Book Review: Fever by Melissa Pearl

Posted July 18, 2014 by love2dazzle in New Adult, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from the PR company in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Fever by Melissa PearlFever by Melissa Pearl
Series: Songbird #1
Published by Createspace, Createspace Independent Pub on May 29, 2014
Genres: Adolescence, College, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Dating & Sex, Fiction, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: the PR company
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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.

“Fever” by Melissa Pearl was very interesting to say the least. I thought that “Fever” started out really slow in the beginning. I got close to giving up on the book but then it started to get really good. I continued on with the story. I have to say that it did get better but it was so slow the begin with and there wasn’t a whole lot to keep a reader attached to the story.

Ella is a young woman who would rather be on the side lines of someone else’s story rather than be the star in her own story. Ella just goes along with her boyfriend David’s plans instead of making her own. Now Ella is attending UChicago where her boyfriend David goes to school. Ella isn’t very happy at her new school but since David is happy she is trying to be. Then one day Ella hears this guy singing in the shower and she falls in love with his voice. Thinking that she is a bad girlfriend since she finds another guys voice attractive over her boyfriends, Ella tries to ignore her feelings, but then she becomes attracted to Cole too. Cole is David’s roommate and best friend. Cole finds himself attracted to Ella. Cole doesn’t want to act on his feelings because Ella is dating David and David is his roommate and best friend. Cole just can’t get Ella out of his head.

I think “Fever” is an interesting new adult story. I didn’t feel like the characters were fleshed out enough. Ella was a little bit too annoying for me and David seemed like a control freak. I kind of liked Cole but again I didn’t feel like I was able to get to know the characters very well. Someone is bound to get her because either Ella and Cole are going to be together or they aren’t so no matter how you look at it someone will end up hurt.

I think the story line was pretty decent. I think the story line was the only thing that was keeping my interest in the first place. I wanted to see who was going to end up together and how the story was going to end. I was wanting to see if Ella was going to follow her dreams or not. Even though this is a contemporary novel, it was the mystery that was keeping my attention as the reader. I definitely think readers should give “Fever” a shot. It is one of the better novels that I have read in the new adult genre.


About Melissa Pearl

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 she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out 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 soul that I never knew 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.”

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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