Friday, June 20, 2014

Blog Tour #Review and #Giveaway: Fever by @MelissaPearlG

Fever by Melissa Pearl


Singing in the shower takes on a whole new meaning in Melissa Pearl's first 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 UChicao, 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 LA - Ella Simmons.

Relationships are put to the ultimate test as future dreams are questioned and friendships are thrown on the line for love.



My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

**Reviewed by preppea on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews.

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About the Author:

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. Sign up for her newsletter at Newsletter subscription:

"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."

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Melissa Pearl said...

Thanks for a brilliant review. I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)

I ♥ Bookie Nookie said...

Thank you, Melissa!

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