Nov 11, 2013
Title: The Temptation of Lila and Ethan
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Publisher: Forever (Hachette Book Group)
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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?
I have been eagerly awaiting the Temptation of Lila and Ethan for quite awhile. I had really fallen in love with both of these characters in the previous books with Ella and Micha. I was surprised when reading to realize how little I knew of Lila. I thought I had learned about her, and while I was convinced there were things in her past, I definitely did not expect a pill addiction.
I loved Lila, she wanted so badly to be strong and be loved, but her past just kept getting in the way. No child should have to be put through what Lila went through. I couldn’t believe her parents could be that cruel, and there is a part of me that wonders if there are really parents who are that bad. Especially because Lila didn’t come from a rough neighborhood, you would expect that her parents would be loving and caring. They were the opposite. How could you tell your child you don’t love them, and that they are a disappointment? This is unfathomable to me, and the fact that Lila was still able to turn out okay and grew past that is absolutely amazing.
Ethan was great as always, and while learning about London did explain some things about Ethan I always felt there was something that held him back. I have to admit that I admire Ethan for his ability to admit his weaknesses, and to be strong in the face of an addiction especially when he has his own to deal with. Ethan’s ability to support Lila and encourage her to grow and learn made him incredible.
While I did really love this book, I did feel like the beginning really dragged. It was realizing how bad Lila really was and then getting beat over the head with it. It just felt that her addiction was dragged out to much. Once I realized how bad she was I could see how she fed that addiction in the previous books, and I almost felt it was overdone to have like 3 scenes all about how bad she was.
I would definitely give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it was still incredibly good. I really enjoyed the fact that we did get a little Micha and Ella at the end. Plus it was also incredibly heartwarming to watch a sober Lila with Ethan and for them to realize their feelings for each other were real.
4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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