What I Thought
Presley Mason’s life has just been turned totally upside down. The band, Luminous 6, she started with her on again off again boyfriend, Brendan, have turned against her and dumped her from the band because they are basically jealous and bitter as it is her everyone wants and loves. So for Presley, the only option she has is to leave LA and move back home to her parents house.
Presley’s parents own a music store called Continental. She worked there when she was younger and feels like things are only going backward for her in her life now as she finds herself back there. Her outspoken, hippy parents are well known in the music industry and famous musicians often frequent the place after hours for secret jam sessions. When Presley’s mum Dinah suggests Presley needs to get laid, she couldn’t be more mortified. Thoughts of both men and singing, the furthest thing from her mind, so whilst hoovering one of the treatment rooms at continental and being scared out of her mind when she comes across Paul Kellerman, the last thing Presley expects is attraction towards the guy.
Paul Kellerman is in a band called Jukebox Bleu with seven other people, he has a problem though, he suffers from the worst stage fright. Despite this, Paul brings music and enthusiasm over music back into Presley’s life. She wants to help him somehow, without it coming across pitying. An opportunity arises to assist Paul and his band at the festival, Summerfest, after their performance, everyone is on such a high. When the bands lead singer is called up in the army, everyone decides they want Presley to be his replacement.
Whilst this is a huge opportunity, and the band are awesome, Presley doesn’t want to repeat the past mistake she had with her ex Brendan. So…..it comes down to a choice between accepting the place in the band and ending things with Paul, or staying with Paul and not joining the band. She is determined the two don’t mix from previous experience, so what should she do?
So I have quite mixed feelings about this book really. I love romance mixed with music so I was rather excited to read Just a Girl. We read from just Presley’s perspective which I found a little lacking. Paul’s stage fright was quite an integral part of the storyline so it would of brought a lot more to the book to read his feelings and thoughts throughout, or even just the odd chapter, in my opinion.
Ellie has a great writing style and is descriptive in her wording, but for me something was just lacking a little and I just didn’t have a huge connection with the characters and the story.
Just a Girl is a very quick read, I hit the end before I knew it. The actual storyline is good, it just needs to pack a bit more heat, intensity and passion. From the beginning it is obvious there is a chemistry between Paul and Presley, her parents could of brought a real humour aspect to the story if they could of featured more which I think would of been fun. Maybe a little appearance from the ex to spice things up a little, who would then be hit in the butt with karma and denied.
Overall, in my opinion, great potential in this book, just a little lacking in some aspects. Great for a quick, easy read if you are looking for something that’s not to intense. I would definitely try some of Ellie Cahill’s other works though!
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