Review ~ The Secret Series by Jessica Sorensen

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The Secret of Ella and Micha

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Blurb

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.

The Forever of Ella and Micha

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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?

The Temptation of Lila and Ethan

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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 façade. 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?

The Ever After of Ella and Micha

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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.

Lila and Ethan: Forever and Always

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Lila Summers just wants to know one thing for certain: that Ethan Gregory will be with her always. Once her friend, he’s become so much more, melting the pain of her past away with each kiss. Now Lila is on a road trip with Ethan, in the wilderness under the stars, and she can’t imagine her life without him. But when she talks about the future, something in Ethan changes . . .

Ethan has no doubts about his feelings for Lila. His life with her gets better every day-and that’s the scary part. How can he walk into a future where he has everything to lose? With Lila, his whole heart is on the line for the very first time. But if Ethan can’t give her the promise she needs, his greatest fear might come true: he’ll lose Lila for good.

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My *****5 STAR***** Review

It’s common these days to see people bashing authors for a number of reasons. One of those reasons I often see authors being criticized is for putting books out too fast. Often I agree with that sentiment. I’ve read a lot of stories that felt rushed, and I often think, “That story COULD HAVE BEEN great, if only.” The simple fact remains, that it wasn’t great, though. Why am I talking about this? This is supposed to be a review of Jessica Sorensen’s novels, correct? Well, I think Jessica is definitely one of those authors that can spit books out. I have a hard time keeping up with her books. But, here’s where Jessica stands out. She still coughs up these AMAZING 5 star books! I don’t know how she does it. Not to mention, she accomplishes it in various genres. I fell in love with Sorensen back with the Falling Star series. If you’re into YA paranormal romance, then I highly recommend it. But aside from there being a romance involved, it was so completely different from the Secret series, which I would much more closely relate to her Coincidence series. The point being, she can produce all of these wonderful series at such a high rate of speed that it is simply astounding! To be honest, there have been a couple books of hers that I’d wished were better edited, but it’s always simple grammar stuff that I can read through, and never the big stuff like underdeveloped characters or confusing story lines.

As with every series of Jessica’s that I’ve read – the Nova series is the only one I haven’t started yet – I highly recommend starting at the beginning. They all build off of each other in a chronological order.

I’m going to keep this review pretty simple, and I’ll only briefly comment on specific books. I don’t want to give too much away. There are four main characters in this series: Ella, Micha, Lila, and Ethan. They’re all college aged, and they have all had a rough upbringing. For the most part, VERY rough. So, this is a story of over-coming – overcoming depression, drugs, abuse and neglect among other things. It has a very dark side that sometimes makes you feel like you’re going to be dragged into the dark yourself, but then the light comes and it’s simply brilliant! I love characters that speak to my emotions, and these did.

The plots were for the most part – intense. There are always suprises along the way. I was never for sure exactly what to expect next. Boring and predictable are definitely not the adjectives I’d use to describe any of Sorensen’s work.

Negatives? If I was to rate each book in the series individually, I’d give the last two 4 stars. The Ever After of Ella and Micha simply because I wanted to drag Ella into the light a little quicker. Lila and Ethan: Always and Forever because I wanted just a little more intensity. It’s a free novella, though, so who would have the right to complain??? Plus, even as is, I’d have happily paid for it – knowing what I was getting!

So, and easy 5 stars to the whole series! There’s more to come, though, for these characters. I simply can’t wait!! Well, to be honest, I can’t wait to read the next of anything she’s written. She’s easily among my top 5 favorite authors, and I read – A LOT!!

About the Author ~ Jessica Sorensen

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Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
Blog: http://jessicasorensensblog.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Sorensen/165335743524509
Website: jessicasorensen.com
Twitter: @jessFallenStar

Happy Reading,

Alison

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