Real Men Will (Donovan Brothers Brewery #3)

Real Men WillBy Victoria Dahl

Publisher: HQN
Publication Date: Oct 25, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley

It was meant to be a one-night stand. One night of passion. Scorching hot. Then Beth Cantrell and Eric Donovan were supposed to go their separate ways. That’s the only reason he lied about his name, telling her he was really his wild younger brother. Hiding his own identity as the conservative Donovan. The “good” one.

But passion has its own logic, and Eric finds he cannot forget the sable-haired beauty with whom he shared one night of passion. When Beth discovers that Eric has lied, however, she knows he cannot be trusted. Her mind tells her to forget the blue-eyed charmer. If only every fiber of her being did not burn to call him back.

Goodreads Summary

We’ve now reached Eric’s book, the third and last sibling of the Donovan trio. He’s the oldest sibling, and has been mysterious and aloof through the series so far. He is also overbearing and downright hostile in some scenes to both Tessa and Jamie, and I couldn’t wait to see what kind of woman would tame him. The poor man was silently screaming for help, and Beth was the perfect woman for him.

First off, she didn’t take any of his crap. Eric and Beth met a few months ago at a conference, where Beth assumed Eric was his brother Jamie and Eric never corrected her. Eric felt a sort of freedom of using Jamie’s bad boy reputation for the night. They had one night of sizzling passion, which neither can forget. A few moths later, Beth attends a birthday party held at the brewery, knowing that there was a slight chance she might run into the man of her dreams. When Eric and Beth meet and she finds out about his deception, she lets him have it and Eric is left feeling flustered and guilty. Unusual feelings for someone who is as bossy as he is. Eric follows her a few days later and apologizes, and they can’t help but fall into bed together.

Out of the three books (Good Girls Don’t, Bad Boys Do), Real Men Will is my favorite. While Eric is a complete jerk to his siblings, he may have some valid reasons for being so. He gives off the appearance of being so tough and sure, but really he’s vulnerable and insecure. He’s not sure of his place in the family, or the brewery, and meeting Beth provides an outlet for the misery he’s kept inside. He doesn’t like to be mean, but he’s been this way for so long that I’m not sure if he knows how to act any different. Beth manages a local specialty shop, and so is mistakenly thought to be wild and wicked in the bedroom. Beth isn’t, she’s just a simple, vanilla kind of girl and has a hard time letting her mind relax when she’s intimate with a man. Being with Eric is sort of a new experience for her, and they tentatively begin an affair even though each is wary of the other.

Real Men Will was certainly the sexiest book of the series. Eric and Beth’s chemistry was sizzling, but their conversations and quiet moments were equally as good. I enjoyed both of their characters, and there was never an eye rolling moment or a time where they annoyed me. Which is a good sign, since I had a few of those in the other two books.

My Summary: Definitely the best of the three, and perhaps my favorite Victoria Dahl book yet. Eric and Beth’s characters were unique, and I loved their progression and how they resolved their problems with themselves and with each other. A great read!

My Rating: A




  1. So the series gets even better eh? I need to get on this series!♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  2. It does get better! Good Girls Don't was my least favorite, and then obviously Real Men Will was the best. I think you could even read it as a stand alone, but you'd miss the tension and history between the siblings. If you don't mind that, then this would be good to read all by itself.

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