— BLURB —
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, Lily
— MY REVIEW —
Ahhhhh I love me some Dean!! 😍
I’m going to say it right here, right now.. one of my top five fave R.S. Grey books ever read! It had everything I wanted in a contemporary romance. Enemies to lovers, lots of banter, sparks between the hero/ heroine, some grovelling and of course — a HEA!
The Allure of Dean Harper is the second book in the Allure duet. The first book being The Allure of Julian Lefray, and whilst this book is technically a standalone (like the majority of Grey’s books are), I recommend you read Julian Lefray first because that’s where you’re first introduced to them. Whilst they don’t officially meet each other until this book, Dean is Julian’s best friend, and Lily’s best friend is Jo (who is Julian’s love interest.. you getting the gist of how these two will meet?) 🤭
I’ve read Dean Harper numerous times already. This review may be.. umm.. a smidge late (okay, okay.. a lot late), but my feelings towards this book have not changed since my first read of it. If anything, I love it more each time I pick it up.
If you’re a fan of enemies to lovers/ hate to love romance tropes, and haven’t read this one yet? Then I urge you to do so.. *nudge nudge* Not only is it one of my fave books of Grey’s, it’s also one of my all time fave books with that oh-so clichéd (but still the best) romance trope. The amount of witty banter, and frustration coming from both these characters had me laughing nonstop. The chemistry between Lily and Dean is palpitating whether they’re bickering about the most random of things, to full-blown arguing, or completely succumbing to their desire and hooking up! You can’t help but feel emotional right alongside them.
“There’s a fine line between persistence and annoyance.” — Dean
“Is that the same line that falls between being a control freak and just being an asshole?” — Lily
Grey’s books are quintessential mood boosters! You may get teary-eyed in some scenes but I guarantee by the time you finish one, you’ll have a smile on your face. Her characters are always quirky, with a unique sense of humor that’s so relatable. The storylines are light-hearted yet realistic enough that one is bound to identify with certain situations, actions or issues a character is going through. That’s a big part in why I’m constantly a fan of her books.
(P.S. Any book that explicitly has mentions of food in the storyline, is another thumbs up in my opinion!) — Make sure to grab yourself a snack whilst reading this one. You’ll get hungry, trust me!
The Allure of Dean Harper is entertaining as hell, fairly well-paced (you won’t be bored for one second), and the backdrop for this romcom sets the scene perfectly. The characters’ personalities are amazingly developed — practically spilling out of the pages! Dean oozes the charm, confidence and experience. Lily may be young and stubborn, but she’s also a go-getter, passionate and thoughtful.
I must also mention the supporting characters. I almost always adore the side characters in Grey’s books, and this one was no different. Grey has a knack for writing them so likeable that I tend to wish they had bigger roles. Lol. They bring perfectly timed comic relief, either by breaking the tension or putting the leads in an extended state of embarrassment. Whichever way they come.. it’s another thing to look forward to! 😊
The journey that Dean and Lily go through is not the easiest. If you put the fun and jokes aside there’s a lot of denial, fear and miscommunication that they both have to work through and face in order to move forward.
It may be a quick read, but it packs a punch!
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Happy reading, my friends! Catch you in my next one! Xo