Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Temptation of Lila and Ethan

The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorensen

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, College, Abuse, Chick Lit
Age Group: New Adult, Young Adult
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Ella and Micha series comes a gripping story of passion, pain, and the courage to love . . .

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 fa├žade. 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?

My Thoughts:

Perfection is really the problem here. Lila has grown up believing that she must strive for perfection but she's cracking under the weight. To keep her appearance of being happy she takes pills to keep her smile on. The only person that really gets her is her friend Ethan who doesnt question what she does because of his own past. When things become a little too much Lila, Ethan comes to help her but realizes that Lila needs help and he might be the only one to take care of her. Because of his past he doesnt want to get into a relationship with Lila but the more they spend time with each other the harder is to back off.

I loved that I got to see another side to the whole Secret Series that branch off of Ella and Micha's story. I liked that even if it did branch it filled in the gaps of what was going on beyond what was going on. At first when I heard that there was a story for Lila I was a bit iffy but of course she had to have her own little dark story that's disguised being her perfect image. I thought Ethan's side of the story was interesting too. Liked watching their relationship develop. I feel like a lot of people can agree with Lila when it comes to striving for perfection but not at the extent that Lila and her mother took it. There is so much pressure for women to become perfect that some just crack under the pressure. I feel like Lila's such a relate able character. Not only that shes trying to find herself, a job and love. I feel like if I talk more I'll ruin the book so I'll stop. So, I really loved this book and think you readers will too!

5 of 5 Stars!


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