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?
This should go without saying, but there will be some spoilers for The Secret of Ella and Micha. If you’ve read it, no big. If you haven’t, well, proceed at your own risk.
When I first heard there was a sequel to The Secret of Ella and Micha, I was both excited and scared. Excited because I really loved Ella and Micha. But scared because you know, it’s like my perfect babies are being messed with and that doesn’t make anyone happy. This book is exactly what it seems like it will be: messing with perfection a little bit more before the big The End to Ella and Micha’s story. The cover implies that much.
As much as I still loved Ella and Micha as characters, I kinda got the feeling this was a bit of a rehashing of the first story. As you know from reading the first, their main conflict was a sort of past vs present and in this book the conflict was a past vs future. So the past horror stories they were running from, they were still running from. Not exactly new information for the readers. Most of the book really is just putting in peril what was secured in the previous book.
That being said, I just flat out enjoyed what I was reading. I loved their little jealous tiffs, I loved their sweet moments and I loved their totally screwed up lives. So I’m going to put it in a category that a lot of contemporary romances go in. The ‘Not Incredibly Original, But I’ll Be Damned If I Wasn’t Totally Enthralled And Entertained’. It’s a big category, but also important. Because entertainment reading is important just as Printz winner stuff.
Now, I know the next book is a’ comin’ and holy beejesus I want Lila and Ethan’s story like nobody’s business. I’ve been teased by those two for two books and I want to KNOW. Plus it's called 'The Temptation of..." Oh, hell yeah!
Similar recommendations: The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen and Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.
-Reviewed by Jennifer