Monday 28 September 2015

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ The Allure of Dean Harper (The Allure #2) by RS Grey

Title: The Allure of Dean Harper (Allure #2)
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: Sept 28, 2015

Book Description:

Subject: You’re a flippin’ idiot

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.

Regretfully yours,

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.
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Our Review:
Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“...One day you’ll wake up and realise that you’re completely alone, and your insides will twist with regret. No man is an island. Not even you.”

This was another fantastic read from RS Grey. We have two extremely alpha characters and you just knew from the onset that these two were going to fight and it was surely going to make for some entertaining reading and it did just that.

Lily was a fiery redhead, she was sassy, she was confident in her work, she was stubborn, she was hilarious but she was also extremely lovable. Having moved to New York with huge aspirations Lily was soon brought back down to earth with a bump when she saw how fickle New York really was. She had just finished culinary school and had also been a top grade mixologist having also attended a bar tending program and had done everything possible to help herself attain her career goal of working in the restaurant business. Lily was also Jo’s best friend and had come to New York as Jo had told her that Julian’s best friend Dean owned a chain of restaurants so there could be an opening for her to get her career off the ground.

Having sauntered into one of Dean’s restaurants unknowingly and seeing them struggle, Lily plants herself behind the bar for an on the job interview and having put her Tom Cruise Cocktail’esque bar tending skills to good use the on duty manager is extremely impressed. However, when an obnoxious customer comes in and really pushes all of Lily’s buttons she does not hold back...but it just so happens that this tricky customer is the owner, Dean Harper.

“Being a diabolical villain was definitely a good look for me.”

Dean was a work-a-holic, he was highly successful, young and entrepreneurial, he lived for success, he wanted the accolades...or so he thought. Everything else in life was put on the back burner for work and that included his heart and he definitely didn’t have time in his life for a little sassy firecracker who told him his cocktails were old fashioned and basically...crap!

“It was time to get to know the enemy.”

These two were definitely enemies, they absolutely hated each other and there is nothing better than a good enemy to lover’s story. I loved Lily with a passion, she stood up for herself and took no crap from anyone, especially Dean and it was this trait that tended to get her into trouble the most. Dean and Lily are very similar in that respect, Dean is far from used to anyone challenging his ideas or decisions so you always knew that when Dean employed her after pressure from Jo and Julian that this workplace was going to get sooooo much more interesting.

“He was wrong; I didn’t love it as much as him. I loved it more.”

The spats between these two had me in hysterics at times, yet underneath those cat fights was undeniable sizzling chemistry and both of them knew it. The trouble is with stubborn ass people is that they don’t give in easily and it was this push and pull that keeps you glued from page to page. For me their fighting though was more like foreplay and the more they fought the more heated it got and it was only in the heat of an argument that you could see slight chinks in their emotional armour, those little slivers that peek out and let the other one know their real thoughts and feelings. It is this explosive reaction to each other that leads to some explosive scenes between the sheets and these two certainly warmed up my kindle.

“If only she and I could shut up for ten minutes, the sex would be the best of lives. Angry. Hard. Fast. Not love. Not even close. War.”

With two characters that don’t trust easily and have an intense love/hate relationship this book has something for everyone. We have some terrific banter, a bit of angst, that fantastic push and pull wrapped up with some fiery sexual tension and underneath we have two characters that really deserve to experience love. Even amongst all this fire we have some fantastically tender scenes that will melt even the coldest of hearts and you will be championing these two all the way.

“...I wanted to climb and climb and climb, but the top turned out to be an even colder type of isolation.”

This was another great instalment in this series from RS Grey and I cannot wait to see who she has in store for us next.
About the Author:

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.



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