Monday, April 13, 2015

Everything (Songbird #3) by Melissa Pearl

***I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”***

Everything by Melissa Pearl is the 3rd book in the Songbird series. The books in this series can be read as stand-alone novels as the character overlaps are not crucial to the individual stories. I personally have not read either of the first 2 books in the series and I was able to follow along with installment just fine. 

This was a cute story – albeit somewhat predictable. My biggest complaint would be the pace of the story – it started out with a bang, lulled a little in the middle, and finished strong. Leo was a likeable character but I would have liked more of a backstory from him. I would have also liked to find out in the epilogue what ended up happening with Stefan. Hopefully he got what he deserves. 

Overall I did find it an enjoyable story. It was a really quick read so I will most likely pick up copies of the first two in the series at some point.

3 out of 5 stars. Again my biggest complaint was the pace but I would still recommend this book to others.

Jody Pritchett had a dream...but life had other plans. Instead of singing and dancing on Broadway, Jody's a twenty-year-old single mom, living at home with her disapproving father and overbearing sister. The choice to keep her little Angelia came with a high price and although she adores her baby girl, it doesn't take away the sting of kissing goodbye her chance at a career on the stage.

Leo Sinclair had his own dream...but got lost along the way. After a failed marriage that left him hollow and downtrodden, the Australian songwriter wonders what joy his future could possibly hold. Encouraged by the one family member who doesn't think he's a failure, Leo decides to stop living the life everyone expects him to and start chasing his dreams again. 

When the perfect opportunity comes knocking, Leo leaves Australia behind and hops a flight to LA. With his sights set on selling a musical to a Broadway producer, Leo is determined to finally realize his life-long dream. But life gets in the way again, when he spots a young mother outside his apartment in tears. He never realized how one person, one voice, and one Angel could have him contemplating abandoning his dreams once again.

As these two burned hearts wrestle to overcome their past struggles, Leo and Jody must decide what dreams are worth clinging to...because, sometimes, everything you want is not everything you need.

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