ARC Review: Lila and Ethan: Forever and Always by Jessica Sorensen

Lila and Ethan Forever and Always by Jessica Sorensen

Lila and Ethan: Forever and Always by Jessica Sorensen
Series: The Secret #4.5 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: December 24th 2013
Purchase: Ebook
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher (Forever Yours) in exchange for an honest review

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Ella and Micha series comes a story of love, risks, and rewards . . .

Lila Summers just wants to know one thing for certain: that Ethan Gregory will be with her always. Once her friend, he’s become so much more, melting the pain of her past away with each kiss. Now Lila is on a road trip with Ethan, in the wilderness under the stars, and she can’t imagine her life without him. But when she talks about the future, something in Ethan changes . . .

Ethan has no doubts about his feelings for Lila. His life with her gets better every day-and that’s the scary part. How can he walk into a future where he has everything to lose? With Lila, his whole heart is on the line for the very first time. But if Ethan can’t give her the promise she needs, his greatest fear might come true: he’ll lose Lila for good.

This short novella (it’s around 80 pages) was a sweet, heartfelt ending to Lila and Ethan’s story. I really enjoyed reading about them this time around, and I connected with them much more in this book than in The Temptation of Lila and Ethan. Was it a perfect ending for them? No, but it’s real and honest. Not everyone in the world gets to have a happily ever after, but for people like Lila and Ethan, they’re sure going to try their hardest to have one.

Lila and Ethan are finally on the road trip they wanted to have, and even though the book starts off near the end of the road trip, we get the sense that the time they spent together was perfect.

When I was younger, and pictured my road trip, I’d always pictured doing it myself. But then Lila entered my life and things sort of shifted when I fell in love with her–because being alone didn’t seem as appealing as being with her.

But… now that their trip is nearly over, Lila is worried. About the future. About their future together. Because what if in the long run, Ethan won’t want her anymore? While Ethan is more of an in-the-present kind of guy, Lila likes to think about the future. But all she really wants is Ethan. She doesn’t want a proposal or a marriage right this second, but she wants the security of knowing that Ethan might someday want that, or at least want a future together.

Lila unintentionally plants seeds inside Ethan’s head, and now he’s thinking about his future, and their future, more and more. He’s against marriage, but when he looks at the future, all he sees is Lila. These two are it for each other, but I liked seeing this aspect of their relationship. They don’t know what will happen 5, 10 years down the road, but they’re hoping that they’ll still be together.

Every conversation with her, good and bad. Every moment, light and dark. I want to relive it over and over again. I want so many more moments and conversations.
I want this to be permanent. I want Lila and I to be permanent.
Forever and Always.

I liked how there’s not a definite ending to this book. Their future may be unclear, but Lila and Ethan know that can get through anything as long as they have each other. Their story is realistic, but filled with the promise of a happily ever after. It’s a bittersweet ending to this series, to Lila and Ethan’s story, and even Ella and Micha’s, but Jessica Sorensen leaves us knowing that Lila and Ethan will someday get their forever and always.

4 hearts
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Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.

Reading Order: The Secret series

The Prelude of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen The Forever of Ella and Micha Jessica Sorensen
The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorensen The Ever After of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen Lila and Ethan Forever and Always by Jessica Sorensen Ella and Micha- Infinitely and Always by Jessica Sorensen

#0.5 ~ The Prelude of Ella and Micha: Ebook • Goodreads (Nov. 11, 2014)
#1 ~ The Secret of Ella and Micha: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ The Forever of Ella and Micha: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ The Temptation of Lila and Ethan: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#4 ~ The Ever After of Ella and Micha: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#4.5 ~ Lila and Ethan: Forever and Always: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#5 ~ Ella and Micha: Infinitely and Always: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads (Nov. 18, 2014)

Book News, Weekly Recap & Upcoming Releases! {12}

Cover Reveals!!

★ EEP!! It’s Tahereh Mafi’s upcoming novella in the Shatter Me series, Fracture Me, told in ADAM’S POV!! I’m not Team Adam (Warner <3), but I’m still super excited for his book! And I LOVE this cover! It’s my favorite of the series.

Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Timesbestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel MeFracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi’s epic dystopian series. It’s a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.

★ ACK it’s Colleen Hoover!!! Maybe Someday finally has a cover, which is gorgeous, and here’s the blurb!

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.

Avoiding Temptation (Avoiding #3) by K.A. Linde has a cover! I’ve read the first book, and this series has one of the craziest love triangles ever!

Avoiding Temptation by K.A. Linde

Two years after walking out of Jack’s wedding, Lexi has finally put her past behind her. She has made up her mind about where her life is headed. This time, she is sticking to her guns, no matter what.

That is, until a phone call shatters the fragile grasp she has on her new life. Lexi is forced to question everything she thought she knew about what she wanted, and life-changing events push her to reevaluate the very plans she holds so dear. Nevertheless, Lexi has to choose her true path. That might just mean deciding, once and for all, that she doesn’t have to answer to anyone but herself.

In this highly anticipated final installment of the bestselling Avoiding series, follow Lexi as she juggles a new career, a new city, and the burgeoning affections of three very different men.

★ Kristen Ashley’s upcoming book in the Colorado Mountain series, Kaleidoscope, has a lovely cover! Kaleidoscope releases February 4, 2014.

Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley

When old friends become new lovers…anything can happen.

Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at “hello.” His relationship with Emme’s best friend kept them apart for years, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, Colorado, the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. So why is she sabotaging the best thing that’s ever happened to her?

It isn’t easy to catch Deck off guard, but Emme does just that when she walks back into his life after nine long years. The curvy brunette had her charms back in the day, but now she’s a bona fide knockout . . . and she wants to rekindle their friendship. Deck, however, wants more. Emme’s always been the one; she excites Deck’s body and mind like no other woman can. But a dark chapter from Emme’s past overshadows their future together. Now only Deck can help her turn the page-if she’ll let him . . .

Forever, Jack is the second book in the Eversea series! I haven’t read the first book, but I’m really excited to!

Forever Jack by Natasha Boyd

Hollywood superstar, Jack Eversea, blew a hole straight through Keri Ann Butler’s innocent heart when he breezed into her tiny coastal Carolina town, leaving a gaping hole out the other side when he left seven months ago.

Jack has been threatened, manipulated and betrayed by the people he trusted the most, and almost lost his career. He knows he may have also let the only ‘real’ thing that ever happened to him slip through his fingers.

And his hands have been tied to try and stop it. Until Now.

Keri Ann Butler’s life changed the night she met movie star, Jack Eversea. She thought she knew a Jack that was very different to the man adored by fans the world over. In the wake of his betrayal and abandonment, Keri Ann has had to pick up and move forward with the life she was supposed to live, and has put off far too long.

Suddenly, Jack is back, and his explanations for why he left seem more and more plausible, and his declarations more seductive. But being Jack’s latest tabloid arm candy isn’t on Keri Ann’s career agenda, no matter how much she is attracted to him. And she’s not even sure her feelings were anything more than physical, or that she can ever trust him again.

Jack is now fighting to save his relationship with Keri Ann, even as his crazy life threatens to tear them apart, again. The question is, can he convince her she can have it all? And have him? Forever?

★ The cover for Beck, book 3 of the Corps Security series by Harper Sloan, is out!

Beck by Harper Sloan

DEE

I’ve always been good at wearing masks. Not letting anyone see the real me. I’m content being the happy-go-lucky best friend. The strong willed boss. The independent woman who doesn’t need a man.

But the truth is I’m just as broken as the rest of you. I’m terrified that all it will take is one person to make all my carefully constructed walls crumble into fine dust. So I guard my heart with everything I have. Determined to never let anyone get close enough to hurt me again.

All is perfect until HE walks into my life. No… he doesn’t just walk. He struts his good-looking, sex-oozing self right into my space and demands that I see HIM. Making me want what I know I can’t have.

So I did the only thing I know how to do.

I run.

But he just won’t let me go.

BECK

The second I see her, I know she will be mine. I see past the gorgeous smiles and heart-stopping laughter. I see HER. She doesn’t want me to know her secrets or the past that haunts her, but I make it my mission to find out.

To make her mine.

She can run all she wants, but it will never be far enough to stop me from coming after her.

She’s it for me and she knows it.

She’s just too scared to admit it.

★ Elizabeth Reyes has released the cover of Breaking Brandon, book 2 in the Fate series, and the book is LIVE!

Breaking Brandon by Elizabeth Reyes

Fate is a Moreno Brothers spinoff series.

He ruled out attachments years ago. Then one day he crosses paths with a beautiful but pampered daddy’s little princess. History has taught him one thing about women like her—steer clear.

She was starting over. She moved back to her home town, took a new job assignment, and left her past behind. For the first time in over eighteen months, she’s even intrigued by a man—a sexy but cold and indifferent drill sergeant. Despite feeling drawn to him, she has no time to figure out his inexplicable aversion to her.

Then Fate steps in one night, forcing them together. There’s a connection neither can refute, and they both consider giving into the undeniable attraction.

Fate however can also be cruel. Just when they surrender to their heart’s desires, past demons resurface in the most unexpected way, threatening the happiness neither realized they so desperately needed.

★ Teresa Mummert has a new book coming out called Rellik! And here’s the cover!

Rellik by Teresa Mummert

Snippets!!

★ A.L. Jackson (author of Take This Regret) has a snippet for a new book coming January 2014 called Come to Me Quietly!

She cracked open the fridge. “Either of you want another beer?” she asked as she bent down to dig through the fridge. In my head I was screaming at myself to close my eyes or to look up or to down or to just look the f*** away. I didn’t. Instead I watched. -Come To Me Quietly, January 7, 2014

Opposition is the fifth and final book in the Lux series, and Jennifer L. Armentrout gives us a little something from the book!

People keep asking for teasers considering #Opposition Here is what I can tell you. Dawson plays Candy Crush saga and gets to level 68 or 69.

Plus, a teaser from Bitter Sweet Love! Read it here.

★ Breaking Brandon is LIVE, and here’s a teaser:

Breaking Brandon Teaser

Other News!!

★ Jamie McGuire (author of Beautiful Disaster) has a novella coming out soon! Here is the Goodreads link.

Rumor has it that I have a new novella coming out Dec. 10th. This is absolutely true! It has also been said that it is secret. This is also true! So to recap, I have a secret novella coming out soon! 😉 What do you think it will be about?

★ Abbi Glines has started writing Rush’s POV of Fallen Too Far!

I’m back home. Birmingham was fun. Tomorrow I start writing again… *ahem*… Rush may be about to tell his side of the story… *cough* … You didn’t hear that from me… *cough* what? I didn’t say anything. What are you talking about… *wink*

Here’s Abbi’s reading order:

Sea Breeze Series:
#1 Breathe (Jax and Sadie)- this was my very first book. It is YA and has a younger tone. It is the only book in this series that is YA.
#2 Because of Low (Marcus and Willow)- Marcus is the “other guy” in Breathe but he’s older. He doesn’t live at home and his roommate is a man whore. His roommate also think that when he’s finished screwing his way through the hot women in the world he is going to marry his best friend, Willow. Marcus however has a very different idea… THIS is a new adult book!
#3 While It Lasts (Cage and Eva)- well the man whore became a reader favorite in Because of Low. People loved him. So… he got a book. This one is much more intense and the sex is very explicit.
#4 Just For Now (Preston and Amanda HARDY)- Young girl falls in love with brother’s best friend. We’ve all heard this story… but what happens when brother’s best friend has a dark twisted secret? And he also happens to get trashed one night and take his best friend’s sister’s virginity and not remember? Yeah… another explicit one.
#5 Sometimes It Lasts (Cage and Eva #2)- why did they get a sequel? Because readers demanded more. This is the only Sea Breeze book to make the NYT list. The entire series made the list but as an individual book only While It Lasts hit the list. Besides… their story wasn’t over yet. He’s a reformed man whore… he’s gonna screw up.
#6 Misbehaving (Jason and Jess)- this book releases on Dec 17. I am in love with their story. That’s all I’m saying…Answers to questions about this series:
NO one else will be getting a sequel.
Dewayne will be getting a book
Krit will be getting a book
The final book in this series will be one with a novella from each couple. So yes you do get more of your favorite couple in that last book.Rosemary Beach Series:
#1 Fallen Too Far (Rush and Blaire)- if you haven’t read it… then I think you should
#2 Never Too Far (Rush and Blaire #2)- the first one ends on a cliff hanger but lucky you the second book is available.
#3 Twisted Perfection (Woods and Della)- Woods much like Cage in the Sea Breeze series became a reader favorite. I wasn’t expecting that. So he got his own story.
#4 Forever Too Far (Rush and Blaire #3)- this concludes their story… maybe.
#5 Simple Perfection (Woods and Della #2)- this one will break your heart. Hang in there with me though because Tripp’s book will mend it again.
#6 Take A Chance (Grant and Harlow)- It releases in February. I’ve known I would give Grant a book since Blaire pointed a gun at him in Fallen Too Far. He’s one I fell in love with and couldn’t wait to write. But when I started writing the story it was Harlow that stole my heart. She’s just so very relatable.Answers to questions about this series:
Yes I am writing Rush’s POV of Fallen Too Far
Yes Grant and Harlow get two books
Yes Tripp gets a bookThe Vincent Boys Series
#1 The Vincent Boys (Beau and Ashton.. and Sawyer) This is a love triangle. One that I will always love. Beau Vincent makes it hard for you not to love him. If you want an “older” read of their story then you need to read the “extended and uncut” version. The original is YA.
#2 The Vincent Brothers (Sawyer and Lana) Sawyer isn’t over Ashton and when her cousin comes to visit he decides to make Ashton jealous… that is so not what happens.
#3 My Vincent Boys (Beau, Ashton and Sawyer) Not sure on a release day for this yet. But this one starts from the moment Beau and Ashton get in a fight on the playground in preschool and follows these three until that summer Sawyer left on his family vacation that changed everything.Existence Trilogy
#1 Existence – This is a paranormal trilogy. Pagan (the heroine) is stalked by Death. It’s her time to go but there are things she doesn’t know about herself. Things that Death is trying to figure out. Things that you do not see coming…
#2 Predestined- This time we get both Pagan and Dank (Death’s) point of view. After the revelation in the last sentence of Existence you find out exactly why Death was fascinated with Pagan to begin with. Then he has to fight Hell if he wants to save her.
#3 Ceaseless- This one is a New adult read because Pagan has made it to college now. She also doesn’t remember a thing… at least not where Death is concerned.

★ Jasinda Wilder is writing a new series called The Ever Trilogy!

Series reading order:
(#1) Forever & Always
(#2) After Forever
(#3) Saving Forever

Forever & Always by Jasinda WilderAfter Forever by Jasinda WilderSaving Forever by Jasinda Wilder

★ Chloe Neill (author of the Chicagoland Vampires series) has a teaser for her upcoming short story “High Stakes” in the anthology Kicking It which features Lindsey and Luc! Read it here.

★ Priscilla Glenn has a new book called Coming Home, set to release January 21st 2014.

Lila and Ethan: Forever and Always by Jessica Sorensen is up for preorder for FREE! You can buy it here.

Lila and Ethan Forever and Always by Jessica Sorensen

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Ella and Micha series comes a story of love, risks, and rewards . . .

Lila Summers just wants to know one thing for certain: that Ethan Gregory will be with her always. Once her friend, he’s become so much more, melting the pain of her past away with each kiss. Now Lila is on a road trip with Ethan, in the wilderness under the stars, and she can’t imagine her life without him. But when she talks about the future, something in Ethan changes . . .

Ethan has no doubts about his feelings for Lila. His life with her gets better every day-and that’s the scary part. How can he walk into a future where he has everything to lose? With Lila, his whole heart is on the line for the very first time. But if Ethan can’t give her the promise she needs, his greatest fear might come true: he’ll lose Lila for good.

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