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.
Review: 4 STARS
“Just because it’s broken doesn’t mean it loses its importance. And I figured I’d give it to you one day when you realized it was okay to make mistakes”
This is the story of Ella May Daniels who, after a tragic event, runs away to college without a word to anyone. When she returns home for summer break, she’s forced to confront the issues that she was originally trying to hide from. This story is a heart-wrenching story. You will fall in love with each and every character as they mend their relationships with one another and learn to move on.
“I love you, Ella May and nothing will ever change that. You can push me away -run away – and I will still love you.”
Nawwwww I absolutely loved the relationship between Ella and Micha. Seriously, Micha is amazing! He’s completely confident and unwavering in his love for Ella despite everything. It’s gorgeous. HE’S gorgeous. On top of that he’s protective but simultaneously encourages her to be her free and wild child self. I prefer this so much more than the overprotective male type who tend to smother their girlfriends and act more like a parent than a partner.
I also loved the development of the friendship between Ella and Lila. Every girl needs a close gal pal and Lila is just the biggest cutie pie (I desperately want her and Ethan to officially get together! The adorable couple award would go to them).
I did have a few minor issues with the book…
1. The classic smoking-hot tattooed bad boy who sings, writes songs, plays the guitar and dreams of being a rock star, is a character that has been overused in this genre. I get that most people don’t want to hear about the badass accountant who stole a calculator or whatever but surely there’s another job out there for bad boys?
2. And the secret. The secret did not have any real shock value. In fact, I thought it was quite predictable which I found slightly odd for a series entitled ‘The Secret’.
Despite that, I really did enjoy this book. I think it’s a lovely tale of learning to trust, accepting love and dealing with loss. I’m super excited to see where Micha and Ella’s relationship goes next. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat to anyone that enjoys a good love story.