Book Review: The Temptation of Lila and Ethan

The Temptation of Lila and Ethan (The Secret #3) by Jessica Sorensen: 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?

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Copy provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

I liked The Temptation of Lila and Ethan. I found the two of them intriguing in the Ella and Micha books. Their story was one of friendship that grew and I love those kinds of books. They trusted each other and found something in the other that they each clung to even though, I believe, they didn't understand why. The interesting thing about Lila and Ethan is that they couldn't be any different on the outside as in rich girl/poor boy type situation. The ways in which they view the world are different. Contrastly, they couldn't be more the same on the inside; both broken and holding on to something that forever changed their lives. They've both been beaten down by dreadful parents. They're both keeping a huge part of their lives from each other. Initially the dynamic of their relationship is fun and flirty until, slowly, they both realize their feelings run deeper than that. The ways in which they both navigate those feelings was heart breaking to read. Lila and Ethan are lost, fighting their way back to normalcy and each other. Ethan is a humble soul; compassionate, funny, and kind without even trying. Lila is a spunky hellcat; compassionate, funny, and kind she just can't see it. Her self-discovery is healing to them both. There is also some good Ella and Micha parts in their story too. It was a good read and a good relationship; I enjoyed it.

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