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 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!