Review: Just a Girl by Ellie Cahill

22nd Jun 2016 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: Just a Girl by Ellie CahillJust a Girl by Ellie Cahill
Published by Loveswept
Pub Date: June 21st 2016
Pages: 277
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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2 Stars

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.

Just a Girl is the story of 21 year old Presley who’s entire life is worked around music. Her parents own a very popular music store in Wisconsin and that’s allowed her to meet some of the greatest musicians. For the past couple of years, she has been living in Los Angeles and is the lead singer of a successful band she started along with her boyfriend. Presley finds herself having to move back home to Wisconsin after her boyfriend and band-mates kick her out of the band.

Presley is less than thrilled to be back in Wisconsin, but while working in her parent’s music store she meets Paul who also happens to be in a band of his own, Jukebox Bleu. Life happens and Jukebox Bleu is suddenly in need of a lead singer. You’d think Presley would be perfect for the gig, but history has her dead set on not dating a band member ever again.

The Good:

Music was the central theme for this entire story and it was easily my favorite part of Just a Girl. Ellie Cahill seems to have definitely done her homework and it gave a very realistic feel to her story. The way the music store was described made me want to take a trip to Wisconsin for one of their late night private concerts! Imagine being in a room with some of music’s legends while they play live and intimate performances just for fun! I also really liked the idea of different playlists of popular songs that would correspond with the different chapters. It was something different and really added to the story.

The Bad:

Unfortunately, the music theme is the only thing I really enjoyed. The conflicts were too over dramatized and parts of the story seemed to drag while others were rushed. Most importantly, I could not bring myself to care for any of these characters. Presley came off as dramatic in general, cold towards Paul, and rude to authority (police – which is a pet peeve of mine). I also didn’t understand her relationship with her parents. They had a very “hippie” parenting style that I found puzzling, specifically her mom. I’m all for having open communication, but her mom would ask her things like “Is paul good?” and at some point even told Presley about how good her dad was with his fingers. Umm, wtf?!

Sadly, Just a Girl didn’t seem to be the book for me, but I plan to give Ellie Cahill another shot since I’ve heard good things about Call me, Maybe. Check out Jess’s review of it here!

 

About Ellie Cahill

Ellie Cahill is a freelance writer and also writes books for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat.

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Bitsy Words: Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill

15th Apr 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Bitsy Words, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Bitsy Words: Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill

Bitsy Words: Call Me, Maybe by Ellie CahillCall Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill
Published by Loveswept
Pub Date: February 9th 2016
Pages: 217
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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3.5 Stars

Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t an option. Of course, the last thing she does before boarding the plane is to grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.

Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.

5 Things I Loved About Call Me, Maybe

  1. Love at First Text: Ok, not really but sort of! Clementine and Justin get to know each other on the phone for a whole week (thanks to their accidental phone swap) and toward the end of that week things start heating up! But it was really fun to see their chemistry developing by just talking with each other since physical attraction always plays a big role.
  2. Book Blogger In Da House: Clementine has this online persona where she’s a book blogger! It was so fun reading about all the random book blogging tidbits we all do. She loves books and at times I wondered how it could be so hard for her to choose what to do with her life when books are her passion.
  3. Justin Mueller: It’s been awhile since I’ve read a guy so dorky but sexy at the same time. This guy checks so many of the book boyfriend boxes, it was ridiculous. I loved him. Even with his flaws.
  4. It Was Funny: There were times where this book made me really laugh! It did make me get teary-eyed at one point too, but that’s mostly because I’m a weenie.
  5. Quick Read: If you’re looking for a fun, romantic, quick read, this is your book!

 

About Ellie Cahill

Ellie Cahill is a freelance writer and also writes books for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat.

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When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill Blog Tour | Review ~ Book Playlist ~ Giveaway

27th Feb 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Blog Tours, ContemporaryRomance2015, Giveaways, Reviews, Reviews by Jess, Tunes for Books

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill Blog Tour | Review ~ Book Playlist ~ Giveaway

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill Blog Tour | Review ~ Book Playlist ~ GiveawayWhen Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill
Published by Ballantine Books
Pub Date: February 24th 2015
Pages: 368
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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4 Stars

In the tradition of New Adult superstar Jessica Sorensen, Ellie Cahill’s debut novel is a charming friends-with-benefits story . . . with a twist!

What if after every bad breakup, there was someone to help “cleanse your palate”—someone who wouldn’t judge you, who was great in bed, someone you were sure not to fall in love with? “Sorbet sex” could solve everything—as long as it never got too sweet.

Joss and Matt have been friends since freshman year of college, meeting one night after Joss is dumped by her boyfriend. After a few drinks, Matt humors her with a proposition: that he’ll become her go-to guy whenever she needs to heal a broken heart. In return, she’ll do the same for him. The #1 Rule: They’ll never fall in love with each other. People scoff at the arrangement. But six years later, Joss and Matt are still the best of friends . . . with benefits.

Through a string of boyfriends and girlfriends—some almost perfect, some downright wrong—Joss and Matt are always there for each other when the going gets tough. No strings. No attachments. Piece of cake. No problem. After all, since they wrote the rules, surely they can play by them. Or can they?

Advance praise for When Joss Met Matt:

“Hands down, one of my favorite New Adult reads . . . Ellie Cahill is definitely one to watch!”—New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack

“This is one of those books that make you forget everything around you. Prepare to be consumed by this story.”—Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Wild

“Fun, sexy, and full of amazing chemistry, When Joss Met Matt is an entertaining escape that will leave you smiling with every turn of the page.”—Cassie Mae, author of The Real Thing

When Joss Met Matt is by far one of my favorite New Adult books out there. It’s pretty clean as far as sexy books go, but I didn’t mind that at all. Ellie Cahill made me care so much about this couple. She told their story brilliantly in dual timeline form. I seriously could not get enough.

Both Joss and Matt were the sort of relatable characters that make you think of people in your life. They’re regular peeps like me and you. I thought their chemistry was off the charts, but their friendship and banter is what I really loved most. They’re pretty freaking funny together.

I loved that their story spanned so many years but I was skeptical as to how they’d be able to pull off still being friends without things getting messy. Well, they did remain friends, but things didn’t really remain un-messy. There were times when lines where blurred and other times when Sorbet Sex worked perfectly for them.

What is Sorbet Sex, you ask?

 

And what are the rules?

In the end I was happy with how things turned out. It was a real journey! I look forward to reading more Ellie Cahill books and you guys should definitely not skip this one.

 

Now, Ellie Cahill has put together an AMAZING playlist for us. Not only did she pick songs, she explains why she chose them, which I love to read about.

Playlists for When Joss Met Matt

Part 1

This playlist is full of songs that gave me that Joss and Matt vibe. Some of them even helped inspire the original idea. It’s more like one of those albums of music “inspired by” a motion picture than a true soundtrack. But I think you’ll see how these songs fit with When Joss Met Matt

Say Goodbye – Dave Matthews Band
It doesn’t get much more dead-on for Joss and Matt than this song. It’s all about the friend hook-up.
Relevant lyric:
Lovers for tonight, lovers for a night…
Tomorrow go back to being friends.

Need You Tonight – INXS
This song inspired the code phrase between Joss and Matt. Plus, it’s just so damn sexy I can’t even handle it.
Relevant lyrics:
I need you tonight
‘Cause I’m not sleeping
There’s something about you girl
That makes me sweat.

Laid – James
Although the relationship in this song is pretty messed up, there’s just something about it that reminds me of When Joss Met Matt. Maybe because it’s kind of fun even though it’s about an obsessive relationship.
Relevant lyrics:
This bed is on fire with passionate love.

Mr. Brightside – The Killers
This is the song that gave me the earliest ideas about writing this book. It’s about a guy watching a girl go back to her boyfriend when he wants her for himself but letting her go anyway. The story got a lot more complicated as I started planning it, but that was the very first flash of inspiration.
Relevant lyrics:
Now they’re going to bed
And my stomach is sick
And it’s all in my head
But she’s touching his-chest
Now, he takes off her dress
Now, letting me go

Intermittently – Barenaked Ladies
This is one of those songs I’ve had for a long time, but didn’t really pay attention to until one day it came on in my car and it was like a thunderbolt. This song could be about Joss and Matt. Almost every line in the song in applicable, but I’ll just give you one of my favorites:
Relevant lyrics:
I’m kissing you by proxy
Hope you don’t mind

Completely Pleased – Semisonic
Okay, straight up, I love Semisonic and I don’t care what anyone else thinks about them. So it’s possible I’m biased in my affection for this song, but come on. How sexy are these lyrics?!
Relevant lyrics:
Want to see you smiling, weak in the knees
I want to see you come, come, completely pleased

Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
I can’t help but picture these words tripping off Joss’s tongue the first time she propositions Matt.
Relevant lyrics:
You know that I could use somebody
Someone like you

Secret – Maroon 5
Maybe this song is a little too dramatic for Joss and Matt, but I like the secrecy it alludes to, and of course I love the little twists of dirty gotta-have-you sentiment.
Relevant lyrics:
And as you wipe off beads of sweat
Slowly you say “I’m not there yet!”

Part 2

Consider this your personal soundtrack. Get these songs cued up and ready to play while you read and I’ll give you the chapters that go with them. Warning: the following playlist may contain spoilers.

Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
Ben. What a jerk. This is definitely the song Joss would have on repeat during chapter 3 when she’s trying to get over being dumped.

Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Chapter 6. Joss learns what she’s been missing all this time. Yum.

Come A Little Bit Closer – Jay and the Americans
In chapter 9, poor Matt realizes what kind of girl Her Highness is (just like the one in this song). Thank goodness he has Joss there to help him in his time of need.

Criminal – Fiona Apple
Joss embraces her inner bad girl in chapter 11, but it doesn’t suit her very well. So she spends chapter 12 “feeling like a criminal” and trying to figure out how to fix everything.

Heart Skipped a Beat – The xx
Chapter 14 finds Joss and Matt spending the summer with a series of short-term relationships and plenty of each other.

Eleanor – The Low Millions
Martin was never going to be The One, but it was good while it lasted. In chapter 15, Joss has the nicest break-up ever, but still—ouch.

Apologize – OneRepublic
Chapter 16 is all about heartbreak and how hard it can be to get over it when the person you thought you loved turns out not to feel the same about you.

Paper Doll – John Mayer
After Joss runs out on T.J. she counts on Matt to get rid of all the ickiness. Chapter 19 is about Joss finally starting to figure out what she wants.

Gives You Hell – All American Rejects
Ah, crazy Christine. Chapter 21 calls for a good riddance song for sure. Matt and Joss are both happy to see the back of her. Hard to say which one is happier.

Beam Me Up – P!nk
In chapters 23 and 24 Joss finally realizes what she’s got with Matt is something she doesn’t have with anyone else. When he’s at his worst, she wants to be there. But how do you make the leap?

I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
Joss has some serious work to do as chapter 27 opens, but she’s determined not to give up. Even if it means facing her worst fear.

This Year’s Love – David Gray
If you’re not saying “FINALLY!” by the time you get to chapter 28, I have failed you as an author. This song is perfect for the least first first-time scene ever.

Save the Last Dance For Me – Michale Buble
If a book had credits, this song would absolutely be playing over them. As it is, you can start playing it as soon as you get to chapter 29.

 

Complete Playlist on Spotify!

 

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About Ellie Cahill

Ellie Cahill is a freelance writer and also writes books for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat.

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