Saturday, September 24, 2016

Review for Just a Girl by Ellie Cahill - 5 out of 5!


After getting kicked out of her own band—by her own boyfriend—Presley Mason finds herself back in Wisconsin, helping her parents run their renowned music store. Instead of belting out powerhouse vocals to sold-out crowds in L.A., she’s stocking shelves and inspecting rental violins. But the shop isn’t all bad: When she’s vacuuming up late one night, she bumps into the guitar teacher with the smoldering amber eyes and the killer tattoo. And that’s when things take an interesting turn.

Presley soon finds that Paul Kellerman is as good in bed as he is on guitar. So why isn’t he stoked to share his band, Jukebox Bleu, with her? Turns out Paul has crippling stage fright, which he’s been self-medicating without much success. But when Jukebox Bleu’s lead singer gets called for military service, the other members beg Presley to front them. Even though she swore never to mix men with music again, the temptation to perform is almost as intense as her chemistry with Paul. Now Presley must decide what’s more important: a second chance at love . . . or rock stardom.


I loved this so much! This book felt real and heartfelt, and once I started, I read the whole thing in one sitting. It is sweet, adorable, hot, funny, and wonderful. I loved that Ellie Cahill had multiple playlists in the book, and I loved the classic rock references and the Thursday night jam sessions at the music shop, and I'm not normally one for books that take place in the music scene, but this book is just the right type for me; it's more down to earth, soulful, and I loved the whole premise, and the writing was really great. The story starts off with Presley (21) being kicked out of the sort of successful band she started with her douchebag guitarist boyfriend because him and the other idiots in the band feel she gets too much attention, and they don't want the whole girl in a band gimmick thing detracting from them. Presley takes it really hard, and decides to move back home to Wisconsin. She moves back in with her parents, and starts working again in her parents music store; even though, she's having a difficult time being around music. Presley's parents are wonderful by the way! There she meets Paul, Paul is a guitar teacher, who also happens to be in a band, and they start off pretty hot and heavy, but also still sweet and light-hearted; the way their relationship evolves was handled really nicely, and it felt genuine and the connection felt deep. There isn't too much drama in this book; except what the characters make for themselves, and I found it refreshing to not have to deal with all the outside influences. These characters aren't perfect; they are real, and the character's actions and reactions felt like something believable. The drama comes from these characters dealing with personal issues that they need to overcome, and I felt the timetable was believable for how these characters dealt with what they needed to. I really enjoyed all the side characters in this book too! They added a nice balance to the story without overshadowing the main story and characters. Alright! Enough gushing! I will definitely read more books by Ellie Cahill!

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