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by Melissa Pearl, Regina Wamba
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 LA expecting to


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 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 UChicago, the only thing he wants to do is finish school and get on with his 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.

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Fever (A Songbird Novel) 4.1 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read to page 53 and couldn't get any farther. I really tried to like it but up until that page it was mostly back story with a little current story included. I thought it wasn't necessary to include a memory scene for every mention of the past.uu
Anonymous 9 months ago
I should have known by the description that this was crap: "his deep, sexy tenor". Tenors aren't deep voices.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Enjoyed the story and style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just loved the whole story... and listening to all the songs mentioned in the book was incredible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Couldn't put it down. Cole and ella are made for each other
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story, liked the music aspect, which is why I gave it 4 instead of 3 stars. The 3 colleges in 2 years was a little strange, especially since University of Chicago, a very selective outstanding institution, is sandwiched between 2 junior colleges, and she had even gotten a scholarship. True, she had only applied because of her boyfriend. But she is, in a way, letting men control her life again by not taking advantage of the excellent educational opportunity at her feet. Ella was obviously smart enough to go anywhere and did not need to limit herself by going to a junior college again. And she probably did not really need to leave a place large enough to avoid people she did not want to see, or she could maybe have taken a leave of absence. At the level she was, there was still room to take various classes to decide what she really wanted to major in, even at another 4 year college, if she really had to throw away UC. And how convenient the 2 main characters,who are orphans, happen to have trust funds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story and have nothing bad to say well wrote and cute
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was a slow starter but overall it was incredible. The ending had me smiling and crying and flipping the pages!!!! Incredible
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!!!
jr347 More than 1 year ago
Good book dealing with dating, going to college and finding you may not be meant for each other. It is a good and easy read. You will enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story between a couple. David and ell a are in love dating for 3 yrs.. until she moves to his college. He is absorbed with studying. She just wants to make him happy. Until someone comes into pic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2-1/2 stars, on the boring side. C
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STHall More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed very much. Ready to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love this book.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Mark My Words Book Publicity in return for a fair and honest review. This is the story of Ella, a character who loves Jazz but has absolutely no backbone to speak of. She is a people pleaser as she is afraid of them leaving her. Now, normally, a character like Ella would have me screaming at my Kindle to "grow a spine!" However, something about Ella drew me in. Perhaps it was the occasional glimpses of who she could be, given the right circumstances and encouragement. Cole starts off as a bit of a player but soon falls for his 'shower girl'. The two of them not knowing who they were but in constant contact was amusing. Cole changes his mind from being a player to having an unknown girl be 'the one' for him but that is the only thing that is rushed. It progresses slowly and naturally between Cole and Ella. David I felt sorry for. He's really not the right guy for Ella but he was there when she needed him so he's not really the bad guy of the show either. He doesn't see Ella or consider her wants but then she doesn't open her mouth either so it's not all his fault. This was a very well-written contemporary romance between two college students as they learn who they are, what they want and how to go about getting it. I loved the ending with Ella (no spoilers) - I thought it absolutely perfect and was so happy to see it happen. If you have read any other of Melissa Pearl's books, then you already know you are in for a treat. If you haven't - and you like new adult contemporary romance - then I can recommend you start with this one.
taylor_longford More than 1 year ago
I loved this newest offering by Melissa Pearl. This contemporary romance between Ella and Cole stands out from the crowd. The fact that Ella falls in love with her boyfriend's roommate makes for some interesting tension as Ella and Cole struggle to do the right thing. But eventually it becomes clear that David is not everything you'd want in a soulmate (although he's not a monster either) and Ella and Cole find their happily-ever-after together. The writing, pacing and plotting are perfect in this wonderful college romance. I highly recommend it to lovers of the New Adult genre.
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
Finding love and oneself in the most unexpected places and situations! Loved it! Note: This review contains no spoilers 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.
Echo_InkBerryBooks More than 1 year ago
Fever is about Ella, a girl who let her boyfriend of three years talk her into leaving her cozy little community college to go to the University of Chicago. Granted, talking her into it was made easier by the fact that one of her best friends goes there,too. Ella has a little problem, though. She's completely let her boyfriend control her life. Not in an abusive way, she's just basically given up herself and done what he wanted. Kind of an extreme form of "whatever makes you happy makes me happy." Not the best way to be. But after moving, Ella sort of meets someone who makes her reconsider what she's always wanted and the fact that she's denying herself real happiness.  Ella is realistic in the way she handles situations. From becoming withdrawn and shy after losing her parents to her apprehension with meeting Cole. There's no instalove here. Ella takes the time to weigh her decisions and decide what's best for her in the long run. When she realizes that living David's happily ever after isn't going to satisfy her, but at the same time, not wanting to hurt one of the few trusted people in her life, she takes the time to step back and examines their relationship with new eyes.  One thing I liked was that there really wasn't a "bad guy". David was a good guy who was just doing what he'd always done. He was headstrong, determined and focused on his future with Ella. He wasn't doing anything to hold her back, and in fact, encouraged just about everything she wanted to do. The guy really didn't know he was doing anything wrong, and for the most part, he wasn't. David and Ella's relationship situation was on her. She shoud have done something to change it. But sometimes, the person you love isn't the person you're supposed to be with.  Cole is damaged, but he's worked hard to overcome the hand he's been dealt. He's secure and planning for his future when Ella throws a kink in everything he thought he wanted. But, not wanting to hurt his best friend, he puts her on the back burner and tries to refocus his attentions. I like that Cole didn't throw his friendship out the window as soon as Ella walked in. He valued David and didn't want to hurt someone he cared about. This would not have happened in most books. But leave it to Melissa Pearl... Melissa Pearl has a knack for writing great characters. Not just the main ones, but also the side characters. I love how with just a few mentions, the best friends have their own stories as well. You can tell how much Morgan and Jo-Jo mean to Ella. I just wish we got to see a little more of Ella and Cole at the end. I feel like I was cut off way too soon.  I love the musical references throughout Fever. They're relevant to the story, but they're classics. Not something everyone appreciates. Now, I'll be the first to tell you that classic jazz is not my forte, but I still appreciate it.  All in all, Fever is a good book that's kicking off what can only amount to a great series. Melissa Pearl writes emotion you can feel with characters you can't help but love. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.  I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way shaped or influenced my opinion.
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mathphilosopher More than 1 year ago
Melissa Pearl’s “Fever” is a must-read for Young Adult Romance Lovers. I love the story and the characters and the infusion of music throughout the book. If you love the song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers, then you must go immediately click the buy link right now. I know I love that song and even the silly video for it – how did those guys open and close their mouths so far so fast? Amazing! Just like this book. So romantic and special. This is the first book in the Songbird Series and I can’t wait to read the next one. Hopefully the next one will be a smidge longer, I felt like I finished this story too fast!
Book_worms77 More than 1 year ago
This is Ella and Cole's story.  I gave this book 5 stars.  Ella and her boyfriend move from LA to Chicago, she doesn't want to, but he has persuaded her to go with him. I think because Ella has lost her parents it is easier for David to manipulate her and have her do what he wants her to do. At times it was so hard for me not to scream for her to stick up for herself. Once she gets to college she expects to adjust to life and move on, but what she doesn't expect is to find a man that she cannot resist. Cole is her boyfriends roommate and should be off limits. Cole is feeling the same connection to her and can hardly resist her. He is caught between a rock and a hard place with her being his best friends girl. Is she worth the risk? What will she do and most importantly what will he do?  This is a book about following your heart, and the consequences of doing that. Cole is such a sweetheart and it broke my heart that he finally found a girl that he was willing to give everything to and she turns out to be his best friends girl. Love is tested, lessons are learned and nothing will ever be the same in this coming of age story. It is a must read! Thank you for you amazing story Melissa! I can't wait to read the next one!!! <3 
preppea More than 1 year ago
Great New Adult & Coming-of-Age Romance FEVER is a sweet new adult romance about becoming independent and making choices even when they hurt the ones you love.   Ella hasn’t had an easy life.  She lost both her parents as a young teen and had to move in with an aunt who didn’t want her.   Losing her parents took her confidence and she found security and strength in three relationships: her two best friends and her boyfriend, David.  David is assertive and sure of himself and has enough drive for the both of them.  So when he assures her that moving to Chicago is the right path despite her reservations, she ignores her doubts and goes along with it.  But little by little she realizes she’s given him so much power she doesn’t have a voice of her own.  She hides her own passions and desires because they don’t fall in line with David’s plans for their lives.   When she meets David’s roommate and best friend, Cole, he sees the real her and probes until he finds out what she really thinks and feels.  Out of loyalty and guilt, Ella denies her growing feelings for Cole but the same can’t be said for the mystery man in the co-ed shower who sings jazz with her.  Little by little a fire of desire grows in Ella and that combined with her frustration of being overpowered by David make her question her life plan.   Can she really give up her own desires out of loyalty to the boy who rescued her when she felt alone and abandoned?  Or will she follow her heart and wreak havoc on other people’s feelings and friendships in the process?  FEVER is a story about hard choices, growing up, and finding love.  It was clean and PG rated, but I found that refreshing rather than a negative.  Melissa Pearl did a good job of forcing the heroine to face tough choices without giving her an easy out with a mean or cheating boyfriend.  I kept waiting for David to do something unforgivable but really it was a lack of observation on his part and even more so a choice on Ella’s part to hide her true feelings from David.  She never allows him to see the real her so the fault is just as much hers as it is his.  I liked that FEVER didn’t take the easy path and as a result, the story felt more honest. FEVER is a great new adult and coming-of-age romance and is clean enough for the older young adult audience to read it as well.  It’s a romance that can pass genres and be enjoyed by many for its heart and vulnerability.  **Complimentary copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.
MySecretBookSpot More than 1 year ago
Fever (Songbird #1) by Melissa Pearl 5 out of 5 Stars I'm not a jazz fan, but I am a HUGE fan of singing in the shower, sexy men who like singing duets, and great girlfriends that take you out dancing!!  All of which are strongly showcased in Pearl's latest book!!   Ella, an orphan of heart and spirit as well as being without parents since she was 15, finds herself in Chicago.  Going to school at a university she didn't really pick, for a degree she doesn't really want, with a boyfriend who has lots of plans that she's not sure she wants anymore, but they're all safe choices that have been laid out for her by people she trusts, so what could go wrong.  A better question is what could go right after an early morning shower when you are singing your favorite song and a sexy, silky voice adds Lois Armstrong's part to your Ella Fitzgerald, over the wall?  That's what Ella had to ask herself until said "Shower Guy" made her body hot and then asked to meet her.  How could she cheat, even mentally or vocally? Then we have Cole, the curly haired, blue eyed, best-friend of Ella's boyfriend who is full of passion and dreams.  Not only is he easy to talk to and considerate of her short comings, but he shares her love of jazz.  Having been orphaned himself, the two form a friendship that truly pushes Ella past her comfort zone and into an unknown place of independence and yearning for a future of her own design. This was my first book by Pearl and I was exceptionally pleased with her style, flow, and character development.  The entire cast felt well rounded and real, fleshed out and multi-dimensional, which was so refreshing.  I enjoyed the emotional development Ella went through as she grew through her experiences and felt it was a natural progression and not too fast or drug out as some authors tend to do.  So a huge recommendation and I can't wait for Morgan's story in Nov! *A complimentary copy was given in exchange for an honest review* Pepper, My Secret Book Spot