Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: The Ivy Chronicles
Publication Date: November 05th, 2013
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I do not read a lot of New Adult books, mostly because right now the genre is 99% contemporary romance. But if more of them were like Foreplay I would definitely jump fully onboard with this genre. Foreplay is a good balance between plot, character development, and romance/sex. Yes there is sex, I did not find it that graphic, but if you are not into that then this might not be your cup of tea.
One thing I really loved with this book was that the romance between Pepper and Reece was so real. When they met it wasn’t instalove, there was attraction between them but not that ‘omg he/she is my soul mate I cannot live without him’ type of thing that is becoming common in books. Things developed between them over several months, with quite a lot of interaction between them, and I could not help but love them and enjoy reading about them.
There is a tiny bit of a love triangle (love v) but honestly it is such a small part of everything that I was not bothered by it. Pepper has known Hunter since she was 12 and has had a crush on him but he’s never seen her as anything but ‘part of the family’. Then with encouragement from her best friends, Emerson and Georgia, she decides to find a guy to help her get more experience in foreplay. Her friends also help give her a small makeover, just some new clothes and a haircut/color, to help win over Hunter. Pepper eventually realizes that she is not in love with Hunter and that she really wanted the type of relationship that his family has.
The only thing that I regret with this book, is that I did not know about it or read it sooner. There is nothing that I do not like about it, and I really cannot say how much this book means to me.
Recommendation: Yes, definitely!