Review – Rather Be (Songbird #10) by Melissa Pearl


Rather Be by Melissa Pearl
Series: Songbird #10 – Standalone
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon


Love can last a lifetime…

Best buds in high school, Charlotte (Charlie) Watson and Nixon Holloway were inseparable…until the summer after graduation, when things in their relationship shifted and it all fell apart.

Four years later, their paths cross at a snowbound New York airport, and it doesn’t take long for them to realize that time and distance has done nothing to extinguish the flame between them. But life has moved on. Nixon has a girlfriend, and Charlie must face up to the lasting consequences of what she let happen that dreadful summer.

In a secret attempt to make amends, Charlie suggests a spontaneous road trip from New York to LA. As usual, Nixon can’t resist her persuasive charm, so they hit the road together. But as the duo make their way across the country, they are both forced to face some honest truths about themselves, their present lives, and all of the unfulfilled dreams they’ve let slip by.

Each of them can see the course their lives are taking…but is there someplace else they’d rather be? And will they have the courage to fight for the person they would rather be with?

If you like a book that will make you laugh, shed a tear, and ultimately swoon…then pick up a copy of Rather Be and find out how Nixon and Charlie overcome the odds.


I literally just finished this story minutes ago, but I could not wait to write up my review, so please bare with me just incase it sounds a little gibberish.

SO… Where do I even begin? I am literally speechless after finishing this magnificent book. I sadly must admit that when it came to finishing I was dragging my feet because I did not want this series to end. I have been following the Songbird series for years now, ever since the release of Fever, and it was a bittersweet moment to see it come to an end. Throughout the years whenever I needed a good cry or laugh this was my go to series because Melissa Pearl has managed to create something that makes you cry, laugh and smile all at the same time.

Rather Be was without a doubt the PERFECT send off novel for the Songbird series. Although these books are considered to be standalones, they’re all connected together in some way and are essentially set in the same world, a world that is intertwined from book to book. I have to say that it was exciting to see a ton of appearances from the previous SONGBIRD couples. This story blew way beyond my wildest expectations, which I will happily admit happens every single time I finish one of her stories. Melissa Pearl really knows how to surprise her readers every time and keep them on the edge of their seats in anticipation.

Charlie and Nixon’s story is a second chance romance about two people who were meant to be, but obstacles continued to stand in their way. Right from the start my attention was captured and I knew that this story was going to be epic. I absolutely adored how Melissa introduced us to these two amazing characters in the crowed airport where they find themselves grounded due to a freak snow storm…in the spring! While Nixon is anxious to get home, Charlie wants to extend their reunion by suggesting a road trip back to LA. I mean come on it was the perfect excuse to help them rediscover what they had lost only a few short years ago. Their journey is truly an amazing tale and don’t even get me started on the drama and that ENDING. Words can’t even begin to describe just how much I LOVED IT!

I guess since I don’t really want to give away too much of the story I am just going to leave my thoughts here and make sure to lock the spoilers away for some safe keeping.



About Melissa Pearl

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books, ranging in genres from Fantasy to Romantic Suspense to Contemporary Romance. She loves the variety and is excited about the books she has coming out in 2016.

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