Title: Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles #1)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Published: November 5th 2013 by William Morrow
"Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs.First line: "All my life I knew what I wanted."
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…"
Thoughts: Loved it! It's really as simple as that. From the moment I cracked open FOREPLAY, I couldn't stop reading it. This is definitely one of those addicting novels where, even if you have things to do that day, finishing this book becomes your number one priority. Work? Sleep? Food? The Walking Dead? Family? Sorry, guys. FOREPLAY > you.
First off, I'm a huge fan of Sophie Jordan. I adore both her YA and historical romance novels. Needless to say, when I found out that she was writing a NA book, I knew I had to read it ASAP. Well, she doesn't disappoint. There's sexual tension, humor, and a cast of lovable characters you truly wish were your friends. Pepper, our leading lady, is easy to relate to. Either you know someone like her or you are her. She's slightly awkward, innocent, and a true friend. Plus, on top of that, though she goes out with her friends (because they kind of force her to), she knows that college is about studying so you can achieve something greater. How amazing is that? Of course there's partying, but the most important thing you can take away from any kind of educational intuition is knowledge. I adore Pepper for this!
Now, we have to talk about Reece. There is an instant connection between him and Pepper, however, the relationship is anything but easy. He's definitely swoon-worthy and often too cute for words. There's a scene involving a sink that had me smiling from ear to ear. Hot guys can be awkward, too! I love that he's there for Pepper and can also see why he tries to keep her at a distance. After all, she's using him to learn about foreplay. Her focus is on Hunter (who is sweet but no Reece). At the same time, he can't stay away from her. The scenes he has with her are STEAMY and pretty much make this novel what it is. Gosh, I'm blushing just thinking about some of these scenes. You know it's good if a book has you blushing!
Honestly, I could go on and on about this novel. I can talk about Emerson and Georgia (Pepper's friends), Reece's brother and even Hunter, but really, you should meet them for yourself. For those who question the NA genre, this book will have you loving it. I, for one, seriously cannot wait to read the next novel in this spectacular series!
“'I see enough. I saw you.'”
“'I wouldn’t have waited this long for you. I would have already showed up at your dorm the minute I decided I wanted you. I wouldn’t leave until I convinced you that you were mine.'”
“'You can’t even see it. I’m the safest thing you’ll ever find.'”
"Everything slowed. Like someone hit a pause button. Blood rushed, a dull roar in my ears. I imagined I could even hear the muffled thump of my heart.
Then everything leaped to action."