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Monday, September 26, 2011

Double Review: Good Girls Don’t AND Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl

Title: Good Girls Don’t AND 
Bad Boys Do
Author: Victoria Dahl
Series: Donovan Brothers Brewery, books 1 & 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book

Good Girls Don’t 
“Too much of a good thing… With her long ponytail and sparkling green eyes, Tessa Donovan looks more like the girl next door than a businesswoman—or a heartbreaker. Which may explain why Detective Luke Asher barely notices her when he arrives to investigate a break–in at her family's brewery. He's got his own problems—starting with the fact that his partner, Simone, is pregnant and everyone thinks he's the father. Tessa has her hands full, too. Her brother's playboy ways may be threatening the business, and the tension could tear her tight–knit family apart. In fact, the only thing that could unite the Donovan boys is seeing a man come after their "baby" sister. Especially a man like Luke Asher. But Tessa sees past the rumors to the man beneath. He's not who people think he is—and neither is she.”
Good Girls Don’t is book one in the Donovan Brothers Brewery Trilogy by Victoria Dahl.

I’m a fan of Victoria Dahl’s books; so when I heard about this series, based on three siblings who own a brewery, I knew I have to read it. Sadly Good Girls Don’t didn’t live up to my expectations. I’m not saying it’s a bad book, because it is not, it was just that I had many issues with some of its characters, especially with its main character, Tessa; this made it very difficult for me connect with the story.

Tessa’s parents died in a car accident when she was fourteen and since then her older brother Eric, who was twenty-four at the time, has taken the reins of the business and the family. Her other brother Jamie was just sixteen when the accident happened.
Now Tessa and Jamie are in the late 20s and are part of the business.

The problem I had with Tessa was that she was a liar and a manipulative person, she may have had the best intentions at heart and was doing it to keep her family together but the way she behaves was deplorable. She was also very clingy with her brothers, especially with Jamie.
Tessa has good things too, she loves her brothers and she is strong, and she is a go-doer, but sadly the negative points were stronger than the positive and half of the book if not more I was mentally screaming at her and rolling my eyes because of her actions.

Luke is neither an alpha nor a beta, he is just a “gentleman”. I liked him, he is caring and has his own issues, but at least he is trying to resolve them. I like that he gave a piece of his mind to Tessa, making her see the wrong in her actions. There is some kind of story behind his divorce, it’s supposed to be something very serious/bad but when we learn the truth is something very simple and not very important.

I really like Jamie, I think he is more than what people believe of him and I was very eager to read his story in Bad Boys Do.

I have mix feelings with Eric, he took responsibility for his family and business when he was very young, kudos for that, but he is too stiff and is always seeing the bad and wrong in Jamie. I think he needs to get laid very bad, I hope he gets some in Real Men Will.

There is a mystery around the break-in of the brewery and its culprits were a complete surprise for me. Same with Luke’s partner’s baby-daddy, that was another interesting surprise.

Even though I have my problems with Good Girls Don’t I still enjoyed Mrs. Dahl fun and sexy writing style. The story and setting were also good and interesting. I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t had had a problem with Tessa this would have been a great book.

My Verdict: 3 Paws

Other reviews Goodreads

Bad Boys Do

“Olivia Bishop is no fun. That's what her ex-husband said. And that's what her smart bob and glasses imply. So with her trademark determination, Olivia sets out to remake her life. She's going to spend time with her girlfriends and not throw it all away for some man. But when an outing with her book club leads her to a brewery taproom, the dark-haired beauty realizes that trouble—in the form of sexy Jamie Donovan—may be too tempting to avoid.Jamie Donovan doesn't mean to be bad. Sure, the wild streak in his wicked green eyes has lured the ladies before. Now it's time to grow up. He's even ready for a serious romance. But how can that be when Olivia, the only right woman he has ever met, already has him pegged as wrong?”

Bad Boys Do is book two in the Donovan Brothers Brewery Trilogy by Victoria Dahl.

Since I met Jamie in Good Girls Don’t I wanted to read his story, I knew there was a lot more to him behind the bad boy façade he is portrayed in and I was very glad to find out I was right.

Jamie is not just cute, sexy and caring but he is also misunderstood. The death of his parents affected him more than anyone could imagine, in certain way he feels responsible for their deaths and he has never shared his feelings with anyone, for years he has been carrying this burden alone over his shoulders.

Jamie wants more in his life and is working towards his goal. He is tired of being described as a frivolous, immature and irresponsible man when that’s not the truth of whom he really is. He has made mistakes in life, but who hasn’t?

Olivia is coming out from a bad marriage, one in which she gave everything of her to her (ex) husband just to be exchange for a younger model, because of this she is an insecure woman who doesn’t know who she really is and what she wants in life. To add to that, her parents have diminished her since she was little girl.
I really liked Olivia at the beginning of the book, it was easy to identify with her but with the pass of the pages I started to dislike her behavior with Jamie, for not taking him serious and seeing him as the others see him, just a guy to have fun with. At the end she restored my faith in her, but I’m not sure if it was a little too late.
What I liked the most about Olivia was that she grows trough the pages, she  starts to recover her confidence and starts to do with her life something that would make her happy in the future.

The romance between this two was fun and sexy, with many hot scenes at the best Victoria Dahl’s style.

Tessa is still the same Tessa of Good Girls Don’t. As before she is still a living drama and trying to manage her bothers lives. We see some of Luke and their relationship and it's clear they are more serious and stable.

Eric, oh, Eric. I really want to hate him because of the way he treats Jamie, but there is something there that doesn’t let me do it. In Bad Boys Do Eric still has a stick up to his… spine. I’m eagerly looking forward to read his story in Real Men Will, and I really hope to see his heroine bringing him to his knees.

In general I really liked Bad Boys Do, I can say I liked it a lot more than Good Girls Don’t. I find it a very enjoyable read with very real characters, from Olivia to her all too real ex-husband Victor, from sweet and sexy Jamie to creepy and mysterious Wallace.
The story in Bad Boys Do is not just a sexy story it is an emotional one, one that would have you crossing your fingers and wishing for a happy ending.
The sibling’s conflicts were a bit too much sometimes, I really hope their issues would be better addressed and solved in Real Men Will.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Good Girls Don’t
Bad Boys Do
Real Men Will

Other reviews Goodreads


  1. It sounds like an interesting story ! Thanks for the review

  2. I totally totally agree with your reviews. Totally. Loved Jamie's book. Tessa got on my nerves. Great reviews Marcela!

  3. Julie, I wanted to kill Tessa and Eric slowly and painfully. #aggressiveme

  4. I've heard so many good things about this series and I know I need to check it out. I've also noticed that people enjoyed book two much better then book one. I wonder if I'll have the same reaction about Tessa as everyone seems to be having...


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