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Bad Boys Do (Donovan Brothers Brewery #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,215 Ratings  ·  426 Reviews
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 t ...more
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Published September 27th 2011 by HQN Books (first published 2011)
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May 01, 2012 Auntee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of hot contemporary romance
I loved this book about a romance between a 35-year-old recent divorcee college instructor (Olivia) and the part owner of a family brew pub (29 year-old Jamie) but don't have much time to review it. It was hot, funny, and fast paced. Yeah, it was hot.:) So, what to do? How about some pictures of lovable stud Jamie, who sometimes tends bar in a kilt?

Jamie...and other men in kilts





One other thing--Jamie's brother Eric was such an ass in this book, I don't know how I'm going to like him when I
Jul 23, 2011 Jae rated it really liked it
Jamie, Jamie, Jamie. You are such a hot and studly flirt, bless your heart. And with those fine fine kilt on, you just are not for the faint heart.

I have to say, I enjoyed book #1 a bit more than this book. Not too much by comparison but still this one felt a bit lacking mostly in the humor part. I cannot recall any LOLOL moment at all in fact. The story which revolve around Jamie with his siblings and Olivia with her ex-husband was very engaging and intriguing but I need the extra wittiness for
5 stars – Contemporary Romance

Oh, I really enjoyed this one! Jamie and Olivia were a cute, fun, sexy, and perfectly complimentary ‘opposites attract’ couple with flammable chemistry that made for some seriously steamy bedroom (and hot tub) scenes. Yowza!
Sep 19, 2011 Jess rated it really liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

…his green eyes twinkled. God, could he just do that on demand? What a terrible and deadly skill.

The first word that came to mind when finishing this book was emotional – I was really not expecting it, especially coming from crazy Tessa’s book, she had me rolling off the couch in fits of giggles. Jamie, I just wanted to give him a great big hug. Talk about a guy who’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, only no one really sees that. He’s t
Sep 28, 2011 Saly rated it really liked it
Shelves: older-woman
Jamie Donovan, oh what can I say about him, except he was one deliciously sexy, tortured, misunderstood bad boy?

Jamie has always been the screw-up Donovan while Eric is the one who is staid and responsible, but Jamie is trying to change and grow up but his family especially Eric doesn't see that. We can see in Tessa's book, Jamie's growing anger and frustration. He himself feels unworthy and there is a distance between him and his family, he doesn't let them see the "other" part of him, the part
Thank god it's over. I can't believe how long it took me to read this. Like I said in one of my status updates - it was ridiculously easy to walk away from this novel. It was boring and the fact that I got Real Men Will as an advance copy from NetGalley and wanted to read the first two books in the series so I knew exactly what was going on is the only reason I continued to read this.

Half of me wants to stay this is better than the first book, the other half wants to say this it was worse than t
3.5 Stars Another Hot, fun, sexy read.

This is the story of twenty nine year old Jamie Donovan who's not only gorgeous but oozes charisma and sex appeal. I can easily see why he is such a favorite of all the women, especially when he works the bar wearing his kilt. But beneath all this charm I found a tortured man who is riddled with guilt.

Olivia Bishop, 35 year old university teacher, has recently divorced and is tired of her boring existence. She wants fun and excitement added to her life. I l
May 05, 2015 Susanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-chicklit
Now was the time for a sizzling-hot affair with a younger man who make her toes curl with just the sound of his voice.

Olivia Bishop is 35, Jamie Donovan is 29. Olivia is divorced and according to her ex-husband "no fun". I could really see myself in Olivia (but of course I'm a lot of fun xD xD). Jamie is a playboy and a lot of fun, who wants to be taken seriously but no one does. He shows up in her class and sparks fly.

I laughed and cried over this hot little number. With friends and family like
Good read, good story. Jamie is beyond sexy and I loved the older woman/younger man theme. In Dahl style, it is an easy, very hot read.

I didn't feel a huge love connection between Jaime and Olivia or the Donovan siblings connection as a matter a fact. There was a very strong LUST connection though and some good triangles. In the first 2 books (there was also a short story in The Guy Next Store which is a prequel to the third story and oldest sibling, Eric) the stories have a HEA, but they are no

**3.5 stars**

I'm not crazy about older women plots (I keep imagining the guy is still hot in his 50s while she looks like his mother) but this one worked because the difference in age wasn't crazy high. I didn't feel the chemistry between them but I liked the whole family dynamics and how running a business with your family is difficult. The ex-husband was too conveniently a douche but I really liked that Olivia learned from her mistakes and went after what she wanted.

I didn't see tons of chemi
May 13, 2012 Wminbc rated it really liked it
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My review was focused on Jamie and his love story with Olivia...but one thing I do need to comment on is the interplay with Eric. Eric did seem so different in his anthology story (The Guy Next Door). In the past two books we have met the 'real' Eric or the 'type' Eric that he feels he need to play. The role of parent and enforcer seemed to grow old in this book and I really wanted Eric to just snap. I cannot wait for him to get it on...and may
May 13, 2015 Alp rated it it was amazing

I didn't expect anything much from this book since I wasn't impressed with the first book in Donovan Brothers Brewery Series. Turned out, it was fun, romantic and so cute that had me hooked from the first chapter. There were colorful characters and the hero and heroine were a perfect fit.

The interesting part was that the heroine was 6 years older than the hero, so their relationship kept me smiling while reading the story.

This book is a real charmer!

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Suzie Quint
Feb 28, 2012 Suzie Quint rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
4.5 stars. I haven't reviewed Good Girls Don't because I couldn't put my finger on why I liked it as much as I did, but I think I have it figured out now. It's the Donovan family. Yes, I'm a bit of a sucker for family dynamics. I love how each of the Donovan siblings has a distinct personality and each has their place in the family. Eric is the controlling, responsible older brother, Jamie is the screw-up, and Tessa is the peace-maker. In Good Girls Don't, Tessa forced her brothers to let her sl ...more
Oct 09, 2011 willaful rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of intelligent contemporary romance
I confess, I read the short story and book that start this series mainly so I could work my way towards this one. The premise of the starchy older woman letting her hair down with a younger man just grabbed me somehow. I was happy to get the kind of story I was hoping for -- and even more.

Olivia and Jamie couldn’t seem less alike. Olivia’s a serious, divorced teacher who’s never been with anyone but her husband; Jamie’s a charming bartender who’s never been in a serious relationship, but has bee
Sep 02, 2011 Bekah rated it really liked it
Oh, what fun Jamie Donovan is! And that is just what Olivia Bishop needs in her life after her jerk of a husband cheats on her. Her divorce has been final for a year and it’s now time to liven up her life just a bit. She joins a book club that meets at Donovan Brothers Brewery to ogle the irresistible kilt-wearing Jamie Donovan. Soon, Jamie and Olivia are in partnership to have a little bit of fun, and it’s not just about drinking beer.

I really am loving this series, and bad bad boy Jamie was s
Aug 13, 2011 Jill rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Eric, Jamie and Tessa Donovan are the owners of Donovan Brothers Brewery. Jamie, twenty-nine, has always been considered the wild one, the irresponsible one, the non-achiever. But Jamie has decided to make changes, starting with taking some management courses that will help expand the family business.

Olivia Bishop, thirty-five years old and divorced, has always done the right thing, worked hard and had her life in order. But as Jamie has decided to turn his life around, Olivia has deci
Aug 19, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
I loved sexy middle brother Jamie Donovan's story; book 2 in Victoria Dahl's Donovan Brewery series. Jamie is the smoking hot bartender at the family brewery where he's known for occasionally serving in a kilt. YOWZA!! Jamie is a natural people person;friendly and outgoing. It certainly helps the family business that he's easy on the eyes too. He's know for his meaningless relationships and quick hookups. Unfortunately that same reputation has given his older brother, Eric, reason to believe tha ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who appreciate the wallflower getting her guy.
4.5 stars.

Jamie Donovan you amazingly hot, sensitive, sweet piece of man. Why was he so misunderstood? Why was he always having to pay for past mistakes?

I really, really wanted to throat punch Eric in this because his holier than thou martyr act really bothered me way more than it did in the first book. I guess it was because we got to see more of Jamie as a person and how he was suffering from the prejudices that his own family had of him. Either way he managed to rise above it for the most par
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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There aren't many things sexier than a hot young man, with blondish hair, a wicked grin, a sexy mouth, a beer at the ready.... and a kilt! Jamie Donovan is sex on a stick, or as I said before, sex on a kilt with construction boots. He is the bad boy, the black sheep of the family, the "irresponsible" Donovan brother, who works at the brewery as the bartender and public face of the brewery, flirts with anything female, and has a reputation for sleeping ar
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
5 Hot Stars

Jamie Donavan our sexy kilt wearing bar tender is not just a pretty face, hot bod behind the bar. Oh no! He has more under that kilt. He's smart, fun, flirtatious and he has BIG.... Dreams. (what else?!) but because he has an irresponsible past, it'll take more for him to prove this to his brother and sis. He will also prove this to Olivia our heroine of this book.
Olivia Bishop, a college professor, recently divorced, is looking to have fun and get out of her "straight laced life". O
Nov 13, 2011 Dee rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Having read the first one in the series I knew the family and the set up and I was ready and eager to read this one too. Ms Dahl knows how to write a good story which has some really sizzling hot scenes in them :)

Jamie was the hearthrob of the area and had a reputation as a ladies man and everybody thought they knew him and knew his lifestyle but of course nobody really knew or understood him at all. He loved his family and loved dealing with people but he never really let anyone in until he met
Susan (susayq ~)
4.5 stars!

I'm gonna say it again...Victoria Dahl writes some amazing hot love scenes! And the scenes in here with Jamie and Olivia were no exception to that.

Olivia managed to make me mad. She just didn't appreciate Jamie Donovan. Of course she liked him in his kilt (who wouldn't?), but she didn't accept that he wanted a "real" relationship with her. Why not? Because he had a reputation for being a playboy. And honestly, that rep wasn't as true as it was rumored to be. But in the end, they worked
Miranda Davis
Jun 23, 2013 Miranda Davis rated it liked it
Shelves: meh
Well-written and very proportionate to real life, which may be why I didn't love it as much as many, many others did. Perhaps when the plot involves everyday issues and the characters could be people I know, I want the author's voice or unique perspective to somehow add zest. For instance, Tangled's main characters seem like plausible people to me, given my years in Manhattan, but the author's voice is so unique and so relentlessly, brilliantly funny I was enthralled.
Feb 22, 2016 Sonja rated it it was amazing
THIS WAS SO GOOD!!!!! Definitely one of my favorite het romances I've read in a while. Jamie is BY FAR my favorite Donovan sibling at this point and his relationship with Olivia was everything to me. I just loved them so much, I loved how different they were, yet how compatible. They were so hot and so great and so fun and so amazing and I loved everything about them and what each of them brought to the relationship.

I will say that I did get a little bit irritated with both Eric and Tessa in the
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: September 27, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: HQN
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My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2 Donovan Brothers Brewery
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy

Olivia Bishop is a 35 year old, straight-laced divorcee who is trying to rebuild her life after she left her cheating scum of
Mandi Schreiner
Sep 27, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Highlights of the Good Times:


– In book #1 Jamie is presented as a skirt chasing bartender, little more. I was delighted to meet the real Jamie Donovan – he was a sweetheart and I really liked him. I loved that Jamie had a very well thought out and solid plan to add food to the brewery. That he was smart about it, researched, and didn’t shy away from the help offered by a professional (Olivia) in getting a more formal proposal together to present.

– The sexy time. No matter what else is going
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl is second in the Donovan Brothers Brewery trilogy. I previously reviewed the first, Good Girls Don’t, here. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite live up to the fantastic chemistry of the first.

This one centers around bad boy younger brother Jamie, who painted a less than impressive picture in Good Girl’s Don’t. His immaturity and spontaneity landed his family in a mess of trouble. In this book, he meets an introverted and straight-laced woman about six years older th
Mrs. Badass
Jul 29, 2011 Mrs. Badass rated it really liked it
3.5 / 5 Grade B

So, my first Victoria Dahl Novel. YAY me! I follow her on twitter because she is funny, so when I saw one of her books on Netgalley, I immediately requested it. I'm glad that I did. I just finished reading Ghost Story by Jim Butcher, and needed something a little less...well, everything.

Bad Boys Do, follows Jamie Donovan. Sexy, 29 year old Former Rakish Bartender, who conveniently wears a kilt while slinging beers :P He is part owner of the Donovan Brothers Brewery and has two si
May 08, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
I don’t normally go for the devil-may-care hero, but I liked that Jamie was looking to step up in his personal and professional life. Dahl did a great job at making me feel his frustration as being seen as a ‘Peter Pan’ type guy, one who is just looking for the next good time. And Olivia was a great foil; someone who hasn’t allowed herself to have fun, or really have a life at all. That’s evident from the beginning, when her friends trick her into going out for a book club that’s really just a g ...more
Nov 23, 2011 LoveRomance rated it really liked it
This second book in the Donovan Brewery series by Victoria Dahl made me laugh and cry, and I just loved it. Jamie, the middle brother of the Donovan siblings, comes across as fun and charming but is perceived to be a f*#@ up by his older brother in particular. But of course there is more depth to this character than just being the adorable bar keep in a kilt. And when he meets Olivia, a recently divorced woman with some regrets about trade-offs she's made in her life, there are sparks and they s ...more
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