Today I’ve got a guest review for you! I love Jessica’s work but was unable to read Lila and Ethan myself in time for the tour so finding the perfect fill-in was a no brainer…my niece, Destiny! She reads just as much as I do and honestly, I don’t know a bigger Jessica Sorensen fan than her. She’s clicking that pre-order button as soon as it appears and is reading the day it hits her Kindle. The day I asked her if she would be interested in guest reviewing went a little something like this:
Me: “Hey Des, you know Lila and Ethan are getting their own book?”
Destiny: (looking at me like I’m completely stupid) “Uhhh duh, of course I know that, I pre-ordered it weeks ago!”
Me: “Would you be interested in reading it early and reviewing it for Jessica’s blog tour?”
Destiny: (again, just looked at me like I had asked her the most stupidest question. EVER!)
Me: “I’ll take that as a yes.”
Anyhoo…on to her review!
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?
The Temptation of Lila and Ethan did not disappoint!!!! I loved how Jessica made this story all about Lila and Ethan only bringing in Ella and Micha when necessary, and like all of Jessica’s books it captures you from the very first page. We already know that Lila’s relationship with her parents is rocky at best from reading The Secrets of Ella and Micha and The Forever of Ella and Micha, what we didn’t know though was just how bad it was. I have never really felt all that bad for female characters, in truth they kind of annoy me most of the time and it’s always the male characters that keep my interest but with Lila my heart broke for her. It amazes me how she made it as far as she did after everything she has had to go through. She is stronger than she gives herself credit for and if she can come out on top after the life she was dealt then really we all can get over any obstacle thrown our way. And then there’s Ethan. Again we already know he hates his home life and wants to escape it every chance he gets from the previous two books, but we find out his reasons why in this one. I always loved Ethan but all the guilt he feels over what happened in his past, a tragic event that he more than likely couldn’t have prevented even if he tried, all but killed me. Not to mention his fear for turning out like his parents and distancing himself of what he thinks love is. I loved how Ethan was willing to break every single one of his rules for Lila. I loved that even though he knew he was in way too deep and over his head with her he still stood by her. I loved how raw and emotional their relationship was, but most of all I loved Ethan and Lila’s friendship. It was their friendship that got them through everything and kept them going. So while your waiting for The Ever After of Ella and Micha pick up Lila and Ethan’s story and get ready for an emotional roller-coaster!!!!
Destiny is giving this one 5 stars!
“Why is this bothering you so much?”
“It’s not,” she snaps, turning her back to me. “I was just wondering why. That’s all.”
I stare at the back of her head as she rests her chin on her knees, staring out at the desert land. “It seems like you’re bothered,” I point out.
Her shoulders lift and descend as she shrugs. “If you leave, then I’ll be alone.” She mutters it so quietly I can barely hear her.
I’m silent for a while, unsure what to say or if there’s anything I can say—want to say. “You can come with me.” It slips out and I want to smack myself on the head. Taking her with me would defeat the purpose of escaping the noise and people, yet at the same time I know I’d miss her if I left her behind.
She glances over her shoulder with skepticism on her face. “Could you imagine me living in your truck, because I sure as heck can’t.”
“Why not?” Again, what the hell is wrong with my mouth? Why can’t I just let it go? She’s giving me such an easy out to a huge commitment I shouldn’t be taking.
“That’s the silliest reason I’ve ever heard.”
“Because I don’t understand why anyone would want to take off from a city where you have everything at hand and live in a truck where you have nothing but a backseat. It’s pretty much like being homeless.”
I kneel behind her, inching close to her, then hesitantly place my hand on her shoulder. “Shut your eyes.”
She leans away, like I’m scaring her. “Why? ”
“Because I’m going to prove what’s so awesome about my idea.” I wait for her to do what I ask and she stubbornly drags it on for longer than necessary, then finally surrenders and turns
“Fine.” Her voice softens a little. “Show me what’s so great about a backseat.”
“There’s a lot of great things about a backseat,” I joke in a low voice, and then dip my lips toward her ear and whisper, “Now shut your eyes.”
I expect her to argue, but she very willingly obeys, shutting her eyes the second I utter the words. I shut mine, too, but only because being so close to her, breathing in her scent, feeling the warmth emitting from her body is driving my body into a frenzy.
“Now picture nothing but mountains,” I say softly, picturing it myself. “No city. No noise. No crazy-ass parents who act like children and treat their children like shit. No nothing. Just the quiet.”
“It seems like an awfully lonely place, if you ask me,” she tells me. “Just me and the dirt and the quiet. Although I wouldn’t mind the being without the parents part.”
“You wouldn’t be completely alone.” I sweep her head to the side and rest my chin on her shoulder. “You’d be with me.”
She pauses for an eternity and her breathing is ragged. Or maybe it’s mine. “What would we do at this mountain place together?” she says.
“Anything we wanted.”
“Hike?” There’s disdain in her voice.
“Maybe,” I say. “Or maybe we’d just sit and enjoy each other’s company in the quiet.”
She shifts her weight and situates her hands underneath her legs, leaning back against my chest. “That kind of sounds nice.”
As strange as it is, and as much of a pain in the ass asLila can be, I can actually picture us sitting together up on the mountains in the noiselessness, living in my truck, driving anywhere and everywhere. Together. And the comfort in the idea is kind of frightening because it means I’m thinking about
our future. Together. Shit.
I think about moving away from her, putting a little space between us because obviously I’m heading down a road I shouldn’t be headed down. The dream of living on the road has always been one I’d planned to live out alone and now suddenly I’m telling Lila she should come with me. God knows
what would happen between us if we lived in a truck with one another. We’d either grow really close or end up hating each other. Or maybe both. But I can’t bring myself to move and break the peaceful moment. So instead I sit down and wrap my legs and arms around her and we just sit there in the sun,
enjoying each other in the quiet.
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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
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