Author: Jessica Sorenson
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Borrowed Hearts Publishing (Oct. 6, 2012)
Source: ARC Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 5 Stars!
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.
I have been very luck lately with the last few New Adult Contemporary Romance reads I have picked up. All of them have been fantastic and this one was no exception.
This is Sorenson's first trip in the genre and she did it with a bang. I absolutely loved Ella and Micha's story. I couldn't get enough of it.
Two very broken people trying to make their way in the world. To pick up the pieces of their past and to move on and move forward without losing who they really are, even though at times they try to.
This was a beautiful story that was raw and real with characters that were a little gritty, a whole lot lost and damaged and all the more beautiful because of it.
This isn't just a love story but one about friendship and hardship and letting go of the past and dealing with your demons and learning to trust and love and let others in.
I really adored Micha, he was a wonderful swoon worthy bad boy that any girl would be lucky to have in her corner as a friend, let alone to have him be in love with you and fighting for you every single step of the way.
Ella I loved too but not because she was kick butt so much but because she was strong and flawed and was trying to make herself better without realizing that in the process she was losing all that was good about herself. She had a lot of self discovery to do and I loved watching her character grow and learn to open up.
This really was very well written and just beautiful. Sorenson has done an amazing job portraying two broken people with real problems and has brought up sensitive issues and topics and handled it all so well.
Well done Jessica! Once again you have managed to blow me away with your talent.
I give this one 5 Stars!