Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Author: Sophie Jordan
Published: May 27, 2014
Paperback, 320 pages
5 Gold Stars
(summary from 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. . .
Sophie Jordan is a perfect fit for the New Adult genre. Her first book in this series, Foreplay, was the sort of NA that I've been waiting to come across, and this second book is no different. Emerson is the kind of girl I love reading about, a girl who's strong and knows just how far she can go without losing control. She has everything under control until she meets Shaw, a guy who makes her go weak at the knees and scares her because she can't control herself around him. She flirts with him, trying to get him wrapped around her finger, but he has his own ideas. He wants the real Emerson, the one she won't let anyone see, and he won't let her have him until she does.
Oh my god, these two characters! Sexual tension as soon as their eyes meet ran through the pages until the very end. Shaw is the typical guy you'd find in a NA novel, bad boy, hot, fit, but I had no problem with this whatsoever. I guess that's why they're all the same - the author knows we won't mind. I loved Emerson the most because she was so different from Pepper, the lead in Foreplay. Emerson has a lot more experience and isn't afraid to go after what she wants. I loved that the characters from the book made a lot of appearances in this one. I love that the three main characters are all roommates and friends and they each get a story to tell on their own. Pepper and Reece were adorable as the couple in the background as Emerson tries to find out what she really wants out of a guy. The friendships are so strong and I love to see that in books. I think it's more important to have good friends than a good boyfriend, but why not have both?
Jordan's writing flows perfectly. I got right into the story in the first chapter and couldn't wait to find out what happened between Emerson and Shaw. Just as much drama and love as the first one, which a lot of obstacles stopping our leads from being together. The perfect guilty read that will surely make you feel good at the end. A sweet, quick read with some steamy scenes throughout the book. I can't wait for Wild, Georgia's story, to come out later this year. Jordan has topped my NA list for sure!
“I want you,” he said starkly, the barest quiver in his hoarse voice. “Me and you. Together.” He drew in a deep breath, his broad chest lifting. “But I can’t chase you forever.”
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