[eARC Review] Foreplay by Sophie Jordan

Monday, November 18, 2013

Title: Foreplay
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: The Ivy Chronicles
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Release Date: November 4, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange honest review

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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…

Although I have read many New Adult novels over the past few months, I have not found many that I wanted to review on the blog. But when I started reading Foreplay I knew this was one that I needed to share with you. I knew I needed to get this reviewed ASAP because, one, it was written extremely well with characters that were extremely relate-able and a pleasure to read. But also because the story itself, although at times a stretch to my imagination, made sense to me.

Foreplay is one of those book that you would read multiple times and never get tired of the story or its characters. There are no annoying best friends and no unimportant secondary characters. They all matter, which made me love this book even more.

We follow Pepper, a young girl in college who is hopelessly in love with her best friends brother, Hunter. The only problem is that she is a virgin and has experience in seducing a guy. Enter Reese, a young bartender that enlists himself in teaching Pepper the ways of foreplay. What she doesn't expect were the feeling she soon developed for Reese and what that means for her love for Hunter. This dynamic was something that i loved. It was a different twist on the love triangle, especially since one boy was only a name for most of the book.

The relationship between Pepper and Reese was amazing, their chemistry on the page was evident and their banter back and forth was great to read. This is what New Adult should read like. I have read too many in this genre that tend to focus more on the bad memories than the good ones, and that is why I think I loved this book so much. although both characters had shaky pasts with their home lives, it did not deter them from become something better. They were not damaged beyond repair, but they ended helping each other find what they needed most. Love.

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