The Allure of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey
Released on September 28, 2015
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, Womens Fiction
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My Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5
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.
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.
**This book is rated 18+ for explicit sexual situations and language. Reader discretion is advised.**
ARC provided by the Author in favor of an honest review.
Reading a book of Rachel’s is always a complete pleasure. I most likely read them in one sitting if possible, and am left goggling over the characters and the story for weeks and weeks after I’ve read it. Clearly, Rachel is one of my favorite authors, and is definitely my favorite Romantic-Comedy author, because I am in love with The Allure series. I caught myself in hysterics of laughter, even when I would take a snack break and would giggle because I was still thinking about that witty comeback!!!! You have talent, and I am so happy to have discovered your book Scoring Wilder, it opened my eyes to the New Adult world, which I am obsessed with.
In The Allure of Julian Lefray we are introduced to Lily Black and Dean Harper, only briefly. You get a vibe of what kind of person they are, but in The Allure of Dean Harper you get a closer look into their lives, their attraction toward the other, the hate in the beginning which turns to something I absolutely crave!
“I hate you.” she said through clenched teeth. I smiled sardonically.
Let me clue you in on some things. Julian Lefray is dating Josephine Keller, their love story is in book one, PLEASE YOU MUST GO READ THEIR STORY AHHH! Dean Harper is a restaurateur, and soon is given an award for being the youngest restaurateur in the states, or america, one of those! He’s a control freak and a workaholic. You got the vibe of that in book one. He likes everything to be his way, and he always gets his way, at least he did, before she spiraled into his life with no warning what-so-ever. He thought he knew where his future was headed, he ignored his parents requests for a family and shrugged them off.
“You’re thirty-three years old, Dean. When are you going to settle down? Start a family?”
Uh, never. Is that too soon? How about never plus infinity.
Lily Black. She thrives on a challenge and there’s no way in hell you’re going to try and
tell her what to do or anything for that matter. She’s Josephines best friend and just moved to new york with her, although shes in the apartment alone most the time, she’s struggling to find a job. Lily is a food blogger, reviewing restaurants and their foods, but that’s not going to help her get a job, not right now. So instead she gets lucky with a job at Provisions, a new restaurant in the city, and she’s being an expert behind the bar, that is, until Dean Harper, the owner of the restaurant, decides to sit at the bar.
He pushed, I pushed back. He didn’t want n insipid Barbie. He wanted a challenge, but he kept denying it, so things between us would never change.
I am so in love with Lily’s character. She’s sarcastic, gorgeous, smart as hell, and not afraid to speak her mind, especially when it comes to Dean Harper.
Whatever humor I’d felt only moments before had been sucked away by Mr. Tightness. Did he ever relax?
I loved the fandom related references, I noticed The Lord of The Rungs, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones… I can’t remember if there were any others…
“Oh really? Name one yoga pose.” She challenged me with an arched brow.
“Easy. Upper… moonbeam.”
“No.” She shook her head. “You’re an idiot.”
“Fine. Downward Dumbledore.”
“There are no yoga poses named after Harry Potter characters.”
In the beginning, it starts where it left off in The Allure of Julian Lefray, except this book has Lily and Deans POVs. Immediately the two do not get along, they challenge one another, but soon the intensifying attraction is unbearable, they both notice it, and its already spiraling out of control.
As I mentioned earlier, Lily is a food critic blogger, she reviews restaurants and blogs about them, almost like Jo, who reviews clothes and blog about them. Just like us, except I/we review books. This is also a reason why I love this little series sooo much, I relate to the both of them on the blogger part, and thrive to be as ambitious and successful with men as they are.
Yes, may I have a mix of Julian Lefray and Dean Harper, please and thank you!
And another one that just had me cackling, I think my eyes were watering from laughing so much.
I shimmied to the back of the stage and tried to recall how dancers usually mounted the poles in movies. do they just hop on, or do they get a running start first?
“How about I bring you a water and something else?” She insisted. “On me?”
What, like your vagina in a cup? Jesus.
I have so many examples as to why Lily Black is freaking amazing. I highlighted the parts that made me laugh out loud, literally, and many parts I was just in a fit of laughter. I think we can all agree that Lily is so much like us:
In a normal situation, I’d go through the stages of breakup grief and move on like I had every other man in my life.
Stage One: Eat a bag of Croissants. Done.
Stage Two: Try to land the role of next season’s Bachelorette. The producers never emailed me back.
Stage Three: Consider, but don’t actually make, a major life change… like a belly button ring or a tattoo. In the end, I parted my hair slightly more to the left.
On another note,
I was so glad Julian and Jo was still a big part of this story, I am still in absolute love with their cute relationship. It makes me want to re-read The Allure of Julian Lefray.
He nodded. “Josephine wants me to come take a look at their dishwasher before she calls in a maitre nance request.”
I smirked. “You ever fix a dishwasher before?”
He laughed and hopped back onto is bike. “Never. My plan is to bang on it a few times and then tell her to call in the request.”
This had me in fits of laughter! Rachel, you cute little comedic genius! I am never not in love with Julian-freaking-Lefray!
The writing is put together so amazingly well that you just keep reading and reading and soon you’re laughing so much that you’re on the verge of tears and you’re falling in love with the book. Rachel!!! I believe The Allure series are my favorite books by R.S. Grey, they made me laugh so much and I fell in love with not only the attractive and sexy successful men like Dean and Julian, but also the adoring and fiery females known as Lily and Josephine.
If you’re looking for a quick, heart-eyed, hysterical read, then definitely check out the series, you will not be disappointed, I promise you.
Purchase Links: Amazon
Also, make sure you check out the companion novel in The Allure series, The Allure of Julian Lefray, which released in earlier in August this year. My Review for The Allure of Julian Lefray.
Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!
Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.
I GOT A JOB!
As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.
I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”
Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.
Lord, help us all…
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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