Book description via Amazon:
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)
**Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual situations and language.**
One night, after dealing with one too many tragedies that she can handle, Ella decides to leave behind Micha and everything and everyone else she’s ever known, and ends up in college at UNLV. She tries to reinvent herself and get as far away as possible from the girl she used to be. Eight months later, she’s back in her hometown for the summer. She runs into Micha again and the old Ella starts to surface, piece by piece.
I loved the dynamics and chemistry between Ella and Micha. Though they both had deep personal issues, they weren’t damaged to a point where they ended up destroying each other. The alternating POVs between the two really helped me get to know and understand them. I loved seeing the effect they had on each other, feeling the same way during certain moments but never letting the other know that they were effected.
Ella is a strong and independent character and doesn’t seem to take shit from anyone. She blames herself for her mother’s death, which makes her run away from her hometown. She feels deeply for Micha but somehow convinces herself that she doesn’t deserve it so she lives in denial of her true feelings for him and becomes the type of person she thinks she should be; an opposite of the old Ella. To Ella, her and Micah’s relationship helps her realize that she doesn’t want to run away or fight it anymore. She let’s it happen, she opens herself, and in turn, she disposes of some of the burdens that have been weighing her down. To Micah, their relationship helps him let his walls down as well. Ella gives him the chance to crumble for a little while and lean on her, instead of always having to be strong.
I also loved the secondary characters, Lila and Ethan. Can’t wait to read the next installment, The Forever of Ella and Micha, as well as the third in the series, The Temptation of Lila and Ethan. I can’t wait to see Ella and Micha grow and progress together.