that I am left wondering if there is anything this lady can't write the pants off of. I have loved her suspense/thrillers, her young adult paranormal, her young adult contemporaries, and now this. The characters in Fever are not perfect, but that was kind of what I liked about them. It totally took me by surprise too, because I thought those particular traits (or really situation) would be something I would need to overcome and like them despite of, but the opposite occurred. I was rooting them on more than I thought possible.

Ella is a sweet and quirky young lady. I just adored her. I completely sympathized with her desire to please people. I have been known to yes someone to death and to go out of my way to try and make everyone happy, and I know first hand how stressful and disappointing it can be for yourself. I wanted her to grow her backbone so bad, but I know how hard that can be. I loved her love of Jazz. I thought it was also beautiful how her and Cole connected. And speaking of Cole, I can't even tell you how many ways I love him. He was so sweet and considerate and it was clear that he really saw Ella for who she was. (Which was wayy more than I could say for David.) The only thing that irked me a bit about Cole was how quickly he switched from being against anything relationship to thinking Ella was "the one". It was sweet but a little quick and unrealistic. But it didn't bother me too much because the actual romance between the two of them was not rushed at all. They were friends for most of the book and watching them connect on a friendship level was probably the sweetest part of the story for me.

It was hard to wrap my head around painting David as a bad guy. Because he wasn't, not really. But he very clearly was the wrong guy for Ella. He never really saw her. I felt so bad that he constantly took her places where there would be nothing for her to eat, and he didn't even seem to get it. Not to mention he would get mad at her when she mistakenly ordered something with wheat. But I could tell he wanted to be a good guy, he was just extremely selfish.

I loved how Melissa Pearl incorporated jazz music into the story. I can't wait to see which music will be featured in the next Songbird novel. The second book is about Ella's friend Morgan. I can't wait to read her story, but I really hope we will see more of Cole and Ella. I want to see some of the gluten free foods they were talking about. I know that may be a weird thing to fixate on, but that conversation they had made me go a little head over heels for Cole myself. Fever is just as much a romance story as it is watching two college students come into their own and grow as individuals. It was a wonderful read.


*disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not compensated for my review.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb29373e4) out of 5 stars Characters were a major turn-off Sept. 11 2015
By morehumanthanhuman - Published on
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This novel features Cole and Ella. Honestly, they were a couple that I found it difficult to pull for. Cole is a playboy focused on his dream of opening a bar. Ella is a college student who has recently moved to Chicago to join her long-term boyfriend at school. She’s so spineless it doesn’t even seem like it occurs to her to have desires until Cole ignites discontent in her (which is pretty nasty, considering he is the supposed best friend of David, her boyfriend). The conceit of the book is that Cole is twice-over in love with Ella – he gets a crush on her when he meets her and he’s also hung up on the mystery woman he hears singing in the dorm showers (who is, of course, Ella). Ella, in turn, falls twice-over for Cole. This twice-over love, I guess, makes the once-over screwing they give David more acceptable.

Maybe as a story of personal growth this story would go down better. But the thing is, Ella doesn’t really change. At the end of the book, she still seems like she has as much direction as a piece of dandelion fluff. She’s just attached herself to a different man’s dream.

I think we’re supposed to blame David for the betrayal he is dealt at the hands of his long-term girlfriend and his best friend. Why? Because he didn’t make sure that every place they ate had gluten-free options? Ella had a million chances to speak up about it. If she acts like it doesn’t matter, David should second-guess her? There’s a profound lack of agency in how the author approaches Ella’s life – like a man’s job is to intuit what a woman wants, despite what she might say otherwise. I can’t blame David for thinking that Ella shared his dreams after she told him over and over that she did. I was hoping that the next book might be about him and his chance at love, but it looks like he’s an abandoned character. In this world, failing to intuit the desires a woman has determined to hide means one is unworthy of love – or even loyalty from a friend.