Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #3)
By Sophie Jordan
Published May 27th, 2014
William Morrow Paperbacks
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: Received for review from William Morrow in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)
About the book:
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. . .
Writing romance is nothing new for Sophie Jordan. She’s been doing it for a while now with historical romances. But I absolutely LOVED her first book in her Ivy Chronicles series, Foreplay. This New Adult series has books with simple, silly titles that actually completely capture the entire story in one word.
Emerson Wingate is a tease. On purpose, it’s her protection, her shield. She uses “silly college” boys to ensure she doesn’t fall in love and get hurt. She’s had enough hurt to last lifetimes. She wraps her player rep around her but it doesn’t keep her company when she’s lonely. And she’s certainly been lonely more and more lately. Her two best friends are in relationships. Georgia has been steady with Harris since high school. Peeper and Reece have been hot and steady since Foreplay 😉 What’s a girl to do but dig bottom of the barrel for wing-girls, as she soon finds out when she’s stranded by such a “friend” at a scary biker bar.
Enter Shaw, the hot guy at said biker bar whose rescue of Emerson involves her waking up in his bed the next morning. Not exactly what Emerson had planned but Shaw has a very good explanation and he’s been nothing but a gentleman. Turns out Shaw is actually a nice guy who could be the perfect match for Emerson. But he is exactly what she doesn’t want; he could be the one who can take control away from her and break her heart at the same time. Emerson is bit on the complicated side due to major mommy issues (her mom is a grade A bitch).
Shaw is a former Marine back from two tours of duty and coming home hasn’t been easy for him. But he’s a great guy and he’ll get through to Emerson… eventually.
Story / Tempo
The crux of the story is how (and IF) Emerson is going to let her guard down long enough to let Shaw in. I thought Ms. Jordan took a slightly unoriginal character history (Emerson’s past) and made it into a unique romantic story, at least one I haven’t read yet. The story flowed well and besides some points in the story that were foreshadowing to the next book, there were no lulls or general “blah” moments. I admire Ms. Jordan’s consistent writing style and her talent at writing the romantic moments.
The other thing I love about Ms. Jordan’s books? There are no cliffhangers! We get our HEA at the end of the book – yay for closure!!
Which is why I think this series is great summer read: you get HEA closure at the end, it’s relatively short, and it’s hella romantic!! That’s summer reading to me!!!
About the author:
Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.
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