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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,223 ratings  ·  269 reviews
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 l
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published June 11th 2014 (first published May 29th 2014)
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 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this one. Alot. It certainly put me out of my "3Star" reading book funk lately. And that's always a welcome thing :)

This was a romantic, sexy read. Some hard truths here but I felt the outcomes were portrayed in a very realistic manner for all parties involved. No fluff, but no overt cruelty either. It was real. And sometimes real isn't always sweet. But that doesn't mean that good things can't come from the bittersweet.

Though I think this was a really good intro to this series, I have
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** 

Fever is the first new adult romance book that I have had the pleasure of reading from Melissa Pearl, and I enjoyed it so much that I am left wondering if there is anything this lady can't write the pants off of. I have loved her suspense/thrillers, her young adult paranormal, her young adult contemporaries, and now this. The characters in Fever are not perfect, but that was kind of what I liked about them. It totall
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Meh. I kinda wasn't interested in it at all.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Wow. This book is boring.
I honestly don't know how I finished this like if it was longer I don't think I could've completed it.
The first reason to why I hated this book so much is that it wasn't creative and there was NOTHING new about it, also it was so cheesy, I just couldn't take it.
The second reason is that the characters sucked. If the characters were good, funny and a little bit special I might've liked the book, but they were the most ordinary, dull characters I've ever read about, I
Kami Dodson-Perry
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Ella & Cole

Ella and David have been dating since high school, 2 Years. With David off to college in Chicago and Ella still in LA the two are starting to grow apart, they just don't know it yet.

When Ella moves to Chicago and switches colleges to be near David and stick to David's plan for their future, she starts to see that she has never really been herself or free with David.

Ella wants to please David but she is starting to see that wanting to please him will not make her happy and will destroy
Lenore Kosinski

ORIGINAL REVIEW: 4.5 stars -- OK, that was just about perfect. It's hard to watch a meek character like Ella take so much time developing her backbone, but it does feel fantastic when she finally starts making the right decisions.....

You'd think that this would be a love triangle book....but it really wasn't. It was more like a book about Ella finally figuring out who she was and who she wanted to be. I can't imagine the devastation of the losses she suffe
Melissa Pearl
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my first NA contemporary romance...and I'm so excited about sharing it with you all in June!
It is a stand alone novel and one of ten books I have mapped out under the Songbird banner.

I never thought I'd write this genre as I thought I'd miss the elements of action and suspense too much, but this story just flew out of me and the 1st draft was a total pleasure to work on. I'm looking forward to delving into the rest of the books I have planned.

Mae I Design is working on the cover at the m
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-triangle
Very realistic read. A love triangle but in the most simple form than many I've read. Basically being in love with someone for all the wrong reasons and deciding on what your own wants are, and trying to finally find your own way. Very nice read.
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
Fever - what a charming read! It had all the elements I love in New Adult - then added some of my favorite music. This introduction to Ms. Pearl's Songbird series was delightful.

Ella Simmons is a young woman who'd rather ride on the track of someone else's plans, someone else's dreams, than figure out her own. She experienced tragedy at a young age and that has left her feeling as though she has no control of her life.

"The fact I didn't know what I really wanted scared me, and it was easier jus
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
It's been a long time since I read this kind of story; there are plenty of them out there, and this one really isn't anything THAT special. It was still a decent read, though.

In this book we have Ella, who moves across the country to be able to attend college with her boyfriend, David. While showering on her very first night in the co-ed dorm, she begins to sing. She is joined by a male voice from the men's restroom on the other side of the wall. The two are immediately intrigued by each other,
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This is a really refreshing read that I just had to read in one sitting.

Ella moves across the country when her boyfriend David asks her to join him. David's plans is to go to law school and settle down with Ella and have kids. Ella goes with the flow because David makes her feel safe.

When she meets Cole it shakes up her feelings. What does she really want? Is it what David wants??

I love the music in this book. Great storyline with wonderful characters. Another great love triangle. I certainly
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-kindle
I really enjoyed reading this and I will also read the re-released version to compare it. But I think it's just a more PG version. Not that this is explicit, because it's not. I consider it a good romantic book.
Jan 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Elicia Cheah
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Detailed Review: This is Melissa Pearl's FIRST contemporary romance? And it's already THIS good? Wow. As I told you before, she's definitely got talent.

How do I describe this book? The most obvious word would be amazing, but I feel that that isn't enough to even express how I feel about Fever. Heart-breaking, swoon-worthy, emotional, joyful and frustrating would be further added to the list.

And now I shall explain why I wo
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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’ ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
An awesome new adult contemporary romance that I couldn't put down - read it in one sitting. The book was well-written and was really unique. I've read a few books that were heavily steeped in music and I've always enjoyed them (thinking specifically of all the 50's music in Slow Dance in Purgatory by Amy Harmon - check it out it's great); Fever was no exception. I loved all the references to old jazz music and even though I can't sing or dance worth a damn - I do appreciate the music. I also lo ...more
Jennifer Hines
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC of this book free from Mark My Words Book Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

I absolutely loved this book!

Ella wants, no needs, the comfort of knowing someone is there to take care of her. After her parent’s death she had her best friend Morgan and her little sister Jody, and after Morgan went off to college she had David. The three of them gave her purpose, gave her direction, but then she lost herself in what David wanted, never stopping to think what she may want.

Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cole doesn't want love! He can't miss what he has never had or sought after. He likes his freedom, enjoys easy hookups means no mess, no one to disappoint or hurt. Cole has one dream he intends on making come true and that is to open his very own pub like the one he works at for his guardians.

Ella craves security! She needs plans set in place in order to feel safe. Ella gets this and more with her boyfriend of 3 years David. Ella follows her boyfriend all the way to Chicago in order to follow hi
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, arc

How to read a Melissa Pearl novel?

Be excited.

Get your emotions played.

Then swooon.

This is my 4th from Melissa Pearl and let me tell you.. It just keeps getting better and better! Cole and Ella is one couple that will get a hold on your heart, will make your heart sing and will make you believe that Love does win in every situation.

Let me start by saying that I hate Love Triangles! I really do.. There's a lot of books that I DNF-ed because of it. But you know what's worst than a Love Triangle? T
Gwen ~the Book Diva
3 stars. It was an OK read. I really wanted things to hurry along and it seemed to take forever to get to the good stuff.

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I know this is really an ugly way to feel but I thought singing very cliche jazz songs through the walls to each other in a public shower was cheesy. It would have been believable if this were a Broadway play where it's totally cool for characters to burst into song. I actually felt a little embarrassed for them yet at the same time my mind is going "Why? Why can't people
Dawn Parker
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this unique story with it's fascinating twists and chemistry between characters. I found myself not being able to set my kindle down. The ending...ugh. This is where my lower rating comes to play. It is abrupt and feel there definitely needs to be more with these characters!! Yes, there is another book coming focusing in her friend, Morgan. One can pray that Ella and Cole's relationship will be highlighted and progressed. :)

Ella aka songbird is a beautiful, talented, timid and shy young wo
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This has been another great read from Melissa Pearl. I'm not a fan of love triangles because for me, love triangle will never have a happy ending. How can it be a happy ending when there's someone left in the end? As I dive into the book, my main thought was "how will Melissa Pearl get her charactersn out of this love triangle trap?' Page after page, it's like going into the edge waiting for the verdict. And I must say I was impress at how she did it. No making the other person in the love tr
Valia Lind
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow.
So. Many. Feels.

This was book was everything I needed. It was emotional and powerful and I loved all the characters to pieces. Ella was just the perfect combination of frustrating and relatable. We all have things we're afraid of, we all have things that define us and make us see the world a little different. I could relate to Ella on so many levels. Just overcoming her fear of getting lost and actually hailing a cab and going somewhere by herself is something I completely underst
Kelly Mccurdy
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
~~ I received this in exchange for an honest review~~

I have never read a book by Melissa Pearl before. I was hooked from the moment that I started reading this book. I couldn't put it down at all. This is a book about growing up and finding out exactly who you are as a person. This follows the life of Ella in her first year at University of Chicago. She goes out there to be with her boyfriend David of three years and her best friend. She has never been this far from her family (her aunt) and h
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books-read
This was a good book, not great, but good. I really enjoyed the story line, it was fun, romantic, and an all around easy read.

The reason for my three star rating is due to the female protagonists (Ella's) insecurities. I tend to lead toward a strong female lead when I choose a book. Ella was a very insecure person and her insecurities effected ever aspect of her life. It wasn't that I didn't like her character, in fact she had many redeeming qualities, she just needed the right person to bring t
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book in exchange for a honest review. Growing up is hard to do! Growing up with the loss of your parents is super hard to do. Growing up and having to make the hard decisions about your life is almost impossible when you have let others control you for years. Ella has come to Chicago to join her best friend and her boyfriend in college. Her life is planned out; the love of her life will go to law school and they will settle in the suburbs and have 2 kids. She didn't make the pla ...more
United Indie Book Blog
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

This is the second book I've read by Melissa Pearl and her first NA contemporary romance. With this book I am a new fan of hers. This story was so sweet with just the right amount of drama and angst. Sometimes we love to read books that tear us up inside and other times we want something a little lighter. That's what this book was for me. It was just what I needed.

Ella moves to Chicago to attend the UChicago with her boyfriend. Her boyfriend has his life planned out...get his degree, b
Paula Harp
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. This is a great love story! Ella moves to Chicago to go to college with her boyfriend David, and her best friend Morgan. Ella's parents died when she was 15 and she needs security and David has his life mapped out and makes her feel secure. Ella is really shy and timid and lets David plan their lives. Until her first weekend at college and she's singing jazz in the shower at 5:00 am and a guys voice joins in from the the shower next door. They ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Really. I was not a jazz fan until I met my husband. (Mostly because my father used the smooth jazz radio station to put us to sleep on car trips when I was a kid.) My husband was a huge jazz fan before I ever met him so I've come to associate jazz with him. I enjoyed all of the musical references and how they brought the story to life. Ella is an interesting character who has played it safe for far too long at the expense of her sense of self. Cole is adorable. Just adorable. ...more
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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 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 ...more

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