Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: The Secret #1
Format: ebook ARC
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.
Ella left Micha 8 months ago with no excuses to her absence. Changing everything about her to be a good girl the total opposite of how she was before she left. Now that summer break is here she has to go back home, where she left a stricken Micha who wondered what happened to his best friend.
Ella tries to hard to be the opposite of what she really is. Micha drags out everything he loved about his best friend. Micha has also been battling his own issues with his father who walked out so long ago. As Ella deals with her dysfunctional family a dead mother, alcoholic father, and a brother she isn't connected with since their mothers death.
Both characters grow with the story and find their happy ending but have to work hard for it. I really enjoyed this story and can't wait to see what happens in the next book in the series.