By: Jessica Sorensen
Release Date: October 4, 2012
Series: The Secret #1
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.
(New Adult Contemporary)
*Mature Content** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.
Jessica Sorensen has become one of my favorite authors and this series does not disappoint, at all. You are immediately hooked in to the intensity of the characters and their need for one another on different levels. This book is relatable and you can see yourself living their lives through these words. Ella and Micha are very enticing and addicting to say the least, they have a pureness about them.
We meet Ella and her roommate Lila as they are about to go on break for the summer from college and they seem to get along really well except that Ella is hiding who she really is deep down inside. When Lila goes to drop off Ella at her home, the real Ella begins to reappear slowly with the help of her neighbor and longtime friend, Micha. Micha is your typical bad boy but something happened between him and Ella that left her so scared she ran away and for the past 8 months he’s been searching for her until she finally reappears at home. He’s very playful and flirty and I get the feeling they are both very blunt with one another but they still continue to hold back in their relationship. It’s all fueled by fear.
There’s a definite strong intensity that is felt between the two of them Micha and Ella and there is some serious sexual tension for sure. It’s very tantalizing. I love their moments together whether it’s in private or right out there in public, they need to stop fighting the attraction and juts give in already, I know I would have. But its fun reading this back and forth between the two of them, going further and further each and every time, just a little bit more. Again need I say it was intense!
But the sexual tension is not all what this book is about, there are the underlying issues between the characters and their families. Ella has problems with her father’s drinking and what her mother did in the past, although I think that really has more to do with guilt than anything else. Then Micha definitely has issues with his past, mainly his father that left when he was around six or so. These things and going through them whether together or apart help make you the person that you are. It’s these trials and tribulations that shape your future.
Jessica Sorensen has a way of capturing you in her words and characters. There’s always something that makes you feel for them and I certainly felt for each and every character in this book, even the secondary characters of Lila and Ethan. The situations are realistic, the personalities, the music, everything is realistic and relevant and I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the series and see what will happen with the four of them. This is an excellent start to a new series for me to read and get involved with.