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The Hierarchy of Needs by Rebecca Grace Allen

Another fabulous read from Rebecca Grace Allen. You have got to read this one, for various reasons….

As I started reading glimpses of scenes from the first book in the series, The Duality Principle, jumped into my head and I got who we’re dealing with.

Jamie is the baby sister of three older brothers, all successful doctors like their father. Your basic overachiever bunch. Jamie has always been different, and not really wanting, or able to compete, resorted to playing pranks to be noticed. And noticed she was. Jamie is regarded as the flighty, unable to decide on a direction in life girl. Only she’s not really like that. Jamie knows exactly what she wants to do in life, she was just rejected and failed when first trying. She’s settling for something she loves but not as a career, unless one goes for an average contentment.

Dean’s life hasn’t been easy, to say the least. He’s grown up with his father, that clearly cares for him, wasn’t abusive, but not exactly fun to be around. His dad works hard to keep a garage he intends for Dean, only he’s running it to the ground, not open for ideas and innovations. What he also doesn’t realize is – Dean doesn’t want the garage. Especially not as it is now or how it’ll be when given to him. And he’s got his own passion… *hint hint graphic teaser*

They both always had feelings for each other. No big shocker here.

The thing with them was that Jamie always thought Dean wasn’t serious about her and his advances were always for momentary physical pleasure and nothing more. In reality, Jamie is the girl for Dean, but he’s determined to not be the one to tie her down, knowing her desire to work in fashion, possibly away from home.

On this very basic plot, a whole slew of emotions, relationships on various levels and a sexy way of writing, makes the difference between an average book and a good one.

The Hierarchy of Needs is a good book. It’s fun to read, there are laughs, a lot of sexy moments, great character chemistry, real life issues and real life solutions. I enjoyed the characters’ development throughout the story, and the way the ending was a great ending, but not a classic HEA where everything falls into it’s exact place.

RGA is, as her usual awesome self, doing a great job writing life, with a sweet addition of fun, funny, sexy and emotional.

Grab it as part of a series or a standalone. Works either way!

My rating: 5 Stars


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.



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Rebecca Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, as well as a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas 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.



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