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 . .
Mehhhh…..I wasn’t a big fan of this one.
First let’s talk about that hideous cover. It looks like a middle aged man is on top of her. It’s not attractive and it instantly put me off the book. A cover says a thousand words and no matter what you guys say, a cover DOES affect a book.
The book itself was pretty cliché and unoriginal. It’s the typical NA book that I’ve read 100 times. The writing wasn’t exceptional enough to make up for the plainness of the plot. Girl meets boy. They fall in love. They fight. Happily ever after. There’s nothing overly special about that. It was just…..boring. I also didn’t like how the author made the main character, Emerson, to be so broken. I feel like that’s a typical trait in NA books, and quite frankly, I’m sick of it. Why does the female character have to have some traumatic event happen to her and the guy is supposed to save the day? If that’s really how females think, then I feel sorry for us as a gender. Females are supposed to be strong and powerful; confident and self sufficient. I’m not saying that men don’t play their own roles and help us through things, but I want to read about a female who takes control and maybe isn’t so messed up.
There was nothing overly special about any of the characters. The main character, Emerson, was okay….but not wonderful. I didn’t hate her, but I didn’t love her either. I think my biggest problem was with Shaw. Sophie Jordan went on and on and on and ON about how gorgeous Shaw was and how perfectly modelishly handsome he was…..and that didn’t really seem to be the case when I read about him. I mean, he was a good character. Definitely had the sexyish vibe going on, but I expected a lot more sexiness from him based on his description.
Another problem that I had with Shaw was his overly controlling nature. He definitely thought that he was in charge of Emerson. He liked to make decisions for her, talk for her, grab her. Nothing really overly major, but it was enough to get me upset. I would never date a guy who acted like Shaw, so I was pretty offended that the main character in the story was sort of putting up with a form of abuse. I didn’t like that.
One of the biggest problems in this entire book was the lack of plot and the insta love theme. NA books are supposed to gradually move into a relationship. Take J Lynn for instance. She teases you with the characters and their relationships and by the time they actually happen you feel like your heart is going to jump right out of your chest. What Sophie Jordan did was a bit different. The characters had only met briefly like 2 or 3 times and the next thing I knew they were falling madly in love and jumping each others bones. Where was that build up in the plot? It just wasn’t there.
Overall, I didn’t care for this one. I didn’t read the first book, but Tease is a companion novel not part of a series. Based on this book, though, I do not think that I will be reading any more books in the Ivy Chronicles.
Publication Date: May 27th, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Rating: [rating: 2]