Foreplay: The Ivy Chronicles

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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.)
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!
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.”
Lisa Desrochers
“A fun and flirty read, let Reece teach you why FOREPLAY is the best part.”
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.
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
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 116,724
  • 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!

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Cute

    I enjoyed the story overall. Pepper did get on my nerves a bit at times w/ here continued belief that she just HAD to be with Hunter. But they all got their HEA so still a good read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    2 out of 2 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Amazing

    Such a great book. I honestly couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 2 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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Hot & Sexy

    Read this book in just one day. Couldn't put it down. Love me some Reece. Can't wait to read the next novel in this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Slow but sexy

    This story was a slow start,but really sexy. I liked the fact that Reese took his time with teaching Foreplay to Pepper. He never forced himself on her. This made her fall in love with him. I would surely recommend. Cant wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Good

    Cute and sexy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Great read

    Can't wait for the next one in the Ivy Series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Wonderful!

    Loved the characters and the story, great read!

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    I loved this story Reece the bartender is so hot he sure knows h

    I loved this story Reece the bartender is so hot he sure knows how to lure a girl into a sex over-drive. wow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Romantic

    Only a few good juicy parts but an awesome love story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Hot read!

    Loved the story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Great read

    Read it all in one day but was worth reading for sure

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Loved it!

    So much different then the other stories I have read lately. Great story & characters! A must read!

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