Foreplay by Sophie Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m always leery about New Adult books these days, so I tend to lower my expectations when I pick one up. Add to that, I haven’t read anything from Sophie Jordan and I was definitely wary. But I can honestly say that I truly enjoyed Foreplay.
Having grown up in a less than ideal household, and then shuffled off to her grandmother’s house Pepper hasn’t had an easy life. She’s in love with her best friend’s brother. Hunter has been the man of her dreams for as long as she can remember, and when he and his long-time girlfriend part ways, she’s ready to stake her claim.
But first… she needs some experience under her belt.
Her roommates suggest the player of a bartender at the local hangout and she goes expecting to learn a thing or two, but the guy she meets isn’t who she was expecting, but the connection they have is definitely hot and she takes advantage.
“The cruel lighting might have washed him out or picked up his flaws, but no. As far as I could see he had no physical flaws. He was hot. Plain and simple. Square jaw. Deep-set blue eyes beneath slashing dark brows. The eyebrow piercing was subtle, just a glint of silver in his right eyebrow. His hair looked like a dark blond, cut short, close to his head. Emerson would call him lickable.“
Yeah… bartender … eyebrow pierced… blue eyes. You got me Sophie Jordan… you got me.
Reece isn’t who Pepper expected to be behind the bar, much less the guy running the place. But when he offers to help her with her problem and ultimately help her get the guy she’s been dreaming of, it’s a win-win situation for them both… right?
So begins Pepper’s sexual tutorials…
“What did one say after her first orgasm? Can I have another, please?”
“Pepper, let me touch you.” The rough catch in his voice was probably the sexiest thing I ever heard.
“Say it. Dick. Cock,” he supplied. “Don’t be afraid of the word, Pepper.” My hand stilled. My face burned. I shook my head. “I can’t say that.” “But you can touch it? Say it. Cock.” The word sat heavily on my tongue. My hand resumed its movements as I said it slowly, savoring the naughty word, feeling bold and wicked. “Cock.”
Despite the connection and easy relationship that builds between Reece and Pepper, he is not her future. That’s what she continues to tell herself.
Though there was nothing in this story that was incredibly unique… in fact it’s got a very typical formula. Boy and girl meet… both boy and girl have family issues / drama, there is some angst and then eventually a resolution of some sort. What I found different here though… or what really worked for me, was that I really enjoyed the characters. Especially Reece. (Surprise!!)
This was also really well written. I wasn’t taken out of the story by bad editing or words that made me cringe or people that I absolutely hated.
If you’re looking for something in the new adult genre that won’t have you throwing the book across the room, with enjoyable characters and a boy you can swoon over, definitely check out Foreplay. I’m looking forward to the next books in this series!
Thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review. Please note, all quotes were taken from an ARC and may change in published copy.
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