Giveaway, Excerpt and Review of Semblance by Logan Patricks

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SYNOPSIS:

Whoever said money couldn’t buy happiness has never starved a day in their lives.

My name is Aria Valencia, a third year classical music student at the university, and I was down to my last dollar. Some nights, I seriously considered working at the rippers just to make ends meet, but the thought of my dad’s spirit–God rest his soul–scowling at me while I danced up on some drooling degenerate was enough to turn me off the idea completely.

And then one night, chance came knocking on my door under the guise of the Midnight Society, a secret cabal comprised of the most wealthy and influential souls this side of the Universe. Their leader was a man named Shadow, who was equally enigmatic as he was gorgeous and, for some mystifying reason, had his dark brooding eyes focused on me.

Seduced by the promises of fame and fortune in exchange for a seemingly innocent request, I soon found myself drawn into a provocative world filled with both vast riches and unending lies and it didn’t take long for me to realize what being a part of the Midnight Society actually entailed: shiny things, sensual romance, and dead bodies.

Being with Shadow came with a terrible price, one that I wasn’t willing to pay. There’s a dark side to every love story, and this one was mine.

EXCERPT:

We visited four more temple ruins that afternoon. Though not as extravagant as Angkor Wat, each one was just as haunting and beautiful. The one that touched me profoundly was Ta Prohm, where an ancient looking tree seeped through the ruin’s walls creating a harmonious union between stone and root.

Two different elements of nature, fused into one to form one of the most breathtaking things I’ve ever seen.

I turned around and looked at Shadow, who was too busy examining the carvings on the stone walls to notice that I was staring at him.

We were two distinct entities in this vast universe ourselves—Shadow living in a world of money, power, and a haunting past which suffocates him daily. Meanwhile I was a simple girl whose life blood was filled with impossible dreams and musical sonatas. My future terrified me and my past was filled with bittersweet memories.

A week ago, the thought of being in a relationship with this provocative, but ridiculously handsome man was the last thing I wanted. Seeing the symbiotic union between the tree and the temple made me wonder if a love between Shadow and I could be just as beautiful and spellbinding?

I wanted him. God, I wanted him so badly.

I wanted these dates to be more than just a façade.

I wanted these moments we had together to mean just as much to Shadow as they did to me. I wanted him to look at me as I looked at him—as the person who captured his heart.

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REVIEW

What if there was a secret society whose members were the world’s top business men? What if that society had been around for centuries? You married from the society, children raised with the Fight Club mentality; First rule of The Midnight Society, don’t talk about The Midnight Society. Except your punishment isn’t an ass kicking, it’s death.

And what if you met a man who was the king of this society, and basically ruled the world? If you’re Aria– you tell him to go scratch because you want nothing to do with this crazy crap.

And she does, at first.

I loved Semblance. This novel is a fast-paced, suspense driven, page-turner. There was one clever twist after another. And just when I could breath a little sigh of relief… BOOM! I’m stunned and making — no-way-that-just-happened noises. Honest to God, I suspected everyone and figured out nothing! Every single plot twist is relevant, and dammit! my 007 inner fangirl was all about the society’s security.

I’m totally hot for both Shadow and Lincoln, but Aria? Now THIS is a strong, independent female character I like! As she tries to navigate this new world, she never loses sight of who she is, and her goals in life never change.

At one point a few of the members are outraged that she would even be considered by The Midnight Society. One member asks her about her family– what did her father (who is dead) do that was outstanding with his life? What was his greatest accomplishment? She answered, simple, “Me”. I love that.

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About the author

Logan discovered both love and heartbreak at the tender age of seven, when the pretty little blue-eyed girl next door stole his Kit-Kat bar and shared it with the bad boy from across the street. Devastated, Logan found solace by escaping into imaginary worlds he forged with words, creating kingdoms where the chivalrous knight always got the princess.

Twenty three years later Logan spends his days in a suit and tie, working for the government on matters of network security. However his thoughts never strayed too far from the incendiary nature of love — the passionate fire that’s both scintillating and dangerous. Obsessed with exploring the steamy and mysterious side of human nature, Logan continues to create worlds filled with thrills, mystery, and of course, sex.

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A Review of: ‘Paint Me Beautiful’ By: C.M. Stunich

krkistleA Review By Kristin

PAINT ME BEAUTIFUL

By: C.M. Stunich

Synopsis from Amazon: Recommended for Ages 18 and Up.  “I'm dying to be beautiful.”  My story isn't unique. You've heard it before. I'm just a girl who doesn't eat as much as she should. See, I have goals, big ones, and nobody is going to stop me, not even a boy named Emmett. He has good intentions and he's hot as hell, but he doesn't understand what it's like to want something so bad that you'll do anything for it. I'm going to become a model, even if it kills me. Dream big or go home, that's what they always say, right?

Synopsis from Amazon:
Recommended for Ages 18 and Up.
“I’m dying to be beautiful.”
My story isn’t unique. You’ve heard it before. I’m just a girl who doesn’t eat as much as she should. See, I have goals, big ones, and nobody is going to stop me, not even a boy named Emmett. He has good intentions and he’s hot as hell, but he doesn’t understand what it’s like to want something so bad that you’ll do anything for it. I’m going to become a model, even if it kills me. Dream big or go home, that’s what they always say, right?

 I am a HUGE fan of C.M. Stunich’s writing and this book is one of the reasons why.  Paint Me Beautiful tackles the subject of anorexia and it’s not sugar coated or wrapped up neatly.  It’s real, it’s raw and it’s emotional.  I cried throughout this book because it made me question everything I’ve ever felt about my own body image and self esteem.  As the mother of a pre-teen it opened my eyes to how my own daughter could be viewing herself and how important it is for me to reinforce that beauty comes from the inside

“I am broken in my own eyes. I am sick in my family’s.  I am not good enough in the fashion world’s. In Emmett’s, I am whole.”

Paint Me Beautiful is a heart-breaking story told through the eyes of Claire.  This is her journey of self-loathing and self-discovery.  She is a young woman in a stable home with two parents and a sister who love her.  She has never been abused or traumatized.  She has the perfect life in everyone’s eyes but her own.  Claire’s dreams of being a model drive her but rejection chips away at her self esteem to the point where she only sees her flaws.  Her eyes are too big, her lips are too thin, her hair is too red and her body is too fat.  She covers all the mirrors in her room so she can’t see her imperfections and has memorized the calorie count of everything.  She bleaches her hair, exercises excessively and starves herself because, in her eyes, this is what she needs to do to succeed. 

“Emmett Sinclair will save me in more ways than one, and I’ll hate him for it. I’ll curse his name and even wish for brief seconds in time that he was dead, or at the very least out of my life for good. Later though, later I’ll understand that he saved my life and breathed beauty into my dreams.”

“I mean that they can’t try to fix something that you don’t think is broken.”

Emmett has such an important role in this story.  He’s supportive and patient.  He doesn’t judge her, label her or give her ultimatums.  He is the only person who realizes she has to want to be fixed and she can’t be forced into it.  His love is unconditional and Claire feels safest with him.

“Emmett’s love isn’t enough; my family’s love isn’t enough. The only thing that would be enough is my love for me, and that, that is the one thing I am still searching for.”

Paint Me Beautiful is a must read for every young woman.  It’s a powerful, heartbreaking and inspiring story from start to end.  I haven’t been this moved by a story in a long time and I had my own journey of self-discovery while reading this book.  As a whole, we need to criticize ourselves a little less and love ourselves a little more.  We need to show young women self worth isn’t measured by the love of others; it starts with finding something to love about you.  I started today.  I now ask my daughter to tell me three things she loves about herself and I tell her three things I love about myself every night before she goes to bed.

I absolutely LOVED this book.

Would I read it again?  YES

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WARNING – It ends on a cliffhanger but the second book

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Killing Sarai by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author J. A. Redmerski

Killing Sarai by NYT & USA Today bestselling author J.A. Redmerski

Here is the new cover!!!

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The Kindle edition is only $2.99 right now! Click on the picture for a link.

This is from Goodreads

“Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don’t go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another.

While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead.

As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor’s brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.

This is their story…”

Mexican drug lords? Assassins? Held for nine years?

Yes. And it’s done well. So well that (for me) it reads like a dystopian novel. In dystopia fiction you have to let yourself accept the situations, and in doing so– accept the characters’ mindset. What is unfathomable in my life is normal in Sarai’s world. SO, her reactions and choices she makes are far, far different from what mine would be.

  No worries, you aren’t dragged through nine years of her horrors. Instead you meet her on the day she decides to escape and can’t put the book down until the last page!

All the abuse over a nine-year span didn’t break her. I love her strength and determination and will to survive. Sarai is fiercely protective of those she cares about and refuses to throw herself any kind of pity party.

I don’t know about you, but I can handle about a page of “poor me’s” before I start skimming. Who wants a recap of everything you just read? Not me. You will find none of that in this book. Every terrifying or heart warming part was necessary to the story.

Let’s not forget Victor! ❤

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I’ve been a fan of J.A. Redmerski since I read Edge of Never.

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This is also only $2.99 on Kindle!

Andrew and Camryn’s story continues in The Edge of Always

Available for pre-order $3.79 on Kindle

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A Review of ‘Pulse’ By NY Times Best Selling Author Gail McHugh

krkistleA Review By Kristin

‘Pulse’

By Gail McHugh

(Pulse is the sequel to Collide Volume 1)  How do you keep existing when your heart is so splintered, so completely torn to shreds, your pulse is fading? You’re…broken. How do you move forward when every breath is nothing more than a constant ache? Living becomes an insidious reminder that you threw away the single largest part of yourself. Your… soul. No amount of distraction can pull you from the torture of losing your…life. Now that Emily Cooper has walked away from her first love, she finds herself running toward her only love. Unraveling fast, but clinging to hope, Emily risks all she has left on the man that has consumed her every thought and dream since the day they met. Will Gavin take her back? And if so, will their reunion be a collision of two hearts destined to complete one another and rekindle a love that knew no boundaries? Or will scars from their past rip open, tearing slowly at what each of them was meant to be? Can fate, the ultimate game changer, mend the shattered road it laid out from the start? Only time will tell… Tick-Tock…

(Pulse is the sequel to Collide Volume 1)
How do you keep existing when your heart is so splintered, so completely torn to shreds, your pulse is fading?
You’re…broken. How do you move forward when every breath is nothing more than a constant ache? Living becomes an insidious reminder that you threw away the single largest part of yourself. Your… soul. No amount of distraction can pull you from the torture of losing your…life.
Now that Emily Cooper has walked away from her first love, she finds herself running toward her only love. Unraveling fast, but clinging to hope, Emily risks all she has left on the man that has consumed her every thought and dream since the day they met. Will Gavin take her back? And if so, will their reunion be a collision of two hearts destined to complete one another and rekindle a love that knew no boundaries? Or will scars from their past rip open, tearing slowly at what each of them was meant to be? Can fate, the ultimate game changer, mend the shattered road it laid out from the start?
Only time will tell…
Tick-Tock…

Pulse is the highly anticipated conclusion to Gavin and Emily’s story that began in Collide.  I could not wait for this book to be released and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.  I loved it!  I laughed.  I cried.  I swooned—hard.  At times, Pulse was emotionally draining but it was balanced out with light-hearted “fun” moments that made me wish Gavin Blake was real.   If you haven’t read Collide, do not read any further because this review will contain spoilers from that book.    

To feel the true impact of Emily and Gavin’s story, I highly recommend reading Collide before Pulse.  Collide is currently $2.99 on Amazon (Kindle) and can be found HERE

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At the end of Collide Emily was a complete mess.  Dillon’s abuse left her gutted, emotionally and physically.  He stripped her down to nothing and took what he wanted from her using intimidation and threats to instill fear in her.  He chipped away at her until she finally broke.  Too afraid to run, she shut down and when she closed her eyes, it was Gavin’s face she saw.   This was Emily’s rock bottom but it was also her turning point.  She finally saw Dillon for what he really was and how much his “love” cost her.

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A slow smile touched the edge of Olivia’s mouth. “I’m proud of you, Emily.” “Proud of me?” she questioned, wiping her nose with the back of her hand. “For what? For hurting Gavin? His face, Olivia. I can’t get his face out of my head.” Eyes softening, Olivia brushed her hand against Emily’s jaw. “I’m proud of you for finally seeing you deserve a better life with a man who honestly loves and cares for you. Again, you may have temporarily hurt Gavin, but the two of you are going to be fine. You’ll see.”

I was proud of Emily too.  She stood up to Dillon and fought back when his emotional abuse turned to physical abuse.  Emotional abuse strips the victim of their confidence.  They are made to believe they deserve to be treated like crap, that they’ve brought it on themselves.  The abuser chips away at the victim until all that’s left is a shell that’s willing to do anything to keep the abuser happy.  There are no outward signs of emotional abuse because all the marks are on the inside.  The victim defends and excuses the abuser’s behavior.  It’s twisted and sick; a difficult cycle to break but Emily found the strength and courage to break the hold Dillon had on her.  In Pulse, Emily became a new woman.  She was no longer a victim; she was a survivor and she became my hero.

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Gavin wasn’t sure if leaving would erase the mark Emily had seared into his soul. He also wasn’t sure if he’d ever be free from the ache of needing her. The only emotion he truly fucking owned… he knew he had to get out of New York. Get the fuck out, and get far away from the ghost of Emily that would no doubt haunt him.

 Gavin loves Emily in the way a woman should be loved; completely and unconditionally.  He respects her and treats her like she’s the greatest gift in the world.  He wants to protect her, care for her and make her happy.  For every bad memory Emily has, he wants to give her a hundred good ones.  If he could, he would erase every horrible thing she’s ever experienced in her life.  He’s sweet, sexy and protective—he’s her caveman.   In Pulse, Gavin is still Gavin but he’s even more swoon-worthy.  Bottle caps, 20 questions and all-around sexiness made me love him even more.

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This series conveys an inspiring message about abuse (emotional and physical), survival, empowerment, unconditional love and forgiveness. It’s a story about recognizing the signs and doing something to make life better; about learning when to let go and when to hold on.  There are so many women like Emily.  If reading this book helps even one of them realize they’re in an abusive relationship and inspires them to get the f**k out; there are no words for how powerful that is.  So to all the Emily’s out there, it’s never too late to take your life back; your Gavin is out there and you do deserve him.

Would I read this book again?  YES

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PULSE is currently $3.99  (Kindle) on Amazon.  Find it here.

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A Review of ‘The Perfect Game’ By Bestselling Author J. Sterling

krkistleA Review By Kristin

‘The Perfect Game’ By: J. Sterling

He's a game she never intended to play. And she's the game changer he never knew he needed. The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.  They're both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they findone another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.  Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful...

He’s a game she never intended to play.
And she’s the game changer he never knew he needed.
The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind… like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.
They’re both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they findone another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness.
Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.
Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful…

“I knew she wasn’t like other girls the moment I saw the disgusted look on her face after I called her “Kitten.” Most girls would have creamed their pants if I called them that. But not Cassie. She looked like she wanted to punch me in the jaw.   And I’ve wanted to kiss her ever since.”

 Kitten, he calls her kitten and she hates it.  Jack Carter his hot and he knows it.  A left-handed pitching sensation with black hair, chocolate brown eyes and a dimpled grin, he can have any girl he wants without even trying, except Cassie.  He has to work for her.  She challenges him to “prove it”; that his words aren’t empty promises and boy does he ever.  Quarters—swoon.

“But no one knew what it was like to be me. I’d finally met a girl who didn’t try to impress me. She didn’t care about what I did as an athlete; she cared about what I did as a person. I was jumping into this thing with both feet. Holding on to Cassie with both arms.”

 After being abandoned by both parents, Jack refused to let people get too close, fearing they’d leave.  He didn’t do relationships or fall in love.  Until Cassie, he was content with casual love ‘em and leave ‘em; don’t sleep with the same girl twice flings.  But Cassie makes him want to be a better person; he wants something real and long- term with her.  Cassie got into his heart and he found for the first time ever, he welcomed and wasn’t afraid of love.  But Jack is his own worst enemy; he believes it’s inevitable that he’ll screw up and his lack of faith in himself results in Cassie waiting for it to happen.

 “I’ll admit I was scared. We’d crossed the line and my heart would never be the same, no matter what happened from here on out. But if I wanted him to believe in us, I had to believe in him.”

 Cassie was disappointed far too many times by empty promises from her father so she learned to rely on actions over words.  As a result, she follows her four rules for dating to keep from getting her heart broken.   She never let herself get close enough to anyone to fall in love.  But when she finally agrees to a date with the infamous Jack Carter, she finds herself opening up to him and falling hard.  Cassie is very likable and easy to relate to in this book.  She did overreact to a situation but I forgave her because she learned from it and matured.  She doesn’t put her life on hold for Jack which, I loved; she knew if she gave up her dreams for Jack she would end up resenting him.  Jack enriches her life, he does not consume it—a great message to all girls out there.

I really loved this book.  There were a few things that made me think, “huh?” but given the characters’ pasts; it totally made sense and worked.  I loved the supporting characters (Jack’s brother Dean and Cassie’s BFF Melissa).  They were often the voice of reason and I loved how they didn’t shy away from calling Jack and Cassie out when they screwed up because that’s how real friends are with each other.  This is a nice, easy read about finding the one you love, losing them and doing whatever it takes to get them back without compromising their integrity.  Love isn’t perfect, sometimes it downright sucks but when you love someone enough to work through the lows, the highs are  more meaningful.

Would I read this book again? YES!

‘The Perfect Game’ is currently $3.99 on Amazon.  Find it here

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“You’re my game changer, you know that?” “Game changer?” I shook my head, unsure of his meaning. “The one girl who changes everything. The one you’d give it all up for.”

Want more Jack and Cassie?  Their story continues on June 25, 2013  in The Game Changer.  Currently $3.99 on Amazon.  Find it here

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A Review of ‘The Forever of Ella and Micha’ By: Best Selling Author Jessica Sorensen

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‘The Forever of Ella and Micha’

By: Jessica Sorensen

 

Ella is back at school, trying to focus on her future and forget the darkness of her past. Still, her ongoing family drama is making it harder and harder to get through the days. All she really wants is Micha, but no way will she let her problems get in the way of his dreams. Micha is busy touring the country with his band, seemingly getting everything he's ever wanted. But deep down he knows something is missing. Being away from Ella is harder than he expected. And while he longs to have her with him, he won't ask her to leave college just to be at his side. When Ella and Micha are together, anything seems possible . . . but lately those shared moments aren't so easy to find. When a new tragedy shakes their already fragile world, one of them will make a dramatic choice that could break them apart forever.

Ella is back at school, trying to focus on her future and forget the darkness of her past. Still, her ongoing family drama is making it harder and harder to get through the days. All she really wants is Micha, but no way will she let her problems get in the way of his dreams.
Micha is busy touring the country with his band, seemingly getting everything he’s ever wanted. But deep down he knows something is missing. Being away from Ella is harder than he expected. And while he longs to have her with him, he won’t ask her to leave college just to be at his side.
When Ella and Micha are together, anything seems possible . . . but lately those shared moments aren’t so easy to find. When a new tragedy shakes their already fragile world, one of them will make a dramatic choice that could break them apart forever.

I couldn’t wait to read this book.  I loved ‘The Secret of Ella and Micha’ and was excited that their story would continue in ‘The Forever of Ella and Micha’.  This book is a little more intense; more attention is paid to mental illness, dependency and the ups and downs of the recovery process.

 

“Micha’s love owns me and I’ll probably always end up giving into him as long as he keeps trying. But I still fear I’ll break him, and that boy is too damn sweet and beautiful to ruin.”

 Ella is in a dark place throughout much of this book as she struggles through her own anxiety and depression.  She sees her life with Micha mirroring that of her parents and it scares her.  She’s torn between letting him go and not knowing how to survive without him.  Through therapy, she learns she must confront the demons of her childhood in order to overcome them and she cannot depend on Micha to solve all her problems. She becomes a much stronger person and learns to rely on herself.

 

“I’m sorry, pretty girl, but you really don’t get to choose what I want, what I do, or who I get to be with. So unless you want me to leave you because you don’t love me anymore, I’m not going anywhere.”

 Micha is also struggling with his unresolved feelings towards the father who abandoned him and he feels guilty for being angry.  He’s also having doubts about his relationship with Ella; he loves her but when he senses her pulling away, he begins to question their future.  He sees Ella slipping into old patterns and his biggest fear is she’ll vanish again.  Micha learns he can’t always fix everything for Ella because she will never believe she deserves to be loved unless she has confidence in herself.

“You left me, ripped out my heart, and then came back acting like a robot, and you know what? We made it through. You and I, good or bad, belong together. We make each other whole.”

 I had high expectations for this follow-up novel because I loved the first one so much and I wasn’t disappointed; I loved this book!  At times it was heartbreaking but there were light, fun moments in it too.  All the characters we’re once again, written so well and I was able to sympathize with them throughout the entire book.  But what stood out for me was how realistic their conversations were; I felt like I was watching them interact.  Ethan and Lila were perfect supporting characters and I adored them in this book; everyone needs friends like them.  Overall, I’m very happy with how Ella and Micha’s story concluded but I wouldn’t object to more.

Would I read this book again? – YES

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A Review of The Secret of Ella and Micha By: Bestselling Author Jessica Sorensen

krkistleA Review By Kristin

The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

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.

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.

“He knows what I’m about to say—he always does. He is my best friend, my soul mate. In a perfect world, full of roses and sunshine   we’d be together, but this world is full of broken homes, drunken fathers, and mothers who give up easily.” 

 Ella is afraid of her feelings for Micha, she loves him but she’s terrified Micha will see how broken she is inside if she lets them “go there” and she’ll lose him.   She tries to bury her feelings by keeping him at arm’s length but the more she’s around him, the more she wants him and the harder it is to fight it.  But she doesn’t come off as wishy-washy or like she’s leading him on.  She’s working through her feelings and slowly giving him pieces of herself.  She’s not pushing him away; she’s taking baby steps towards him.

“Then I swig my beer back and bury my pain, along with Ella. She’s the only girl that’s ever been able to get me this upset. The only girl that’s never wanted me.”

Micha has been in love with Ella since he was sixteen years old and he gets Ella like nobody else does.  He knows what she’s thinking.  He knows when to push    her and when to pull back.  He’ll call her on her crap and give her a reality check when needed.  He’ll fight with her and for her.  He wants her to lean on him when life gets rough.  He wants her to run to him instead of away from him when she’s overwhelmed.  He knows she loves him but he lets her figure it out in her own time.  His life is not the same without Ella in it and he pines for her without turning into a love sick sap.

I really loved this book.  It’s told from alternating POVs so both character’s voices are heard which gives the reader a better insight to both of them.  The characters, main and supporting, are well-written and they each have a distinct personality.  The conversations they have are realistic and natural.  I was able to connect with them and I understood their motivation throughout the whole book.  The story flowed very well and it was paced perfectly.  This book is about a broken girl finding her way and the boy who loves her enough to let her get there in her own time.  It’s about accepting life can be messy and it isn’t always perfect but when you allow yourself to love and be loved you can get through anything life throws at you.

Would I read this book again? YES