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The Hierarchy of Needs

The Hierarchy of Needs

4.5 6
by Rebecca Grace Allen

Once you figure out what you want, it’s impossible to ignore what you need.

Portland Rebels, Book 2

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


Once you figure out what you want, it’s impossible to ignore what you need.

Portland Rebels, Book 2

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.

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Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Portland Rebels , #2
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The Hierarchy of Needs 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook More than 1 year ago
I LOVE a good friends-to-lovers troupe and that’s exactly what this book is. The second book in The Portland Rebels Series, The Hierarch of Needs can be read as a standalone. Jamie and Dean have been best friends since they were teens, even though they are both intensely attracted to each other. Dean works for the family business and Jamie returns home after trying her hand at her dream (and failing). Her family is a bunch of doctors and she has always been regarded as the flighty joker. She uses practical jokes as a way to hide her pain and that annoys her family. Dean see past this and the two agree to act on their mutual attraction, but only for a weekend. Holy hotness!! The chemistry between these two is intense! Dean wants to be with Jamie, but doesn’t want to hold her back because he thinks he isn’t good enough for her. Jamie loves Dean, but she lacks the self-confidence to put those feelings to action. I’m so glad that I read this story and am going to have to go back and read the first one of the series. The characters are so relatable, as is the storyline. It’s definiltey worth the time to read! *copy provided for review
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
The Hierarchy of Needs by Rebecca Grace Allen is the second book in her Portland Rebels Series. Although part of a series, this beautiful romantic tale CAN be read as a standalone. This is the story of Jamie and Dean, best friends since tenth grade, and secretly infatuated with each other ever since. It's now been a few years since high school. Jamie is back in Portland with her liberal arts college degree and no major plans ahead of her. She works at the community center as a swim coach and lifeguard but secretly wants to be a fashion designer. Very secretly as no one in her life knows about her failed dreams. Not even Dean. Dean is fulfilling his lifelong destiny of working in his fathers auto repair shop. He is third generation and will eventually take over the place. What once seemed exciting about restoring old cars and making things work again is now all about the cheapest repairs and a failing business. When yet another "encounter" happens between Dean and Jamie they both start to wonder why they're trying so hard to remain only friends so they try a weekend away to "get it out of their system" and when they get back plan for things to get back to normal. Yeah, right! This story is a simple romance without all the angst and pain, has just a few misunderstandings, but is well-paced, well-written, funny and sweet, and when it comes to Jamie and Dean and their little interludes - it's SMOKIN' Hot! Loved this and will DEFINITELY be reading more from this author.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I love the title of this book. In fact the titles for this series so far have been amazing. You've got The Duality Principle and The Hierarchy of Needs. For a nerd like me, that's like music to my ears. Not only are the titles smart, but so are the characters. The stories are real and likable as well. Plus they can be read as standalone books. I think by far though, my most favorite thing about this book was how it grabbed my attention. I loved falling into this story. Jamie and Dean have amazing chemistry. They're very close friends who've been fighting their attraction to each other for years for various reasons. Things come to a head when her brothers return home for a wedding. I really liked Jaime. I understood her fears but wished she had more self confidence. After all, she was talented, smart, funny, and beautiful. The same for Dean. I understood his frustration with what he thought was his lot in life. I also wished he would've had more confidence in himself. He was talented as well, in both the bedroom and out. Like I said before the story was hot. I really found myself getting caught up in all of it, from Jamie and Dean making inroads towards doing something about how they felt with one another, or their weekend together, or even when they tried to figure out the changes they needed to make in their lives. Rebecca Grace Allen did a great job at capturing my attention and keeping it throughout the story. This book isn't very long but it has the feeling of a full length novel. I'm hoping the next book in the series will be about Michael, Dean's other best friend, and Jaime's new sister-in-law's sister, Krissy. Either way, I'm really looking forward to seeing what Rebecca Grace Allen writes next!
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Jamie Matthews and Dean Trescott had been friends since high school. She wanted to be a fashion designer and he wanted to be a photographer but those were the dreams of teenagers. He ended up working for the family business as a mechanic and she ended up working as a swim instructor. He never thought he was good enough for her and he didn't have anything to offer her. She came from money and he didn't. He never wanted to hold her down or make her stay in town when she was destined to go to bigger and better places. For the past six years they've had a sort of push and pull relationship. He'd pull her in just a little then push her away but always wanted to remain friends. This last time was it for her. She's finally decided to move on! A beautiful friends to lovers story. There was misunderstandings, friendship, love and the most important thing was the self-discovery. The connection between them almost felt physical, it was so strong. Their chemistry was off the charts and the sex was smokin' HOT! This is book 2 in the Portland Rebels series and can be read as a stand alone. I can't wait to read more from this amazing author. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
This was a great friends-to-lovers story that not only focused Dean and Jamie’s love affair, but also focused on both of them coming to terms with their pasts so they could move forward. Both Jamie and Dean have issues from their past they are dealing with. Dean’s past of working in his family business, which has become his present and looks to be his future, has always had him pushing Jamie away. Jamie has always felt like the odd man out in her family. Her overachieving brothers make her feel like she’s not living up to the expectations her family has for her. Now that she is back in Portland, those feelings are magnified and have Jamie very restless. When Dean finally gives in fully to his attraction to Jamie you just knew that these two were going to be explosive! Jamie and Dean had so much chemistry and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen. Of course agreeing to a weekend of getting hot and sweaty is just what they need to work things out of their system because they both know that whatever is between them can’t be more than lust – and getting hot and sweaty they most certainly did! These two were so perfect for each other though, and not just in the bedroom. There was such an ease that they had about them when they were together, and you could always feel the history and deep bond that they shared and you just knew how much they cared about one another. I loved watching both Dean and Jamie finally deal with their issues. They both had been stuck accepting a future they were not quite happy with. It was nice to see they both cleared things up with their families and made decisions that would set them on the right path to begin a future that would not leave them empty and regretful. I really enjoyed this book and am curious to go back and read the first book in the series. This series is loosely tied together by a group of friends, so I had no problem starting with this book first. There was a bit of angst and a few moments where I wanted to shake Dean about his reasons for pushing Jamie away, but I loved the way the plot was developed and how the finding their own path led Jamie and Dean together. A nice addition to anyone’s TBR pile! I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "I've been ready for six years." Stars! The Hierarchy of Needs is the first book I have read by Rebecca Grace Allen, and I have to say it was an absolute treat. Teaming up one of my favourite tropes with a really likeable couple is always going to be a winner for me, and the author excelled with this ‘best-friends-to-lovers’ story. It was hard to forget the best thing she’d ever had. Jamie Matthews and Dean Trescott have been best friends since meeting in detention in school, although over the years they have tried to stay within the parameters of platonic friendship, their attraction and more than friendly feelings for each other on occasion have caused them to slip into the friends with benefits category. The last time being six years ago, when after one hot coming together Dean pulls back again, and insists that he and Jamie should stick to being best friends and nothing more. ”We’re good right?” The reality is, they both want more with each other and for themselves, but sitting down and actually acknowledging to each other the truth about their feelings, as well as admitting to themselves their real hopes and dreams for the future is not something either of them has really considered as a possibility before. The Hierarchy of Needs explores this couples coming together over what was supposed to be a weekend-fling to get each other out of their systems, but as you would expect when they return to Portland, both of them know that things between them, as well as the current lives they are leading have irrevocably changed, does that mean they go forwards as a couple? Or look to explore their dreams elsewhere and with other people. I really enjoyed this book, and although book two in The Portland Rebels series, it can absolutely be read as a standalone, I haven’t read the first book in the series, but after enjoying Jamie and Dean’s story, I will definitely be looking to read The Duality Principle at some point very soon. ARC generously provided by Rock Star PR, it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.