Sunday, January 26, 2014

|Review| Foreplay by Sophie Jordan

Published November 5th, 2013 by William Morrow
Genre: contemporary NA
Rating: C+
Goodreads summary:
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…
For a few years now I've seen Sophie Jordan's Firelight series everywhere. I did not realize she had a giant backlist of historical romance books (I love HR!) AND that she's a local Houston author so when I discovered all of this, I *had* to start reading Sophie Jordan and I started with Foreplay.

Foreplay is a contemporary NA book sure, but the heart of this book is definitely a romance and it's a good romance! To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. There is a certain addictive quality to Sophie Jordan's writing. I read this on a plane and I usually like to sleep on plane rides but I just could not put it down. I had to read it from cover to cover!

Like the summary says, Pepper is helplessly in love with this guy Hunter but she doesn't have much experience with guys and she wants some before she sets out to finally make Hunter hers. This is where Reece comes in. A hottie bartender that seems perfect for the job. When I read the summary, I thought that that Pepper and Reece are actually friends and she asks him for lessons in seduction but in fact, Pepper doesn't know Reece. In the beginning, we watched her catch Reece's attention and it was fun! Reece and Pepper have great, great, GREAT chemistry and their seduction lessons were *hawt*. This is why I say this is a romance novel at heart. Sure it's set in college and I did like the setting a lot but this a lessons in seduction trope after all. Sounds cheesy, but Sophie Jordan made it work. Especially since there were really sweet moments to balance out the sexy.

Towards the end, there are eye-rolling big bang, unnecessarily events happen so (in classic romance style) Pepper and Reece can realize they love each other. I didn't like the overdramtic shit and there were genre clichéness to the book but that's pretty much the only thing I didn't enjoy about the book. Otherwise, this is so much fun to read. Reece was smooookin', I really loved Pepper and I also liked how Reece's background with college was handled. I thought it would piss me off but *phew* it worked out well. All in all, this is definitely unputdownable. I didn't luuuurve the book but I certainly enjoyed it and I can NOT wait for book 2, Tease.

Rating: [C+] I definitely recommend it! A fantastic sweet and sexy romance with one seriously smokin' guy and a great heroine.

First:
All my life I knew what I wanted. Or rather, what I didn't want.

Teaser:
“I’m not going to lie to you and convince you that I’m someone good and shiny like your guy that’s going to be a doctor.” 

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