Written by Sophie Jordan
Series: The Ivy Chronicles #1
Published by Avon
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Find on 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…
I was really surprised that I enjoyed Wild (Ivy Chronicles #3) by Sophie Jordan. So much so that I read the whole series! I really loved the story of the three best friends: Pepper, Emerson, and Georgia!
Foreplay focuses on Pepper’s love story to bartender/owner Reece. When shy Pepper finds out that the love of her life, her best friend’s brother breaks up with his serious girlfriend, she sees it as a sign! She has been in love with Hunter since she was in high school and now wants him all to herself. But wait! She has no experience in the flirting department. Enter a hot bartender from Mulvaney’s rumored to be skilled and free of his uhmm favors. When Pepper sees him in the bar, she is stunned and is attracted to the hottie bartender and immediately practices her wiles on him. Incidentally, he is the hottie who helped her with her car when it stalled after her babysitting gig the night before!
I love the sparks between Reece and Pepper. Reece is the perfect bad boy/good boy/experienced older man (not so older though) for Pepper and naturally, they can’t keep their hands off of each other. I also loved that despite having a bad boy image, Reece is responsible.
Foreplay was a quick and steamy read for me and I enjoyed it. I was a little annoyed at Pepper a few times but she did redeem herself in the end.
Sophie Jordan has become a go-to crossover author. I love her historicals and now her new adult books! I have also read her young adult Firelight series.