The Allure of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey
Dali’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Smile inducing from start to finish. Even if oil and vinegar don’t mix, these two fiery, head butting characters were delectable to read.
Dean Harper is a driven, controlling, workaholic who is used to getting his way. His goal, to be the best at everything he sets his mind to. His love, New York’s fast pace life full of women that aren’t looking for anything more than no strings attached fun and won’t hinder his efforts to reach the top. What will happen when he meets his take charge, won’t back down from a challenge new employee who will in fact defy him at every turn?
“If I didn’t want to kill her I wanted to possess her. I wanted to seduce her to the brink of madness.”
Lily Black didn’t just move to New York to accompany her best friend Jo. She made the change to make a name for herself as a food critic. But while she gets there, her best friend got her a job at her boyfriend’s best friend’s restaurant. She’s amazing at serving drinks, raking in four times the amount of money made in a normal night at Provisions. But once her confident attitude clashes with the owner’s rude and ornery one, a full on war arises. Will they be able to see beyond their stubbornness to realize that with their combined talents and chemistry they’d be unstoppable and incredibly happy?
“She was a force of nature, a swirling tornado that made me feel weightless and free…”
I met Dean and Lily while reading The Allure of Julian LeFray and was charmed by both, but I also knew this would be a great sparks flying between all the animosity, enemies to lovers read. Lily is an incredibly buoyant, witty, resilient and self-assured woman and a great friend. Dean is sexy, opinionated and insufferably smart and alluring.
“The moment I saw her, adrenaline spiked my veins like my body was preparing for battle. My heart raced and I started to sweat. It wasn’t a reaction I was used to, and as a result, I was reacting the worst way possible: with anger.”
They have so much in common due to their work in the food industry, you’d think they’d be a match made in culinary heaven. But their strong personalities push them to a battle of wills within the first minutes of meeting. However, after their friends coerce them to work together their attraction intensifies to the breaking point which takes them to explosive interactions of epic proportions.
“The sex would be the best of our lives. Angry. Hard. Fast. Not love. Not even close. War.”
R.S. Grey knows how to write stories and characters that make you laugh and swoon. The Allure of Dean Harper is no exception. I loved the pace and character development in this lighthearted, romantic comedy. Everything felt perfectly in place with the precise amount of fun, sass, sexiness and romance.
“She was like a villain, leaving a trail of blood and hints meant to lure me into a trap. A man with a mind for self-preservation would have turned and run. Instead, I pushed through the door and locked it behind me.”
Book facts: A full-length standalone romance with interconnection characters from the previous book. Told from both points of view. No cliffhanger. With a happy ending.
“I missed her so much. This. The fiery woman who wasn’t afraid to challenge me every step of the way. She infuriated me, but I’d trade it all to have one more fight with her, one more indignant glare from her bright brown eyes.”