Tease Me by Tracy Wolff
Published by NAL Trade
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
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Burned once too often, true crime writer Lacey Richards has sworn off love. Instead, she explores her deepest desires through her anonymous- and very provocative-blog. Anonymous, that is, until her dark and ultrasexy neighbor discovers her dirty secret. Stockbrocker-turned-carpenter Byron Hawthorne gave up life in the fast lane, hoping to start over in a new city. When he learns his alluring neighbor is the one writing the sizzling blog that keeps him up all night, he can’t resist offering to fulfill her fantasies in the flesh. But Byron isn’t the only man provoked by Lacey’s writing. Now Lacey doesn’t know who she can trust-and who she can dare to tease.
I really liked the first book I ready by Tracy Wolff, but didn’t really care for the next one. Tease Me could have gone either way. I was immediately pulled into the story b/c Byron is hawt. He’s exactly the type of hero that I love reading about. He is obsessed with a woman that writes an anonymous blog that catalogs all her sexual fantasies. In fact Byron is so obsessed with the nameless, faceless woman that he feels possessive of her. Totally crazy. What made it okay (even though it is crazy) was that Byron knew it was crazy.
Byron and Lacey’s first encounter is something they’ll never be able to tell their children about. Their first sexual encounter is explosive and leaves both of them feeling strangely satisfied. Lacey is wary of getting involved with someone like Byron. Only recently has Lacey gotten out of a relationship where she was treated like a child. Told what to do, what to wear, and what to say, Lacey has vowed that no man will treat her like that again.
Byron is naturally dominant and is confused by Lacey’s reactions to certain situations. When he finds out why she is reacting like she is, he’s at once relieved and annoyed. Relieved that it’s nothing specific to him, but annoyed because she’s lumping him in with her ex.
While Byron and Lacey are having their not-exactly-a-fling, Lacey is researching a book she’s writing about prostitution in New Orleans. This really took a backseat to the romance in the book. Lacey is sure there is some sort of cover up happening, but she’s not sure what is being covered up. She does know that kidnapped girls keep turning up dead in the city. For some reason she doesn’t put two and two together; if she finds out what it is, she’ll be in just as much danger.
Lacey unknowingly attracts the attention of the man that has a heavy hand in the deaths. This part is where it kind of lost me. After one look at Lacey, this man is obsessed with her. In his mind, Lacey is already his. When he finds out that she had a relationship with her neighbor, he is furious that she would stoop to a mere carpenter, but vows that he’ll punish her for it. Instead of sinister, it just seemed stalkerish. It had the potential to be more, but it wasn’t. The way that Lacey was rescued in the end happened much too fast for me.
3.75 out of 5.
This book is available from NAL. You can buy it here.