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Product Details

  • Series: The Ivy Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062279874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062279873
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All Pepper needs is a little experience. Ever since she was a teenager, she has been in love with Hunter, the brother of her best friend, Lila, but he thinks of her as merely a good friend. When Pepper discovers that Hunter has just broken up with his longtime girlfriend, she realizes that if she wants to hook up with Hunter, it is now or never. The problem is that Pepper has kissed exactly one boy in her entire life. Of course her friends have a solution to her problem: Reece, a hottie bartender at Mulvaney’s, whose romantic reputation is legendary. All Pepper needs to do is get Reece to give her a few lessons in seduction, and she can apply what she learns to finally land Hunter. At least that is the plan until Pepper discovers that she might be falling for her new teacher. A best-selling author of historical romances and the YA Firelight series, 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. --John Charles

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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))

More About the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up 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 and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. 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. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

website: sophiejordan.net

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BookGeek on November 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
I already know what negative reviews of this book will say. They will say they've read this story before and that it's not unique and I am going to say...whatever. Not a very strong argument, I know, but I enjoyed this book. When I opened Sophie Jordan's FOREPLAY, I was really stressed out. It was 48 hours before an intense deadline and I needed a break. I tried other books, but I could not get into them. FOREPLAY pulled me in right away. Why? Because I understood Pepper more than I have understood a character in a long time.

Pepper is a girl who has made up her mind. In fact, her mind has been made up most of her life. She loves Hunter Montgomery. In fact, she loves Hunter so much that no other guy exists. She has spent her life in love with an idea and a hope. She is so focused that she allowed relationships, experience and most of the years regulated to being wild, to pass her by. When Hunter is suddenly available, Pepper freaks out. She doesn't have the experience of other girls her age and the last thing she wants to do is turn off her dream guy with her lack of ability.

Enter Reece, the hot bartender with the even hotter reputation. The hot bartender from the local bar may not be the one, but he is definitely the one to train Pepper in the art of Foreplay.
FOREPLAY is one of the most emotional books I have read this year, because it is subtle. I say subtle, because I did not cry, but I felt Pepper's journey. I know what it is to have a tough life and pull yourself up by your bootstraps. I know what it feels like to see a life that you want and work endlessly until you have that life. For Pepper, that life is family dinners, vacations to Disney world and Hunter Montgomery.

What's great about this book is that you think you know how it's going to end.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The Book Runner on November 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved it. Pepper, Reece, Emerson and Georgia were all great characters and were fun to read about. I read the first book in Sophie Jordan's Firelight YA series, and this one was nothing like it. This one is for the mature reader and is scintillating, romantic and captivating. I read it in one sitting and found myself comparing it to After Math (Off the Subject #1) by Denise Grover Swank and Left Drowning by Jessica Park.

Pepper has been in love with her best friends brother, Hunter for seven years and he is finally available after breaking up with his girlfriend of two years in college. Pepper feels inadequately prepared to entice Hunter since she has never had a boyfriend and only one bad kiss experience to her name. Pepper's hilarious and gorgeous roomates convince her to hone her skills on an experienced man-whore and they have just the bartender in mind for the job. When 19 year old Pepper sees 23 year old Reese, the targeted bartender, she realizes he is the nice and gorgeous guy who had helped her the night before with car trouble. Already attracted to him, Pepper decides he is the manwhore she wants to practice with and is determined to get his attention.

Reese is tired of all the floozies that come into his bar trying to entice him into a one night stand. Unlike his manwhore 18 year old brother Logan, Reese is looking for a NICE GIRL. When he sees the red headed Pepper come into his bar and act interested, he finds that he is interested too, until he finds out she only wants to use him for practice.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Season on November 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
So here's the deal. Pepper's been in love with her best friend Lila's older brother, Hunter. Hunter has been otherwise involved with someone else. Then he breaks up with his girlfriend, which makes him available to Pepper. Simple right?

Not quite. You see Pepper's kind of a novice at getting guys. She is in fact a virgin. What she wants is some experience before she makes a play for Hunter. Enter her two roommates, Emerson and Georgia. Don't worry, they're here to help. They're going to take her to Mulvaney's, the local bar/hangout for the college set and townies. There's supposed to be this gorgeous bartender *cough cough* who's is said to nail anything in sight. She can hone her fledging flirting skills on him. Yep, sounds like a plan.

Did I forget to mention that the very first scene in the book has Pepper stranded on a dark road and this hot guy helps her out? Keep that in mind.

Now you'll never guess who the gorgeous bartender turns out to be? Yep, you got it. None other than sexy-as-all-hell Reece.

I loved Reece. I mean LOVED him. He's a totally swoon-worthy hero. He's definitely the quiet and brooding type, which I totally have a thing for. He's hot. And I love the fact that he's older, so he's more mature. The man has responsibilities and some baggage, but not the shoot-me-in-the-head kind of baggage.

When he meets Pepper at the bar, he remembers her from the night before when he helped her with her car. Nothing really happens, he's just friendly. The next time she sees him, her friend Emerson writes Pepper's number on a napkin and gives it to him, to help move things along, ya know. I love how the scene played out.

I heard Emerson's voice beside me as though from far away. "This is her number."
Her. Me.
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