Monday, May 27, 2013

[Early Review] - The Forever of Ella & Micha (The Secret #2) by Jessica Sorensen





Ella and Micha have survived tragedy and heartbreak. When they're together, anything seems possible. But now they are thousands of miles apart, and managing their long distance relationship will put their love to the test.  Ella is back at school, trying hard not worry so much about her future. But with her father in and out of rehab, she's having a hard time making it through the days. All she wants is Micha by her side, but she refuses to let her problems get in the way of his dreams.  Micha spends his days touring the country with his band, but deep down he knows something is missing. Being away from Ella is harder than he thought it would be. He wants her closer to him-needs her with him. But he won't ask her to leave college, just to be with him.  The few moments they do spend together are intense and passionate, but it only makes it more difficult when they have to part. They know they want to be together, but is wanting something enough to get them to their forever?





Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher:  Forever
Genre:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance


Jessica Sorensen is a rock star.  If any author out there has a grasp of the charm, as well as the dark and damaged side of the New Adult genre, Sorensen is it.  She seamlessly took the characters of Ella & Micha, strongly continued their story of hope and personal fortitude, and gave them one of my all time favorite endings.

Ella and Micha are together at the beginning of this book.  However, Ella is at school and Micha is on the road pursuing his dream of being a rock 'n roller.  I will say up front that I never once doubted Micha's love and devotion for Ella.  For him, there will never be anyone else.  Micha has his own issues in this book which center around his worthless excuse for a father.  Something happens in this book where Micha's dad asks him for a very personal and priceless gift.  Micha is more than anything a good person, even though his father basically trieds to buy him off.  My heart ached for Micha.



"Because most people go into this blind.  They don't know the bad side of the person they're with.  But we know each other's flaws and cracks - we know what we're getting into and that makes us stronger."

Ella is still battling her memories of her mother and her alcoholic father.  And that's not even to mention her holier-than-thou brother.  Ella undergoes a lot of personal growth in this book, and is able to come to terms with the hand life has dealt her.  

Ella and Micha, from the very beginning, have the feeling of a couple that is destined to be together.  The main problem between Ella and Micha, aside from Micha's time on the road, is that Ella doesn't trust herself to not turn out like her mother.  Ella experiences some very real fears, and is fortunate enough to have a therapist to help her through these difficult times.  Although it hurt my heart to see the rocky road Ella and Micha walk, it was all very realistic to me.  


"Love you more than life itself, more than the sun and the air.  You own my soul, Ella May."

Lila and Ethan are back in this book, too.  I liked these characters in The Secret of Ella & Micha, but I love them now.  I cannot wait to read Lila's and Ethan's book.  We see glimpses of Ethan and Lila together, but we don't have anything concrete about their relationship to go on.  What we do see is the friendship between Lila and Ella, and Ethan and Micha.  Lila is the best kind of best friend.  She's loyal and caring.  She's not judgmental, and she tells Ella things that she needs to hear.  She is supportive of Ella all throughout her issues, and adds a heaping dose of fun to Ella's life.  Lila is also able to see right through Ella into her feelings for Micha.


"The kind of love that owns you."  She gives a quick look in the mirror, combs her fingers through her damp hair.  "The kind were you know the other person inside and out.  Where you can go through hell and back and still make it out okay."

If you enjoyed The Secret of Ella & Micha, then I feel confident that you will LOVE this follow-up.  Ella and Micha travel a long and twisting path before they find what one another is truly looking for.  That path is one amazing ride!  This book could have very easily been too syrupy sweet, or too un-realistic, or too dramatic, but Jessica Sorenson writes with talent and heart.  She knows exactly who her characters are, and she delivers a beautiful, new adult story that will keep me coming back for everything this lady writes.  If you haven't read The Secret, and you enjoy new adult romances involving damaged characters, then I strongly urge you to check this series out.  




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