4.5 STARS: HATE-TO-LOVE!
I was really looking forward to this book because every time I read something by this author I can always count on having a great time. The Allure of Dean Harper was funny, sexy, and quite the treat of a romantic comedy. This time Ms. Grey delights us with a romance between two pigheaded characters that keep bumping heads with each other until they realize that being right is not as important as falling in love.
“I hate you,” she said through clenched teeth.
I smiled sardonically. “You bring out the worst in me, you know that? I’m only an asshole around you.”
Lily Black just recently moved to New York city to pursuit her dream of making it into the food industry. She knows it won't be easy but she's more than ready with her having finished culinary/bartending school. Her arrival to the city is a joy for her best friend Josephine but it's a surprise for Dean Harper, Josephine's boyfriend's best friend. Dean is a successful restaurateur in NY who has made of his career his life. He's a determined man used to doing things his own way so when he meets the opinionated and hardhead Lily, it's inevitable that the two of them bump heads over and over when it came to the food business and the way they later on get tangled up together in the story. And their arguments were heated as their fire for each other couldn't be more obvious.
“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.”
I loved this hate-to-love romance, it was so much fun. There's nothing like two stubborn characters slowly falling for each other while fighting to get the upper hand at every turn. Lily and Dean were such strong characters and I loved that about them as they made me laugh with their banters and nonsense. I particularly loved Lily, she wasn't your typical shy and sweet heroine, instead she was feisty and always went after what she wanted. It was clear she was the prefect girl for Dean, someone who challenged him and finally made him want to pursuit more than just success in life.
“The fiery woman who wasn’t afraid to challenge me every step of the way. She infuriated me, but I’d trade it all to have one more fight with her, one more indignant glare from her bright brown eyes.”
Sexy, lighthearted, and humorous. This story is the perfect read when you want to laugh and have a great time with characters will make you smile BIG! :)