Author: Jessica Sorensen
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Series: The Secret (Book #3)
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Format: eBook, 400 Pages
ISBN-10: 1455574899 (Forever/Hachette)
ISBN-13: 978-1455574896 (Forever/Hachette)
Reviewed by: Bridget
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Ella and Micha series comes a gripping story of passion, pain, and the courage to love . . .
THE TEMPTATION OF LILA AND ETHAN
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?
Quick & Dirty: Entertaining story full of sexy times and drama. Fans of the series and Sorensen will find this a great addition to The Secret Series.
Opening Sentence: Beauty. Vanity. Perfection.
Lila Summers has spent her whole life as a disappointment to her parents. They have always expected perfection and when she didn’t live up to that they sent her off to boarding school. There she learned a lot of life lessons the hard way. Now she is in college and she seems to always get herself in bad situations. Since her best friend and roommate recently moved away there is only one person she can rely on to always bail her out and that is Ethan Gregory. He is totally gorgeous and Lila has no problem messing around with guys, but the one time things started heading that direction Ethan put on the breaks. They have been friends ever since, but there is still tons of undeniable attraction between the two.
Ethan doesn’t do relationships. He tried it once and things didn’t work out so he has promised himself that it will never happen again. He can’t deny that he is very attracted to Lila and she makes him feel things that he hasn’t felt with anyone in a very long time. If he doesn’t keep his feelings and urges in check he knows that he won’t be able to resist her for much longer. And Ethan doesn’t know if he can handle Lila let alone the heartbreak that will come if things don’t work out.
Lila was an interesting girl and I was torn on how I felt about her. I felt bad that she had such a rough childhood and crappy parents, but some of the life choices she made were pretty blatantly stupid. It was sometimes hard to like her because she did so many dumb things. On the flip side of things she had a great voice and I found that being inside her head was pretty entertaining overall. I had a hard time connecting with her completely but I still felt that she was a good character.
Ethan was such a sweet and gorgeous guy that has had a rough time in relationships. I think my biggest problem with Ethan was that he really wasn’t all that memorable. It has been about a week since I read this book and I am having a hard time remembering his story at all. He was just your average broken bad boy that needs the right girl to fix him. He was sweet and he treated Lila really well, but there wasn’t really anything that stood out about him.
This was a sexy read full of lots of steam and drama. This is the first book in the series that I have read. It stood on its own just fine and I never felt lost or confused as to what was going on. I wonder if I would have felt more of a connection to the characters if I had already been introduced to them prior to reading this? I liked the characters just fine but they were pretty forgettable to me and I think that I would have enjoyed their story more if I already had a small connection to them. This was still an entertaining read and I flew right through it. I wouldn’t say that it was really original but if you are a fan of Sorensen or like this series, I think that you will be very pleased with it. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new adult book full of steam and drama.
“I didn’t do anything… I don’t think anyway. I just need a ride,” I say in a whiny voice because I’m tired and filthy and disgusting.
“Again?” he replies, pretending to be annoyed but I’ve gotten to know him well enough to know he really isn’t. He just likes people to think he is because he likes to seem tough and a badass. But I know he’s not. He’s actually really sweet and talks and listens to me and gives me candy canes. I still have a drawer full of the ones he gave me, unable to eat them or throw them away because then it feels like I’m losing a nice moment in my life with a guy and those kind of moments are very rare, if nonexistent.
“Are you there?” he says, interrupting my thoughts.
“Yes, I need a ride again.” I sink down on the curb, attempting not to think of candy canes and red lacy bras. That was a one-time thing. We both agreed that there would be no hooking up. Although, I agreed to it only because he seemed so eager to make it clear it would never happen again. “So will you or won’t you come pick me up?”
“God, you’re snippy today,” he remarks with humor in his tone. “And I don’t think I want to deal with it today. I’m too fucking tired from the woman I screwed last night. She really wore me out. Plus, I have to be to work later today.”
“Don’t be an ass.” I scowl, even though he can’t see me. “Please quit messing around and just come get me. Pretty please.”
He pauses and then sighs, defeated. “I’ll come get you though, but only if you say it.”
“I’m not going to say it, Ethan. Not today.” I prop my elbow on my knee and rest my chin against my hand. He wants me to tell him that I’ll be his sex slave, something he made me promise to say the last time he picked me up. He doesn’t really want me to be one, though. He just thinks he’s funny.
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FTC Advisory: Forever/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of The Temptation of Lila and Ethan. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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