Title: Just a Girl
Author: Ellie Cahill
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 277 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: June 21st 2016 by Loveswept
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In this pitch-perfect novel from the author of When Joss Met Matt (“One of those books that make you forget everything around you.”—Sophie Jordan), a rock ’n’ roll diva must choose between her career and her heart.
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.
This is the second book I read by Ellie Cahill after Call Me, Maybe. This was a fun and lighthearted read which I enjoyed but there were a few factors which stopped me from enjoying it fully.
Presley is a famous rockstar but after getting kicked out of her own band and by her own boyfriend, she returns to her native town, to her ever fun loving parents. There she meets Paul at her parents’s music store where he teaches guitar. Both of them are instantly attracted to each other but Paul is in a band and Presley swore to herself that she would never she involved with a musician again and then she gets offered to be a part of the band when their lead singer goes away. Would she be able to handle everything once again or will she mess it up before everything begins?
The plot was pretty good but it could have executed in a much better way. One thing bothered me from the start was that when Presley got kicked out of her own band, why didn’t she take any legal action or state the truth to everybody? I don’t know… this thing is not even explained. Other than this, I liked Presley but her parents were super cool, I loved how everything was with them. Presley tried to stay away from singing as well after that incident but I liked how Paul managed to make her fall in love with music once again. The relationship between Presley and Paul was kind of insta-attraction, I would have liked more if they had taken a bit more time to know each other before jumping each other’s bones.
I liked Presley as a character but I couldn’t understand some of her decisions, like the first one I mentioned in the above paragraph. Another one was totally stupid when she decided to break up with Paul when she decided she was going to join their band, she didn’t even give a thought about his decision which was a pretty crappy thing to do. I liked Paul but he had some serious anxiety issues, I was glad when he finally decided to get help. All the other characters were pretty fun and I liked all of them.
Overall, Just a Girl was an okay read. I enjoyed some aspects of this book and some I didn’t. The characters were okay and I had a little difficulty in connecting with them. Nonetheless, I liked the romance between Paul and Presley. The writing was easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.
So guys, what do think about this book? How many of you are interested in reading this book when it comes out? Is it already in your tbr? Share your thoughts with me!