Review: The Hierarchy of Needs by Rebecca Grace Allen

Posted 7 July, 2015 in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: The Hierarchy of Needs by Rebecca Grace AllenTitle: The Hierarchy of Needs
Series: Portland Rebels #2
Author: Rebecca Grace Allen
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 7, 2015
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About The Hierarchy of Needs:

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.
Related Books: The Duality Principle

The Hierarchy of Needs Review:

I loved, loved, loved The Duality Principle. I always devour some good nerd love, and I thought Rebecca Grace Allen wove Gabriella’s professional life (proving her thesis) into her romantic life (Connor proving her wrong) really well.

This book’s characters and general plot, I liked just as much. I don’t think the title fit well enough, though. The connection of the story to the hierarchy at needs felt forced at time. It was a lot of tell, and not show. For example, a lot of the connection was drawn by Dean in his head. I would’ve preferred the connection be demonstrated by the characters and made by the reader – “show, don’t tell.”

But like I said, I did like the characters. Between the two of them, I would have liked to have seen some more self esteem, though. Confidence is an attractive quality in a hero or heroine, and doesn’t mean they’re not also allowed a few insecurities.

I do love the small town charm and “coming home again” feel both books in the series have had so far. And I always love friends becoming lovers, and Rebecca can write great chemistry!

About Rebecca Grace Allen:

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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