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- Publication Date: December 19, 2015
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- Language: English
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A Songbird Novel Box Set (Fever, Bulletproof, Everything, Home) Kindle Edition
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By Melissa Pearl
I love this book and this writer. I honestly, read “Fever” twice. It is the story of Ella Simmons and Cole Reynolds. Ella’s boyfriend David wants Ella to leave LA and join him at his UCollege to finish her education. Ella is reluctant to leave her life in LA to join David but goes anyway to please him. Once there, Ella takes a room in a co-ed College dormitory. One morning she goes and takes a shower only to meet her future through the shower head. Where one morning she encounters her future in a disembodied masculine voice singing “Cheek to Cheek” along with her in the shower. It is a sweet encounter between the two Protagonist which melts your heart. They talk to each other through the shower head until Cole asks her her name and Ella runs out of the bathroom.
David introduces Ella to Cole, who is David’s best friend and roommate. Cole is immediately smitten and enchanted with the pretty and sweet Ella. Thinking how he would treat her if Ella’s was his girl. Ella is immediately attracted to the very handsome Greek Adonis; who she nicknames “Superman.” But she convinces herself she loves David. Cole and Ella do not know that they have already met through the shower head of the Co-Ed shower.lol The revelation in the middle of the story when they find out the truth is bittersweet. They are happy but both know that they can never be together without both breaking David’s heart. Ella and Cole say and do nothing to tell David the truth; leaving it as is until one night David proposes to Ella.
This book is charmingly sweet. It reminds me of those Classic romantic comedies with little too no sex. Lol The sex is real and loving. You can see the couple are truly in love and want to show that love. Their love is pure and sexual and not in a vulgar way. You truly see as they fall deeper and deeper in love and you also see why they fall in love with each other. The book is written first person so you really get into the hearts and minds of every character. Even David’s, which I liked. What I also liked is the author didn’t make David “The Evil boyfriend” who hits Ella or screams at her, making her feel like crap. He was just normal good guy who Absolutely is in love with Ella. David thought Ella wanted everything he wanted because Ella said she did. He never forced her to like everything he liked. It was Ella’s who made him think she did. Anyway, I just admired the author not going that easy route of making the boyfriend an abusive, bi-polar, anti social monster. Lol I truly loved Ella’s and Coles love story. It was romantic, sweet, and sexy with real emotional conflicts. I highly recommend this love story. I give this story five out of five stars.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: 4.5 stars -- OK, that was just about perfect. It's hard to watch a meek character like Ella take so much time developing her backbone, but it does feel fantastic when she finally starts making the right decisions.....
You'd think that this would be a love triangle book....but it really wasn't. It was more like a book about Ella finally figuring out who she was and who she wanted to be. I can't imagine the devastation of the losses she suffered, so I could totally believe her desperate desire for safety and consistency. And this was the book where she finally realized she could let that go, and that sometimes safety can break your heart too.
I will admit, I didn't really like David....but at the same time, I really hated that Ella couldn't see what she was doing to him by trying to *not* hurt him. I thought their relationship was actually dealt with quite well....like a real relationship, and how things can change and grow and sometimes not change and grow together. I felt for David, and I was glad that he set her straight on some things in the end, and made her open her eyes.
OK, on to the good stuff. Ella and Cole together. Yeah, that was awesome. When Ella was with Cole (and not silently berating herself), she was really adorable and fun and I could totally see what drew them to each other (other than just lust). They had that connection from the start, and I believed it. And holy cow did they have chemistry. I was right there with Morgan and Jody at the swing dance....jaw dropping awesomeness. Even though the story was told from both POVs, I kind of felt it was more Ella's story than Cole's. He had some issues to work through, but I saw more growth from Ella all in all.
I loved EVERY SINGLE singing shower scene. It was filled with so much emotions but so much lightness at the same time. And that ending pretty much hit it out of the park. Can't wait to read the epilogue when it's posted, b/c this couple just sticks with you.
ON REREAD: 4 stars -- Honestly, I pretty much agree with everything I said up there, some things just bothered me a bit more than the last time. I guess we just change as readers you know? It is a bit slower to start, I think I forgot that. But once we get into it and start to see those changes in Ella, I started becoming really invested in the story. And Cole and Ella just have so much chemistry.
Honestly, my slight change in rating is really just about a few little things. I just had a harder time coping with Ella's choices wrt David. She frustrated me just a bit more than last time. Though I would liken her to Pam in the Office (US), and that somehow made me accept her a bit more. Sometimes people just become complacent and stick with what they know, resisting the scariness of change. I'm also less keen on reading about Ella being *with* David, b/c it makes my romantic heart cringe. And I didn't always understand the friendship between Cole and David...you really didn't get to see much of it, so I don't understand what drew them together. But it could be a case of Cole was David's best friend, but not vice versa. That might make more sense, b/c I really don't think David understands relationships of any kind.
Despite all that, the slow burn, the angst, the feels, and the chemistry between Cole and Ella was just...GAH! So worth it. And I LOVED Ella's friendships with Morgan and Jody. I can't wait to finally read their stories.
4.5 stars -- OMG, I was sucked into this one right from the start. I had just finished trying to read a different book and was super frustrated and cranky, so even though it was after midnight I knew I needed a different taste in my mouth in order to fall asleep, so I started Bulletproof. MISTAKE! Then began an endless stream of "just one more chapter, just one more chapter." GAH! And while my tired eyes failed me and I only got a few hours in, I gobbled the rest of the book up the next day.
Morgan intrigued the heck out of me in Fever. She was this strong, forthright girl who seemed very confident in everything she did. And she honestly was everything I thought she was, but she was also more. She is honestly one of the most unique heroines I've read. She was vulnerable in a way I don't think I read about a lot. We really get a great glimpse into what has made her into the girl she is today, someone who honestly feels as though they have to be "bulletproof", has to contain their emotions, and who went from having responsibility thrust upon them too young to not being able to function without taking charge. She was so conflicted within herself, so damaged, but so determined that that was her lot in life. I also enjoyed that she was a very sexual girl who truly enjoyed sex, but also used it as a means of feeling self-worth. Because I honestly think that a girl can be both of those things; so often we see the damage, and it makes it seem as though a girl can't enjoy sex. I wish she'd had a smoother road on that one, but then it wouldn't be Morgan you know? She really had a crazy journey to go on, and my heart ached for her. She made some very poor choices in this book at times, but that just made her more real I guess. I think her one choice near the end would have turned me off in any other book, but for some reason I was ok with how Morgan got to that point. It fit her character, as much as it pains me to say that. She was flawed. And maybe she needed to hit that point in order to wake up and confront her demons.
Wow, sorry, that got long. All that to say, while I really am nothing like Morgan, I really loved her in the end, despite all her flaws. And as a fellow tall girl, I LOVED having a tall girl as a heroine. We have our own unique challenges, and I loved that she wasn't self-conscious about it. I also loved that she was a dancer, and a great one, because so often dancers are always petite. Nicely done Ms. Pearl.
And then we get to Sean. Damn, but he had his own flaws too. I feel like again, as in Fever, I felt more for the heroine's journey than the hero's. He did have his own journey to go on, but I felt like we didn't get to dive quite as deep with him. I loved that we got to see him struggle with his poor upbringing, and that he was easily swayed and influenced about his own worth in the industry. It shows that while he may look confident to the outside world, he is struggling to believe in himself as well. He disappointed me as well, but like with Morgan, I kind of understood why he made certain poor choices. He had his own journey to go on, to grow and come into his own.
And I ADORED their courtship. I loved that circumstances meant they actually were forced to go slow and get to know each other. I LOVED how nervous Sean was, but how instantly drawn to Morgan he was. And holy cow, their chemistry!! Seriously, reading about them dancing was just hot (even if I couldn't always picture the moves that were described)! But yeah, you could really feel what drew them together, and while there was a strong physical attraction component, I felt their connection in other ways too.
I can't decide how I feel about Rhonda and Travis. It's not that I don't honestly believe there are people out there like that, but occasionally they felt a little over the top. I believed Rhonda a bit more, but with Travis, I couldn't help but wonder why no one else wanted to intervene.
I LOVED seeing Ella and Cole happy together. I'm very intrigued about Jody's story, and I appreciated how Morgan had to deal with stepping back from her usual Mother role as well. And I LOVED Isabella, for both Sean and Morgan!! I also loved the advice that Morgan got from Grandma Deb, and Sean got from his Mom.
So yeah. Definitely a hit. This book may have had its moments that broke my heart, made me cringe for the characters, but I think that made the end of the journey that much more satisfying!
4 stars -- Ah, another sweet sweet love story!! I loved how this one turned out, and the hea we got!!
I wasn't sure how I was going to like Jody's story, b/c Jody herself gave me some reservations, particularly in Bulletproof. And while she was still a bit of a drama queen for me, we did get to see her grow up a bit over the course of the book. I wouldn't have minded a bit more growth with her, but I think she just might not be my favourite heroine, and that's OK you know? While it was hard to see her act so naively even at the beginning of the book, it really made her growth as a mother so much more impactful. I found myself rooting for her and the strides she was making in her independence. I think the nature of her personality will always have her feeling a bit young, but it worked for her, especially as a match to Leo.
Leo was extra adorable, he was so my kind of hero! I loved how sweet and kind he was, and he really reminded me of my Dad. We always used to joke that my Dad always had a song for everything, and he would break out into songs all the time...it was one of my favourite qualities about him, so of course I loved that aspect of Leo as well. I will admit that I didn't really feel like his background made much of an impact on who he was, and I kind of wanted some of that to come into play, or to learn more about it. I feel like he had a really unique past in Australia, but it was kind of just glossed over, so I wondered what the point was. Not that it was a big deal, but I guess I kept waiting for his parents to have an impact, or to just dive in a wee bit more to why he got married so young.
Leo and Jody brought out the best in each other. I loved the way Leo brought the sunshine back to Jody...how they connected so perfectly over music. They brought happy smiles to each other, and thus brought happy smiles to me. There were so many cute scenes that I fell in love with, especially the Dance With Me Tonight scene. That was just gold. And I loved how he called her foxy pants! I didn't feel their sexual chemistry quite as much as say Morgan and Sean, or even Cole and Ella, but their romantic chemistry and friendship chemistry was fantastic.
And I ADORED the way Leo was with Angel. While I'm not huge on kids, I really felt like Jody's struggles raising Angel, and how that impacted her romantic relationships was well portrayed. And you could really tell that Leo was falling in love with *both* his girls.
I will say, the highlight for me in this book was the musical. I really loved that we got to learn what it was about, and see bits of the lyrics of some of the songs. I kind of want to see this musical!! Ms. Pearl needs to write it! :P You know, in her spare time. *rolls eyes*
The climax and resolution of this book was spot on...I was crying and crying and then smiling so big! And the epilogue was gold. Time to continue my read-a-thon!! I can't wait to reread Rather Be now that I've truly met Leo and Angel!
3.75 stars -- While these books are all standalone, you do get something a bit extra when you read them all. And I actually skipped over 2-4 the first time around, so after reading True Love and Rather Be, I was hella interested in finally reading Josh and Rachel's story. And it's funny, b/c while I'm a romantic at heart, this wasn't a typical love story for me. Which is not a bad thing, it's more that there were many other aspects that drew me into this story, and for once the romance wasn't the biggest part.
Both of our characters are hecka flawed, with a lot of growing to do, and in this story we see them as an established couple at the beginning, and then they end up on separate paths to do their own growing before finding their way back to each other. The problem with this is that I didn't necessarily feel *quite* the same investment in them as a couple as I normally do in my romance novels. It wasn't that they weren't super cute together, or they didn't make me smile...or that I wasn't rooting for them. But it just felt a bit different than my normal romances. I was rooting for them not because I knew much about what they were like together, but because I believed them when they told me that the other was their "person" and that they were their true love, and so I wanted them both to find their happiness. Does that make sense? Probably not.
As with most of the Songbird novels, I felt a smidgeon more for Rachel's story than for Josh's. It wasn't that Josh didn't have his own path to go on, but I just felt more invested in Rachel's path. Maybe it's because Josh was so bad with open emotions, I always felt like I wanted just a bit more from him. BUT he really was the perfect big intimidating man with a marshmallow center. I loved that he was so quiet and reserved, but would not take crap from anyone. I loved the way he was protective of Rachel. So many of his reactions felt just very young. He was an interesting dichotomy in that sense, in that he had all this responsibility with the bar, but I felt like he still had a lot of growing to do with relationships. Not that I could blame him with the heartaches he experienced in his past. I really did understand why he was so quick to jump to conclusions, and why he turtled to protect himself. And while I wouldn't have minded a bit more groveling on his part for the mean words he said to Rachel, as a man of few words I understand that was probably more than could be asked for.
Rachel also suffered from being young and naive. It was PAINFUL to see her get taken for a ride...it's so hard being a reader and seeing all the pitfalls, and wanting to yell at your character "OPEN YOUR EYES!! DON'T SIGN THAT!!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING???" But I could totally see how this probably happens every day to young girls with more dreams than common sense... But it hurt to read. And while it sucked to see her believing the threats, they felt real to me, and I could see how she would assume she didn't have another out. I felt like the time it took her to figure things out was realistic too, even if it sucked. I was happy with the turns that story took, and it was actually really gratifying to see her figuring herself out, what she was capable of, and what she wanted from life.
And I think that's where this story wins. It's a love story where the couple really *needed* to separate and learn to stand on their own, so they could really understand what they needed from each other. And it made that moment where she sings, and then the whole phone call part just so gratifying, I wanted to whoop out loud!! I love when a climax is that satisfying.
I also ADORED the cameos from Jody, Leo and Angel. That was so satisfying. I'm sure it would be interesting even if you'd never read Everything, but it was like awesomesauce after reading it. AND! I loved seeing more of what happened between Nessa and Josh!! That always felt a little bit unfulfilling in True Love, so while these are all truly standalones, you really do get more out of the experience if you read them all (and in order). Now I'm going to reread til the end of the series!! It's so fun seeing the little glimpses of where characters weave in and out of each book, connecting them all in some way.
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