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?
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ReviewThe Temptation of Lila and Ethan revisits side characters from Jessica Sorensen's much beloved novel The Secret of Ella and Micha. However, these are not the two carefree characters that you fell in love with in the previous books. Looks can be deceiving and outward appearances can hide a lifetime of pain.
Lila Summers grows up with the knowledge that she must be perfect in every way. Her family demands it. She is to be beautiful, flawless, and perfect. Always. She is also desperate for love and affection. Ethan Gregory grows up afraid of love and commitment. His fear that he will fall into the same pattern of his abusive family is hidden by his tattooed, bad boy persona. He is definitely not the type of boy that Lila is expected to date and marry. These are two broken people are barely hanging on to a life that is haunted by their past. Yet, this unlikely pair clings to each other while trying to cope with their past and now they are hanging on together.
Jessica Sorensen always writes deeply enriching novels with well developed characters and The Temptation of Lila and Ethan does not disappoint. This novel may be one of her darkest yet. Both characters are extremely depressed and coping in their own unhealthy way. Yet she manages to weave them together in such a fashion that your heart sings with their deep love and passion. It is a beautiful story that Jessica writes as these two characters heal each other - giving hope for tortured souls.
This is a tale of survival, healing, and redemption. highly recommend this novel for those looking for a deeply moving and emotional read. 4 tempting stars for The Temptation of Lila and Ethan!