Foreplay (Ivy Chronicles Series #1)

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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 the perfect 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 ...

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Overview

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 the perfect 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 and deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as a lesson in attraction is turning both their worlds upside down, and showing them just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what's real. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
Jordan (Hidden) launches a new adult series that delivers plenty of emotional conflict in a conventional finding-love-where-you-least-expect story. Naive, virginal college student Pepper has long been in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, seeing him as the one man who can give her the cozy traditional home life she craves. When he breaks up with his girlfriend, Pepper wonders how to seize her chance. Her college roommates come up with a plan: get seduction lessons from a sexy bartender, who is also a kissing expert, then use her new skills on Hunter. Pepper did not expect the bartender to be Reece, the man with the “dangerous vibe” who keeps turning up to rescue her from uncomfortable situations. Banter leads to intoxicating foreplay, and insecurities, misconceptions, and past damage create complications. Even as Hunter courts Pepper, Reece tugs at her heart. Some of the plotting is a bit contrived, but the story is saved by strong personalities and Jordan’s talent for handling touchy issues with plenty of heart. Agent: Maura Kye-Casella, Don Congdon Associates. (Nov.)
Booklist
Jordan makes her new-adult romance debut with a sexy love story that perfectly captures both the flirtatiously fun and emotionally tormenting aspects of college romances.
Tammara Webber
“Sophie Jordan weaves captivating stories of intense yearning, undeniable heat and heaping helpings of swoon… Every. Time.”
Jay Crownover
“Reece is like any good cocktail: strong, tempting and dangerous in large quantities. Having a guy like him behind the bar is sure to lead to a great time. I thought so and I’m sure you will too.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout/ J. Lynn
“A sexy, sweet love story that lingers with you long after you read that last line.””Sexy and sweet, you will fall in love with Reece right along with Pepper.”
Cora Cormack
“Fun and Flirty— Foreplay was the perfect read!
Lisa Desrochers
“A fun and flirty read, let Reece teach you why FOREPLAY is the best part.”
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-04
When the boy she's loved forever finally notices her, bedroom novice Pepper decides to get some love tips from a sexy "player"; trouble is, sexy, tempting Reece seems to be everything she needs in a man, despite what she thought she always wanted. Pepper has loved Hunter, her best friend's brother, since the first moment she met him. She even followed him to renowned Dartford College, where her first year was spent studying very hard and watching him be the perfect boyfriend to an undeserving girl. Now Hunter is unattached, and success seems within reach, but Pepper is embarrassed that she's barely even kissed a boy. Her roommates Emerson and Georgia take her to the popular Mulvaney's bar in order to hook up with someone and gain some foreplay experience, pointing her toward the popular bartender with a reputation for being a player. There's no denying a blazing chemistry between Pepper and bartender Reece. For as long as she can remember, Pepper's wanted everything Hunter represents: normal, successful, happy and uncomplicated. Reece is broodingly enticing and has a past about as troubled as Pepper's. So why is she suddenly feeling like he's the only one who can truly make her dreams come true? With this first installment in Jordan's Ivy Chronicles series, the author enters the popular new-adult genre, offering a passionate, compelling story that captures the confusion and giddiness of young-adult romance and sexual experimentation. Reece is the superhot bad-boy-except-not-really who captures the wounded heart of the virginal Pepper, who's waited her whole life for the wrong guy. Readers may have been down this road before, but in Jordan's expert hands, they are given a sexy, textured and satisfying ride. An affecting, successful foray into the new-adult genre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062279873
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Series: Ivy Chronicles Series , #1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 100,813
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows..

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Foreplay by

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    Foreplay by Sophie Jordan
    Book One of the Ivy Chronicles
    Publisher: William Morrow
    Publication Date: November 5, 2013
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: eARC from Edelweiss




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    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…




    What I Liked:




    NON-SPOILER-FILLED REVIEW, I PROMISE!




    I think one of the reasons why I am so harsh with New Adult novels (especially the contemporary romance ones) is that I'm actually in college... so I can pick out completely unauthentic parts of this type of novel. I mean, I know all colleges and universities are different, and I also know that Johns Hopkins is soooo not the same as, say, the University of Maryland. But there are some aspects of college life that some New Adult authors get totally wrong, and some aspects that these author hit on the head.




    I think that overall, Sophie Jordan does a good job of portraying a certain TYPE of college student's life. Not all college students go to bars - not all UNDERAGE college students go to bars. Yet, this is the type of lifestyle that New Adult authors portray, over and over. I mean, most of the college students that I know explore the city, or go paint-balling, or rollerblading, or rock-climbing. The adventurous ones, anyway. The non-adventurous ones stay indoors all day, in their dorm or in the library or so on.




    But anyway. Pepper is a quiet student who occasionally goes out with her suitemate and roommate - and by goes out, I mean to places with alcohol and dancing and so on. Not like, bowling, or something. But I had no huge problems with Pepper. Usually, I HATE the heroine in New Adult contemporary romance novels. But Pepper was okay. She didn't have some gigantic, soul-eating, mind-consuming secret from the past, that she had to work through, with the aid of a super-yummy hunk of a man, like most New Adult contemporary romance novels feature.




    Not that this book didn't contain a super-yummy hunk of a man. Reece definitely fits that profile. But I like Reece a lot. Instead of insipid and arrogant, he is quiet and thoughtful, but also very direct. It is his idea for Pepper and him to practice foreplay, in order for her to score the man of her dreams - the guy she's been in love with for like, EVER.




    I know, the plot seems kind of silly. And New-Adult-y. But somehow, the plot ended up being very engaging. I enjoyed the interactions between Pepper and Reece - even the sappy secret-delving conversations that usually make me want to roll my eyes. The difference with this book is that Reece actually seems like a grown MAN, and not a silly and stupid and BRAINLESS teenage boy/young man.




    Romance. LOVE. IT. Sophie Jordan does an excellent job of constructing the romance in this book. The growth of the relationship between Reece and Pepper is simplistic and progressive. There is a lust connection at first sight, but it's not insta-love. It's hard to explain, but trust me, it was different in this book.




    So, I suppose you could say that there is a love triangle in this book, since there is Pepper and Reece practicing foreplay, in order for Pepper to snag Mr. Perfect. But... it's not quite your traditional love triangle. The romance dominates this book, but I like the presence of this love triangle, and the romance in this book. Not telling you how things end. Not even HINTING.




    I liked this book. I'll gladly read the second book in this series. We'll see from there!




    What I Did Not Like:




    I still think that most New Adult contemporary romance books that are traditionally published/self-published are pretty formulaic. This book wasn't as bad, in terms of the New Adult contemporary romance skeleton, but bits and pieces were still evident. The "good girl", the "bad boy", intense chemistry... it seems like most New Adult contemporary romance novels feature these aspects, whether on purpose or not.




    But it wasn't as bad, in this book. Maybe because Sophie Jordan is an adult romance writer, and has a fantastic command on the romance aspect of the novel. Somehow, the repetitiveness of the New Adult contemporary romance genre was present but not overwhelming in this book.




    Would I Recommend It:




    This is so strange - me recommending a New Adult contemporary romance book. You all know my track record with NA contemporary romance books. But I would recommend this book to New Adult fans or non-New-Adult fans! I mean, I disliked most of the NA books I read, but I liked this one. That must mean something!




    Rating:




    4 stars. I know, I know, a New Adult contemporary romance that I actually enjoyed! It MUST be pretty good, right? I thought so!

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    At the tender age of 12 Pepper was pretty much an orphan. Her fa

    At the tender age of 12 Pepper was pretty much an orphan. Her father had died and her mother abandoned her on the doorstep of her grandmother's house. Ever since she's lived her life according to one goal, end up with Hunter Montgomery, the brother of her best friend. She's seen Hunter as the safe choice, the right choice for where she'd end up in her life. Everything she's done she does it in hopes of him noticing her, not just as his sister's best friend, but as a woman.

    However, Pepper knows she's lacking in certain areas of her life, most noticeably romance. With the help of her friends, Emerson and Georgia, she takes it upon herself to learn the art of foreplay in hopes of snagging Hunter. The friends come up with a sure-fire plan, get Pepper to hook up with Reece, the infamous bartender at a local bar known for doing anything that walks.

    Foreplay is a good book and one I really enjoyed. It was funny, cute, and had the right amount of heat. Pepper is rather likable in that awkward, doesn't know what to do with her life way. She grew up moving around with her mother, hiding from the men her mother brought home, and just plain lonely, at least until she moved in with her elderly grandmother and met her best friend Lila. She doesn't share her past as she's trying her best to run away from it.

    Reece is simply amazing and even he has his own troubled past. His mother died when he was eight and his father was one in name only. When he met Pepper he could tell there was something special about her. He also knew that Pepper was using him but he still wanted to be around her.

    Foreplay could have used a few things though. I liked learning about the two leads and their pasts, but it just seemed too rushed. I wish it was expanded on more, especially Reece's past. I also wish that Reece was in the book more. Yes, I know this is more Pepper's story, but if she was using Reece, he should have been there more! And given how the book ends up, which we can all predict, where was he? Maybe I'm just used to dual POV's now, I don't know. I guess it would have been nice to peek into his psyche and see more than we were given.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2014

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    3.5 As a huge fan of the recent New Adult genre bloom, I was su

    3.5

    As a huge fan of the recent New Adult genre bloom, I was super excited to get to read Sophie Jordan’s New Adult title, FOREPLAY.

    Having read her Young Adults books, I knew I really enjoyed her writing and let’s face it - who can resist this title or cover?!
    Pepper has been secretly in love with her friend’s brother, Hunter, for years. All of a sudden, he is single and she knows she needs to act fast before another girl swoops in and snatches him back off the market. The only problem is that she is a very inexperienced virgin, with only one (badly done) kiss. The solution: take her friend’s advice and go try to find experience with the “easy bartender”, Reece.
    Sounds good, right? I thought so, too. However, I felt like at the 40% mark, Jordan was just letting the two main characters really get to know each other. Up to that point, it seemed as though they were just going around and around and around and around in circles. Also, for some reason, I know Pepper had a troubled past, but her constant self-doubt and lack of confidence – which is normal at any age when dealing with dating – but this was so bad it got to the point that I felt like it was distracting me from concentrating on finding the plot.

    Admittedly, FOREPLAY did pick up around the halfway point and Pepper and Reece FINALLY has to start interaction, apart from small talk, sudden rescues, and the like. They have a great chemistry and it was fun to watch them get to know each other and start to feel the tug at the heartstrings.

    Overall, FOREPLAY was good, but you have to be very patient and wait for the middle of the novel for things to actually get going. While I liked it, I cannot say I loved it and am still debating the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

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    4.5 STARS Foreplay is not the first novel I've read by Sophie J

    4.5 STARS

    Foreplay is not the first novel I've read by Sophie Jordan. However, it's the first new adult book written by her that I've read (her writing is perfect for the new adult genre!), and it's by far my favorite of her books I've read. I just loved it!

    What made me enjoy Foreplay so much was the relationship between Pepper and Reece. It was hot! I felt like I had to fan myself nonstop whenever Reece was around because he was so intense. He was also patient and protective and at times vulnerable. Honestly, I was a bit jealous of Pepper (I want my own Reece!), but she was a great character as well. I liked her personality and understood the reasoning behind the choices that she made. I loved that although Pepper and Reece seemed to be completely different they were actually similar people. They have both gone through rough childhoods, and I'm glad they were able to find each other because they are perfect together and both deserved happiness.

    I wish the last few chapters had the same pace as the rest of the story because I think things were resolved rather quickly. Still, it didn't take away my enjoyment of everything else. And the very end was really sweet! I'm looking forward to reading more new adult novels by Sophie Jordan, including the next book in the Ivy Chronicles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2013

    When I found out that Sophie Jordan was writing a New Adult nove

    When I found out that Sophie Jordan was writing a New Adult novel, I was super excited. I knew she wrote adult novels, so her NA would more than likely be reallllly good! And I was right. Sophie Jordan did not disappoint.
    "'There is more to a relationship than just sex." "Yes, but a relationship sure is better when the sex is good."
    pg. 73
         I'll be honest. when I first found read the synopsis, I wasn't exactly thrilled. I thought it was a weird concept. I thought she was going to be doing different hook-ups until her roommates found her "the perfect teacher." It wasn't exactly something I would have wanted to read. But then I saw the reviews start coming in and saw that that wasn't the case at all. It got me excited for it all over again. And then, the book trailer came out. And let me just tell you, that book trailer made me put this to the very top of my TBR. I NEEDED to know who this Reece was.
    "'What did you tell them? His breath fanned from my lips. "That you're staying the night with me."
    pg. 105
         And then I finally met Pepper and Reece. With Pepper, I HATED her name. (Sorry I just couldn't get over that.) And a lot of the things she did. Maybe it's just me, but I didn't like the fact that she was so scary. But at the same time, I understood it. She was so innocent and didn't know how to go for what she wanted. I wanted her from the very beginning to leave Hunter alone because I felt like he was just there. The first time Reece asked why it HAD to be Hunter and she couldn't answer, I just felt like she was stupid for still pursuing it. And then at the part where she first chose, I thought that was just crazy. By then it was obvious what they felt for each other and she still chose to fight it. Even with all that happened to her, I thought she was nuts to still push him away. But I understood that too. She was just scared. Which is why I loved Emerson. She was the exact opposite and just what Pepper needed to bring her out of her shell. They had a great friendship.
    "'I glanced down and winced at the white cotton panties with tiny yellow kittens on them."
    pg. 132
         And then there's Reece. OMG he was super hot. He had a pierced eyebrow, tattoos, and muscles on top of muscles from what I'm picturing in my head (along with what I saw on the book trailer). And he always knew exactly what to say. Whether to get Pepper all hot and steamy or just to make her feel wanted. And what I loved the most about him, HE WASN'T THE STEREOTYPICAL MAN WHORE that's in ALLLLLL of NA. I really enjoyed that he was really just a normal guy and all he wanted was a normal relationship. His character was more than just the embodiment of sex. He had a bit of a dark past as well. And when the situation finally arose in the book, I hated that I had to see it. I wanted nothing more than to make him understand that it wasn't his fault.
    "'Even sick, he was seducing me. He probably didn't even realize it. It's just what he did. Who he was. How he affected me."
    pg. 145
        As for the romance, it was exiting and super hot. Of course since she's "learning" foreplay, its a slow burning romance between the two of them. And every time they're together, it only gets hotter. I'm not exactly sure how they avoided it for so long, but in the end, when they finally got to it, it definitely set their worlds on fire.
    "'It was as though my body lived and breathed for this. For him."
    pg. 181
         This was a book that I was anticipating for a long time. And although I had some discrepancies, I'm so glad I decided to look past them. Pepper and Reece are wonderful characters and Foreplay will definitely leave you wanting more. Pun intended.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

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    I don't even know where to start with this book. I have kind of

    I don't even know where to start with this book. I have kind of been on a contemporary read roll lately. I was not a contemporary reader until very recently. I hadn't found anything I liked and they all seemed the same. But now I see there are some great ones out there, and Jordan's book is no exception. I had heard fabulous things about this and book. While I try to keep an open mind, I've been disappointed with books that have been recommended in this genre and tend to only pick up the ones I want to read. This was definitely one that came recommended that I'm so glad I picked up.




    Blurb from Goodreads:
    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…




    Let me start off by saying how much I love the cover of this book. It's racey and fun and simple. I love the colors and the position of the models and the feeling sit evokes.




    Pepper, oh Pepper. She's this naive, smart sassy chick. I really loved her and how she handled things. She had this bite to her that I wasn't expecting. I really thought she'd land in the more timid category. But while she was a bit naive in some areas (you can imagine which) in others she was really quick. She didn't miss a come back, she didn't miss an innuendo. It was perfect. She's pining after a guy that is not necessarily good for her, but she thinks he is because he's what safe. She wants safe, but Reece is anything but safe. Their relationship starts off rocky to say the least, it's all about sex, no romance involved. And yet, you still feel a romantic twinge throughout. Pepper's past weighs her down a bit, closes her off to possibilities that she doesn't think would be good for her even if they would help her realize who she really is.




    Reece, well, he's just yummy. He's good looking and sexy and I want to eat him up. He seems like he might be a bit of a bad guy with his tattoos and off putting demeanor, but he's anything but that. He's a good guy whose heart is much bigger than he lets on to the crowd. He's a no nonsense type of guy. Gets right down to the nitty gritty, no if, ands or buts about him. At the same time, he's totally thrown for a loop when he meets Pepper. She's not what he's used to, which is all the girls who come on to him at the bar. But she does want what they all want, him for purely physical reasons. And yet, he allows her into his life. He opens his heart to her. It's instinctual and unexpected and something he doesn't allow. She gets under his skin. He's a mystery that waiting to be peeled open.




    I love the introduction of the secondary characters. I definitely want to get to know them better. As with other stories in this genre, I know Jordan will not disappoint and we'll be seeing them in the future books!




    I think my favorite thing about this book is the honesty, for the most part, that happens between the main characters. They go into their "relationship" without any ties, without thinking it is anything but what it is. And yet, as they spend more time together, getting to know each other intimately, they bond and form a relationship that is so much more than what they meant it to be. 




    And Sophie's writing is so great. It's easily paced, where you just don't want to put the book down (I read it in one sitting) and easy to navigate. She takes this genre and runs with it, providing a deeply romantic and in emotionally based story that grips you from the start. I didn't feel pushed or like there was so much happening I couldn't get a grip on the plot. It was perfect.




    I got very worked up with this book, but I'm pretty sure that's where Jordan was going with it. I wanted to yell, cry, kiss and generally throw it at times. But all these things were for a good reason, the book was amazing. Fans of J. Lynn's Wait for you series or Katie McGarry's Pushing the Limits (yes I know that's YA but it has a similar feel) will totally enjoy Sophie's book.

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  • Posted May 18, 2014

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    This is another book that I can't believe I waited so long to re

    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. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Really sweet story. I absolutely recommend!

    Really sweet story. I absolutely recommend!

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  • Posted February 15, 2014

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    Sophie Jordan, you are a boss. You made the jump of going from Y

    Sophie Jordan, you are a boss. You made the jump of going from YA paranormal to NA contemporary absolutely flawlessly. I cannot get this book out of my head and am suffering major book depression after finishing it. Foreplay is a perfectly crafted contemporary filled with delicious sexiness, angst, and a perfectly entrancing story.




    I instantly loved Pepper the second I met her. Yes, maybe she's had a slightly tragic past, but Pepper is one of the good girls. I love the fact that she has a clear goal for herself, that she is inexperienced in the fella department, she's smart and hey, she's pretty too. Then there's Reece oh goodness gracious Reece! Reece is seriously perfect parts sex god and perfect parts the amazingly perfect gentleman (yes the alcohol pun was totally intended). I could not get enough of Reece from the moment we met him and if Pepper did get some sense about the whole Reece/Hunter situation, I was going to kick her.




    This book shows you that your life doesn't have to fit into that picture perfect box, no matter how much you want it. Your life will make it's own box, and you shouldn't let it slip away. I promise you this book is all sorts of amazing and Sophie Jordan does not let you down in the slightest. Foreplay has easily become one of my favorite new adult books. Definitely worth a buy, own, and love!

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

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    EEEEEP! This book is soooo good! Plot: This story is about a gi

    EEEEEP! This book is soooo good!

    Plot: This story is about a girl who is innocent and needs help being seductive. She gets help from this guy who, unbeknownst to her is someone that she can totally fall in love with. This plot totally pulled me in. I really got into it because of the characters and the boldness. Their actions speak louder than words. Believe me when I say, you will fall for it.

    Love/Friendship: This is the aspect of the story that really pulls in the reader. You have this guy, who is experienced teaching this girl. Now it’s not all about sex. There is plenty of foreplay in flirting too. And thats what happens. They flirt and become really close friends and before you know it their falling for each other. I like how this friendship built up slowly. At first, it was all about business but it slowly became something more. And as the reader moves deeper into the story, the reader is a goner.

    Ending: I like that all of their actions set them up for choices they need to make. No matter what their excuse was the first time, they found something in each other. A special relationship that is more. I love the way that it ended. It left the story open for a new book on other characters. (Which I’m super excited to read!!)

    This is a great book! It had much more than I expected and AHHH, it just makes me want to read it again. Engaging and smart, Foreplay is as skillful read that captures the reader’s attention right away. From sarcastic lines to quick witted attitudes, I simply fell in love with it. Foreplay is amazing!

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

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    The organization of the plot is shaky. Some chapters, especially

    The organization of the plot is shaky. Some chapters, especially the first one, don't really connect with the other chapters. Other things don't seem realistic or believable. For instance, it's really hard to believe that a good girl like Pepper who's been longing for the same guy for years now and has only ever kissed one guy (and didn't like it at all)… would agree to take lessons in foreplay from a random hottie. It's harder to believe that she would follow the hottie, who she barely knows, to his room and strip half-naked in front of him and then engage in all sorts of sexual activities.

    Looking past all these details, the on highlight of this book is the erotic scenes, though that's really what this book is about. An erotic romance between college-age characters. Those who love some good steamy scenes will love the ones in this book. And the characters have standout personalities even if they aren't well developed (they appear here and there; as I mentioned earlier, the plot isn't well organized). Emerson is that outspoken, boy-crazy bestie that looks out for her own. Georgiana is the good friend. Pepper has this sweet, innocent personality that makes her instantly likable. And Reece is the hot bartender with a good heart. I do wish that we got to see more of Hunter, especially as he is Pepper's initial love interest, but from what I can see of him he's a really nice guy and all Pepper makes him out to be. I think they could have done really well together if Pepper hadn't agreed to check out the hot bartender who's supposedly an experienced womanizer.

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

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    4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Cove

    4.5 Stars
    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    FOREPLAY by Sophie Jordan was an unexpected and absolutely enjoyable read. You know when you get immersed in a book that you absolutely can’t put it down? That was this for me. I couldn’t stop reading every second I had and quickly devoured the whole thing.

    Pepper is an innocent nineteen year old college student, who comes from a broken family and has wanted to follow a completely different way of life than what she grew up used to. When her mom dumped her with her grandmother to raise her, she met the Montgomery’s. She became best friends with the daughter Lila, and madly in love with the son Hunter. Hunter has been her ideal guy to marry. THE GUY. Since she was a young girl.

    Now they’re away at college and Lila is back home. And Hunter stops dating his girlfriend of two years. Inexperienced Pepper wants to make the best of her one and probably only chance with Hunter. So her friends find a suitable candidate to teach her everything in the foreplay department. Except she wasn’t expecting things to get messy and complicated when her heart becomes involved.

    Then there’s Reece. He’s the one chosen to be the foreplay teacher. I loved him! He was such an amazing guy, the sweet and responsible bad boy. The guy that has all the sex appeal to keep you interested. The guy you WANT to end up with. I loved and adored him! And sparks flew every time Pepper and Reece where together.

    Innocent exploration, sweet and spicy, FOREPLAY was one of the most consuming reads I’ve had in a while! Loved it! Can’t wait to see where the series goes next.

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

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    What an amazing book. I had a blast reading it. I almost wish t


    What an amazing book. I had a blast reading it. I almost wish that it had not ended. The book was so well written that I got lost while reading it, in a good way. The characters were explained in such great detail that you could imagine what they looked like and what they were doing.


    There were many great parts of the book. I really liked the part where Pepper is kissing Hunter and she is not feeling the same way as she did when she kissed Reece, it really shows that when you are with the right person it feels good. I also felt scared for Pepper when she went back into the burning house to rescue Jaz the Campbell’s puppy and she fell and was not able to get out and then she heard Reece’s voice and kept going and then he rescued her. I definitely would read this book again.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    Virgins seem to be a theme in books again lately. What makes thi

    Virgins seem to be a theme in books again lately. What makes this one stand out is that this virgin is ready to take on more. What I found with Foreplay was a truly steamy read, but there was a bit more to it too. Jordan created two characters that have been wounded in the past and brought them together to find unexpected love. 




    I liked Pepper. I think she was a bit disillusioned at times, but I liked her. Pepper is looking for love. Not just from anyone, but her best friend's brother, Hunter. Pepper's life hasn't been exactly easy, but Hunter's family provided her comfort and showed her what a loving family could be like. And now, Hunter is finally available. He's broken up with his girlfriend and Pepper wants to take the chance. She fears that she may be too inexperienced for Hunter though, so she recruits her friends into helping her find someone that will show her the ways of seduction. So, naturally this virgin goes after the town and campus bad boy, Reece. But what she thought she wanted with Hunter, is actually what she has with Reece. Her heart knows it, but her head takes a little longer to figure it out.




    Here's the thing about Reece though, he's not a manwhore. He's a really good, honorable guy. But, he plays along with Pepper's plan, because well...he's a guy who's attracted to a girl. He's not looking for anything serious, but he's also not the kind of guy that goes through girls easily. Pepper isn't like other girls either. Reece senses that there's more to this girl than she let's on. She hasn't really let any of her friends into her life. Not only does Reece show her moves in the bedroom, but he really shows her that it's ok to be loved unconditionally. I really loved the relationship that they developed.




    Overall, I really enjoyed Foreplay. Pepper and Reece were characters I became attached to. I also enjoyed the supporting characters, so I'm looking forward to seeing where the series goes from here. Especially Logan, who is Reece's brother. He made me laugh and I think he'd have a great story. At least, I hope he gets a story. Pepper's roommates are great too and I look forward to seeing how their stories play out.  If you're looking for a steamy NA, check this on out!




    Quotes:
    ~There was just his mouth, his hands gripping my face, my head. His tongue stroked my bottom lip. I gasped and he took advantage, sweeping inside, and I was full of the taste of him. I leaned forward, melting into him. His hard length against me made me feel giddy, boneless. Sensation overwhelmed me. There was no  mistaking his power, his strength. It radiated from him in waves, and as heady as all of that-all of him-was, it also frightened me a little. Like one of those rides at the amusement park that dropped you from the sky and then jerked you back up a second before smacking to earth. I felt far from safe right now.-Loc 2048/ARC




    ~"Now you tell me that. If that's the case, why were you in such a hurry to hook me up with the hottest guy you could find then?"




    "Did you want to hook up with somebody homely with no skills in the bedroom? I thought the point was to get you some experience."-Loc 2865




    ~It was though my body lived and breathed for this. For him. I wanted the ache satisfied. But, I wouldn't be the one to say the words. I couldn't do that. I couldn't go that far. And there was always the fear, the desperate need to choose the safe path.-Loc 3881

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    My previous experience with Sophie Jordan extended to her Fireli

    My previous experience with Sophie Jordan extended to her Firelight series, which is a YA about dragons. So, I was surprised to learn that she wrote a new adult contemporary novel next (nevermind that I didn't realize at the time that she previously has written a score of historical romance novels - in that light, it makes a bit more sense). The description of Foreplay sounded great, and I had recently read a few pretty heavy books in a row, so I was in need of something a little on the lighter side. Turns out, Foreplay was exactly what I needed at the time.

    Pepper has been saving herself for a guy who only sees her as a little sister of sorts. Now, she's nineteen and finally has a real shot at him and has absolutely no idea what to do with a guy. So, her friends encourage her to hit on a hot bartender, and even though it takes her so far out of her comfort zone, she feels like she's in orbit, Pepper finds herself deviating from the plan she thought she had for her life. And, it's all because of a guy. Just, not the guy she always imagined it would be.

    I'm not really sure what it was about Foreplay that engaged me so much. It's a story that's been done before - the sweet, virginal girl employs a supposed man-whore to show her the ropes and claim her v-card, only to fall for him in the end. I don't necessarily mind that so much. I mean, how many NA stories can be written before the plots start to be recycled a bit? As long as it's done well, I can read the same story over and over again.

    Thankfully, Foreplay was done well. Very well.

    Reece - goodness, was this dude prime book boyfriend materials. He was a little bad, a little good, a little damaged, a little whole. He was a little of everything, which makes him a lot of one thing - AWESOME. Pepper's first meeting with him and her second meeting with him were completely and totally different, and I was left wondering which version was the "real" Reece. Turns out both of them were. And, I loved that about him.

    Pepper was frustrating beyond measure. She had been going through her sad life not really living it because she had it bad for her BFF's older brother. Why would someone do that? There were tons of guys I pined over in school. For some, the pining was embarrassingly epic. And, yet, I didn't really stop living. I had boyfriends and went to parties and had fun. Yet Pepper doesn't. Until Reece. Once Reece starts breaking down her walls, she went from annoyingly frustrating to fascinatingly frustrating.

    And, Reece and Pepper together was fun. Their banter was adorable. Their chemistry was off the charts. I liked who they were when they were together.

    I already liked the Firelight series. I'm definitely sold on Sophie Jordan now after Foreplay. Her writing is clean and tight with almost no editing issues. The pacing was perfect with the right amount and frequency of highs and lows. I was never bored - which is probably how I was able to read Foreplay from cover to cover in 12 hours.

    Bring on the second Ivy Chronicles book (Hunter? Emerson?). I'm sold.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    I'm going to have the biggest Reece hangover. Err, I mean book

    I'm going to have the biggest Reece hangover. Err, I mean book hangover. Nope, I definitely meant the first. I'm officially in love with a sexy, tatted, bad boy bartender. Now if only I can snag one of them in real life.... Seriously, you guys. I just devoured this book in the span of a few hours and I currently have butterflies in my stomach. I'm in total swoon-mode. Now, I've read the first two books in Jordan's YA Firelight series, so I already knew she could write some pretty awesome kissing scenes. I have not read any of her adult novels, but after this- I need to rectify that! Not only can she write some seriously steamy scenes, but gosh she can WRITE. This story flowed so seamlessly in my opinion and I really enjoyed the build up between the main characters- the tension between them was palpable and off the charts hot! She has also created an awesome secondary set of characters and I'm quite curious to see who the next book will focus on!

    Our main character Pepper is desperate to get her best friend's brother Hunter to notice her. She's stuck in that 'oh, she's my sister's best friend' zone and she wants him to see her in a different light. She enlists the help of her two roommates, Georgia and Emerson, to find a way to do this now that Hunter is back on the market. Their solution? Hook her up with a hottie who will rock her world and teach her the sexual ropes. Pepper is our tried and true virgin and is NOT sexually experienced. Now, I know I've said I'm completely over the whole virgin girl/bad boy cliché. And I am. I'm telling you- Sophie is able to pull this off and I didn't find myself rolling my eyes. I rolled with it and it didn't bother me. (Personally, I think it's because Sophie's just that GOOD of a storyteller! You don't get caught up with little nuances like that. You're 100% engaged in what's going on and how Pepper is going to land her man.) I liked Pepper's character for the most part. There were a few times where she really angered me because her naivety was causing her to handle situations poorly. She has grown up with her grandmother, as her parents are no longer in the picture. Yet, Pepper has memories of being with them both and those memories play a larger role in her present than she would like to admit. She's been in love with Hunter for a long time- she knows he's the one she wants and she is determined to get it. Nothing can break the illusion that Hunter is the perfect fit for her. Yet, she never in a million years counted on meeting Reece.

    Oh, Reece. It's pretty clear from my opening paragraph just how much I love him. He was hard to get a read on at first because he was brisk and a bit gruff, but he does have a vulnerable side, it's just not one he shows very often. Life has made him hard and as much as he makes you think he's the ultimate bad boy- he has one of the best hearts Pepper will find. What starts as a lesson in sexual foreplay turns into so much more....

    I loved Pepper and Reece together. They just had that white, hot passion that everyone wants to have in their relationships. I was rooting from Reece from the get-go. He saw Pepper long before Hunter did and he wanted her- all awkward and clumsy and sexually inept. I don't ever like a guy who just magically sees the girl in a different light because she's been seen with someone else. That's not cool to me. I did like that Reece called Pepper on her crap. He wasn't going to let her play him and string him along. They had a lot of tender, sweet moments together and I wanted to smack Pepper upside the head. How could she be so blind to what was standing right in front of her?! I get it though. Hunter is the safe, predictable choice. She can see what her life would be like with someone like Hunter. Reece is unpredictable- he is mysterious and closed off when it comes to talking about his home life. Still- there's something pretty incredible about a man who's willing to teach a girl how to land another guy and not ask for or expect anything in return.

    I enjoyed Emerson and Georgia, Pepper's roommates. I definitely want to find out more about Emerson, because as Pepper stated- she's not just the party girl she leads everyone to believe. There's definitely a story there that I want to read about. Georgia was a bit more level-headed than Emerson- she has a steady boyfriend that she's been with for awhile, so I'll be curious if she gets a story. Pepper confided in these girls and they were there for her when she needed their advice and I really liked that. I am also curious to read more about Logan, Reece's younger brother. He's a total player and definitely makes his rounds with the college girls. We know that Reece and Logan's family life isn't the best- their father is a piece of work and we get to see how he has affected Reece, but I am curious as to how Logan has been affected by him.

    Overall, this was such a good read and I didn't want it to end! I am definitely continuing this series and I can't wait to see what's next in the Ivy Chronicles!

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