Foreplay by Sophie Jordan
Love is Stability – Review
Once a week (ok, I’m lying…it’s more like once a day) I have a conversation with my best-friend about bad boys. Admittedly, I am a bad boy whore. Adios Prince Charming (I like Hook.) Peace out Damon! (Klaus is the man for me.) My friend GETS it. She herself is a fan of the “less than moral.” But that doesn’t mean I don’t get asked “Why?” on a fairly regular basis.
So let me tell you…once and for all.
I think BAD guys are nothing more than MISUNDERSTOOD guys, and they will ALWAYS love you better (fictionally speaking) than the ones that are wrapped up in the perfect little package. The fact of the matter is…they appreciate the small things. They are willing to defend (to the point of self-sacrifice) the ones they love…no questions asked. And once someone breaks down that emotional barrier, there is no going back. They are committed. You will NEVER catch them swapping sweaty ones with a stripper on a Saturday night. Bad boys are ultimately, the good guy. Believe it or not.
Reese, in Sophie Jordan’s very first N/A novel “Foreplay” is the evidence to my claim. (Feel free to investigate.) He’s beautiful. He’s damaged, and makes for some very intriguing dialogue (and sexy moments – que porno music.)
But first, let’s talk a little about the story itself.
Pepper (the narrator and protagonist of Foreplay) is a product of her upbringing. It’s tough sometimes to admit that our childhoods have such a profound affect on our adult lives, but that’s life. And because of Pepper’s childhood she has grown-up to be a very naive, anxious, adult who craves stability like it’s the holy grail. But not ANY stability, she craves a particular kind. And the only way she knows how to accomplish this is by fooling herself into believing she is in love with her best-friends brother. The only problem…she’s been lying to herself for so long that NOW she truly believes she IS in love. But having ZERO experience with men (because she’s been saving herself) she is at a loss as to HOW (now that he is finally single) to snag him, so she does what any rational college aged girl would do (insert appropriate amount of sarcasm) she finds a hot bartender to practice on. And so the story goes….in a direction in which I will not reveal for fear of pain by angry spoiler monkeys.
In all honesty, the story is not that original. I’m sure most of you (if given five minutes and some scratch paper) could figure it out. But it doesn’t hurt the story. Why? Because Jordan has flawless execution. You KNOW what you are going to find at the end of the rainbow, but it’s the journey OVER it that is so incredibly captivating that I found myself starting, and then subsequently finishing it in 3 1/2 hours. (Fun fact: I started the book at 10pm…) Pepper and Reece (the aforementioned bartender) leaped from the page. I felt like I KNEW them, like they were my friends. I cared what happened to them. I cringed at bad decisions, cried during others. They were EXACTLY what a fictional relationships SHOULD be. Tension filled, and full of harbored feelings.
Pepper and Reece weren’t the whole of the story though, there was also Hunter. The stability pot of gold. (Ok, I gotta stop with the lame rainbow analogies.) Hunter was (in essence) everything Reese wasn’t. He was (is) also, and incredibly nice guy which makes it hard to dislike him (though I did…I’m a cold hearted bitch.) He opens doors, offers comfort, makes the Pope look like the devil incarnate. Which is the reason Pepper has a hard time separating her feelings.
As is custom in this genre there was plenty of the “S” word (that’s sex. Duh) And though it could have taken a turn towards classless or at the very least meaningless (due to it’s “this is a lesson” nature) Jordan kept it soft. Beautiful. And…well…hot. (*waves face*) She allowed Reece to be a gentleman which was a very nice surprise. She also allowed Pepper to grow (emotionally speaking) which just illustrates Jordan’s solid writing prowess.
Now, I could keep going, but…chances are you’ve decided one way or the other whether or not you are going to read this book by now. So I’ll save my breath (aka: I have finger cramps.) And end with this…
If you like romances that feel genuine. If you want characters you can root for. If a little bit of sexy time sounds like a good idea…this is the book for you. It hits on all marks, and is bound to leave one on you as well.
Happy Reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: Stability and Happiness are NOT mutually exclusive.
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