Series: The Ivy Chronicles #2
Publication Date: May 27th 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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A young college woman gets schooled in life, sex, and love in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's sizzling New Adult romance series--where three Ivy League suite-mates testing their boundaries as they seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.
A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She's always chosen her hook-ups 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 comes Shaw. A hotty 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, she finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she's throwing out her rulebook. 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, 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 ...
I have come to expect certain somethings *cough cough*sexy, sexy timeswhen it comes to Sophie Jordans writing, and she has yet to let me down. From her YA series to her New Adult, Jordan has a way of grabbing hold of you and she can tell one heck of a story. I absolutely loved Foreplayhonestly, its among some of the best New Adult Ive readand I was dying to get my hands on Tease. Imagine my surprise and delight at snagging an ARC at RT! I certainly didnt waste any time in digging into it, and now that Ive had a day to process, Im finally able to get my thoughts down.
Emerson has spent the last two years in college setting herself up as the stereotypical party girl without a care in the world. She doesnt do relationshipsAt. All.but she certainly gets off on random hookups. Being in control is the only way Emerson feels grounded, and shes not looking to shatter the carefully constructed walls shes set around her heart. Furthermore, Emerson lives by her three cardinal rules, and the moment Shaw enters her life, her rules start going out the window.
The Emerson we meet in Foreplay is the Emerson she shows the rest of the world: the carefree party girl going from one boy to the next. The Emerson we get to know in Tease is a completely different person. Does she like to have fun? Certainly. But mostly its all a show to her, and the more time Emerson spends obsessing over Shaw, the more those random hookups fall flat. The idea that things are changingher feeling in particularcompletely terrify Emerson. She hasnt truly let herself care about anyone in such a long time that all these feelings Shaw brings forth seem frightening and too real.
The books title certainly fits the story because throughout the first half of the book, Emerson gets off on being a tease. Its easier than admitting feelings for the wrong (but oh, so right) kind of boy. As the story progresses, you learn about Emersons insecurities and the reasons she has for running away from anything real. Furthermore, its not what happened to her itself that scars her, but the lack of support she got, and once you see that, you start to understand Emerson more and more.
Now, onto the good part. I loved Shaw. Hes strong and sexy and mysterious and oh so appealing. Having just come back from a tour, Shaws a little rusty when it comes to interacting with other people, and he comes off downright pushy in regards to Emerson. I loved that he pushed her boundaries. Hes determined, Ill also give him that, and the chemistry and sexual tension was evident with every interaction. What more could I ask? Plus, Shaw certainly knows what he wants, and hes not afraid to go for it. Shaw could also be described as an alpha male, because he defends whats hisas you see later in the bookand Im probably now just gushing, but I just thoroughly enjoyed his and Emersons conversations.
Sophie Jordan certainly knows how to write sexy, steamy scenes and its evident with every look, banter and touch between Emerson and Shaw. Most importantly, you truly get to see and feel the connection these two characters form. With every push and determined action, Emersons walls start coming down and the barriers are disappear, little by little. Tease is everything I could have asked for in a sequel. We still get to see more of Pepper and Reece (which is always a treat!) and we get a glimpse into whats in store for Georgia. Nevertheless, I cant sing enough praises, and now Im just dying to read the final book in the series, Wildwhich is Georgia and Logans story.