on June 15th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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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.
Reviewed by Joanne
*An E-ARC was supplied to me in exchange for review*
This is the first Melissa Pearl book that I’ve read, but it won’t be my last! I loved the writing style, the pace of the book, and the dialogue between the characters flowed just right. I wasn’t sure how I would relate to the music, because I don’t know a great deal about Jazz, but I was surprised to find that I knew almost all of the songs that were mentioned and I thought they fitted really well into the story.
Ella likes to sing, but never in public. Whilst singing in the shower block that she thought was empty, she is shocked to hear a guy joining in with her. She doesn’t get to see the guy but is mesmerised by his voice, and also thrilled that he knew the songs she was singing.
Cole has never been in love but when the voice of an angel floated out across the shower block he vowed to meet her and get to know her better. He doesn’t get to see her after the shower but he can’t stop thinking about her. Until he meets his best friends girlfriend who has recently transferred to Chicago. When he sets eyes on Ella, he is shocked to find he is attracted to her which is not good because she is strictly off-limits.
I felt for Ella, she had uprooted herself to join her boyfriend, only to be left to her own devices more often than she would like. She was lonely, and was so intent on making David happy, she didn’t really consider her own feelings. She has been an orphan since she was 15, and then taken in by an aunt who wasn’t exactly maternal. She is so afraid of being alone again that she’s willing to let David take control of her life. She goes along with him to keep the peace and doesn’t let him see the real person she is underneath.
When she meets Cole there’s an instant attraction, she experiences feelings she’s never encountered before and this makes her question her commitment to David. The chemistry between them was electric, but it was more than that, Ella and Cole have so much in common they’re perfect for each other.
Cole was a perfect gent, he tried to do the honourable thing and keep away but he was drawn to Ella. He could see that David was not the right guy for Ella, but he knew that she would have to make that decision herself. His anguish at finally finding a girl he connected with, but couldn’t have was heart-breaking. He tries to forget about her and find his ‘Songbird’ from the shower block, but you know how that’s going to go down!
There was so much I loved about this story, but I felt the ending was a bit rushed. I know that this is book one in a series so I hope that there is more to come from Ella and Cole.