About the book
The Temptation of Lila and Ethan is a new adult book by Jessica Sorensen. It was published by Sphere on 8th May 2014 and the book is 320 pages long. I received an e-book for review through NetGalley.
Lila has always been a well behaved girl who likes preppy boys and expensive clothes. Since her best friend Ella introduced her to Ethan though, she hasn’t been able to stop thinking about him but he’s exactly the opposite of the guys she normally goes for. Ethan has tattoos and is definitely a bad boy. He has never had trouble with the girls and can normally have his pick of them but he’s never had anyone like Lila.
Ethan and Lila seem to be as different as they come, but they’re drawn to one another for multiple reasons. After becoming really good friends, they have a strong friendship line drawn between them but do they both secretly want more? Will Ethan and Lila be able to get over their different upbringings and the secrets each of them fight to keep?
What I thought
The Temptation of Lila and Ethan is part of the ‘Secret’ series by Jessica Sorensen and as a lover of the other books, I couldn’t wait for this one. There have been brief moments between Lila and Ethan before now and I had always hoped something would happen with them well before I knew they were getting their own book.
Protagonists Lila and Ethan come from completely different worlds. Ethan has had to struggle along while Lila comes from a wealthy family and her tastes reflect her upbringing. However, when Ella (from the other books) introduces the two, they instantly hit it off and become great friends. In this book, it was great to see how they both got along without Ella and Micha around. Lila depends on Ethan quite a lot to save her when she’s in trouble and even though he’s got a bad boy reputation, he’s always there to save her.
Lila is the kind of girl who has to live by a certain set of rules in order to function properly. Unfortunately, these come from her uncaring parents who only want her to not make a fool of herself and the family. It was quite heart-breaking to read about how Lila was treated by her parents and how cold hearted they were towards her. Luckily though, Lila’s parents aren’t around as she’s moved from California to Las Vegas. Now that she’s free though, Lila acts out as she tries to figure out who she really is.
Over the course of the book, Lila and Ethan grow much closer as friends as secrets begin to come out. Ethan is the kind of guy who doesn’t care what other people think of him, he’s poor and just enjoys his life the way it is. He’s such a rock for Lila even when she’s a complete bitch towards him. Even though Ethan has a bit of a rough exterior, he is so sweet and lovely deep down. I couldn’t help but absolutely fall in love with him.
Jessica Sorensen has such a talent for writing about broken characters but in a way that makes the reader care for them and hope that everything works out. Parts of this book were pretty hard to read due to the subject matter but I just couldn’t help but to carry on. Sorensen’s writing is addictive, along with her characters. I absolutely loved this book.