The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorenson: Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

**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...

Synopsis:

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 facade. 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?

Alexis says…

“The Secret of Ella and Micha” was one of the first books I reviewed.  At the time, I absolutely fell in love with their story.  But, after reading “The Temptation of Lila and Ethan” I am now singing a different tune.  Ella and Micah who?  This book had some of the most insane sexual tension, I swear at one point I needed a cigarette and I don’t even smoke. Then it got to the point where I was alternating between tears, chest pain, and smiling.  For me, those are the three tell-tale signs that I FAHREAKING loved the book.
Oh Lila, why must you be one of the saddest characters I’ve ever read?  Her childhood was polluted with awful parents who didn’t care for her, there was no show of affection or love whatsoever.  Instead, they shipped her off to boarding school at fourteen so she wouldn’t be an embarrassment to them.  Because of some issues at her boarding school, Lila starts taking pills at the hand of her mother at an early age and is now hooked on them.  She is so busy trying to fill the emotional void that her parents left her with that she allows anyone male to use her for her body as well as self-medicate with alcohol and pills.  Ugh…it was just heartbreaking reading about it. When she literally and finally hits rock bottom, Ethan is there to help her.  I seriously just wanted to reach into my Kindle, grab a hold of her and just give her one big hug.  But wow, once she finally picked herself up and dusted herself off, the change that Ethan helped aide her with was amazing and downright inspiring.
Ethan also comes from a bad childhood, but for a different reason.  He witnessed his mother get beaten by his father when he was younger.  His fear of becoming his father has not allowed him to actually let someone in except for his ex, London.  He still carries guilt for what happened during his relationship with her and it keeps him from getting attached.  Because drugs played a large part of the abuse his father gave to his mother as well as London’s situation, he was there to pick up the pieces once Lila needed someone to put her back together.  In turn, Lila was able to show him that he could let go of the past and finally let someone else in.   I completely adored Ethan, the way he made sure that Lila knew she was worth it, the way he helped mold her into the great person she had hidden just warmed my heart.
If you are a fan of Ella and Micha, I dare you to read this and not fall even more in love with Ethan and Lila.

Teaser:

“Why do you think it’s so hard to be alone?” Lila asks, struggling to keep her eyes open as she gazes out at the night sky through the cab window.I’m turned sideways in the seat, with my knee up, so I’m facing her, even though she won’t look at me. I lost count of how many shots we had hours ago and I can barely comprehend how we got to a cab—stumbling, laughing, as she rubbed her hand up the front of my jeans. No, that can’t be right, can it?

“I think being alone is fan-fucking-tastic. . . well, maybe . . .sometimes . . .” I mumble, draping my arm on the back of the seat. I stare at her for a moment, taking in her bare skin in the moonlight. I want to touch it. Lick it. Even bite it.

I’m bursting with sexual energy and I channel it to my foot on the floor, bouncing my knee. There’s something different about tonight, something out of the ordinary, this strange need to keep getting closer to Lila. It could be the alcohol. Or it could be something else, but there’s no way my tequila-soaked mind is going to reach any sort of answer.

Lila turns her head toward me, her pupils wide and shiny. “Why are you staring at me like that?”  I keep tapping my foot on the floor, trying to think of a better answer than the first one that pops into my head, but I can’t find one. “Because I’m thinking about you.”

She glances at the cab driver, a thirtyish guy wearing a baseball cap, and then her gaze lands back on me. She sucks her lip into her teeth and I have to bounce my knee faster or I swear I’m going to fucking lose it. “Thinking what about me?” she asks, looking wary, interested, and exhausted.

Don’t say it . . . “I was thinking about what it would be like to lick you . . . or bite you . . . either one really.” It seems like I should regret it as soon as I say it, but regret is nowhere in my reach at the moment.

Her breathing quickens and her voice comes out shockingly unsteady for someone who has sex so much. “Then do it.”

I blink, wondering if I heard her right through the massive amount of alcohol consuming my thoughts. “What?”

She holds my gaze steadily, even though she seems really nervous, her voice trembling. “Then bite me. Or lick me…whatever you want.”

About the Author:

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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