Review: The Allure of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey

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Title: The Allure of Dean Harper
Author: R.S. Grey
Series: The Allure #2
Publisher: Self Published by R.S. Grey
Publication Date: September 28, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Purchased

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Rating: 4.5 stars

From: LilyNBlack@Gmail.com
To: JosephineKeller@VogueMagazine.com
Subject: You’re a flippin’ idiot

Good morning my dear, naive friend, I hope you’re enjoying a breakfast of regret and sorrow

Why?

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, Lily

Review:

“When was the last time I’d had a relationship like that? I think I had shown that much affection to a Snicker’s ice cream bar once, but it had been a tragically one-sided affair.”

If you’re in the market for the perfect enemies to lovers story, then look no further. The Allure of Dean Harper is exactly what you need if that trope is right up your alley. Two stubborn characters who dish it back and forth at a rapid rate, and who also have some crazy good sexual tension. Now come on and tell me that doesn’t sound like an excellent read.

Lily was such an admirable character and the perfect kind of best friend. Whenever Dean gave it to her (verbally!!! Get your minds out of the gutter!), she gave it back just as much. She was the kind of character who did not take any crap from anyone and I loved her for it. Also the fact that she moved from Texas to New York to make her culinary dreams come true. That takes a lot of courage and determination to go out on your own like that with no guarantees of succeding.

Dean. Oh my god, Dean. First of all, let me just say I want one for myself. Everything about him made him sound like the kind of man we’re all dying to have. He’s driven, he’s a little stubbon (ok… a lot stubborn), and hot as all hell. And despite all the back and forth between him and Lily, he totally had her back in a protective but not overly possessive kind of way. What a damn man.

The few times other characters were in the book, I enjoyed it. Josephine and Julian from The Allure of Julian Lefray made a few appearances in the book. It was nice to see two characters from another book of R.S. Grey’s that I also enjoyed. Especially because Lily and Jospehine and Dean and Julian are two sets of really good friends.

“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.”

Again, another book knocked out of the park with R.S. Grey’s writing. I swear this woman can do no wrong when it comes to writing romantic comedies. She manages to achieve the perfect blend of fun, hilarious, and sexy with every book I read. And even when the characters inevitably end up together, it doesn’t become this huge sap fest. From begining to end, the characters she writes are always true to themselves and it makes it that much more fun to read.

I loved loved loved the plot. The whole restaurant scene in New York City as the setting and focus of their careers was captivating. I don’t know if R.S. Grey has ever been to NYC, but I felt like I could imagine the setting she created with the plot so well.

R.S. Grey knows how to pace a book. Of course, there’s a crazy amount of tension, but it’s always the right amount of tension. There is never a moment where I feel like it’s going too fast or too slow. Everything flows in a way that feels natural and it really adds to the enjoyment of the story.

Long story short, read the damn duology. Both The Allure of Julian Lefray and The Allure of Dean Harper are inredible reads. They are soooooo worth your time and money. R.S. Grey is the literal queen of romantic comedies. They’re laugh-out-loud funny with the perfect amount of sexual tension mixed in there. What more could you possibly want?

Review: The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey

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Title: The Allure of Julian Lefray
Author: R.S. Grey
Series: The Allure #1
Publisher: Self Published by R.S. Grey
Publication Date: June 28, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Purchased

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Rating: 4.5 stars

From: JosephineKeller@LLDesigns.com
To: LilyNBlack@gmail.com
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…

XO,
Jo

Review:

“She’s not asking you to go down on her, Romeo. She’s asking you a simple question.”

Jospehine is a girl from a small town in Texas who has moved to New York City to follow her dreams of pursuing a career in fashion. She applies and gets the job to be the executive assisstant to Lorena Lefray, a New York fashion designer, whose pieces she has always adored. Except it just so happens that the job isn’t her working for Lorena, but for Lorena’s brother Julian. Tall, dark, handsome, and the guy every girl dreams of being with.

To start, they become pretty good friends as they both are set on doing everything that is best for the company. But of course, there is a massive attraction between the two because helloooooo! Julian sounds like he’s walked out of the pages of a Hugo Boss ad. Who wouldn’t want that?

Josephine is the cutest. She is absolutely hilarious and a blast to read about. She’s so real and relatable and I think most girls would enjoy reading about her. She has her flaws that make her just like everyone else and doesn’t become this obnoxious girl who is too full of herself. If we could be best friends, I wouldn’t complain.

Julian is great. He is everything you would want in a romance story character. Suit-model handsome, definitely smells good 247, has a jaw line that can cut marble, has the perfect toned body without being too muscular. Help I think I’m drooling now. Ok, totally kidding, but for real I loved him. And when he fell for Josephine, he really fell for her, which is extra swoon-worthy.

Any of the other characters in the book were basically there for really good one-liners or to either tell Josephine and Julian *um hello, can you two be a couple already because it’s obvious to everyone on the planet, and probably in space too.* Normally I’m not the biggest fan of side characters like that, but in the case of a rom-com like this, it fits perfectly. Lily, Dean, and Lorena all deliver whenever they appear in the book.

“I scanned over his outfit quickly, pushing away the swell of lust that accompanied the sight of him. Black slacks- not cute. White button-down- not cute. Fitted black jacket- ew. Who thinks defined arms and a borad chest are attractive? No one.”

R.S. Grey is the queen of romantic comedies. The Allure of Julian Defray was everything I could ever want in a rom-com. I can’t even remember the last time I laughed out loud while reading a book. The sexual tension throughout the novel was perfect. It was just the right amount of tension to keep you hooked. And the banter, oh my god. The way she writes the banter between the two of them had me smiling so hard.

I loved, loved, loved the plot. I loved the fact that Josephine was a fashion blogger and that her meeting Julian was because of her pursuing her dreams in terms of her career. It made the plot and her meeting Julian feel much more natural and organic. Also, the fact that Julian was working at the company to help out his sister while she was dealing with issues that are unfortunately prevalent in the fashion world. The plot had just the right amount of realism inserted into it.

Josephine and Julian clearly has a strong attraction to each other right off the bat, but it doesn’t turn into insta-love from the get go, which is what makes the pacing of the book perfect. Also, they don’t jump into bed right away. There’s so much tension and anticipation and it makes it that much more fun to read this rom-com.

Basically The Allure of Julian Defray is everything you’ll ever need in a romantic comedy. There’s sexual tension, amazing banter, a lovable main character, and of course, the perfect hot dude. I can’t wait to dive in to the rest of her books and see the other stories she has out there because I need them in my life.