Book Review: This Could Have Been Our Song! by Danielle-Claude Ngotang Mba

This Could Have Been Our Song! A Coulda Woulda Shoulda Ballad (Coulda Woulda Shoulda Song #1) by Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba

Release Date: August 26, 2013
Publisher: Ever After Edition.

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The Summary: Lucia Mpobo-Riddell could have been a dancer like the rest of women of her family but instead she chose music. Marcus Grant could have been a doctor like the rest of his family but instead he chose music. She also could have not fallen for Marcus on her birthday but she did. And Marcus, he could have told Lucia the truth about his real reason for being in Toronto that night, but he didn’t. Now they have to deal with big reveals and consequences: Marcus almost stealing her job and being forced to work on an album together. Marcus, because he couldn’t swallow his pride, leave Toronto and go home to London. Lucia, because she just couldn’t give up on her first amazing opportunity to produce a whole album. And to complicate the situation further, the band they’re working for is not the easiest one. Mary Gillis, Marcus’ on and off flame, still has a hold on him. Greg McMullen, Lucia’s close friend and former dance partner is back in town and has been in love with her for years. Then there’s Marcus and Lucia, in the middle of their own a professional and personal tug-of- war with each over and the rest of the world. But maybe things could still work out… All things considered, this could have been one heck of a love song!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this to read and review. I am not influenced or compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.

The Review: I received this as part of a tour, and quickly read through it. It’s an engaging read full of really interesting characters. I liked the main female lead, Lucia, and I loved her chemistry with Greg. I’m not so sold on Marcus simply because of some things he did in the book, and the way he treated Lucia at times. I did enjoy that the chapters changed perspective and different characters told the story, creating a really neat woven together narrative. One thing in particular that I loved was the amount of music references. I’m a huge music nerd, so I really enjoyed seeing bits and pieces throughout the story.

The characters are well written, and for the most part I fell in love with them as much as I loved the story itself. I liked the ‘woulda, shoulda, coulda’ aspect of this. How many of us have looked at a situation or person and thought about what would happen if circumstances were different. It’s a blossoming love story between strong characters, caught in a world of song and dance, and love that is a great read. It does end on a cliff-hanger, so I’m curious as to where it goes from here.

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