THE TEMPTATION OF LILA AND ETHAN by Jessica Sorensen (May 6, 2014; Forever Trade Paperback; $12.00)
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?
4 filling in the pieces stars
Damaged Heroine? - > CHECK
Damaged Hero? - > CHECK
Depressing storyline? - > CHECK
MAJOR sexual tension? - > CHECK
What do you get?! - > A Jessica Sorensen novel!!!!
The non-paranormal Jessica Sorensen reads kind of all sound the same after some time, but I was surprised on how much I enjoyed The Temptation of Lila and Ethan. I think I enjoyed it because it had new characters and slightly new issues. Also, I didn’t want to slap anyone in the face.
Lila is the pretty rich girl who isn’t loved by her parents. Her mom is verbally abusive and Lila has no support system, because of this, she ends up getting hurt at fourteen, which leads her to depend on drugs and sex. Ethan isn’t going anywhere in life, but loves his girlfriend London. London isn’t good for Ethan because she does drugs and loves it. After an accident, Ethan life changes and he decides to move away and start over.
I don’t think there are good guys and bad guys anymore. I don’t even know what I am
Lila and Ethan cross paths in the previous two books from the Micha and Ella series. I’ve always been curious about Lila because her character is so different from Ella. I thought there would be a lot of Micha and Ella interaction in this book, but there isn’t and I’m so okay with that.
I simply wanted a Lila and Ethan novel and I got it. As much as I complain that Jessica’s books are kind of similar there is something about her writing which kind of draws you in. You feel the character’s emotions and pain.
Lila is the crazy one in the book. She’s a big mess and is going downhill fast. Ethan on occasion does help Lila out, like when she wakes up the next morning from a hook up and needs a ride home. Lila and Ethan’s banter is very cute and I enjoy the dialogue. If I could describe their relationship is that they are one ball of SEXUAL TENSION!
The sexual tension was crazy in this book. You will be just reading and reading and reading waiting for the good stuff. I couldn’t put the book down and finished in on sitting and it’s a long book in my opinion.
Ethan has his issues as well and he’s very closed off. I was wondering if there would be a cliffy and I am happy to say NO! Thank my goodness!
Overall, The Temptation of Lila and Ethan was a great read and a great break between the Micha and Ella storyline.
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
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About the Author
Jessica Sorensen is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives with her husband and three kids in Idaho. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
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“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.”
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