Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Book review: Good Girls Don't by author Victoria Dahl

I received a ebook copy of this book through netgalley for my honest opinion and review.

Good Girls Don't is the first in a new series by author Victoria Dahl called the Donovan Brothers Brewery. There is a short novella called Just One Taste is in the anthology book The Guy next Door. Get more info on that here Anthology. I made sure i read it along with the rest of that book and was certainly intrigued and excited to try this series out. Without further ado here's the blurb.

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. The last thing he needs is a nice girl like Tessa getting under his skin.

Tessa has her hands full, too. Her brother’s playboy ways may be threatening the business, and the tensions 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.

I read Victoria Dahl's tumble creek series when it came out and loved it so much. Re-read them several times. There was so much humor in those among other things that i was excited to see she had another series coming out. The new contemporary series is called the Donovan Brothers Brewery series. Like i said above there is a short novella you can check out to get a taste of what the series will be like. The first book is Good Girls Don't and involves Tessa the youngest Donovan sibling. When Tessa was 14 a terrible accident killed her parents and her and her brothers were left with no one but each other. Eric the oldest was 24 so he took over the family business and job as parent to his younger sibling including Tessa and brother Jaime. All grown up now Tessa and Jaime and trying to be seen as mature smart adults who can take care of themselves and be full partners in the business. Tessa Meets Luke Asher a detective with the Boulder police department after the Brewery is robbed. Both seemed to be attracted to the other and it doesn't escape big brother Jaime's notice. Thinking he needs to protect Tessa from Luke he warns him off her by telling him he's not good enough for her and that she's a virgin. Yeah boy! Luke has had a rough past. His marriage ended in divorce when his wife walked out on him. Problem is everyone thinks he walked and while she was dealing with cancer. He was shortly after stabbed in the line of duty and his wife never even came to see him when he almost died. That's was in L.A. and so he decided he'd had enough and moved back to Boulder, Colorado. The rumor followed him along with a few others. He's a chick magnet supposedly and since his single female partner is pregnant well he must be the father right?? Tessa on the other hand has had to live without her parents the 2nd part of her youth and so she's hanging on tight to her brothers in case something happens to them or they just decide to leave. Hanging on tight and trying to keep the 3 of them together leads to lots of little white lies then over time bigger lies til it seems like she's lying all the time. Ignoring her brothers Tessa likes Luke and decides she wants to spend time with him. Even though Luke tries to stay away it's a lost cause. He's attracted and he can't help it. I loved Luke. He's had a rough time of it but he is still a wonderful guy. Tessa drove me a little bit nuts. She is a lot more wild that you would think and her brothers don't seem to realize this. There is humor and there is lots of complications and a robbery to solve in this book. Tessa must learn to trust and Luke must learn to open up. Can they weed through the tangled complicated lives they each have on their own to be together at the end of the day? You can read a excerpt of this book by clicking . You can also find out more about Victoria Dahl and her books by clicking here Next up in the series. Bad Boys Due out in stores and online October 2011. I give Good Girls don't 4 out of 5 Modokker Book Pick stars. Luke Asher gets me in this books. I wanted to give him a hug more than once.

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