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.
Miss Riki’s Review:
I really enjoyed this first New Adult novel from established author Melissa Pearl. I think that the premise is really intriguing and the setup with the backdrop of classic jazz music is really well done. It is, of course a romance, but it also centers on larger New Adult themes of finding yourself and choosing the right path for you, despite opposition. I love that the novel is heavily steeped in musical themes and found the musical aspect to really do a good job of driving the plot forward. It’s an intriguing backdrop for romance, and does a good job of setting up a really interesting dynamic between the two lead characters.
As for characterization, Ella Simmons is an ideal leading lady. For much of the novel she is shy and unsure of herself, but she makes a wonderful transition to a woman who knows what she wants and goes for it. I like novels that show the main character on a journey, and Ella definitely takes one, finding out little by little through tough life lessons that only she can make a life for herself. Her character development is flawless. Ella’s boyfriend David is probably the least well-developed character in the book, coming across as one-dimensional and very predictable. It’s easy to see how Ella would eventually back away from his headstrong and controlling ways, and I disliked him from the start. For all the simplicity in David’s character, the author does an excellent job of developing the man that Ella eventually falls head-over-heels for. Cole Reynolds is smoldering and good looking and everything I love in a love interest. Not only is he smoking hot and has a swoon-worthy voice, but he’s sweet and attentive too. I’m so tired of the bad boy trope in New Adult literature, and Melissa pearl does a wonderful job of making Cole so much more than that.
If you’re looking for a unique storyline with a heavy romantic element, this is a great novel. It’s unique and fun to read, with a great friendship plot as well as a steamy romance. It’s not particularly steamy in the bedroom scenes and is overall pretty tame. Fever is a quick read that kept me interested from start to finish. I’ll definitely check out future planned books in the Songbird series from Melissa Pearl.