Friday, October 25, 2013

[ARC Review]: "Foreplay"

Foreplay by Sophie Jordan
Publisher: William Morrow (November 5, 2013) 
Series: The Ivy Chronicles, 1
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

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…

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My Review:

After finishing Foreplay, I look forward to reading Sophie Jordan's other books. I really liked her writing style, as well as the overall story. And Reece (melts)....

It goes without saying that this was a very sexy read. But it also had a few tender moments, like when Pepper came over to take care of Reece when he was sick. Of course I wanted to do that job for her, but I have to admit, she did it well.

I did feel like the ending was a bit rushed, and the jump to “I love you” felt almost forced, considering the situation. My only other complaint revolves around Pepper and her actions/decisions throughout the book. I couldn't understand why she would continue to push for Hunter after she began to have real feelings for Reece. This made me frustrated, and I hated her for hurting Reece like that. In the end, of course she picks Reece, but I felt like this was dragged out to play up the often used love-triangle, and that only served to annoy me. I understand that she thought Hunter was the safe bet, the brother of her best friend, the one with the perfect family, something she had always dreamed of having since her own childhood was anything but perfect. But I thought she was smart enough to realize that she was grasping for Hunter for no reason at all, and that Reece was the better choice. I quickly grew tired of this.

However, Foreplay was very enjoyable, and I am glad that I was able to read it. It is a sexy story that I quickly devoured. I will be looking into the next book in this series, and I'm curious about a few of the other characters introduced in this book.

 4 STARS! 

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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Have you read Sophie Jordan before? 

Besides her newest venture into NA, she's also written historical romance for years, as well as a YA paranormal. I've only read one other book by her, some years ago, and I recall liking it (it was one of her early historicals). I plan on reading more though. 


Until Next Time,


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