Review: Foreplay by Sophie Jordan

Review: Foreplay by Sophie Jordan
The Ivy Chronicles #1
by Sophie Jordan

Genres: Contemporary, Drama, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: November 5, 2013
by William Morrow


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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…

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.


*This is going to be a very rage-y review, folks. Just a heads up.

Idiotic, cliched and bland. Once again, I was tricked into reading another new adult novel with an overused storyline. See, all those stereotypes (yes, the negative ones) associated with new adult books are in this one. Let’s make a checklist, friends.

1.) The inexperienced, supposedly “intelligent” heroine–Pepper. Oh dear Lord, where do I even start? Pepper’s our resident elitist bitch and virgin. She needs to get her foot out of her ass and really get to know people before she puts them down and treats them like shit (the love interest, especially). Another thing: this lady’s kinda cray-cray. A bit of a stalker, really. As you know, she wanted a bit of “experience” before going after her dream guy, Hunter. So she hears about the local bartender who’s incredibly sexy and experienced. And then she goes there to stare at him three nights in a row. Creepy.

2.) The sexy (older) bad boy–Reece. I didn’t care for his character AT ALL. He kind of made me want to puke sometimes. Plus he’s an idiot. He knows Pepper’s just using him but he just lets himself be used! Come on, he even said it himself:

“Oh. Yeah? Then do me a favor and explain it to me. Why is Hunter so important? Why does it gotta be him? ’Cause that’s what this is about, right? You fuck me but you still want to be with him.”

I’m not fond of people who are fine with degrading themselves and becoming mindless dogs, thank you very much.

3.) Shitty best friends. I know a thing or two about pushing your friends to make moves on their crushes, but HELLO. It is NOT okay to convince your friend to stalk a guy, and it is definitely not good to encourage your friend to find “experience” with a guy you hardly know.

4.) Insta-love with some insta-lust thrown in there for good measure. I think on their third or so meeting, Reece (knowing he’s being used) agrees to “help” Pepper with her thing. And they go on and on with this stupid flirty relationship until BAM they’re in love, and of course, don’t bother admitting it to each other until the very end where the most stupid and random twist takes place.

So let’s end this review with a warning. Read this book if a) you’ve read and enjoyed most of the more popular new adult books, b) if you have you’re extremely patient or c) you’re unconscious.

Rating Report
Overall: 1
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Aimee is a sixteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.

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  1. says

    Ugh, this sounds terrible. I kept putting it on my TBR list then took it down every single time, I guess it’s time for it to never go back to that list again. I hate shitty best friends, it’s even worse when their behavior is made to look normal. To be honest the name Pepper is the thing that really throws me off because it makes me think of Pepper from American Horror Story and that is really strange haha.
    Wonderful review!
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  2. says

    Oh gosh Aimee this book sounds like such a train wreck, I’m sorry that you didn’t end up liking it, I’ve had my ups and downs with a lot of NA books too, but from reading the blurb assumed that this book would have a lot more to offer. Thank you for the honest review and I hope you end up enjoying your next NA book a lot more :)
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  3. says

    I had to write this comment twice, but that’s okay because such an awesome review deserves a comment!
    Obviously, you must’ve gathered that I loved the review. I love you personally, too, but this review was just awesome!
    And I much appreciate the warning! I was already planning to stir clear from this book because it kind of smelled of all those stereotypes, but now I know for sure this ain’t the book for me because a. While I have loved some popular new adult books, I hate an equal number of them so it’s no real indicator for me (and those I hated had the mentioned stereotypes). B. I have no patient when it comes to stupid mcs, insufferable best friends or insta love and c. I am completely conscious.
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  4. says

    Oh, god, this sounds like everything that was ever wrong with the romance genre all put together. I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT WHEN YOU DON’T LIKE THE MC! And insta-love, AGAIN? Wow…

    I hope your next read is better than this one. I’ve read Jordan’s books, but only her fantasy ones – and actually thought they were OK. Won’t be getting in bed with this one, thanks for the warning, Faye!
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