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. . .
Title: Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Expected Publication Date: May 27, 2014
RATING: 5/5 STARS
The Cover Contessa's Review:
I want to give a huge thanks to William Morrow for approving me for an early copy of this book to read and give an honest review. I read Sophie's first book in this series and immediately fell in love with every character. So I could not wait to get my hands on this one. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my impression or review.
I can say that I'm not a huge lover of this cover. It's just ok for me. Not as nice as the first book in the series. But a cover does not always mean everything. So the expression you can't judge a book by it's cover certainly applies here.
I can honestly say that I could not have been more thrilled when I was approved to read an early copy of this book. I love Jordan's writing so much. I don't thick there is anything she could take on that she would not excel at. She is that good.
This is Emerson's story. We met her in book one, she's one of Peppers' best friends. And I loved her from the start. She's snarky and funny and totally in control. But Emerson is so much more than you see in Foreplay. She comes off as this girl with no cares. A Girl who just wants to fool around and never commit. But her issues run so much deeper than what you see in Foreplay. And, while I guessed where they stemmed from and I guessed the twist of the story, it did not matter to me or change my opinion. Em becomes such a strong and single minded woman in this book. She grows in unfathomable ways. Em gives off a vibe of not caring about what others think, but deep down inside, that is exactly how she feels. And while she puts on this front, Shaw sees right through it.
Shaw, oh my. This guy. He's hotness personified. Em thinks he's this biker dude, all hard edges and scariness, but he's so much softer than his exterior shows. And he's willing to open up and show this to Em, if she'll only let him in. There's no doubting his attraction to her. And I love that it's only her, and no one else. I think my favorite thing about Shaw is that he doesn't play around. He knows life is just too short for this. So he's pretty much up front about everything from the beginning. And he sets his sights on Em, knowing full well there is going to be a fight to get her.
We also meet up with characters we already know: Pepper, Georgia and Reece. And we meet a few new ones along the way. I love how supportive her friends are. And how she knows it herself and never thinks otherwise. Though she does keep secrets from them, she tells them what they really need to know in the long run, and they remain loyal.
Once again Jordan infuses her plot with twists and turns and an abundance of angst. I love the romance between Shaw and Em, it's a genuine attraction that just won't go away. And she tells it with heartache and funny tidbits that keep you entwined in the story. Her pacing is right on, not too slow, not too fast. But I will tell you that I could not put this book down! I was sucked in and could not let go. She jams the book with romance, character development, twits and turns. It has it all.
There's no doubt in my mind that Jordan could write nonsense and I would still love what she does. She infuses her writing with so much emotion. Her ability to pull you in and keep you there is indisputable. I love how she is able to include so much banter between the characters, it lifts the mood of anything serious that is happening. And the romance she creates has so much chemistry you feel it jumping off the page.
Everything about this book works. And it works well. If you're a fan of Jennifer Armentrout's Wait for You, then this is right up your alley. Go, read, love, because you will not be disappointed in what Jordan has to offer you!Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.
A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.
In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel,Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller's List.