The Hierarchy of Needs by Rebecca Grace Allen
Published by: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: July 7th 2015
Genres: Erotica, Romance
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.
This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Allen and I really enjoyed myself. I was a psychology major in college so the title really caught my attention first…ok maybe second after the hottie on the cover. Hello Mr. Hunkie Hunk hunk!
This was such an easy, breezy, light and fun read. It was just what I needed after coming off a dark, twisted read. I smiled so hard my cheeks were hurting, I laughed, and even shed a few tears. I’ve always liked the friends to lovers theme in a story, but this one was different to a degree. Jamie and Dean have always had an attraction to each other. Every since she walked into detention one afternoon in high school. Dean was sucker punched when he saw her again in class dressed up for Halloween. She was his fantasy from that day one. I won’t ruin the surprise of what she dressed up as, or what his fantasy entailed, but man was it HOT!!!!
I loved everything about Jamie. She was cute, fun, and quite the prankster. Her practical jokes were fun, light hearted, and all in good humor. She was a lost soul for more of her life, however Dean saw her, he always saw her. Its ironic because Jamie always saw Dean for who he was too, a beautiful, loving , artist God. OK I may have added the God part, but hell its the Gosh darn truth!
Dean…. Oh Dean you silly crazy man you! Dean was everythjng you would of wanted in a best friend… But why settle for just friends when he makes an even better boyfriend? I loved how much he loved Jamie. So much so that he put her needs before his. That’s love and he had it in spades for her. I recommend this book to anyone who’s ever wondered “what if?” and went to find out.
** ARC was provided by author in exchange for an honest review **
Rebecca Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, which seemed like a good idea at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish.