The Temptation of Lila and Ethan (The Secret #3)
by Jessica Sorensen
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 . . .
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?
Jessica Sorensen can write the hell out of an angst filled romance. If you haven’t tried her work yet, I would recommend that you do. She tends to write more coming-of-age dramatic romances. Her heroes and heroines don’t come from ideal pasts, but they find one another and together, they find peace. This book is no different.
Lila is a young woman who lives with a father who is wealthy but never wanted children. They are a burden and he will tell them so to their faces. Her mother is cold and uncaring. She has raised Lila and her sister with one mission, to achieve the highest social standing. At all costs.
Ethan comes from a poor family. He works hard for what he has. He has a rule, no relationships, ever. In his life all he ever saw come from relationships was a broken heart and a broken home. So when Lila saunters into his life, she is quickly put in the “only friends” category.
They become fast friends. He rescues her from her nights out on the town. When Ethan sees Lila on the verge of self destructing, he feels the need to step in and help. She has built an image of a party girl and she jumps into bed easily. She uses sex as a release and she takes pills to help her forget. The problems start when she forgets everything and she is no longer in control.
Her mother furthers her feelings of worthlessness.
Lila has a horrific past that led to her current behaviors. Her mother encouraged her use and abuse of prescription pills.
Lila has hidden her problem for a long time. Ethan has turned a blind eye to what was going on. When things start to get really bad, he takes matters into his own hands and decides to help Lila, whether she wants his help or not.
With Ethan’s help, Lila gets off her pills. She is getting her act together. But things get complicated when Lila and Ethan start to have deeper feelings for one another. Ethan gets a glimpse into a side of Lila that scares him.
And eventually he finds out the reason that Lila is the way she is.
I’m really starting to wonder if I just have a broken vagina. And heart. And head.
Lila has felt unloved all of her life. For once, she wants someone to care about her. She wants more. But how could Ethan ever really care for her? Can their relationship survive when her family would never approve?
This book is the third in the series. It takes two of the secondary characters and throws them into the limelight. We get to see things from both perspectives. Lila and Ethan both have a unique voice and the story is amazing. I adore the authors writing style and I especially enjoy hearing about all they they must overcome to be together. This is not an easy boy meets girl boy falls in love with girl story. It will break your heart and put it back together again.
I really enjoyed Ella and Micha and I look forward to reading more about them in the next book, but this diversion was well worth it. Well done! Five stars for me.