Wednesday, July 8, 2015

review || THE HIERARCHY OF NEEDS by Rebecca Grace Allen

Samhain Publishing, Ltd | July 7, 2015 | Contemporary Romance
Portland Rebels, book 2

SOURCE: Xpresso Book Tours

Once you figure out what you want, it’s impossible to ignore what you need.

Jamie Matthews is stuck in a rut. After hitting a wall with her dream career, she’s back in her hometown, living a life as monotonous as swimming laps in the neighborhood pool.

Being surrounded by her perfect brothers is a painful reminder of her failure to launch. The last bonfire of the summer is an ideal way to let off steam, especially when she runs into Dean Trescott, the playboy friend she had one hot-as-hell night with back in high school.

Since the day Dean met Jamie, he’s loved her beauty, talent, and smile that lit up the whole damn block. But dating isn’t an option. She has a bright future ahead of her, and he refuses to chain her to his—helping run the family business that’s barely staying afloat.

A “what-happens-in-Vegas” weekend was supposed to get their craving for each other out of their systems. But neither counted on the past repeating itself, drawing them together in even hotter and dirtier ways and dangling the possibility they might both be able to get exactly what they need…

Warning: A friends-to-lovers twice over story that contains some hot ’n’ heavy kissing in the waves, hair pulling, and a man who knows how to use his hands. It may also feature a few practical jokes—only the fun kind, of course.

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I enjoy cute new adult stories; I enjoy fun friends-to-lovers stories.

This one hit it all.

Jamie is the misfit of her family. If being the only girl wasn't problematic enough, her older brothers are all geniuses compared to her. They're doctors with fancy alumnis and great grades, and all she had growing up were straight Cs, art, and swimming -- which she received a scholarship for, but swimming... medical school.... swimming...

To overcome all of that, Jamie became the family prankster -- something that she hasn't quite grown out of but has scaled back on considerably now that the boys are out of the house. I just would like to add that the sister-in-law? Holy hell, princess, unbundle your panties and take a chill pill. I understand the need for a wedding to go off without a hitch, but she just further exemplifies the fact that the family pretty much just "puts up" with Jamie, and I hated her for that. The family too, but I took my anger out on her.

In high school, she ended up in detention once -- and that was where she met her best friend, Dean.

Dean was a regular in detention, so when the pretty girl in an angel Halloween costume showed up, he knew he didn't know her but he wanted to. Their friendship was easy. One night, though, after drinks and fun times, they crossed that line -- not too far, but crossed it all the same.

Jamie thanks her lucky stars that their friendship was able to continue after that.

Now, the attraction is rearing it's head again and rather than run from it, they agree to allowing it -- for a weekend only. The problem with that? The attraction is built on so much more, a solid foundation, and the weekend will only show them what they could be if they only allowed it to happen.

Dean doesn't think he has anything to offer Jamie, so over the years, he's chosen to not give in to his feelings for her. If there's one girl, woman, he's always wanted, it would be Jamie. I loved Dean to pieces. Between his story being tattooed on his skin, to his insecurities... he was just a lovable guy. You wanted things to work out for him. He knew he couldn't offer Jamie the things she was used to -- but what he couldn't wrap his head around the fact that Jamie simply wanted him.

This book has been sitting on my queue for quite some time -- and I wish I'd read it sooner.

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