Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, since she was twelve. She thinks he’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability and family. But Hunter’s never seen her as anything more than a ‘sister’, so she decides she needs an education in seduction and her roommates have the perfect teacher in mind… But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects as her teacher.
4/5 Stars – A quick and compulsive read.
This storyline sounds all sorts of clichéd but the truth is a little left of centre and very enjoyable! At no point during this novel did I think ‘that’s just like a scene from…’ which surprised me immensely.
Pepper thinks she knows what she wants (Hunter) and at times this makes her seem rather hard headed, but I forgave her by the final page. We never get Reece’s p.o.v. which is sort of unusual these days in NA; we only just saw enough of him, although I liked what I saw. He’s hard working, tough, caring, and observant – probably more observant than most of the men I’ve met in real life! Which of course was very sexy…
I loved Pepper’s roommates, they were a riot and had attitude (they weren’t just wallpaper), so I am very happy that Ms Jordan is currently penning companion novels for both of them. This story wasn’t just about romance, it was also about Pepper herself; she had to face reality and let go of her ‘safe’ dream in order to realise an even better one, a major turning point for her character. So expect similar depth in the upcoming additions to this series…
If you’re looking for fun NA Romance that doesn’t involve cage fighting – that’s just a bit original – then this deserves to be on your shortlist.
10 thoughts on “Book Review: Foreplay by Sophie Jordan”
I haven’t tried New Adult yet but I really want to!
Gosh, there are so many places to start! And 2014 would be so much better if you dipped your toe in, promise. 😀
I have to ask — judging the book by its cover (who doesn’t?) as well as the title, and even the synopsis, I’d tend to lump this in with erotica (a la 50 Shades) — but I find myself confused about the NA definition in general. But, from your review, it sounds like this book has an actual (and interesting) plot and some great characters — so are my first impressions way off base?
Umm… it’s a romance, mostly! 🙂
New Adult is about college-age characters and is a bridge between YA and Adult – so it can be quite steamy! You can have NA Thrillers, NA Contemporaries, NA Romance, NA Sci-Fi etc.
I really enjoyed this! I’m not usually a fan of NA, but this is definitely one of my favorites. I agree with you that Reece was amazing, and I think it’d be cool to see a chapter or two from his pov. Great review 🙂
If we keep and eye on Sophie’s website she might just do a novella for us one day – these things aren’t unheard of. 🙂
Oh I have been looking forward to reading this one for ages and finally purchased it today! I’m so happy to hear that it’s a bit different to all the other NAs there (although I’m a huge fan of NAs in general)! 🙂
Me too! I only discovered NA at the start of last year, but it must have been 50% of my reading. 🙂
I’ve never heard of Sophie Jordan until I read her Uninvited book. Though it wasn’t that mindblowing, it certainly entertained me.
I am always happy to discover really unique books that particularly belong to an overdone and quite discriminated genre. As for me, I still have high hopes for New Adult and I am in a constant search for “that” special book. Just a month ago, I actually discovered one which entitled Addicted To You.
And thank you for finding me another one. I will definitely give Foreplay a try. it never fail to amaze me when NA books rise from the usual expectations.
Lovely review, Annie!
Addicted To You is one of those books I keep hearing a lot about, but the synopsis is just not… me. So I’m still thinking about it! 🙂