Foreplay : The Ivy Chronicles Book 1

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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 the perfect 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 and deep--with a troubled past. Soon what started as a lesson in attraction is turning both their worlds upside down, and showing them just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what's real. . . .
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Product details

  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 18.03mm | 233g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062279874
  • 9780062279873
  • 268,494

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"Sophie Jordan weaves captivating stories of intense yearning, undeniable heat and heaping helpings of swoon... Every. Time." Tammara Webber, New York Times Bestselling Author of Easy
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"Sophie Jordan weaves captivating stories of intense yearning, undeniable heat and heaping helpings of swoon... Every. Time." -- Tammara Webber, New York Times Bestselling Author of Easy

"A sexy, sweet love story that lingers with you long after you read that last line.""Sexy and sweet, you will fall in love with Reece right along with Pepper." -- Jennifer L. Armentrout/ J. Lynn, #1 NYT and USA Today Bestseller

"Fun and Flirty-- Foreplay was the perfect read! -- Cora Cormack, NYT Bestseller

"Reece is like any good cocktail: strong, tempting and dangerous in large quantities. Having a guy like him behind the bar is sure to lead to a great time. I thought so and I'm sure you will too." -- Jay Crownover, bestselling author of RULE

"A fun and flirty read, let Reece teach you why FOREPLAY is the best part." -- Lisa Desrochers, author of A LITTLE TOO FAR

Jordan makes her new-adult romance debut with a sexy love story that perfectly captures both the flirtatiously fun and emotionally tormenting aspects of college romances. -- Booklist

"[A] passionate, compelling story that captures the confusion and giddiness of young-adult romance and sexual experimentation.......[I]n Jordan's expert hands, [readers] are given a sexy, textured and satisfying ride. An affecting, successful foray into the new-adult genre." -- Kirkus Reviews

A gratifying story that is also hard to put down, Jordan's series starter sets a high bar for new adult. -- Library Journal (starred review)
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About Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.
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18,869 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 31% (5,760)
4 39% (7,380)
3 23% (4,290)
2 6% (1,069)
1 2% (370)

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Pepper�?�¢â?¬â??perpetually dubbed a "nice girl"�?�¢â?¬â??knows exactly what she wants. She wants a place to call home, a stable marriage, two-point-five children, and a white picket fence. Intelligent, kind, and newly single Hunter, whom she's loved from afar ever since her adolescence, can provide all these things�?�¢â?¬â??if she can even get him to notice her. But that's the thing with nice girls... they typically go unnoticed, especially the plain-Jane wallflower V-I-R-G-I-N-S like her. To get Hunter to fall for her, she needs a game plan: she needs to tease out her inner bombshell. But in order to do that, she'll need experience, and at her level of desperation, she'll look anywhere to get it. Pepper's search for a purely physical relationship, particularly with her lack of experience and sexual maturity, in order to achieve the idealistically domestic life she's always wanted, creates a complicated jumble of a romance story�?�¢â?¬â??a not-quite love triangle, with a few fatefully belated realizations tangled in. This is an entertaining twist on the typical We Agreed to be F�?�?�?�¼ck Buddies But Ended Up Falling In Love and the Honey, It Was You All Along! plots, but you can't really expect it to knock anyone's socks off. The biggest thing that contributed to my enjoyment of this novel was the emotional depth within both Pepper and Reece. I'm not talking about the troubled pasts trope here, because I really felt it wasn't necessary to the development of the book, but rather, the reluctance and self-control both characters are forced to demonstrate when thrown into their sticky situation. Reece's mysterious, bad-boy-with-exceptional-morals vibe will make you want to probe him and get to know him, and Pepper's insistence on having Hunter while simultaneously falling for Reece, is a painful and conflicting issue. Jordan's characters are intricate and very lifelike�?�¢â?¬â??that, I can't complain about�?�¢â?¬â??but Pepper as a whole, I had a problem with. As kind-hearted and easy to sympathize with as she is, for her age and circumstance, she seems like a loser�?�¢â?¬â??and not the adorable, klutzy kind of loser either, but a complete and utter square. I know that makes me sound like a turbobitch, but her lack of social awareness (about everything and anything, not just with sex!) and very not-cute na�?�?�?�¯vet�?�?�?�© are so exasperating. She's a genuine, determined person, I'll give her that, but she's the kind of girl who doesn't understand sarcasm and innuendos, or is deluded enough to actually believe that one guy will give her everything she's ever wanted but never had (happiness, a perfect family, a large house, etc.). AND she's foolish enough to refuse Reece, who's right there in front of her practically ripping his heart open for her to use, because she's so fixated on this dream she's had. I accepted her as the narrator, but really had trouble liking or even relating to her. Reece, as with most NA heroes, is absolutely delicious�?�¢â?¬â??the kind of guy girls lose their heads over. Despite the fact that he seems perfect (has icy blue eyes and a flawless body; is a soccer-player-turned-bartender, as well as sex god), what readers learn of him beneath the surface is what will really made me swoon. Tall, dark, and troubled fans, you will go wild with this bad boy�?�¢â?¬â??such a catch! Pros: REECE! Holy f�?�?�?�¼ck // Pepper's initial mortification with Reece is hilarious // All the characters are well written; I'm intrigued by Pepper's friends because they seem so two-dimensional, but I'm sure they each have their own stories (possible future books in the series??) // Great writing that flows smoothly and steadily // Easy, mindless read // Pepper and Reece make an unexpectedly good pair // Contemporary college setting Cons: Predictable // Unimaginative storyline: "Average girl and super hunk fall in love in an initially no-strings-attached relationship"�?�¢â?¬â??doesn't this scream contemporary romance? // Pepper is a consistent narrator, but an aggravating character // Hunter didn't seem that great to begin with; Pepper's "love" for him is unconvincing Verdict: While the familiar synopsis of Sophie Jordan's debut contemporary romance didn't get my hopes up for a completely exceptional or mind-blowing read to begin with, I couldn't help but be charmed by her effortless, intriguing execution of the overrated plot. The cast of lively characters, steamy chemistry, and entertaining, endearingly awkward relationship that only comes with the college experience�?�¢â?¬â??or rather, college inexperience�?�¢â?¬â??make Foreplay a breezy, party-like new adult novel, but Pepper's encounters with intimacy of an unwarranted connection, as well as release from repression to confront true desires, both add depth and complexity. I wouldn't call this an urgent must-read, but it's definitely a promising start to an exciting new university-set romance series. Rating: 7 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): Not perfect, but overall enjoyable; borrow, don't buy! Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher via tour publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Harper Collins and TLC!).show more
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