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New Release Review: THE HIERARCHY OF NEEDS by Rebecca Grace Allen (Portland Rebels #2)

Coming out this Tuesday–you can read my review of book one here.

The Hierarchy of Needs
by Rebecca Grace Allen
(The Portland Rebels #2 – can be read as a stand-alone)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: July 7th 2015
Genres: Erotica, Romance

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

Friends-to-lovers–yay 🙂

Rebecca Grace Allen has written another short and steamy novella, this time starring Drew, The Duality Principle ‘s Connor’s close friend and his best friend, Jamie.

Both Drew and Jamie feel like they’re trapped in lives they don’t want, lives that leave then floundering and stagnant. Furthermore, both Drew and Jamie struggle with wanting more from their relationship, but each feels completely unable to admit it to the other.

So. Much. Angst…which admittedly, got to be a bit frustrating at times. So many close calls! So many times that they almost let the other one know what they felt! But since you know that Drew and Jamie are even more frustrated by the events than the reader is, it worked.

And when they finally take the big risks, it is that much more satisfying 🙂

Hmmmm…dare I say that Mikey needs his own story now?

The Hierarchy of Needs works fine as a standalone–Conner puts in an appearance and shares some exciting news(!), but nothing in book two depends on having read book one.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author:

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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