The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1) is about heartbreak and loss. Heartbreak is well known where Ella is concerned. A few months before Ella goes off to college in Las Vegas, her mentally unstable mother kills herself. Her father is a drunk and her older brother left, turning his back on his family. Ella ends up doing the same thing as her brother, and without telling anyone where she’s going, most importantly, her next door neighbor and best friend Micha, she goes off to college. Ella has a life alternating experience about herself because of her mother’s death and decides to change in more ways than one. Ella goes from semi-goth tomboy with an attitude to a more somber and more mature thinking young woman. She does this based on an event on a bridge that leads her to kissing Micha, who has been in love with her forever. She then shuts down emotionally, even from Micha who’s her biggest support. Micha is worried about Ella because she’s run away from him and he has no idea how to find her until she comes home after her first year of college for summer break. That's where Micha will confront Ella and use every weapon he has at his disposal to show her how special she’s to him and how they’re meant to be together because they’re soul mates.
Ella has no idea what’s in store for her when she returns home. But she has her roommate, Lila with her for support. When both arrive in Ella’s hometown after a long car ride, it appears as if everything is exactly the same. There’s a wild party going on at Micha’s house, which again is the norm. Against Ella’s better judgment, because Lila begs her to go, both girls pop in at the party and that’s where Micha and Ella see each other after months of separation. But one thing that’s certain is that Ella is going to remain in his life. He’s on a mission for her to confront her demons and the feelings she has for him that she’s afraid to admit. Ella has fallen for Micha but has to figure out who she is and if she can forgive herself for her mother’s suicide.
The Secret of Ella and Micha is an emotional story that should appeal to older teens and adults. This is what I consider to be a perfect New Adult story and one I would recommend fans of the genre, as well as romance read. I really like Jessica’s voice here and that of Micha and Ella. Micha had me in his clutches the moment he’s introduced although it took me some time to warm up to Ella. Even though Ella has many personal issues and family drama, I felt she laid it on thick to the point I wanted to shake her. Micha wants to shake Ella but goes about it in an entirely different way by using their attraction for one another and acting on it. There are many kissing and making out scenes between the two, as well as a sex scene that’s borderline adult in nature. Also the language used is adult, as well as the situations. This is definitely not a Young Adult, although at times it has that Young Adult vibe to it. In part it has to do with the language and sensual nature and lust Micha and Ella have for one another.
I adored Micha because he essentially has a good head on his shoulders. Ella tries to be a rebel, but she fails at it because she knows what’s important in life and wants to succeed regardless of her family life. Micha and Ella are each other’s yin and yangs and I really have to hand it to Jessica for writing such a well written love story between these two characters. These two are best friends as well as lovers and the angst between them is there but is nipped in the bud mainly because Micha won’t back away from Ella who owns his heart and soul.
The Secret of Ella and Micha was one book I’m glad I read. This is the first book of Jessica Sorensen I’ve read and it won’t be my last. I look forward to the sequel. The Forever of Ella and Micha that’s scheduled to be released soon. Also at .99 cents, The Secret of Ella and Micha is a steal. Ella and Micha have wrapped themselves around my heart and is a couple I’m rooting for. I have high hopes they can achieve that happily ever after they need, especially when it comes to Ella and her inner turmoil that only Micha can heal. (Self-published, .99 cents)
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