The Temptation of Lila and Ethan
Rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Forever (October 22, 2013)
Synopsis: 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?
Review: “I don’t want to feel like I’m always screwing up. I want to feel loved. I really do.”
Lila’s been living with a secret that’s eating away at her soul, leaving a shell of the woman she wants to be. She presents a tough shell of beauty and perfection, but underneath all she has ever wanted was to be accepted and loved. Now that her best friend has moved out of town in pursuit of her happiness, Lila starts spiraling out of control. Partying, drinking and sleeping around. Her life is on a downward spiral and her only source of comfort is the boy she least expected to be her rock.
“I’m not looking for a relationship. They’re ugly, raw, brutal, painful, life destroying. They exist only in the hearts of the needy and I don’t need anything from anyone. I’m perfectly content being alone, hiding in the desolate place inside myself.”
Ethan has been living with guilt, regret and heartache since the night he walked away from the one girl who had meant anything to him. Unable to move forward with his life and escaping a life of abuse, he finds solace in drinking and women. He is not relationship material, but it feels great to be able to be with someone he can connect to and let go with. Although attracted to Lila from the moment he met her, he treasures the friendship they’ve developed and doesn’t think he can offer her much. But when he sees her struggling, he can’t help but be there for her. Even as he struggles with the past that has come up to haunt him.
This is the time to decide which one to let go – Lila or his past.
Once again, Jessica Sorensen delivers an amazing, emotionally driven story about of two people learning to let go of their past in order to be able to start planning for a real future. Their journey was a treat to read and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. From the start, I was drawn into the story by the intensity and the impact of the events that were taking place. I felt for the characters as individuals and cheered them on as a couple as the story progressed. From friends to confidants to lovers, Lila and Ethan’s story was packed-full of emotions. It was edgy and rough. It was beautiful.
“This isn’t just about sex. There is so much more to it than that. We have a connection. We have since the day we met.”
Their struggles differed but both wanted the same thing out of life – to be loved and be happy. Accepted without ‘IFs’ or ‘BUTs’. After many struggles, honest interactions, explosive moments and frustrations, Lila and Ethan come to a place in life where they were able to move forward. They relied on each other, they laughed, they cried and they loved.
Although The Temptation of Lila and Ethan is the third book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone. Then again, why would you miss on such a wonderful cast of characters. Their stories will tug at your heartstrings and will leave you wishing all of them the happily ever after they deserve.
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Please enjoy the following excerpt:
“Why do you think it’s so hard to be alone?” Lila asks, struggling to keep her eyes open as she gazes out at the night sky through the cab window.
I’m turned sideways in the seat, with my knee up, so I’m facing her, even though she won’t look at me. I lost count of how many shots we had hours ago and I can barely comprehend
how we got to a cab—stumbling, laughing, as she rubbed her hand up the front of my jeans. No, that can’t be right, can it?
“I think being alone is fan-fucking-tastic. . . well, maybe . . .sometimes . . .” I mumble, draping my arm on the back of the seat. I stare at her for a moment, taking in her bare skin in the
moonlight. I want to touch it. Lick it. Even bite it.
I’m bursting with sexual energy and I channel it to my foot on the floor, bouncing my knee. There’s something different about tonight, something out of the ordinary, this strange need
to keep getting closer to Lila. It could be the alcohol. Or it could be something else, but there’s no way my tequila-soaked mind is going to reach any sort of answer.
Lila turns her head toward me, her pupils wide and shiny. “Why are you staring at me like that?”
I keep tapping my foot on the floor, trying to think of a better answer than the first one that pops into my head, but I can’t find one. “Because I’m thinking about you.”
She glances at the cab driver, a thirtyish guy wearing a baseball cap, and then her gaze lands back on me. She sucks her lip into her teeth and I have to bounce my knee faster or I swear I’m going to fucking lose it. “Thinking what about me?” she asks, looking wary, interested, and exhausted.
Don’t say it . . . “I was thinking about what it would be like to lick you . . . or bite you . . . either one really.” It seems like I should regret it as soon as I say it, but regret is nowhere in my
reach at the moment.
Her breathing quickens and her voice comes out shockingly unsteady for someone who has sex so much. “Then do it.”
I blink, wondering if I heard her right through the massive amount of alcohol consuming my thoughts. “What?”
She holds my gaze steadily, even though she seems really nervous, her voice trembling. “Then bite me. Or lick me…whatever you want.”
About the Author: The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.