Michelle's Review: The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

book coverARC: 309 pages 
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: 3/26/2013
ISBN: 9781455574858
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: The Secret #1
Synopsis (from Goodreads)

A rule-breaker with a fiery attitude, Ella always wore her heart on her sleeve. Then she left everything behind to go to college, where she transformed into someone who follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. Now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. But once there, Ella fears that everything she's worked so hard to bury might resurface-especially with Micha living right next door.

Smart, sexy, and confident, Micha can get under Ella's skin like no one else. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. If he tries to tempt the old Ella to return, he will be impossible to resist. But what Ella doesn't realize is that when she left, she took a piece of Micha's heart with her. Now he's determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.

Michelle's Review:
I am a sucker for the friends turned to lovers trope and The Secret of Ella and Micha is just that. Ella and Micha are next door neighbors and best friends since they were little. Both are not from happy homes-- especially for Ella who had a mom with bipolar disorder who killed herself and a dad who is drunk all the time. Ella's biggest fear was that she'll turn into her mom and after a crazy night where she almost followed her mom's footsteps, Ella needed to get away.

She packed her bags and left without telling anyone where. Micha was devastated--he's in love with his best friend. Eight months later, Ella is back and she's a different girl. She's no longer the heavy eyeliner-wearing, studs in her clothes, fiery adrenaline junkie girl who's not afraid to take on anyone and anything. But beneath her new look and calm personality, Micha can see that the old Ella is still in there and he's determined to bring her out and convince her that they are right for each other.

I liked the story of Ella and Micha. Right from the beginning, I was sucked in their messy lives and all the drama. The drama and the angst were very addicting. I liked Ella and Micha's friendship--they are soul mates and they really complete each other. I rooted for both of them. Their road to realizing that they are meant to be together was deliciously tension-filled and very steamy (but nothing too graphic).

Micha is ridiculously HOT!! I'm really digging the new adult (NA) male love interests--they're not as hot-and-cold as YA ones.

But the ending... it's an HEA for now kind of thing (happy and satisfying, but open-ended) so I can't wait to read The Forever of Ella and Micha!

I'm on a huge NA kick and I read Ella and Micha immediately after finishing and loving Easy (Webber)--while it was hard to top Easy (one of my favorite NA novels), this novel will more than satisfy your appetite for new adult if you're like me and reading NA like it's potato chips.

1 comment

  1. Yay for New Adult! We'll have to look into this one -- and EASY too!


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