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(The Ivy Chronicles #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  6,921 ratings  ·  634 reviews
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 chos
Paperback, 303 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published May 13th 2014)
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Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult, reviewed

Title: Tease
Series: The Ivy Chronicles #2
Author: Sophie Jordan
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

I loved first book in Sophie Jordan’s New Adult series – Ivy Chronicles. Foreplay was wonderful, fluffy, sweet read that swept me off my feet with its light humor, pure sexiness and swoon worthy hero. That made me highly anticipate Tease; I wanted from it the same things, I found admirable in Pepper’s story. And… the author didn’t disa
Jennifer Armentrout
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
In a rare display of symbolism, the cover of this novel is every bit as off-putting as it needs to be. When I first looked at the ARC of this novel, I was originally disappointed as I felt the cover image - with those models looking at the viewer and at each other so oddly - would work against an otherwise excellent novel. Unlike its predecessor, however, Tease is exactly the typical New Adult novel it is projected as. Where Foreplay managed to draw me into the college lifestyle, warm friendship ...more
Irene Sim
I had forgotten how much I love Shaw. He can still make my heart beat faster...

Sophie Jordan creates the most interesting, solid male characters I've met in a while.

I knew from the previous book that I would like Emerson's story. She was the kind of girl that seemed so easy-going and happy-get-lucky all the time with hints of despondency underneath. So I was really curious as to what skeletons she kept in her closet and I wasn't disappointed in the least.

What I wasn't expecting was Shaw, who t
Wendy Darling
I loved FOREPLAY, but I'm much more mixed on this one. The sex is well written, and there's definite chemistry in the relationship. But plot-wise, this is kind of all over the place, plus overly dramatic and predictable on too of that. And this could've easily been an adult romance, because aside from Emerson's age and talk of dorm rooms, there's not much college stuff going on at all. Plus Shaw is constantly punching people, man. It's not cool to lose control that many times.

Hopefully WILD put
Trina (Between Chapters)
Sophie Jordan only knows how to write male love interests who have GPS trackers on the main character. They always show up to save the day without you knowing how they got there at just the right moment.

Anyway. Enjoyable, but while Emmerson's reaction to sexual assault is valid, I'm tired of books portraying assault as something women need to "overcome" in order to grow.
Nadine Wilmschen
*re read
still 5 stars because... Shaw!


5 SHAW-Stars!

This guy, Shaw, is everything. If you think of the perfect book boyfriend, Shaw is your man.
I liked Emerson but I did not love her. She was ooookay (the typical h of a NA novel) but Shaw... he had me after 20 pages.


How can I not love him when he says things like this?

“You’re scared,” he said quietly.
“Scared?” I scoffed. “Of what?”
“Of anything real. And what we have is rea
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Once again, we are forced to suffer through ridiculous names like Emerson Wingate (????) and Shaw Whatever-His-Last-Name-Was. However, this time there was very little of the magic of the first book, and lots of stuff I heartily dislike that are often typical of NA books, like the alpha male routine and... the alpha male routine. You could say I didn't like Shaw a whole lot.

There's also the problematic and wholly unoriginal rape storyline, the unsatisfactory characterisation of side characters, a

Formulaic set-up makes for predictable read

After being impressed with FOREPLAY, Sophie Jordan's first New Adult romance in this series, I was eager to read the second book, TEASE. Unfortunately, TEASE lacked the sweetness and convincing characters of the first title, and it relied entirely too heavily on New Adult clichés.

TEASE follows Pepper's roommate, Emerson, as she tries to keep her emotional distance from the many men who are interested in her. The story opens with the obligatory refer
Yomi M.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: out-may-2014
Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars

I LOVE this series so much, it reminds me of Lauren Layne's Sex, Love & Stiletto series :) The reason I gave it 4.5 was because Emerson reluctance annoyed me, but, Shaw was amazing. I like him more than Reece that's for sure.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely book, I was not expecting this! Emerson seemed like the all-around party girl in the first book, so as predicted, I was expecting a rather funny and kind-of-bitchy mood for this story. What I got though was a deep, heartfelt story about a girl that has gone through a lot of shit in her life, and a boy, sooo expectionally brave and sweet and hot that I just fell in love with these two more and more. Although I have to confess that I liked the first book a tad better, this is a super ...more
This was just beautiful!
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 4.5/5

Review coming soon!
Sherreka Burton
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
*S’cuse the language, but you know how I do sometimes* S/N: Got this as an ARC at BookCon (yay, free books!)

Jesus, why do I continue to read this New Adult drivel? Like, seriously? Is something wrong with me? I'm beginning to think so. Emerson? Just completely annoying. Making decisions that are intentionally trying to piss other people off is still a way of them controlling your every move/thought, especially when your gut instincts are telling you it's a bad situation and you go anyway (especi
María Bravo Macías
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was... oh Reece you amused me but Shaw... my god... nice :) i don't get how everyone complains... it was a nice story and they definitely had chemistry! i mean... Shaw was amazing, i liked every single thing about him... his attitude (huge ego but come on...), the way he acts and thinks... That just makes him perfect, i guess haha ;) You should just enjoy the beauty of it... The fact that guys like these don't exist... at least they dont have the whole package haha I'm looking forward to read ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Emerson is what everyone considers a tease. She lures a guy in, whispers naughty nothings into his ear, and then leaves him hanging. Every. Single. Time. From the outside people would consider Emerson a privileged rich girl but she's really not. In fact, it isn't until she's left stranded at a sketch biker bar, thus putting her in the path of Shaw, that you realize she isn't what she seems. She's hiding a lot of dark secrets and it isn't until Shaw comes into her life that she finds herself want ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I adored Foreplay (book #1 of the Ivy Chronicles). I felt that it stood a step above the onslaught of NA that was all angst, all the time with very little real life conflict.

Sadly, Tease was no Foreplay. While the sexual encounters did serve the plot of Tease, they also overpowered it. Emerson and Shaw are hot together and obviously it is more than just sex in the end but they both have issues that haunt them but the hot sex kind of solves it all. Especially with Emerson (although there is a nic
This was an uncomfortable reading experience for me.

It had nothing to do with the NA category, the sex scenes, or the writing itself. My loathing for this book can be summed up in one word: Emerson.

Maybe I'm fickle, but I get very touchy when it comes to the portrayal of woman who have gone through sexual abuse. This is something that an author does perfectly, or falls so shamelessly short of the mark that it stunns me. Books like The Never List and The Feathered Bone caused me to go into a book
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've already told Sophie that Shaw is mine. I claim him. The rest of y'all can take a number and get in line. Don't worry though, there are cupcakes to keep you busy. ;)

While most girls her age are looking for love and a happily ever after, Emerson is looking for the next no-strings-attached hookup. Past experience has taught her that love is more trouble than it's worth and often results in hurt, so what's the point? Being in control is better, easier, even with the not so nice reputation. What
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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 upset
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult, romance
This was solidly written and well-paced. I was engrossed as I read. But even as I turned the pages I began to suspect that the author was going to do something that was going to annoy the crap out of me. And she did.

Heroine Emerson has control issues so she has played up her reputation as a one-night only kind of gal. She's actually done some pretty risky things in her quest to prove that she's up for anything - anything except for commitment. As the novel opens she's arriving at a biker bar an
Poison Ivy
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Oh Emerson, you fooled us all. The story was okay, I loved Shaw but it was not as good as the first book, which is my favorite.
Gaby (lookingatbooks)
3 stars
I am very disappointed. Foreplay was the best NA book I've read and I've also, to some extent, enjoyed Ms. Jordan's other works. This fell far too easily into cliche and overused tropes. The look at college was less pronounced and the relationship was a thousand times less respectful. The back story has been done before and, while utterly horrible, doesn't bring any type of nuance to the tale. I am entirely underwhelmed.

Emerson is a party girl, making out with a new guy each night and using the
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Very disappointing considering how much I loved the first book…I’m surprised this even came from the same author.

Foreplay wasn’t perfect, but as far as New Adults go, I consider this book to be one of the best and my own personal favorites. I’ve said it a millions times already but I’m really not feeling this genra; I don’t feel like these books should be distinguished from other chick-lits when they’re really contemporary romances (so what if the characters are twenty ? NA is supposedly about
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Can I just tell you how much I love Sophie Jordan and her Ivy Chronicles couples? Good. 'Cause, I'm gonna.

Emerson loves men and loves sending them home when she's done with them. Don't get close and, for heaven's sake, don't fall in love with them. And then along came Shaw. He was everything she never went for - dark, dangerous, maybe a tad bad, and capable of taking away Em's well-earned control. But, Emerson's been hurt in the past and has decided that not falling in love is the answer. Not ev
Jul 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
The regret is strong with this one. I have wasted a steady 1.50€ on “Tease”, money that could have been spend on a nice pack of bubble gum or 24 American cookies or a cheap coffee *sigh*.
All the trouble, because I have been royally fooled by the semi-enjoyable story of “Foreplay”, which I liked and therefore thought, that it might be interesting to follow the story of another student of Dartford.
The novel actually was quite okay a few chapters in, where I could still emphasize with Emerson whi
Ashley Lenderman
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs

Emerson AKA "Tease" is a girl who doesn't do boyfriends and has to be in control of her hookups.
Emerson puts on a persona that she's a bad girl. Due to a horrible past with her family that's how she chooses to come off as.

Until she meets the hot biker Shaw.
Shaw sees through her and is intrigued to get to know her. Emerson does what she does best and tries to push Shaw away and run, but Shaw fights back just as hard and has Emerson scrambling because she loses all control around h
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
*New Adult book review*

A must read! Sophie Jordan has delivered another fabulous addition to her Ivy Chronicles series.

Oh my Shaw! I honestly have no idea how Sophie is going to top Shaw. Wow! This guy knows how to ignite the pages, and boy does he ever. He has that sweet southern charm that lures you in, and keeps you wanting more. His rugged biker boy looks let you know he can be anything but behind closed doors. Trust me, he will make you melt and having you swooning all at the same time.

I a
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just cannot get enough of this world that Sophie Jordan has decided to master. The college setting, the issues, and the beyond sexy win! Foreplay totally killed me with it's amazingness and I couldn't wait to dive into Tease. Tease definitely has the same well-written and emotionally sexy ride and I loved it!

It's so funny how people can put on a front, or how other people can completely make up an image for someone without even knowing them. Emerson is the "tease", the one who do
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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

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“You’re scared,” he said quietly.
“Scared?” I scoffed. “Of what?”
“Of anything real. And what we have is real. You love me and it terrifies you.”
“I don’t love you,” I lied.
He grabbed my face then, dragging me closer with both hands. “You love me. I know you do. I know it because I can see it in your eyes . . . in the way you look at me.” He inhaled. “It’s the same way I look at you.”
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