Foreplay by Sophie Jordan
Series: The Ivy Chronicles #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: eBook, 320 pages
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Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs.
Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.
Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…
This is another book that I can’t believe I waited so long to read! Believe it or not, this is only the second of Sophie’s books that I’ve read. After giving the first, Uninvited, five stars and darn near doing the same with this one, I plan to rectify this immediately.
Pepper has been in love with her best friend’s brother for as long as she can remember. Of course, he’s always seen her like more of a little sister than a potential love interest. Now he’s newly single and they’re at the same university, she plans to find a way to make him hers. But she’s naive and inexperienced and, with the urging of her friends, she decides to find someone to help her loosen up and gain some experience. Reece, the hot, tattooed, bad boy bartender with a reputation with the ladies seems like a perfect fit. Of course, the more time Pepper and Reece spend together, the more she begins to question everything she thought she new about him… and she begins to wonder if Hunter really is the guy for her at all.
Pepper was a great protagonist. She was innocent, but overly so like in some books I’ve read. (You know the clichés I’m talking about.) I found her likable and somewhat relatable. She was determined to do whatever it took, regardless of how uncomfortable it made her at times, to get Hunter in the end. Why, I’m not sure, except first loves die hard. If I had a giant hunk of awesome man candy like Reece in front of me, I wouldn’t even begin to think about anyone else. Reece was enigmatic. All the rumors Pepper heard about him seem more and more out of character as she begins to get to know him better. I thought he was sweet, sexy and charming… and a far better fit for her than Hunter. Pepper and Reece had a ton of chemistry and while the love scenes weren’t over the top, they were pretty sexy. I was honestly invested in these two characters and couldn’t wait to see where the story took them next.
I actually started Foreplay in audiobook format, but I couldn’t think about stopping reading it once I got home from work. I had a copy on my Kindle, too, so I opened it up and absolutely devoured it. I loved these characters. This book was utterly unputdownable. I have an ARC of Tease, the second book in this standalone series, that I’m excited to dive into very soon.