Series: The Secret #1
Publisher: Self Published on October 22, 2012
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Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.
Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.
Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.
Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.
“Just because it’s broken doesn’t mean it loses its importance.”
“‘You know it’s illegal to walk into someone’s house without permission…And sneaking into someone’s bed–that’s the move of a pervert.'”
“I wonder if I can fly?”
My Musings: Like Ember, Sorensen has once again knocked me off of my feet with this New Adult contemporary. The Secret of Ella and Micha shows the journey of a girl trying to find herself, and a boy who loves her helping her along the way.
Ella has changed for what she thinks is the better–she’s gone off to college, she wears nice clothes, she gets good grades, all the things you’d expect a good girl to do. But Ella left behind a darker past as well as a boy. When Ella returns to her hometown, everything changes. She’s changed, and Micha, her childhood best friend, is determined to bring the old Ella back.
Ella was a strong character to me. Although she had some identity issues as well as unresolved feelings about her mother’s death, her character was begging to be loved. She grew significantly over the course of the novel, finding the balance between the new her and the old her. Micha, the typical bad boy, was an amazing love interest. Although he may be rough around the edges, he was a really sweetheart, determined to bring back the girl that he loved. Watching Ella and Micha’s relationship evolve over the course of the novel was magnificent. Their snarky conversations and steamy hot love affairs had me captured.
As this is a New Adult novel, there are some sexy times present in the book. I’m not used to reading these sexy times, but I have to say they were a nice touch. They truly showed the passion and tension between the two main characters, as well as the love and hope they had. However, if you don’t like sexy times, don’t read it. There are quite a few times when the characters were getting sexy!
The writing was very relatable, written from alternating point of views. I liked this touch, because it enabled me as a reader to see what Micha and Ella were experiencing through their eyes. It also helped to keep the novel unbiased in relation to who was telling the story; it showed both sides equally and was overall a great touch.
Sorensen has written an extravagant novel about love and finding yourself; a captive read, The Secret of Ella and Micha is a hallmark story of New Adult novels.