Author:  Sophie Jordan
Series: (The Ivy Chronicles #2)
Published:May 27th 2014
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
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Summary: What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who’s too wild for even her?

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She’s always chosen her hookups carefully, and she’s never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.Never fall in love.Always leave them begging for more.

Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he’s immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn’t even try to take her to bed–he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she’s throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she’s the one panting for a guy she can’t control–a guy who won’t settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she’s never imagined, including facing a past she thought she’d buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . .

Review: Let me start this with this statement: I really, really liked Tease by Sophie Jordan. The same way I felt when I read Foreplay, the first book in The Ivy Chronicles series. This time the spotlight is on Emerson, Pepper’s friend and known for her playgirl attitude. But Shaw is not buying the façade she’s putting on for everyone, and this terrified her. She’s scared of Shaw not only because he has the power to unravel the real her but her growing feelings for him. She doesn’t want anyone get inside of the walls she built, not after she was badly burnt by people she loved before.

I think the reason why Ms. Jordan’s New Adult books incredibly work for me is that it has a perfect blend of romance, self-issues, drama and sensuality. Those aspects that unlike the other books tend to amplify those things making the story contrived and heavy. But her stories and the combination of these elements are just properly mixed in. Not flat but and definitely not overwhelming, that I get to enjoy all the things the story has to offer.

Reece and Pepper have a special place in my heart now. I absolutely loved their story. And even the experience was remarkably positive, there’s some anxiety lingering. Is it just one time? Would I like the story? Because this cases were rare for me. I love reading NA books but only few ended up in my all-time favorite list. It’s a hard act to follow as they say. But fortunately Tease lives up to its predecessor. And while there are these certain similar elements that it shares with the first book, it didn’t bother me that much because I ended up liking the story and the characters.

I didn’t notice Emerson in the first book so I treated it as a new slate (although I’m really happy that Reece and Pepper were also there). Having this attitude actually helped me better understand her. Why did she have to put up a front? And why did it scare her to have relationship with someone? Those questions were in my mind and luckily I got the answers for those. Of course, the guy has his own demons, too, but it wasn’t overwhelming that ultimately defined his character. Both Emerson and Shaw had problems that they were dealing at that time but not really too dramatic that confuse the story. It was just right for me.

The romance? What can I say about the romance other than it was that, romantic. I loved both Shaw and Emerson and I might have yelled (mentally) at Em for being too stubborn, denying her feeling for Shaw. But like I said she was hiding from everyone and the escalating feelings for him of course terrified her. But once they finally understand each other, accepted those issues surrounding them, it gave me a big sigh of relief. They were obviously meant for each other and glad things worked out in the end. And now I’m patiently waiting for Logan and Georgia’s story. That would be fun!

Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote:  “Loving someone is scary. That was part of it. Always. Knowing that at many moment for any reason it could be lost. But I wanted that. I wanted love. Even if I couldn’t control it. I wanted it. I wanted him.” Emerson (from Advance Reader’s Proof)