Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Good Girls Don't by Victoria Dahl

Title:  Good Girls Don't
Author: Victoria Dahl
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Donovan Brothers Brewery #1
Main Characters: Tessa & Luke
Release Date: August 2011

ISBN: 978-0373775958

Publisher: Harlequin
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Sexual Intensity: hot

I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
I have been so excited about this trilogy. I loved Victoria Dahl's Tumble Creek trilogy from last year and loved the teaser novella setting up this series in the Boys Next Door anthology. The basis of this trilogy is a microbrewery owned by 3 siblings: Eric, Jamie, and Tessa in Boulder, CO. This particular book focuses on Tessa's story.

Their parents died in a tragic car accident when Tessa was 14, and that loss has left all three of the siblings with scars. Tessa worries about all the responsibility that Eric took on since he was 24 to raise his two siblings and run the brewery. She's afraid about how much responsibility he has taken on and that one day he will simply get fed up and leave.

Her love interest is Luke. He's a police detective with scars of his own from a failed marriage. They meet after an overnight robbery at the brewery. Neither Eric nor Jamie like to think about their little sister (she's 27 years old) being involved with anyone. I personally LOVED this aspect of the story. They think that she is absolutely a good girl, but Tessa has a naughty streak and her brothers are completely clueless about it. To complicate matters, Luke went to college with Jamie who knew Luke's womanizing ways (it was college,) so there is no way that he can accept Luke as a viable boyfriend for Tessa. Add to that there are several unsavory (and untrue) rumors floating around town about Luke, and neither of these brothers are happy with this relationship. But Tessa is a strong character and determined to guide her own love life, but it all starts to come tumbling down when Tessa holds on to her brothers too tight in a bid to keep the family together during a crisis. Lots of really well-written conflict in this one stemming back to those childhood scars!

This was a wonderful book. Tessa loves to let her naughty side show with Luke and she has a really quick wit. It kept me giggling throughout the entire book. I love books and heroines that have a great sense of humor and this book definitely has that. 

I also really love the family dynamic. All three of these siblings are great characters. They are all three so different. It's fairly easy to predict where the conflict will be coming from in the next two books, but I am so excited because I think that they are going to be equally awesome reads. It's going to be a fabulous series. This was a wonderful beginning for it!


Julie said...

I found it very cute and funny how the brothers thought Tessa was 'purer' than she actually was. And the family dynamic was good. I just didn't love Tessa. :( Great review!

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I am starting this weekend on this book. I can't wait :)

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

Between your review and Julie's I know I'll really need to check this book out. I also love family dynamic type books and this one sounds like a fun setting to read. :-D