Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: The Ivy Chronicles
Publisher: William Morrow (HarperCollins)
Published: May 27, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Synopsis: 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. . .
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher,
but that did not influence the review**
3 stars I absolutely loved Foreplay so I was beyond excited to read the next installment in The Ivy Chronicles. While Tease was good, it was no Foreplay. This was more of the typical NA story that we see very often. It was still really enjoyable, and seriously, Shaw is a 5 star book boyfriend all the way so right there this book is worth reading.
In this story we had Emerson, who gave off the appearance of party girl, but really wasn’t. She did that to mask her true self because she was dealing with all sorts of baggage. We also had swoony Shaw, an ex-marine who also had to deal with a lot after his tour of duty, but was not afraid to go after what he wanted. Both were alone, but totally drawn to each other, and once they got their messages right the romance took off. However, it wasn’t without a few bumps along the way.
So, let’s talk more about that romance. I mentioned how it worked once it got off the ground…but the chemistry, that worked from the second Emerson and Shaw laid eyes on each other. Yes, the physical chemistry ALWAYS WORKED and was ALWAYS HOT. *fans self* I’m not kidding. Every. Single. Time. But back to the romance, I enjoyed it when it was on track, but Emerson fought it a lot of the time and frankly I wanted to strangle her because it didn’t make sense or register with me. I couldn’t connect with why she was pushing him away. But, being a smart girl, she got over it and we got to see all the fireworks and puffy hearts by the end, which made me wicked happy.
I have to mention another strong point in this book, and that is the supporting cast of friends. So often they are irrelevant and annoying, but in this series I love them! Pepper, Georgia, Suzanne…love them all. Well, then there’s Annie, but she’s not a friend so that’s ok.
The ending was good and wrapped things up well, but it was extremely predictable…from the second Emerson sent the text I knew what was looming. Was it good? Yes, it was still good.
Would I rec this? Sure, it was a sweet, enjoyable quick read that I didn’t want to put down.
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