Age: New Adult-College/Older Teen
Series: The Secret #1
Interest: New Adult/ ARC/ Romance/ Pretty Cover
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. (Summary from Goodreads.com)
I received a free arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way swayed my opinion of the book.
The title The Secret of Ella and Micha isn't the best for this book. It implies that somewhere in the novel is a secret which needs to be discovered. There is not. The book just as easily could have been called Ella and Micha or something else entirely. I'm assuming the title-people felt they had to put something before Ella and Micha because the series has at least two books. But even then, it would be very simple business to make the sequel Ella and Micha: Forever or Ella and Micha Forever. Misleading titles frustrate me to no end. I did however give bonus points to the cute re-designed cover. It looks much more clean and professional than the old one.
One distracting thought I had while reading the book was trying to figure out how to pronounce Micha's name. I thought it was My-kuh for a long time, but looking at the letters I guess it would be more like me-shhuh. (look up Mischa Barton name pronunciation if mine is a little confusing.)
Ella and Micha was a fun and sexy read. I finished it in one night. Badass Ella is fun to watch, prim and proper Ella is well, prim and proper. Micha sounds like one sexy mother, especially with his lip ring. Their chemistry together was incredibly hot. I adored all of the casual touches Micha did all the time, it really underlined his comfort with Ella. I also happen to adore the trope of "we've been best friends forever and everyone always knew it would end up like this."
My only problem with the novel was the total feeling of it being unresolved. A lot of hard issues are brought up, like Ella's mom's suicide, her dad's alcoholism, Micha's dad abandoning him, Micha's police record, etc. Yet there is hardly any exploration of these issues. It keeps getting brought up that they are issues, but nothing is solved "on screen, in real time." I guess this is what the sequel is supposed to be for, but I still felt a little cheated on the drama. This was especially true when all Ella and Micha were doing was racing cars, going to parties and making out. I love the fun and fluff there, but I wanted more.
The Story Siren brought up in her Goodreads review Ella and Micha felt too much like reading The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden all over again. Take from that comment what you will. I haven't read Callie and Kayden. I can't chime in on it. But I do tend to get sick of reading the exact same book over and over again therefore I am putting in this little disclaimer.
If you're looking for a sweet and sexy read that's light on the drama, I completely recommend buying The Secret of Ella and Micha. In fact, it is only 1.99 in the Amazon kindle store right now, which is an awesome deal for that book. I recommend getting it and keeping a look out for the sequel, The Forever of Ella and Micha which comes out on May 28th. (It's a 2.99 preorder in the Kindle Store.)
Teaser Lines: "When it all comes down to it, it's just me and her against the world. Always has been."