R.S. Grey – The Allure of Dean Harper – Release Blitz + ARC REVIEW

Title: The Allure of Dean Harper (Allure #2)

Author: R.S. Grey

Release Date: Sept 28, 2015

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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.

Love,

Regretfully yours,

Lily

The Allure of Dean Harper is a full-length standalone romance with overlapping characters from The Allure of Julian Lefray. Both books can be read separately. Chronologically, The Allure of Julian Lefray happens first.

**This book is rated 18+ for explicit sexual situations and language. Reader discretion is advised.**

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ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Annyira jó volt ez a könyv! R. S. Grey zseniális abban, hogy megírja a legviccesebb, legaranyosabb, legforróbb és legszórakoztatóbb történeteket, és ez alól ez a kötet sem volt kivétel. Élveztem minden egyes sorát, és azt kell, hogy mondjam, hogy nekem jobban tetszett, mint a sorozat első része. Dean és Lily párosát nem csak egy szakadék, hanem az egész Grand Canyon választja el az édes, nyugodt cukormáz-kapcsolattól, amely Jo és Julian között alakult ki az előző kötetben. Az ő kapcsolatuk inkább a „kiss her or kill her” -típus, ami rendkívüli módon szórakoztató volt és nagyon üdítőleg hatott.

Lily Black-nek mindig is az volt az álma, hogy a Teaser 2gasztronómia területén helyezkedik el, és egyszer majd híres étteremkritikus lesz. Ahhoz, hogy ezt a célját elérje, fogja magát, és New Yorkba költözik legjobb barátnőjéhez, Josehpine-hez. Eleinte picit akadozik az álláskeresés, de egyik este S.O.S. behívják az egyik étterembe dolgozni, ahol nem más az étteremtulajdonos, mint Dean Harper, Josephine és Julian legjobb barátja. Lily azonnal kézbe veszi a bárt, és annyira ügyesen intézi a dolgokat, hogy egy idő után csak az ő pultjánál lebzsel az összes vendég, kisebb felfordulást okozva. Dean pont egy hosszabb utazásról ér haza, és mikor meglátja a tömeget egyből kíváncsi lesz, hogy mi a csuda folyhat ott. Nos, ő nincs különösebben lenyűgözve attól a ténytől, hogy Lily egyetlen este alatt megreformálta az itallapot, és mivel a lány nem tudja, hogy ő főnök, egy modortalan kioktatás után, Lily visszabeszél neki. A karrierje a Provison-ban pontosan eddig a pillanatig tartott, ugyanis Dean egyből ki is rúgja a lányt, annak ellenére, hogy a bár négyszeres hozamot termelt egyetlen este alatt. Nos, igen. Jól indul a kapcsolatuk… 😀 Végül hogy-hogynem Dean rákényszerül, hogy újra alkalmazásba állítsa Lilyt, méghozzá konzultánsként a hamarosan nyitó étterménél.

Lily tipikusan az a női karakter, akiben van spiritusz, makacs, öntörvényű és senkitől sem fogadja el a nemet válaszként. Dean az ambiciózus, munkamániás, magányos, szintén makacs, keményfejű dögös étteremtulajdonos, aki soha nem elégszik meg, mindig többre vágyik. Na, igen, ha kettejüket összeeresztik, abból már egy pillanat alatt sejthető, hogy nem sülhet ki más, mint katasztrófa. 😀 Rengeteget nevettem a vitáikon és a keményfejűségükön. Nagyon szórakoztatóak voltak, sőt voltak olyan jelenetek, amikor alig bírtam abbahagyni a nevetést. R. S. Grey ismét kitett magáért és ismét egy magas színvonalon megírt, könnyed kikapcsolódásban volt részem. 🙂

The Allure of Dean Harper  a The Allure sorozat második kötete, de önálló könyvként is olvasható.

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My review in English

This book was so good! R. S. Grey is so brilliant at writing the funniest, sweetest, hottest and most entertaining stories, and this book was no exception. I loved every single line of it and I have to say, that I liked it even more than the first part of the series. The relationship between Lily and Dean is truly not comparable to the calm and sweet couple of Jo and Julian. The difference is not just a gap but the whole Grand Canyon itself. 😀 Their relationship is more the “kiss her or kill her” type, and it was really entertaining and refreshing.

Teaser 1Lily Black’s dream was her whole life to making it in the culinary industry and a name for herself as a food critic, so she moves to New York City to her best friend Josephine. Firstly she has little bumps with the job-searching, but one night one of the restaurants calls her in to help them out S.O.S. The owner of the restaurant is Dean Harper, Julian’s and Jo’s best friend. Lily immediately puts herself behind the bar and she starts mixing and serving drinks. After matter of time everybody wants to buy their drinks from her, so when Dean arrives from a long trip and sees the crowds in front of the bar, he wants to see what happens there. Dean is not quite happy about the fact that Lily reforms the drink list on her first night and while she didn’t knows that he is the boss and after he unmannerly lectures her, she talks back to him. Yeah, well her carrier at the Provisions ends at the same moment and their relationship starts with this oh-so-good way. 😀 But after all, Dean forced to hire Lily as a consultant for his new restaurant. So they need to learn to work with each other. 🙂

Lily is typically that kind of character who has spirit. She is stubborn, hardheaded and she does not accept no for an answer. Dean is an ambitious, workaholic, lonely, also stubborn, hot top restaurateur who is never satisfied, always looking for more. Yes, you can guess that if we put together these two, it couldn’t turn out other way, than some kind of disaster. 😀 I laughed so much and my cheeks hurt from all of the smiling. They were so entertaining and fun. R. S. Grey did a great job again of giving us a well-written, humorous, lighthearted story.

The Allure of Dean Harper is the second book in The Allure series but can be read as a standalone.

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My Favorite Quotes From the Book

„If only she and I could shut up for ten minutes, the sex would be the best of our lives. Angry. Hard. Fast. Not love. Not even close. War. „

“She was a force of nature, a swirling tornado that made me feel weightless and free…”

„When I’d pictured my move to New York City, it was Josephine and I taking on the world. I’d had dreams of exploring the city with her. Y’know experiencing our first mugging together, paying ten bucks in Chinatown to get our hair dyed, and then laughing days later as it all fell out. See? Fun!”

„I had a very specific type, and pretty boys were out – I didn’t want a guy with better hair than me. (Jared Leto, I’m lookin’ at you.)”

“Did you check with the nunnery in Sweden to see if they had any openings?” I asked, shoving more of the flaky pastry into my mouth before I’d finished my question.”

„Dinner was going terribly. Honestly, George R.R. Martin’s red wedding had fewer awkward moments than that evening.”

  “No one had control of me the way Lily did. (…) She was a force of nature, a swirling tornado that made me feel weightless and free one minute, and slammed into a tree trunk at 130 miles per hour the next.”

„She peered back and scanned over my outfit. “You always run this early?” 
“No.”
She veered out into traffic without looking—which was fine since we were the only car on the road—and then glared back at me. “Good. Bad for your knees. Running.”
I stared out the window.
 You know what else is bad for your knees? Wrapping them around Dean Harper’s hips.”

„I consider myself a decent person. I never steal candy from the bulk bins at the grocery store, I always bus my table at restaurants where it’s clear that you’re meant to, and I always let old people have my seat on the subway when it’s full. (Okay maybe I just got elbowed out of my seat by a gruff grandma in the Bronx, but I’m counting it.) All of those good deeds didn’t help the fact that I was about to become a murderer. 
It was inevitable.
(…)
Dean wiped his hand down his face, clearly tired of arguing with me.”

5 – Yummy – Stars

5 stars

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I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things…everyday. I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things funny. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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You can read my review of The Allure of Julian Lefray (The Allure #1), here.

The Allure of Julian Lefray (The Allure, #1)

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