The Temptation of Lila and Ethan
By: Jessica Sorensen
Release Date: May 6, 2013
Series: The Secret #3
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?
Jessica Sorensen has a way of detailing and experiencing the lives of people who are broken in a different and real way. We now focus on Lila and Ethan while Micha and Ella take a back seat in the net installment of this series. It's a breath of fresh air to finally find out what is really going on between these two and to experience something different within their lives.
Lila seems to be put together all the time, but there is something there under the surface that she tries harder and harder to hide, but one day she just hits rock bottom and this is when her life truly starts to change. Yes this doesn't happen in the beginning of the book but it's her turning point. I've always enjoyed Lila because she seems so happy and care free but again this was nothing more than a facade that was induced by pills and denial of her past. The past is a tricky thing to deal with because after all everything that has happened int he past is what makes you the person you are today. But Lila often wonders who she really is, is she the girl who tries to be perfect for her family or is there more to her than just the materialistic things in life.
Ethan on the other hand has a past and he hides it better than anyone else because not even his best friend knows about it. His first possible love was taken over by drugs and he couldn't help her, but he sees what Lila is going through and all he wants to do is help her. But he has his rules where they are only friends and each day it gets harder and harder to follow his own rules. He struggles with the things he's decided in the past and keeping it hidden only makes things worse but he works through it in hopes of finally being able to help someone the way he should have before, to help Lila.
They couldn't be more opposite of each other but for some reason they compliment each other so well. Lila and Ethan are not the typical girl going to the bad side of the tracks looking for some revenge on her parents. Lila is in need of a friend and Ethan is that friend, he helps her to try and kick her addiction while realizing what she is really worth. While Lila helps Ethan realize that he isn't a bad person and perhaps he didn't really find love in the past, not until he met Lila.
Things always have a way of working out but the fun part is the adventure getting there and Jessica Sorensen has a great way of giving us that experience.
I received this book from NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing), so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!