Series: Songbird #1
Published by Self-published on May 29, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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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.
While I was looking at some freebies on iBooks, I saw this title and I realised I knew the cover but I didn’t know what the book was about. After reading the blurb, I thought it was time for me to try a Melissa Pearl’s book.
I really liked how the characters meet, or better hear each other sing over their shower walls and start developing a fascination for their voices. As a reader, I couldn’t wait for them to find out about their identities, but I also didn’t want for it to happen too soon because I was truly enjoying their brief, teasing encounters. Ella and Cole are quite right for each other, but she has some serious issues to take care of in order to be happy and, well, basically start living. The double POV helps connecting with them both and so does the mention here and there of a few events from the past but, truth to be told, certain present events seemed to run too fast and this kinda ruined some conversations for me. Also, although I can’t say I liked how David—Ella’s boyfriend—behaved, I can’t completely blame him for everything in the end.
Overall, it’s a fast read with that particular song element that makes it original and puts a smile on your face. The book can be read as a stand-alone, but the other characters in the story could grab your attention to the point you’ll want to read the other instalments in the series.