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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
BLOG TOUR: Fever by Melissa Pearl
Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Fever, the first novel in the Songbird series, by Melissa Pearl! Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance Series: The Songbird Series Publish Date: June 15, 2014 Synopsis:
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 L.A. 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 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 L.A. - Ella Simmons.
Relationships are put to the ultimate test as future dreams are questioned and friendships are thrown on the line for love.
Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently se signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book was released in February 2014 - True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.
"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my sould that I never new I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."
Well... I loved the story! A story of unexpected love found in the most unique places...haha! I loved the well developed characters in this university setting. It's always scary to move to a new place, especially for new college student Ella. She's following her boyfriend's dream/plan for the future, but what she didn't expect is that she will be put to the test and soon well-made plans doesn't go as planned.
I loved how the story unraveled, especially that Ella learned more about herself as she opened up to new things and a new person...namely Cole...and learned more about herself. I could also say the same for Cole. All the characters developed and grew after each chapter...figuring out what they want in life. With love and support of "family" and friends, both Ella and Cole learned of the sacrifices that were made to find their happiness...and find that love that made their heart "zing." The story was definitely not rushed, each chapter felt like a step that they each had to take to realize what their hearts most desired. It was very frustrating to see Ella in a relationship that didn't "fit" her. At some point, I was pretty frustrated with Ella for not standing up for herself with David...and how long it took her to realize it. But, in the end, Ella could no longer deny what her hear wanted.
I guess I could say I felt "proud" of Ella to finally taking that stand for herself, and taking that time to really find herself and figure out what she wants in her life. What I loved about Cole and Ella's story is that a lot of young adults and new adults alike can relate to situations like this...not exactly like it, but similar. It can be a scary thing to move to a new place, especially when going to college. To leave the comfort and security of home can be intimidating.
Fever is an amazing new adult contemporary romance that is filled with self realization, heartache, music, laughs, and undeniable romance that got me to tears in some parts. A story that I could not put down. In a sense, this novel felt like a coming-of-age story for Ella...for her to finally come into her own and the confidence to do it.