Title: The Allure of Dean Harper (Allure #2)
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: Sept 28, 2015
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Good morning my dear, naive friend,
I hope you’re enjoying a breakfast of regret and sorrow.
Because you sent me to work for Dean Harper, aka a control freak in a tailor-made suit. Sure he owns the trendiest restaurants in NYC, but c’mon Jo, his ego makes Kanye West look like the Dalai Lama.
He’s the type of guy that only hears the word “no” when it’s followed by “don’t stop.”
Working for Dean Harper would be like selling my soul to the devil…and before you say anything, I don’t care if the devil has punch-you-in-the-gut brown eyes and an ass to match. My soul isn’t for sale.
The Allure of Dean Harper is a full-length standalone romance with overlapping characters from The Allure of Julian Lefray. Both books can be read separately. Chronologically, The Allure of Julian Lefray happens first.
I needed this book at the exact moment I started reading it. I needed it to be exactly what it was. Entertaining! I needed a book that I enjoyed start to finish.
I loved being sucked in during the first chapter, the first couple paragraphs. Lily owned this story. I was an instant fan of hers and would follow her anywhere she decided to go. When a character can do that in an instant I know I will be a happy reader.
This was a fast read, not that it was short. I was just consumed by it. I guess I could have put it down and taken a step back, taken a little breather but I didn’t even realize I was already half way through the book. It’s a good and bad thing to be complaining about!!!!
It wasn’t the finest romantic set up, there wasn’t an instant, starry-eyed, dreamy love connection. There was passion, heat, wild, strong but none of it centered on a beating heart. What was given was perfect. You could feel that each character was their own true person. There was no overcompensation, no one twisted my arm in making me think they weren’t real. Their non-romantic interaction was just as impenetrable as I read.
“It’s easier when you aren’t around”
“Why? Because you’ve never been with a woman like me?”
“I’ve never wanted a woman like you.”
I enjoyed every fight, every argument. They didn’t have little spats. They were fire. They were a match. In mind and body. Both strong in everything but they had to find their way into the other. Neither one let the other take the reigns. They didn’t conform, they didn’t back down.
If only she and I could shut up for ten minutes, the sex would be the best of our lives. Angry. Hard. Fast. Not love. Not even close. War.
The moment when things became real for Dean happens to be my favorite part of the book. The words they shared prior to this and the top moment in his life weighed on his shoulders, when he got it. When that light went off. His family told him, asked him. He was tired of hearing it but when he got it. I felt it. There isn’t a quote I could share to help sum it up. (Obviously, I could but that would just spoil it) After reading the bickering back and forth and then living this moment, it’s just the feels. That gotcha feeling.
I read romance because I love the high feeling I get when the couple falls. No romance story is the same. This is Dean and Lilys, though, for me I could have more hearts and flowers, it’s not them. There was one small detail missing in these words, but none the less, the real meaning was proven and I LOVE L-O-V-E the fact that it was blatantly not there. It wasn’t them. It wasn’t Lily and Dean. This was so them and it came across so clear and clean (haha). I think this complete story represents THEM. That’s why it’s a 5.
I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things…everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things funny. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.