Thursday, March 14, 2013

Review: The Secret of Ella And Micha (The Secret #1)

The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1)
If you loved Beautiful Disaster then you're ready to discover . . .

 A rule-breaker with a fiery attitude, Ella always wore her heart on her sleeve. Then she left everything behind to go to college, where she transformed into someone who follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. Now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. But once there, Ella fears that everything she's worked so hard to bury might resurface-especially with Micha living right next door.

Smart, sexy, and confident, Micha can get under Ella's skin like no one else. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. If he tries to tempt the old Ella to return, he will be impossible to resist. But what Ella doesn't realize is that when she left, she took a piece of Micha's heart with her. Now he's determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: March 26, 2013 (first published October 2, 2012)
Kat's Review
 I know the description compares this book to Beautiful Disaster, but to be honest I didn't see very much in common.  While there is an intense and passionate love here, Micha is not violent or unstable in the way that Travis was.  He is the stable one, the one that holds Ella together whenever she's about to fall apart. 

I like the way this book unravelled a little bit at a time, and how both characters had their own demons to deal with and secrets to keep. Ella's desire to break free from the home life that had been unstable at best and soul crushing at worst was completely understandable.  The author didn't go overboard in the uncomfortable scenes, nor did she make the poor town that Ella lives in completely hopeless of stereotypical.  There was love there, and fun, and acceptance, despite the shortcomings. 

The relationship between Ella and Micha is complicated, but not twisted or dependent.  They lean on each other, but both face their issues (or run from them, as it were) alone.  It was difficult to watch them do it, but refreshing to see two characters learning to stand up for themselves, while drawing strength from the other.  Their lives are complicated and Ella is afraid of the depth of her feelings, but it's obvious that she's stronger than she thinks she is. 

I have to mention the ending, without ruining it.  There is a happy ending, but not in the way so many of these books end, and this goes back to my point about the characters remaining individuals despite their love for each other.  This is also where I think the story is unlike Beautiful Disaster.  The love between these two characters is not an all consuming, dependent one, but a more mature, interdependent kind of love.   The kind where you retain your individuality but also become part of a greater whole. 

Rating: Worth a Look

This is a sweet story with darker undertones.  The life issues these two deal with are realistic without being over the top.  There are also some secondary characters that I would like to hear more from! 

I was provided a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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