Book one in the Songbird series. Each book can be read as a standalone.
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.
Ella is Cole’s best friend David’s girlfriend. Already, that’s a difficult situation. Not only is she his girlfriend, she’s his girlfriend of three years and the girl he has every intention of marrying. But, when Ella and Cole meet, they are immediately attracted to each other.
“I couldn’t take my eyes off Ella. It was bad. I felt like some star-struck kid who was staring at a world-famous celebrity.”
The morning after Ella’s first night at UChicago, she’s drawn to this voice she hears through the wall of the bathroom. And, Cole’s feelings are much the same. But, they have no idea who the other person is. Neither can stop thinking about the other.
They meet each other outside of the bathrooms too, not knowing that the others sings and, again, there’s this deep connection neither can ignore.
As you can see, that’s a big problem. And, a trope that is used quite often in romance- a love triangle. But, it was done so well that it didn’t seem like the cliché trope most people hate. The “Oh who do I choose” wasn’t annoying.
After losing both parents at a younger age, Ella was lost. David was there to help steer her back on the right track, keep her grounded. And, for quite some time she had used him as her crutch. So, when it got to the point of whether or not she really loved David, she couldn’t choose because of how much involvement David had in her life, how much he influenced her decisions. David was a really big problem.
I didn’t really like him at all. He kind of decided everything for her. And, it seemed like he didn’t even really know Ella at all. He just knew what he wanted out of her.
“We hate loud bands like that.”
Ella and Cole just seemed like the perfect match. Two twenty-one (ish) year olds bonding over jazz music. That’s not something you see everyday. Ella was herself around Cole and I really thought she felt so much free-er with him. David was her security blanket, Cole was her inspiration. She loved his dreams and wanted to share them with him. She loved the fact that he was following his dreams.
The only problem I had, and I’m going to vague as to not ruin anything, was that Ella tried to fix things in a physical way.
Otherwise, I really can’t fault this book. It was really good and I’m so glad I read it. I loved everything about it from their funny little shower concert to the end. They were such a perfect match.
And, the next book is about her best friend Morgan and I really want to read it.
*******At the end here, I’m including a slight rant spoiler. Do not open if you have not read the book.*******
Okay, so back to the shower scene when Elle and Cole are going to meet. Cole waits outside the door for her and I was like “oh, they’re meeting already. Is he going to recognise her as David’s girlfriend?” And then it’s in his perspective, he’s like “What’s your name?” Response: “Caroline.” I THOUGHT SHE GAVE HIM A FAKE NAME FOR WHATEVER IDIOTIC REASON AND HE DIDN’T RECOGNISE HER. But no, next chapter, it’s her POV and she’s like “Where is he?” OH GOD, I WAS FUMING. But, laughing at the same time. It’d be too perfect if that went smoothly but still oh my god. Tell me how you felt if you’ve read it.
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