Friday, August 8, 2014

Book Review: Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan (@SoVerySophie)

Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan
Publication Date: May 27, 2014
Published: William Morrow

My Rating:

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. . . .

Where Foreplay was fluffy, Tease cranks up the angst. At the focus of this follow up to Pepper and Reece’s story are Pepper’s friend and roommate Emerson and longtime friend of Reece’s Shaw.

Emerson in the first was this party girl with the revolving door of guys in and out of her life. What we find out is that the title of this book is very true. Emerson is the ultimate definition of a tease. Throughout the book she struggles with that because when she meets the aloof Shaw, he doesn’t seem interested in her the same way she is him. But of course they are drawn together.

On the surface, Shaw is this badboy biker but in reality he is a vet who is grieving the death of one of his family members. (Insert more of that guilt). Emerson isn’t weightless either. She has been carrying around a secret and a toxic relationship with her family for years.

The differences from Foreplay were very evident. The sex was cranked up and so was the drama. Sometimes it felt a little overwhelming but again what Sophie Jordan does was is chemistry and dialogue. I didn’t feel like it was weighed down in that department. The flow was effortless and the appearance of characters from Foreplay was welcomed.

Did I like Emerson more than Pepper? Not really. However, I felt that Emerson’s back story held more weight than Pepper’s. The same goes for Shaw and Reece.

Honestly? I can’t wait till the third installment of this series.

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