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Real Men Will (Donovan Brothers Brewery #3)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  5,260 ratings  ·  342 reviews
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 identity as the conservative Donovan. The "good one."But passion has its own logic, and Eric finds he can't forge ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Harlequin Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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I'm beyond happy! I've been reading this whole book with a big grin on my face. I savored every little bit. No skimming! It was exactly what the doctor ordered. Finally, I'm out of my reading slump!

"The memory of those words filled Eric with such fierce triumph that he felt like he'd grown taller. He might be vanilla as hell, but maybe that was her favorite flavor. Or at least the flavor of the month."

Eric was such a jerk in the previous books, but he was really lovable in this one. He was 24 w
In the previous books of this series, we saw Tessa Donovan and Jamie Donovan both struggling with their family image: Tessa trapped as the good girl, Jamie as the bad boy. As it turns out, their older brother Eric is also struggling with how he thinks his siblings see him: despite having been their mainstay since the death of their parents, he doesn’t feel like a real member of the family, and the recent changes in both Tessa and Jamie have left him feeling far less needed or useful.

Meanwhile Be
In Real Men Will, we finally get Eric's story, the eldest Donovan, the one who took on the Brewery business and his siblings upbringing when he was just twenty-four.
Over the course of the two books Eric has been a jerk and come across as too controlling and critical and even in this book there is loads of family drama and fights with Jamie and his plans for expansion, with Tess playing referee. The thing is that Eric is pretty messed up and now he sees that his siblings don't need him, so he fe
Jul 13, 2012 Viohlet rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
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Yes, it's true. The quiet ones are very much the wild ones. And in this case, Eric was the absolute wickedness of the Donovans. The bedroom (or the wall, the hallway, the dining table, the office) scenes were totally on fire! I am gushing here, I know. Who knew Eric the proper preppy brother had all that rowdy blood in him.


I was pretty bored during the first 50% of the book with Jaime and Eric constant fights. It got very old with the fights. But things picked up a bit after that and it's kinda
3 stars. Good story, well developed characters with scorching sex scenes, but I wish the brothers got along better. They had big fences to mend, not sure they really did it. I felt some good chemistry between Eric and Beth even though it started with a secret one night stand six months earlier. It took a long time for them to realize they needed each other, but once they got over themselves and let it go...magic.
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Blog rating: 3.5/5 stars

Eric…looked like a man who never bothered with flirting. If he wanted you, he wanted you; it was as simple as that.

It’s finally time for us to get to know the oh-so-serious Eric. He had to grow up fast, taking over the family business and taking care of his 2 younger siblings after their parents were killed in a car crash. While it’s not necessary at all to read the short story that’s the prequel to this series, Just One Taste, i
I was a bit worried about reading this one because I didn't like Eric much in the previous books--especially the second one. I was so relieved to find that he was actually one of my favorite characters of the trilogy. He had a believable inner conflict and took strides to finally smooth things over with his siblings.

I've come to realize that in this trilogy characters that seem reasonable and sympathetic in their own book come off as jerks in another sibling's book. It just confirms my impressio
Amanda P
Freak'n loved it!! I think it may even be one of my favorites! I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with Beth and Eric! Best one of the series in my lowly opinion.


Stop, Warning! If you have not read Victoria Dahl’s novella “Just One Taste” in “The Guy Next Door” (authors: Lori Foster, Susan Donovan and Victoria Dahl) please stop now and go back and read it. It’s the “prequel” to this story and without having read that story you may not get some of this story. But don’t worry I really enjo
Mrs. Badass
Reviewed by Erika
Grade: B overall, {A for the sex alone, it was smokin hot.}
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When I first stumbled upon the Donovan Brothers–on twitter of all places, I was intrigued. Victoria Dahl is funny, and I like contemporary romance occasionally. So, when I saw that the trilogy was being offered on Netgalley, I snapped them up. The first novel is Good Girls Don’t and features Tessa and Luke. Book Two is Bad Boys Do, featuring Jamie and Olivia, and
I have to admit, I finished this one a few days ago, and got behind with my reviews, but I have to say, this story, provided by netgalley, really finished off the series nicely. Eric is the typical buttoned-up exec running and stressing over the small family business he runs. Except that, well, is that really what he wants to do with his life? And I LOVED Beth. As in common with the others in the series Good Girls Don't and Bad Boys Do, neither the hero nor heroine is quite as they appear, and i ...more
Please note: this is an overview of the Donovan Brothers trilogy as a whole, not just this book.

These were my first Victoria Dahl books. And they won't be my last. I overall enjoyed this trilogy. But what kept me from loving it is that the hero and heroine of each book had their own respective set of issues.

Good Girls Don't.
Tessa has the issue of youngest who tries to be the glue that hold the family together. Which leads to much lying and angsting on her part. I can see why she would feel like
Susan (susayq ~)
I can honestly say this was my favorite of this series! I went into it not really liking Eric...he had been really jerky and bossy and overly demanding in the other books. In this one, we find out why he was that way. And now I get why he had that personality. I feel the situation between him and his brother Jamie was rectified enough to show us that in the future things would be better between them...I have an imagination and can work that out and don't need it spelled out for me :)

As for the r
Suzie Quint
I think this is my favorite of the series. It's certainly the only one I teared up over. The scene between Jamie & Eric at their mother's graveside just pushed me over the edge. They were both so wracked with guilt and Eric was feeling so lost and unsure of himself that when they opened up about the things that made them feel unworthy of their family I just lost it. Very emotionally cleansing. A great series.
Eric Donovan, the responsible, serious eldest brother of the Donovan Brewery clan had a one night stand six months ago that rocked his world. Never thinking to see Beth Cantrell again, Eric tried to put her out of his mind, but she just wouldn’t budge. And then one day she walks back into his world again and everything bursts into flames.

I was really looking forward to Eric’s story. You know the quiet ones are always the wildest and Eric did. not. disappoint. I seriously need Eric to get serious

When the Donovan’s parents passed away tragically, Eric Donovan was put in control of not only the family brewery, but also of his two younger siblings, Jamie and Tessa. Eric was forced to grow up quickly at the semi-young age of 24, therefore trading in nights of partying and staying out late for making sure the business was taken care of and that his siblings were taken care of. Naturally, Eric fell into a role of control and was careful to not let that slip, basically meaning he didn’t have m
I had put off reading this one because I LOVED Bad Boys Do and didn't like Tessa in Good Girls Don't. For some inexplicable reason, that made me afraid to start this book. I worried needlessly. This book has all of Dahl's fun writing and snappy, interesting characters. She also does a really good job of integrating the sex scenes into the development of the relationship, rather than them just being there to have a sex scene.

Not a full-five stars (unlike Bad Boys Do) because the family relationsh
Ms. Dahl really turned Eric around for me on this one. Him and Beth really had chemistry for me. Once I got the rest of Eric's story, I could identify how he felt. I am not sure that I understood them wanting to keep their relationship a secret. They were single adults, but I guess it was more for a storyline. The love scenes were extremely sexy though and I felt that Ms. Dahl really shines here. I wasn't ready for the story to be over and I hope we get one more story...hopefully Simone's story. ...more
I was rather frustrated with Eric in the previous two books. I have to give Dahl a lot if credit for making unlikeable characters sympathetic. Although I didn't expect to, I came to like Eric in the end..and even to champion him.

There were parts of this romance I really enjoyed, but many of the heroine's actions bothered me. Also, the siblings acted like teenagers and it got very old.

While I think Dahl did an excellent job of turning the siblings into likeable characters in their own books, the
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
After the last book of loving Jamie and hating Eric, I seriously doubted I would like Eric at all.
Boy, was I wrong Ms. Dahl did an excellent job rectifying Eric and his issues.
as with the last book, Eric's story made me angry, cry, lust and cry and lust.

I've got to say though, Jamie is still my man!!!

Bravo to Ms. Dahl for a wonderful job! I will be pursuing her other books for sure!!!
Lea (Between fantasy and reality)
Review also posted on my blog Between fantasy and reality

I longed to read a good romance book, without paranormal or other in it, just pure romance with a little comedy and Donovan brothers brewery series was a perfect choice. There are three books in this series, each from a Donovan POV but Real men will, with the oldest Eric and his love interest Beth is by far my favorite. Eric is the most complex member of their small family, who feels the weight of the family name on his shoulder and he fel
Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life

*NO Spoilers Ok ok, I will trust Victoria Dahl’s brilliancy wholeheartedly next time, I promise. I was definitely reluctant to read Real Men Will, the final book in the Donovan Brothers Trilogy, since I have never been a fan of Eric and have been quite disgusted by his behavior in the series thus far.

However, he is finally able to win a little piece of my heart in Real Men Will, and even though I still think he is a big control fr
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: October 25, 2011 (Available Now)
Publisher: Harelquin
Imprint: HQN
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Donovan Brother’s Brewery
Series Best Read In Order: Yes
Steam Level: Hot
Eric Donovan is the “good” brother. Older, responsible to a fault, and a bit of a perfectionist, he never indulges in the same wild behavior as his young
Mandi Schreiner
Highlights of the good times:

Mandi: I was worried about how likable Eric would be since his constant fighting with Jamie and Tessa drove me insane in book two. I’m happy to say, I really enjoyed him. His quieter, serious side really appealed to me. And I love how he has insecurities when it comes to both the brewery and relationships. Beth jumps in and helps him overcome these things and I really liked that.

- Beth is such a solid, mature heroine. I love that she works at a high-end sex toy shop.
Ashley Deniz
The third and final books of the Donovan Brothers series did not disappoint one bit. As I have said in the other reviews for this series, I have found a new favorite author. I am so thrilled with this book, her writing style and the series. Victoria continues to write witty romance with a a grounding in the real world. So often I read romance novels and think 'never in a million years.' With these novels, her characters are so real, down to earth and you know that if these situations were presen ...more

Another good one from Ms Dahl. I have enjoyed all the Donovan series but found that I liked this one best of all.

When we met Eric in the first book I wasn't too sure about him. I got really angry with him in the second because of how he treated Jamie. He cam across as a heartless pig and to be honest I was worried about reading this book but was glad that I did.

Eric was only a young lad when the Donovan parents died and ended up moving back to the family home and raising his teenage siblings. No
Consider putting this book on your to-read list for october.

I loved the idea of this story when the novella came out last december. The hero and heroine meet in that novella, both rife with issues, and get it on. Both of them leave it at that thinking it's a one night stand.

This book picks up 6 months later with both characters remembering their one night stand fondly until it come backs to haunt them.

Ah ... isn't that always the way?

Victoria Dahl does a great job with the character's issues a
I really enjoyed this whole series and this book was no exception. Word of warning - I didn't read the short story prequel and I was a bit lost for the first few pages. But then it was explained and it all made sense. I found it interesting that uptight eldest brother Eric has the relationship that's probably the most based on sex of the three siblings. I think that Victoria Dahl also usually manages to work in interesting things about women and sex and societal expectations into her books. For ...more
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I just love when the quiet, preppy, nerd type let their freak flag fly =)

In Real Men Will we finally get to find out why Eric feels the need to be perfect and in control oeverything. I love that straightlaced upstanding Eric has a taste for kink that he never knew about until he met up with Beth again. Beth has major hang ups when it comes to having sex, and finds that with Eric she can just let go, even though she can't trust him. There is a lot of hot lovin in Real Men Will. IMO when you combi
Best line: "I learned that boys can do whatever they want because no one expects them to behave any better than animals. And that my body is made for sex, but I am supposed to pretend to hate it so a nice man will love me."

Worst Line: Nothing to report, folks. No humdingers.

Synopsis: Beth Clantrell, manager of the erotic boutique White Orchid has near rock-star status in her small community. Everyone around her sees her as a sex goddess, but her lies about her life are starting to pile up. She h
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