Sometimes Foreplay is the best part. #review

February 10, 2017 Reviews 5

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Sometimes Foreplay is the best part. #reviewForeplay by Sophie Jordan
Series: The Ivy Chronicles #1
Published by William Morrow on November 5, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Giveaway/Gift

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…

As the first book I’ve managed to really read since starting my new job, (I read and wrote this review in September 2015) it’s probably not surprising that I really enjoyed Foreplay by Sophie Jordan. It was a respite from all the madness of my day-to-day life. But I think I would have loved it even if it weren’t for the circumstances. I mean, I’m EXHAUSTED and still I had to force myself to stop reading each night and go to sleep. Because I was hooked.

I was hooked on this messed up relationship scenario. Pepper is naive and innocent – been kissed one time in her life kind of innocent. She’s had her eyes set on her best friend’s brother, Hunter, since she’s known him and she’s been patiently waiting for her chance. Not just at him, but all he represents – the life she’d have with him, the family she’d belong to. But now that her chance is coming, she realizes how inexperienced she is and, with some help from her roommates, realizes she needs lessons in foreplay.

Enter Reece – the teacher of said foreplay. He’s gorgeous, but not at all the dream Pepper has for her life. He’s a bartender and comes from a bad family life. He doesn’t represent the security Pepper’s looking for, which makes him a perfect vessel for lessons and nothing more…

It’s so messed up, it’s maddening. I love the way Sophie Jordan writes characters and I easily fell in love with everyone in Foreplay. And while this sounds like a recipe for a love triangle, to me it never felt like that. There was the indecision that’s typical, but not the nastiness and fighting. Idk, those who have problems with love triangles might balk, but I’m okay with them if done well and Foreplay was a good version IMO. Of course, you always feel bad for the loser – especially when he’s a good guy like in Foreplay – but it didn’t feel too bad this time.

And as you’d expect from the title, there’s some really yummy foreplay… And Sophie Jordan writes Foreplay so we’ll, you almost forget there’s something more to hope for.

Anyway, I definitely recommend Foreplay and look forward to more in this series!
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About Sophie Jordan

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 teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller’s List.

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5 Responses to “Sometimes Foreplay is the best part. #review”

  1. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    There’s no telling how long this by Sophie Jordan has been on my Kindle. I feel like it was one of the earlier books I downloaded. And yet I *still* haven’t read it. Gah! Your review totally has me wanting to pick it up now, though. I do love me some new adult and when the guy is right in front of the girl all along… love that. 🙂
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  2. Lola

    It is a good sign when you have to force yourself to stop reading. I don’t mind a love triangle when well done, even better if it’s one of those love triangles that you can’t quite call a love triangle. Sounds like it worked in this book :). And nice the book lives up to it’s title with well done foreplay!
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