(The Ivy Chronicles, #2)
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow; 320 pages
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…
You know when you read a story and in the beginning, you're all for the protagonist and one of the love interests ending up together, like really into it happening but then . . . the more you read, the more you question yourself? This was one of those stories. I really liked the idea of Hunter and Pepper in the beginning but then I was asking myself why would someone want to be with someone who never really noticed her before? Why would you rule out any other guy just because you've had your heart and your head stuck on this one guy for the past seven years? Basically, just why? I liked Reece the moment we met him even before we knew his name. He may appear to be dark, dangerous and mysterious but really, he's a gentleman and you learn that the very first time you meet him.
Pepper was tough to love sometimes but when you came across the way she thought, you just had to put yourself in her place. When you father dies at such a young age and your mother abandons you, not to mention the lifestyle she had before abandoning you. You probably have a different outlook on life and especially on how you want your future to look. So while it's hard to understand her way of thinking yourself, putting yourself in her shoes makes it much clearer. She's a good person with a rough past but she's more concerned with building her future and hats off to her for that.
I read Sophie Jordan's YA book, Uninvited and knew I wanted to read more of her work. While I've been told to read her other YA series asap, it was this book I wanted to read more. I've been on a New Adult kick and this sounded right up my alley. It was a quick, fun, sexy read. I couldn't help falling in love with all of these characters (sidekicks included) and I can't wait to read about more of them. Thankfully, I don't have long to wait for TEASE and I can't wait to dive in to that.
I loved this book something fierce but I'm struggling to put my feelings in to words which explains my semi-short review (if you've read a lot of my reviews, you know I gush and gush and ramble a lot). Don't judge a review on it's length :-P - if you like New Adult, you'll want to read this book. If you're looking to give this genre a chance, start here.