Saturday 13 December 2014

Review: The Ever After of Ella and Micha - Jessica Sorensen

The day Ella has waited for is just around the corner. It's the day she'll marry Micha, the love of her life. It looks like it will be the perfect Christmas, until an unexpected package arrives with a harsh reminder of Ella's past. Can Ella 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 alter again. When he's offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to tour with his favourite bands for three months, Micha knows he can't leave Ella behind. But can he ask her to uproot her life and 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.

The Secret Series:
The Prelude of Ella and Micha (Novella)
The Secret of Ella and Micha
The Forever of Ella and Micha
The Temptation of Lila and Ethan
The Ever After of Ella and Micha
Lila and Ethan: Forever and Always (Novella)
Ella and Micha: Infinitely and Always (Novella)

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I've been a huge fan of Jessica Sorensen ever since I first picked up The Secret of Ella and Micha and I have enjoyed every minute of this couple's journey. Ella and Micha have both been through so much and I was looking forward to seeing them finally find their happily ever after and get married. I hate to say it but I ended up being a little disappointed in The Ever After of Ella and Micha though. The book doesn't really seem to add much to Ella and Micha's story and I found it was pretty repetitive of events in the previous books which made it a slow and often boring read.

I was gutted when Ella left Micha standing at the alter at the end of The Temptation of Lila and Ethan, I know she had her reasons but my heart still broke for poor Micha and I really did start to wonder how much more he would put up with from her. They are such a great couple when things are going well but it can get a little frustrating seeing Ella constantly push him away and seeing her panicking every time she thinks about them having a future together. I really wanted to see her work through her issues and she does that to a point in this book but not before we see a lot of moping about and fretting on her part. I was expecting more to be made of her mother's journal too, I thought it might give us some more insight into Ella's background and her mother's emotional issues but the passages we got to see where just too similar to Ella's point of view and I couldn't really tell the difference.

The only things that really happen in this book are Ella freaking out, Micha trying to talk her down and the couple having sex about 300 times a day! You know there is a problem when I start skim reading the sex scenes and unfortunately that's what I was doing here. The book isn't all bad and I did really like seeing Ella finally get past her fear of marriage so she could move onto the next stage of her life with Micha but I think this would probably have worked better as a novella rather than a full length novel. I didn't feel like there was enough of a plot to justify the number of pages and sex was used as extra padding on pretty much every page. I have loved this series though and I'm sure anyone who has enjoyed previous books will want to see Ella and Micha take that next big step. There are a couple of extra novellas that I already have copies of so I will read them to see what happens but I think this series really has come to a natural end already (and could honestly have been wound up without this book) so I hope that the author doesn't continue to drag things out beyond that point.

Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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