Friday, December 13, 2013

Review: The Ever After of Ella and Micha, by Jessica Sorensen

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The day Ella has waited for is just around the corner. It's the day she'll marry Micha, the love of her life, the light that guided her out of the darkness. It looks like it will be the perfect Christmas-until an unexpected package arrives with a harsh reminder of Ella's past. Suddenly Ella doesn't feel as confident about her future. Can she really have a "happily-ever-after" if she's never even seen one?

Micha will stand by Ella no matter what she's going through-though he worries that she might leave him standing at the altar again. When he's offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to tour with his favorite bands for three months, Micha knows he can't leave Ella behind. But can he ask her to uproot her life to join him on the road?

Now Ella and Micha must find a way to balance their fears, their dreams, and their love . . . if they ever want to hear wedding bells.

4.25 out of 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review...

Calling all fans of Jessica Sorensen's Ella and Micha, this book is a MUST read for you.  For those of you who haven't heard of this couple, you really need to check them out, they have made for a wonderful series.  

Anyways, on to the review.  I was so nervous when I picked up this book because I feared Ella would make the same mistakes she has in the past, never fully trusting of the people around her, too hard on herself, feeling undeserving, shouldering blame and more importantly running instead of staying and facing reality when things get hard.  And, the truth is I didn't want any more heartache for this couple.  They love one another so much and I really wanted them to get their forever happily ever after.  

Well, I'm happy to report that our Ella has grown so much as a character.  She has evolved, while the desire to run, to be depressed and to hold things in is still a struggle, she has learned to let people in, to trust in Micha and their love for one another, to face things head on even when every part of her heart begs her to take the easy way out and run.  The Ella in this book is a fighter and she chooses to fight for her own happiness and her future with Micha.  It certainly wasn't easy, especially when a package with contents from the past with the power to send her in a tailspin arrives, but honestly at the end I felt like a proud mom in regards to how she handled everything.

One of the things I loved about this particular book were the flashbacks into their childhood.  From the first time they talked, to their first kiss, to the first "I love you."  Through all the good times and hard times since they were just children they were there for one another.  The kind of love they share is unique and true.  The know one another better than anyone else and these flashbacks only cement the pure intentions of their love and actions towards one another.  Jessica shows us throughout the story just how deep Micha's love for Ella runs and really vice versa and you cannot help but smile as you're reading this one!

This is a book full of hope, hope that even though life is hard and being in a relationship is scary, love is always there; and with love comes the desire to make the other person happy even if it means sacrificing your own dreams.  So the question remains, how do Ella and Micha come about their HEA and at what cost?   

If you haven't read any of the books in this Jessica Sorensen series check them out:

Book #1
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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.

Book #2
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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?

Book #3
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On the surface, Lila Summers is flawless: good looks, expensive clothes, and a big, beautiful smile. But a dark past and even darker secrets are threatening to bubble over her perfect fa├žade. She'll do anything to keep the emptiness inside hidden-which leads her into situations that always end badly. Whenever she hits bottom, there's only one person who's there to pull her out: Ethan Gregory.

Ethan set the rules a long time ago: he and Lila are just friends. He doesn't do relationships. Although his tattooed, bad boy exterior is a far cry from Lila's pretty princess image, Ethan can't deny they have a deeper connection than he's used to. If he's not careful, he could be in serious danger of becoming attached-and he's learned the hard way that attachment only leads to heartbreak.

When Lila falls farther than she ever has before, can Ethan continue to help as a friend? Or is he also getting close to falling . . . for her?

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