To Have And To Hate by R.S. Grey

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Marry a man I barely know to save my family from ruin.

It might’ve been simple, if my betrothed were anybody else.

On our wedding day, my husband-to-be arrived at the courthouse like a black cloud rolling over Manhattan. Walt didn’t crack smiles or pepper in pleasantries as we exchanged hollow vows in front of the judge.

His disdain for me was so palpable I assumed we’d walk out of that ceremony and resume our regularly scheduled programming. But then fate was like, Hold my beer. I got this.

In desperate need of help and with nowhere else to turn, I had no choice but to ignore a crucial rule in our contract: I shall only contact Mr. Jennings II in case of emergency. But hey, what’s a little fine print between husband and wife?

Turns out, Walt’s a stickler for legalese—I think it might be his love language. Oh, and his attitude at the courthouse wasn’t a put-on. My so-called husband is a jerk. He takes what he wants without giving any consideration to other people—specifically ME, his blushing, contractually-obligated bride!

I knew life with Walt would be no honeymoon, but a marriage of any sort should still come with a few standard guarantees:

To have and to hold.

For richer or poorer.

In sickness and in health.

But after experiencing Walt’s version of wedded bliss, I say let’s forget about all that lovey-dovey crap and just take me straight to death do us part.

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• MY REVIEW •

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Well now… I stand corrected. Guys named “Walt” can be someone very hot, very appealing, and very dreamy! *fans self* 😉😅

When I first read the blurb I was expecting a full-blown hate-to-love/ enemies-to-lovers romance story weaved through an arranged marriage. What I ended up getting was actually a miscommunication between two self-conscious individuals who don’t know what to do with their developing feelings. I found it adorable to see play out that I’m not even in the slightest bit disappointed that there was hardly any witty banter. Because I tell ya… seeing bumbling characters trying to not get in each other’s way was too entertaining to put down. Hehe.

Grey never seems to fail at lifting my mood up with her light-hearted, good natured plotlines and quirky characters! A very chick-lit, romantic comedy atmosphere that’ll have you smiling from beginning to end. Although in my case with this book, there were a couple of times I did get teary-eyed. It’s so easy to get invested in Grey’s characters. They’re always full of hilarious inner monologues that give you such insight to their lives and the type of people they are. Their mannerisms, personality traits, and reactions to things are so relatable and at times eerily realistic that you can’t help but LOL. As the oh-so wise Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory once said, “It’s funny because it’s true!” —and it is soooo friggin’ true when it comes to Elizabeth and Walt and their unusual arrangement! 

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Grey also has a knack for getting her readers to fall for her secondary characters too, and I was no exception. There were a couple of prominent characters in this story who had me perking up. This is a standalone book, but I do wish one guy in particular would get his own story. I’m not going to lie, I was a little bummed to see that by the epilogue a few things were left unanswered (at least in my opinion). Whilst I adored seeing where Elizabeth and Walt’s life had ended up, some things were not mentioned at all—for example; the current status of certain relationships, situations regarding their careers, things like that. It just felt like whilst some things wrapped up beautifully, there were certain aspects (that were strongly focused on in the storyline) that were left up in the air by the end.

Nevertheless, I love the gradual development between Elizabeth and Walt. From complete strangers, to an odd sort-of friendship, to finally being intimate—all whilst trying to navigate through their arrangement, of course. Although it’s a bit of a slow burn, so be aware. 

The world-building took off with a bang right from the get-go putting you right alongside Elizabeth and the situation she’s gotten herself into with Walt. From there it gradually grew as the characters and their new life together developed. It’s a character-driven storyline. They don’t stray too far away from one another so the majority of the world-building is within Elizabeth and Walt’s little bubble. But this is not some sappy fluff read, there’s some hearty moments included, accompanied by a range of personalities to really give the overall story some depth.

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Without giving too much away, I have a love/ hate relationship with the families included. Seeing how they interact with our protagonists was quite a sight. Elizabeth and Walt are likable characters, but I do wish at times that Elizabeth didn’t back down so easily. But there is an overall sense of balance between these two leads. They’re complete opposites yet they complement each other’s personalities so well and it’s evident throughout. 

What started out as duty that needed to be carried out, became one full of growth, independence, love, acceptance, and such heart. You can bet there’s always a good ol’ life lesson to be learned from one of Grey’s books! 😊 

Overall, such a quality read! *chef’s kiss* Perfect for hopeless romantics and contemporary romance fans. Great escapism that’ll have you happy sighing by the end. It’s well-paced storytelling, told solely from Elizabeth’s (first person) point of view. It’s a New Adult/ Adult romance book with some saucy scenes. Nothing too raunchy but it brings some heat! 🔥

If you love the whole arranged marriage trope in your reads, then I highly recommend this to you. Bonus! Elizabeth and Walt have a bit of an age gap, so if you also like an older man/ younger woman trope, then you definitely need to grab this book!   

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RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Rachel and Inkslinger PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗


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Date Me Like You Mean It by R.S. Grey

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I’m good at hiding my feelings.

Having to pretend I’m not in love with my best friend?

Pfft. That’s child’s play.

Here’s how I do it: I avert my eyes when he walks out of his room, shirtless in all his toned glory. I squash the butterflies that fill my stomach every time he slowly unfurls a dimpled smile. And, most importantly, I keep an arsenal of “personal massagers” in my bedside drawer. Wink.

Not to brag, but Aiden Smith isn’t hard to resist if you’ve been doing it for as long as I have. In fact, we might have continued as best friends forever if not for the fact that I needed him to play the part of my fake boyfriend.

Date me like you mean it, I told him. Nudge nudge. C’mon, just go along with a little lie, help a girl out, and then we can all return to life as we know it.

Except he veered from the plan.

He crossed the line.

Flirting with me when no one else was around? Pinning me down and kissing me like that? Okay, how exactly is taking off my bra part of the ruse, Aiden?!

I’d ask him about it if I could, but well…things got ugly and we’re not best friends anymore.

In fact, we’re the exact opposite.

Now, I have to play nice even though I want to crush his heart in the palm of my hand.

Pretending not to love Aiden was the easy part.

Pretending not to hate him?

Well…I might need a little more practice.

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— MY REVIEW —

Ahhhh. Grey has done it again! DMLYMI was deviously good! I obsess over a good secret crush, but what’s even better? A secret crush turn enemies to lovers. *evil laugh* muahaha! 🤭

Just the book I needed to escape the reality of adulting for a little while. Lol.

Grey has the inate ability to get you invested with the ever-so Grey trademark characters who seem to talk (and think) a mile a minute — those who’ve read her other books know what I’m talking about! Her characters are instantly lovable with their humorous ramblings and random thoughts that it’s hard not to get invested in their story right off the bat.

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DMLYMI has now been included in my list of fave books of Grey’s right along with The Allure of Dean Harper and Arrogant Devil. All of which had a similiar hate to love romance. What can I say? When it comes to this tried and true trope, Grey writes some of the best!

But question… this was supposed to be a romantic comedy, right? I read that correctly, yes? So why the hell did I blubber and get teary-eyed so many damn times throughout reading this book!!? 😢😅

I loved the concept of a secret crush in this storyline because it’s almost all from Maddie’s POV for at least the first half. As a reader, you get on this ride of unrequited love with her, the hopeless dream of having your best friend mirror back your feelings. I think that’s why I got so emotional reading this book. The further it developed, the more I felt for Maddie. You can’t help but sympathize with what she’s going through. I’m not going to lie — I was crushed by some of the scenes. If you cry just as easily as I do, make sure to have tissues nearby. You’re bound to get into a snotfest!

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It’s full of heart. There’s a sweet balance of friendship and love, good ol’ banter and game playing to keep things lively. It’s what will keep you anxious to see how things will play out between Maddie and Aiden. There’s no doubt they have zingy chemistry. You can feel the years of their bond leap off the pages.

Full of what-ifs, secrets, missed chances, and unexpected opportunities. Both Maddie and Aiden are forced to navigate through all the events in their lives and the consequences of their choices. Their journey is one of growth, pure determination and acceptance that things may not work out the way they hope or expect it to. At times it’s a bittersweet pill to swallow.

It’s a fictional story of a couple struggling to find a balance in their lives that can very well mirror any relationship real life.

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What I love about Grey’s books (and this one was no different) is that her characters are fairly relatable. The relationships and life experiences are some that many of us can relate to. Whilst I adore Maddie and her usual happy-go-lucky personality, I had hoped she had more backbone where Aiden was concerned, and that she followed through and executed her plans because I can’t help but think that would’ve been a real kicker!

Aiden doesn’t have as much of the spotlight that Maddie initially has when it comes to their perspective of things but it doesn’t mean he didn’t make an impact. Putting aside the good looks Grey has bestowed upon him, he’s charming, sweet as hell and is just a pure care bear at heart! I couldn’t really fault the guy. Yeah, I might have smacked my forehead and shook my head mumbling “no, no, no…” at a couple of things he does but it no way means he’s crossed off the book boyfriend list! Not happening!

I may not always agree with these characters’ actions but I can see how others may, or even be doing the same thing if they were ever in the same situation. Either way Grey always manages to put realism into her characters and their world, which I’ve always liked about her writing.

If you’re a fan of friends to lovers, hate to love, and secret crush romance storylines, then this will certainly be a treat for you folks! I enjoyed it immensely and there are parts of this book I’ve already reread multiple times over because they’re still reeling in my mind.

The steamy scenes are indeed hot, yet tasteful, and just enough to keep you swooning over their relationship. I’ll leave it at that. 😉

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Overall, a well-paced storytelling, developing easily enough in the first half of the book. Although in my opinion, it did pick up speed in the second half making it feel little rushed but not to a point where it’s off-putting. The ending is still as sweet as when the story started. It has a beautiful wrap up that’ll have you sighing in happy contentment. Nothing was left unanswered (at least from my point of view).

Another not-to-be missed standalone romance from Grey! An amazing journey of love, friendship and sacrifice. It’s mostly lighthearted with moments of fluttering-butterfly-induced nerves. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll cruelly enjoy the banter, but secretly hope things will work out between Maddie and Aiden.

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Highly recommend for fellow romance readers to add this one to their TBR, asap!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

Thank you to R.S. Grey and Ink Slinger PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!


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The Trouble With Quarterbacks by R.S. Grey

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CANDACE: KAT & YASMINE! DO NOT DALLY! Come straight home after work. Kat, don’t take the long route from the subway station just so you can pass by Cute Hot Dog Guy. This is important!

I’ve had THE BEST DAY. You won’t believe it. There I was in my preschool classroom, washing a bit of poo out of some soggy trousers, when this absolute babe came to collect his nephew from my class.

Truthfully, I thought I’d blacked out for a moment when I first saw him. He was a proper hunk with glorious brown hair, quite tall, and he had these arms. Are muscly arms supposed to turn me on? I’m panting just thinking about them.

Anyway, he told me he’s a professional foosball player. At least, I think that’s what he said. The tots can get quite loud near pick-up time.

YASMINE: Foosball? What are you on about? Have you gone mad?

KAT: Oh sod off. So what if I like to have a good look at Hot Dog Guy’s arse on my trek home after a hard day’s work? It’s called self-care.

CANDACE: Kat, you’re hopeless. Yasmine, yes—foosball! I suppose it’s a big thing over here in the States? We must investigate and learn everything we can.

By the way, he’s called Logan.

Logan + Candace. I think that sounds quite nice! I can hear the wedding bells now. Dum romdum da-dum.

YASMINE: Oh good grief. I suppose we can do some snooping when I get home. I’ll grab wine on my way.

KAT: I’ll grab hot dogs.

THE TROUBLE WITH QUARTERBACKS is a hilarious romance about unlikely love found between a British preschool teacher and the professional quarterback who sweeps her off her feet.

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— MY REVIEW —

Huh. Who would’ve thunk it? Foosball. Foosball players. Hot stuff…?!

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Oh, no wait…

Scratch Foosball.

I meant football. Yes! Football players. Hot stuff…?! Um… yeah!

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If you’re looking for your next sports romance book that centers around two lead characters who are complete opposites, yet manage to get along so well that it’s almost sickeningly cute, then here it is, people. The Trouble With Quarterbacks is a fun, lighthearted standalone romance about the hot new, star quarterback and the young woman who’s got him all smitten that he’ll do just about anything to keep her from the trouble that slowly but surely follows a famous athlete.

To some this may be considered a fluff read. Something to read in between their more “serious” thought-provoking books. To others, this is their staple read that they cannot get enough of. Simple escapism from the day-to-day grind by reading something peppy and upbeat that has their moods boosting. Either way, it can’t be denied that Grey has got the romantic reads down pat.

She has a way of getting you engaged in the characters’ lives long before the romance kicks in. Her characters, one way or another have something relatable about them. Whether it’s their personality, the lives they live, or their thought process that’s eerily similar to yours, you’ll find yourself connecting with them on some level.

Add the meet-cute these protagonists experience that’ll no doubt have you ooh-ing and aah-ing, and bada-bing, bada-boom! — you have yourself a treat! 😊

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If you’ve read any of Grey’s previous books prior to this new release, then you know what you can expect from her books.

You usually have the quirky heroine — who usually is the one the babbles on and on, and tends to have the embarrassingly, slap-your-forehead type moments that’ll have you laughing despite the fact you probably shouldn’t. That would be Candace, in this case.

Then there’s the hero, (aka Logan) — who’s the hunky, male specimen with the Colgate commercial-worthy smile, and Adonis inspired body that has our adorable, chatterbox of a heroine swept off her feet.

Okay. I’m just gonna admit something I probably shouldn’t in an ARC review. But I cannot not be honest with you guys. Candace was a character that had me liking her bubbly, offbeat personality easily, and bonus points for her being a fellow shorty (yay for short people!) 👍 She’s relatable to the everyday, working class people, hustling to make ends meet, and the girl has no filter when it comes to the random things that pop into her head (especially when she’s with her friends). I could even almost forgive her British slang going in and out throughout the book too 😜 But the more she became comfortable in her growing relationship with Logan, the more she became too forward. She lost a bit of her respect (from me as a reader) the more she started throwing herself at him. It was cringe-y at times to say the least, which in my mind lost her appeal of being the cool, down to earth girl that I initially liked about her.

Logan was definitely the selling point in my opinion (besides the cute romance story line). He was a consistent swoon-worthy bugger. I loved everything about him. He’s the perfect mixture of gentleman and typical charming male when chicks are involved. But I adored his personality the most, and the fact that he knew what he wanted. I felt kind of bad for the way Candace treated him at times (not gonna lie — at times I was hissing at the book saying to no one in particular that he deserves better). He may be the new hot and happening quarterback of a winning NFL team but he has managed to stay grounded. He’s sensitive towards Candace’s feelings. He’s thoughtful, and best of all, if he was in the wrong, he has no shame in admitting it and apologizing! Who wouldn’t want an easygoing guy like that, I ask ya? If it wasn’t for his crazy, hectic, lime-lighted lifestyle, he would be one of the most simple, drama-free fictional book boyfriends I’ve ever come across.

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I enjoyed reading this adorable story, but it did fall a little flat for me halfway through. Once their relationship started to develop further, it almost felt like there was no more build-up. There were a few things that I would’ve loved to have seen with Logan like his family dynamics for one, that unfortunately was never a focal point in the story.

Whilst there were some very amusing secondary characters included in the form of both Candace’s roommates and Logan’s teammates, I wasn’t completely lusting after them or their side stories happening in the background. I thought Candace and her roommates were a hoot and a half at the beginning but slowly started becoming too much to bear.. *nervous laughter* … 😬🙄     

Honestly, if you can ignore the crazies in the background and concentrate on Logan and Candace’s relationship and seeing how things will unfold for the two, then it’ll be a much more effortless read. The instant chemistry between Candace and Logan is what’ll have you snuggling up in bed and not wanting to put the book down until you finish. The quirky interactions and laugh-out-loud moments these two share is a definite highlight to look out for. Especially early on when they were still in the flirtatious stage.

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There are some really hilariously winning parts in this book that I would most certainly will never tire of reading over and over again. One involving a pool and some shredding of clothes. Mmm. 😉😉

I can’t get enough of Grey’s romantic comedies. They always have an uplifting, lighthearted way of making you get into good spirits. Even if it’s only for the duration of the read. It’ll having you smiling, giggling, even cringing at some of the embarrassing things said and done by these loopy characters Grey has so expertly created.

I know Grey has written sports romance in the past, but the was the first one I had read of hers. I found it refreshing seeing one of her heroes be someone other than a boss in a corporate job (or be in a office environment per se).

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

Thank you to R.S. Grey for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 🧡

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Standalone. Hate-to-love. Workplace romance.

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Standalone. Workplace romance. 

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Standalone. Romantic comedy. Hate-to-love. Workplace romance.

Love The One You Hate by R.S. Grey

Standalone. Enemies-to-lovers. Slow burn romance.



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Love The One You Hate by R.S. Grey

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— BLURB —

Nicholas Hunt is the man I hate.

For good reason.

His opinion of me is tainted by prejudice even before my arrival at his grandmother’s estate, and my first impression of him is just as abysmal.

His arrogance and icy demeanor make it clear that he’s the type of man who’s best handled at a distance.

Fortunately, space shouldn’t be an issue inside this Gilded Age mansion and its lush gardens. If I stick with the servants and he keeps to his sailboat and vintage Porsche, we should hardly cross paths at all. Unfortunately, at Rosethorn, I find that all roads eventually lead to Nicholas Hunt.

Sparks fly as we spar at the dinner table. Fighting words are flung in the shadows of the palatial halls.

We hang suspended in our hatred of one another, painfully oblivious to the heat and tension that build with every moment we’re left alone. We’re liable to kill one another, I think…right up until my eyes land on his lips and a new feeling grips hold of me: lust.

What’s worse?

He knows it.

They say you should keep your enemies close, but when Nicholas tightens his grip on my waist and draws me near, I’m not sure if it’s out of loathing or love.

One thing’s for sure—I intend to find out.

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— MY REVIEW —

I’m always up and raring to go when Grey has a new release. Her books always has a way of lightening your mood and is a great escape from the daily grind (even if it’s only for a few hours).

Love The One You Hate is a standalone contemporary romance that has a Cinderella/ Pretty Woman/ Pretty in Pink rolled into one story line.

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You’re introduced to Maren who pretty much has the worst luck in the world. She’s barely scraping by in the financial department, on the verge of getting fired from her job at an aged care home, and basically has no family to lean on.

But just when she thinks her life is just one big black sucky hole, luck finally throws her a bone in the form of Cornelia Buchanan. Or as I’d like to call her “the fairy godmother”.

Cornelia is pretty much the fairy godmother everyone wishes they had! Kind, thoughtful, giving… and did I mention boatload rich??! Whilst visiting a friend at the home, she sees Maren having a bad day at work and an idea forms out of thin air — Hire Maren to be her personal carer of sorts. Great idea, right?

Enters Nicholas Hunt. Well traveled, classy, a lawyer to boot, and oh yes.. Cornelia’s cold, takes-no-shit, serious grandson. And one look at Maren.. and all he can think is she’s there to take advantage of his grandmother and take her for everything she’s got. Why else would she be there, right?

“It’s like he hated me upon sight. Is that a thing? People drone on about love at first sight, but what about the opposite? Can someone lay eyes on a stranger one time and decide on a whim to hate them forever after?” — Maren    

Whilst I adored the concept of this storyline (who wouldn’t love a Cinderella-esque story where the poor girl, finds love and happiness with a man who can offer her the world?!).. it did feel a little choppy for my liking. There’s quite a few little sub-plots happening within this story but they all fizzled out. I would’ve liked to have seen one or two of those side stories lead somewhere. It almost felt like they were added on as fillers..? A lot of things were left unfinished or quickly settled. Not to mention the epilogue confused me. There was quite a lot of change that I, for one did not see coming at all as there were no hints of it prior. Sigh.

You want unpredictability in your reads? You’ll get it from this one. Hehe.

But there are a handful of positive features in this book. Like Cornelia and Maren’s blooming bond. They have a nice friendship that’s consistent and probably the only stable relationship throughout. I enjoyed reading their time spent together.

Then you have Maren and Nicholas, who are from two different words. She’s considered an outsider, not from the same class, and before coming to stay and work for Cornelia she was pretty much a loner. Nicholas and his family are well known. He’s hanged out with the same circle of people all his life. So saying their relationship is complicated is an understatement, but I couldn’t deny every time they were in the same room, the zing was strong!

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Nicholas was wary, judgmental and a little cold at first but was quick to accept he prejudged Maren and was willing to admit he made a mistake. Maren on the other hand came off as a little rude and standoffish towards Nicholas — which I must say I was a little taken aback considering he is Cornelia’s grandson. You would think she would try to befriend him or at least be civilized, but sadly that wasn’t the case at all. There’s a lot of game playing involved and I found that there was very little about her I did like (besides being a great companion to Cornelia) 😞

In all honestly, whilst there were a lot of parts I enjoyed reading from this book, but it’s not one of my faves from Grey. It fell a little short with little to no real character growth from either protagonists. Whilst there was obvious chemistry between the two, I wouldn’t even call what they had a proper relationship (and based on how it was going, certainly one I didn’t see lasting).

“If you and I hadn’t gotten off to such a rocky start, I think I would have found you very handsome.” — Maren

But Grey is a pro at creating witty banter between her characters and she always knows how to lighten the mood with a little humor. I’m happy to say it’s no different with this one! I may not be a fan of Maren, but there was some secondary characters that I did find appealing and gave this fictional world a little more depth in the sense that you get the gist that Maren is brought into a world of exclusivity and social standing.

All in all, a fairly well-paced story. A nice familial bond with Cornelia really being the link between Nicholas and Maren. A couple of entertaining secondary characters that never fail to make me smile. And a few saucy scenes between our leads. Romance readers who enjoy an enemies to lovers/ hate to love trope will certainly have no problems settling in with this one on a comfy couch! 😉

If you’re an avid fan of R.S. Grey and her books, then you’ll want to add this one to your collection. It’s a modern take on…

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RATING: ♥♥♥¾

Thank you to R.S. Grey for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy! 🧡

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The Allure Of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey

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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

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— MY REVIEW —

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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!

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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


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“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!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

🔔 Interested in reading The Allure Of Dean Harper? Grab your copy here: Amazon (US)  |  Amazon (UK)

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Check out more of my reviews for R.S. Grey’s books!

📘 His Royal Highness by R.S. Grey

📘 Coldhearted Boss by R.S. Grey

📘 Doctor Dearest by R.S. Grey


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Happy reading, my friends! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Doctor Dearest by R.S. Grey

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— SYNOPSIS —

Natalie

Dr. Easton is part man, part myth.
He’s a formidable surgeon. Highly respected in his field.
He also happens to be an ex-collegiate quarterback with a classically handsome face.
Are you catching on yet?
He’s horrible.
Beautiful.
A walking Ralph Lauren ad.
He’s also so off limits he should come with a warning label: This way lies heartache.

Not only is he an attending at the hospital where I’m training, he’s also my brother’s best friend. If you’ve lost count, that’s two reasons why I plan on putting this ridiculous crush behind me. Besides, it’s definitely not mutual.

Dr. Easton has never once paid me special attention. No tempting smirks. Not even one subtle innuendo. To him, I’m just another resident—all but invisible.

Connor

For the last five years, I’ve mentored Natalie in the OR, stayed in line, and kept my hands to myself, but it’s been agonizing.

Natalie is trouble in scrubs. A walking temptation I’ve been forced to ignore.

For so long, I’ve wanted her in silence. By the time fate finally gets around to throwing me a bone, my patience has run out.

Natalie’s brother is leaving town, and he wants me to watch over her while he’s gone.

He has no idea how I feel about her.
Neither does she.
But she will.

Haven’t you heard good things come to those who wait, Natalie?
Well… I’ve done my waiting.

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— MY REVIEW —

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Okay… *pheeew* Just survived another R.S Grey book without too much withdrawals! 😛

If you’re familiar with her books, then you know what to expect—

  • Fast-paced storylines.
  • Overly detailed, yet funny descriptions of the lead swoony character.
  • Banter. Lots of banter!
  • Characters pouring out random, crazy thoughts like word vomit.
  • A few embarrassing hide-under-a-rock type moments.
  • Supporting characters that add an another element to the plot.

Doctor Dearest is no different. This is another, fun, enjoyable, sit-back-and-get-comfy type of read that I flew through at rapid speed. Despite thinking I knew what to expect from another Grey book, I was surprised to see that this story took a turn from secret crush and into a rollercoaster ride of love, hate, love again, nope hate, uhhh no… love again scenario.

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Normally I would eat up the hate-to-love trope in my romance books (it’s actually one of my faves) but this one had one too many loop-de-loops for my liking. But I think that’s more to do with Natalie. She’s an indecisive little thing. Lol. But looking back at it now that I’ve had time to let the entire story sink in, I can actually get on board with why she’s that way throughout the book. It’s easy to criticize, question or judge someone’s actions when you’re only a spectator but honestly if I was in Natalie’s position I probably would’ve been just as confused, scared shitless and hesitant of going all in, and so quickly too. So, I’m giving Natalie a reprieve over her flip-flopping ways.

Connor on the other hand was someone I could easily add to my book boyfriend list.. *cough* along with all the other gorgeous, swoony men Grey has conjured up in her books *cough* 😉 😉

Is he perfect? No. Like Natalie, he didn’t always have the best reactions to circumstances. But in saying that, he was sweet, didn’t mess around and all in all a very well rounded, damn good guy! He’s someone you would want to be besties with (that’s if.. if you weren’t attracted to the guy). Because not only is he smart, caring, has a good sense of humor and easy-going— he’s also the type of guy you would be saying ” Oh, his mama raised him right!” about. The man’s a package. Good looks, brains and manners!

GeneralHospital_Doctor He was definitely the more mature one in this relationship. And I’m damn glad he had more sense than Natalie, or else their relationship would’ve ended long before it even got to the juicy bits.

I tell ya though, she has some of the best people doting on her. Besides the protagonists in R.S. Grey’s books, I always look forward to the side characters. They always put the extra oomph in these rom-coms. And Doctor Dearest has some awesome ones included! 😀

Noah; Natalie’s brother (and Connor’s best friend), is one I absolutely would love a book centred on. He’s the cool, bigger brother who loves and protects, but who can also tease and be playful. And based on how Natalie mentions how girls drool over him, I’m thinking he’s not a bad looker either. I’m putting it out there — book gods.. could we get a book on Noah?! Pretty please??

And then you have Natalie’s best friend Lindsey. She’s a hoot. You would never be bored or feel lonely with a friend like her. I love the fact that she was a great sounding board for Natalie. She needed someone who she could vent and cry to and genuinely have support in return. I’ve read one too many amazing romance books but I found a lot of them have annoying friends (ones who are too loud, too out there, too in your face) and who takes a lot of the focus and attention away that it makes you wanna roll your eyes and say, “Oh, shut the eff up. You’re ruining a potentially great story here!”

Lindsey is the complete opposite. I wanted more of her. Book gods? A book with Lyndsey as well, if that’s not too much to ask for? Sigh.

There’s really not much else I can say without word vomiting spoilers. If you love romantic comedies, then this is definitely not one to miss. R.S Grey has perfected these types of romances and honestly, they read like I’m watching one of my all time fave rom-com movies. The blurb is pretty much self-explanatory of how Natalie and Connor start off. It’s all a matter or just seeing how it all develops — like all good, swoony, lighthearted romances go.

Were there parts I found predictable? I admit, yes. But it didn’t bum me out knowing that’s where it was heading. I was actually curious to see how it would be handled.

But were there things I wasn’t expecting? Hmm. Yes and no. There’s one particular thing I was hoping would happen… and when it sort of brushed against the idea I was over-the-moon giddy about the prospect of it. Buuuuuut…. it unfortunately didn’t go any further than I would’ve liked, so my giddiness was short lived.

How did I find the overall backdrop? Natalie and Connor are both doctors working in the burns unit. There’s plenty of terminology, examination scenes, and steps explained on taking care for these victims that made it all the more intriguing and put depth in what would have been an overall fluffy love story. Regardless of this being fictional (and a romance book), the amount of research Grey put into making sure the setting felt authentic, and that Natalie, Connor and all the doctors in this book looked the part and knew the lingo was pretty impressive, in my opinion. I don’t know how accurate all the technical medical mumbo-jumbo was, but to me it sounded pretty on point!

Overall — I loved reading it. It’s great escapism from the hustle and bustle of everyday adulting. I seriously think I was smiling the entire time. Who wouldn’t enjoy a nice feel-good read, am I right?! After reading this, along with the half dozen of Grey’s books I already crossed off my TBR, I realise they always leave me feeling like I stumbled upon another modern day fairy tale— light, airy and one hell of a love affair.

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RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5 

Thank you to R.S Grey and InkSlingerPR for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Doctor Dearest is NOW AVAILABLE!

Grab your copy: Amazon

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