Tease Me is an erotic thriller. While I liked it well enough, I couldn’t help but think that more thrills and a little less eroticism would have been an improvement.
As Tease Me begins, Byron Hawthorne is obsessing over a blog titled What a Girl Wants. He has become addicted to its anonymous author’s sexual fantasies and looks forward to each steamy installment.
The blog’s author is Lacey Richards, a true crime writer. She’s in New Orleans to do research about an escort ring that was recently busted. The madam who ran the ring is tight lipped and seemingly terrified, so while Lacey tries to discover the truth behind the escort ring, she explores her own sexual fantasies on her blog. By the second chapter, her fantasies have gotten her so hot that she leaves her cool apartment and goes out into the heat and humidity to sweat on the balcony where she can’t help but notice her sexy neighbor across the courtyard on his balcony. They exchange steamy looks as they pleasure themselves in the hot humid air of the Big Easy. By chapter three, Lacey is at a coffee shop wondering what the heck she was doing, when in comes the sexy neighbor, who is of course Byron Hawthorne. He introduces himself, tells her he’d like to talk to her and that he’s bought her a café au lait and a beignet. Lacey, having gotten out of a very controlling relationship, gets all het up because he ordered for her without asking, (that means he’s a controller, don’t you know), and storms out on her 4 inch stilettos.
What a drama queen!
Thankfully things get much better from here on. Byron and Lacey begin a relationship that is lushly and lavishly described with pages and pages and pages of description of their passionate lovemaking. In between bouts, she puts together the pieces of the puzzle about the escort service. It seems as though a man, Gregory Alexandrov, is running a sex ring where he lures college girls into dancing at a club he owns, then gets them addicted to drugs and finally makes them sex slaves. When they are used up, he has them killed. Gregory becomes obsessed with Lacey from the time he first sees her and plans how he will get her for his own. Naturally, she picks the time when he is about to kidnap her to have a fight with Byron, thus putting her in extreme danger, but of course it all ends happily.
I got tired of all the sex scenes in Tease Me. There were a lot of them and they went on for many pages. Frankly, they were simply too much – the characters seemed to spend hours at a fever pitch of physical and emotional excitement that was so intense that I thought they’d just ignite and explode. One or two scenes like the ones in this book might have been exciting, but there were simply too many.
As characters, Byron and Lacey were not exceptional, but they weren’t objectionable. Byron in particular had a bad relationship with his overbearing and snobbish father and this gave him a touch of vulnerability that was poignant. However, I couldn’t help but feel that Bryon, especially in his obsession over Lacey’s blog, was a woman’s idea of how a man would react and he ended up being unrealistic. Men on the whole tend to be drawn to visuals and not words when it comes to erotica.
However, Tease Me turned out to be a mostly enjoyable read. I can’t say it was exceptional, but after a slightly rocky beginning, it smoothed out considerably. It was a pleasant enough way to pass a couple of hours.