Foreplay by Sophie Jordan
Series: The Ivy Chronicles #1
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: November 5, 2013
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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 book sounded very clichéd to me when I first saw it. I almost didn’t read it, but I’m glad I did because it was a fun short read. You have your bad boy with a certain reputation and your goody-two shoes girl who just wants some experience.
Unlike some other books I have read in this genre I really did like Pepper. Every time I read her name I constantly was reminded of Iron Man, but that aside she was a solid main character. She was likeable and relatable in the way that she just didn’t know what she wanted. I did like her friendship with Emerson and Georgia. The three of them did not pass judgment on each other and were there to back each other up regardless of what the one would decide. Pepper may not have let them into her past, but they were a tightknit group.
Pepper has a past she never wants to remember and a solidish plan for her future. She doesn’t necessarily know what she wants to do with her life after college, like many, but she knows who she wants. Pepper has been in love with her best friend’s brother since she was twelve and concocts a plan with the help of her roommates to get his attention (you can start to see how it may have been clichéd). In comes the bad boy Reece with the player reputation.
Reece was mysterious throughout most of the book. But he was sweet even when he wasn’t trying to be. The romance was nicely developed and I loved how the book ended.
Overall, Foreplay may have been a bit predictable, but I still liked it.