Good Girls Don’t

Good Girls Don'tBy Victoria Dahl

Publisher: HQN Books
Publication Date: Aug 30, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley

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.

Goodreads Summary

Good Girls Don’t is the classic tale of girl meets guy, girl and guy are fiercely attracted to the other but each have their own problems and aren’t looking for a relationship. Therefore, they fight the growing feelings. In the meantime, girl and guy have very hot sex and attempt to overcome their inner demons to make a go at this relationship. Someone does something stupid, a silly gift is given and then everything is all roses and rainbows and the happily ever after ensues. I’m sure we’ve all read stories like this before, right? While the storyline isn’t terribly original, Victoria Dahl has such a way with words that you forget the sameness of it and are able to just enjoy the story.

One of the things that I’ve always appreciated about Victoria Dahl’s novels is that they are sexy, but tastefully so. The steamy bits jump off the page, but the sex scenes aren’t the whole story. Dahl’s couples have amazing chemistry, and Tessa and Luke are no exception. Beyond all the smexin’, they go on dates, they have conversations… you know, like normal people do. I believed in the romance and Tessa and Luke’s story was very sweet.

Although, Tessa wasn’t always likable. She’d gotten into the bad habit of lying about things in order to keep the peace among the siblings, and it kind of blows up in her face towards the end of the book. Which, frankly, needed to happen. She was a little immature, and after she was made aware of the fact, she calmed down and became the character I always knew she could be. *sniffles* Luke was very sexy, but he had his own issues and he took his sweet time telling us what they were.  I was getting a little impatient with all the alluding and zero explanations. Other than that though, I really liked Luke. He was cute, funny and seemed to really care for Tessa. Once we find out what’s going on with all his little side story lines, everything kind of falls into place and makes sense.

The brewery and the family business is such a great background for a story. It’s original and gives the family extra ties that they wouldn’t have without the business. Plus, it’s great for conflict material and gives the siblings something a little extra to fight about. Truthfully, I think the brothers are the more interesting characters, and I can’t wait for their books to come out. But that just might be me. 😉

My Summary: Overall, this is a fun, sexy read. It was a good way to introduce us to the Donovan siblings, and even though Tessa and Luke had their issues, I still enjoyed reading their story. Victoria Dahl’s books are always good for those days when you just need something light and easy. Reading this book won’t require much effort, but you’ll get a good laugh out of it. And if it brings a smile to your face, then I think it’s met its goal.

My Rating: B+



We love your comments and do our best to respond to each of them. This is an awards-free blog but we do occasionally take chocolate tributes (okay, kidding).

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s