Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: (The Ivy Chronicles #1)
Published: November 5th 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
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Synopsis: 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…

Review: This is the story of a bad boy with a reputation that precedes him and the goody two-shoes girl who wants to experience being with a bad boy—first. Sounds cliché? I already pass my judgment without even reading it. But can you blame me? This has been done over and over again. I’m not against recycled plot but at least offer something new. Something different despite the originality being an issue.

My introduction sounds negative right? But don’t fret good people I actually liked this book. Yes, it’s been a while since I have read new adult book and enjoyed it. This book though offers an identical plot there’s still something about it that I find really enjoyable and amusingly quite endearing. So let me start from the very beginning.

So goody two-shoes girl Pepper has been secretly admiring her best friend brother Hunter. News circulates that he and his girlfriend broke up paving the chance for him to notice her. But the problem? How could she makes him notice her when he only thought of her as his little sister’s friend? A family? She needs to be like the girls he dated. So her friends suggested that she needs to learn the act of seduction and foreplay. So enter the hot bartender with a reputation of his nightly conquest. Turns out it was the wrong guy, but Reece the guy didn’t hold back and agree to teach her. But things are starting to get messy when feelings are now suddenly involved. When it is not according to her plan. And Reece isn’t who she thought he is.

I know it’s typical and I know it’s predictable. But you know what, I really liked it. Probably because the two main leads are not annoying and too broken. I mean, they still have family issue that they are still dealing with. But I’m profoundly grateful that it didn’t focus on that. Guess what, if I want a family drama, I would have just read a family drama book. And if I want it sensual, I would have just read erotica. But this isn’t those, there’s got to be balance in there to make the story enjoyable. It shouldn’t focus too much on one or two aspects. And that’s what I loved about Pepper and Reece story. There’s just enough drama, angst, romance and sensuality that I cordially dig in. I can see there’s development between the two. I loved that Reece wasn’t the stereotypical bad boy. Stripped him down the piercing and tattoos is a hot body you can see there’s a character that truly his. Pepper isn’t too annoying to me which is a miracle considering most girls who are crafted this way has a potential to piss the living daylights out of me. Yes, she has issue and yes she is conflicted with her feelings. But she didn’t drown herself with her past. She’s actually trying to rectify it and that’s why she was hesitant on letting Reece in. He’s different from the foolproof plan she created for herself.

I thought it’s going to be massively messy relationship with Hunter getting into the picture. But man Hunter was cool and understanding. I hope to read his story one day— the hot doctor to be.

This is getting long; anyway I really liked this one (I’m sounding like a broken record). When I finished this book there’s a smile on my face, an acknowledgment that I did love it. And a final note, who wouldn’t love to go in what people called ‘the happiest place on earth?’ Right Pepper?

I received an eARC from William Morrow  via Edelweiss. Thank you.

Preview Quote: I know. I want that. It took me so long to figure that out, but I know now. You are the safest thing I’ll ever find. — Pepper (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)