Review: The Hierarchy of Needs, by Rebecca Grace Allen


Part of a series? Yes.

Cliffhanger? No.

Category/Genre: Contemporary romance, “new adult”, adult

Warning: Explicit sex scenes.

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages: 163


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.



I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

This is the second book in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. This book is a friends-to-lovers type of story. It’s a nice story, quite fitting when you’re at the beach, but I think it’s lacking what’s important (to me) to make it a must-read and/or a book to remember.

You see, in this book, I think there is a lot of info dump, and not only in the opening chapters, but throughout the book. I’m all for a real background given to us, readers, to better appreciate and understand the main characters, but I’d rather it be more subtlety done as to not break the rhythm. Here, the characters go on and on about how unhappy they are in their life, how stuck they feel, how much they can’t forget that night together when they were in high school… All this would be good if I had been swiftly eased into it. Of course, at some point the focus is on Dean and Jamie discovering each other between the sheets, but in my opinion the story isn’t always flowing that well.

And strangely enough, even though the author took the time to really describe some things at length (like Jamie’s ”career” as a swimmer through her college years), what I feel is important isn’t enough described.

The sex scenes while good overall, aren’t always showing how the sex is making the main characters feel beyond the obvious lust and pleasure. They’re supposed to be drawn to each other for the past few years so that means we should have seen or felt more while reading these scenes. In the end, while the chemistry between Jamie and Dean is nice, it’s not as thrilling as I expected and not as intense as I wanted it to be.

Also, while the story is really nice and easy to read (and fast), I don’t see the real climaxes other than a half-convincing push and pull between the characters. I miss a little something to make me feel more toward this couple and fear for them and in turn, root for them. :/

But then again, it’s a really good book to read when you’re in between read or heading to the beach. Sometimes it’s good to read a nice romance between characters that are internalizing (a bit too much for my liking). If you’re looking for a book to relax, then I think this one could appeal to you.

I was probably expecting too much when it comes to the love story, the angst and the characters development that would go beyond the simple issues regarding their choices for their future career and their family.

It was nice, but I don’t think I will remember this story when summer ends.

What do you think of Dean?




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