Thursday, 15 May 2014

ARC Review: Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan

Tease (The Ivy Chronicles, #2)Tease

Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Ivy Chronicles
Pages: 320
Publisher: William Morrow paperbacks
Release date: 27th May 2014

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

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. . . .

Review: 3 out of 5 stars

I was a huge fan of Foreplay by Sophie Jordan so I was eager to read the sequel, Tease which is Emerson and Shaw’s story and although it was enjoyable there were unfortunately no elements that wowed me or made it stand out from other books in the genre.

We first meet Emerson in the first book, best friend of Pepper and Georgia she is a love em and leave em kind of girl with control issues, she’s a bit of a tease and not eager to form a connection, this is due to an upsetting event which happened a few years prior. When Emerson ends up at a biker bar with someone who is meant to be her friend she doesn’t expect to be left stranded and having to rely on gorgeous Shaw to drive her home.

Shaw was a bit of a protector, he reminded me very much of Reece from the first book and to be honest I didn’t feel the connection between him and Emerson at all, she was stand-offish and quite abrupt and rude which didn’t make her the most endearing character so despite their chemistry I thought it was based purely on physical attraction alone and I really wondered why he kept pursuing her.

I enjoyed the secondary characters, Pepper and Reece are amazing; Georgia is a sweetheart so I am looking forward to her story up next and I love cheeky Logan!

The biggest let down for me with this book was there was nothing fresh, the theme was typical for the NA genre, the only difference here were the role reversals with Emerson being the one using the boys instead of the male character but I couldn’t fault Sophie Jordan’s writing which flows well with great dialogue and is evenly paced.

Thank you to William Morrow for the opportunity to read and review Tease by Sophie Jordan.


Sophie JordanAbout the author: Pseudonym: 
Sharie Kohler

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. 


  1. I haven't read anything by Sophie Jordan since her Firelight series, and I quit that one after book 2. Tease doesn't sound bad, but it doesn't seem like there was much of a wow factor either, so I don't think I'll be rediscovering her writing anytime soon. Thanks for the review!

    1. Thanks Carmel! I haven't read her Firelight series but I did like Foreplay, I think I need to move on from NA for a while.

  2. I agree with you. It wasn't a bad book, but it didn't offer anything fresh. And Emerson bothered me a little at times. Her chemistry with Shaw was fantastic though and Sophie Jordan's writing makes it easy to immerse in the book.
    Lovely review, Sharon!

    1. Thanks Nick! I think I'm just being picky with NA lately and wanting something that stands out. This was entertaining but I preferred Foreplay :-)

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  4. I still haven't read Foreplay but I need to read it soon because I have the audio for this one. I've been feeling blah towards most NA lately. I hope I like this one.

    1. Foreplay was great! I much preferred the characters, I look forward to hearing what you think. NA isn't doing much for me lately too {sigh}.

  5. I enjoyed reading Foreplay and have yet to read Tease. Sad to hear about the typical theme but I guess it's worth a read because Pepper and Reece is in there! Thanks for sharing your review!


    1. Pepper & Reece are fabulous! I really enjoyed the first book.

      Thanks for stopping by Michelle :-)

  6. I haven't had a chance to read Foreplay yet, though I've had it for quite sometime. I need to find time for it and for this one. Both sound good. I am glad you enjoyed it for the most part, despite the lack of freshness.

    1. Thanks Ellen! Foreplay was wonderful, I hope you enjoy it :-)

  7. Sharon I felt let down too, Foreplay was so wonderful and fresh and yep this one had all the trappings of NA and nothing to set it apart. Sorry I have not been around this week. I have pneumonia and it's been awful.

    1. Ooh no Kimba! I'm sorry to hear you are sick :-( I hope you are much better soon, feel well x


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