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Good Girls Don't

(Donovan Brothers Brewery #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  8,099 ratings  ·  573 reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by HQN Books
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3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a cute and surprisingly steamy read. Did it get deep and meaningful? Not so much. Did I go in thinking that's what I was going to get? Not really, so no harm done. The characters seemed kind of surface level even though they both had baggage and past trauma when it came to relationships, and this (I think) caused me not to fully connect with either one of them. While it was steamy and they seemed to have the sexual chemistry, I didn't quite feel the emotional che
This was one of those rare moments where 10 pages into the book and I was overwhelmed with sadness. Sadness knowing that the more I flip the pages the nearer I got to the end. The story about the Donovan siblings just sucked me in and got me bewitched with their witty sibling antics.

Tessa was just the girl! I really felt for her. Being orphans at an early age had made Eric, Jaime and Tessa very close to each other. And Tessa had made her ultimate priority to keep all three of them together no
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for_review, favorites
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

His hand slid up to grip her hip as if he were afraid he’d float right off the earth if he didn’t hold on. She loved that she was his anchor, if only for this one brief moment.

A series centered around siblings. Stop right there, SOLD. I love all kinds of romance in all different types of sub genres, but I have a huge soft spot for series that are centered around families, especially when each sibling gets their own book. I love this element in the R
Tessa Donovan really doesn't need this. Not only was their family brewery robbed, but her brother managed to blow some important business negotiations by sleeping with the man's daughter and getting caught by her irate father. She can fix this, after all she spent most of her life fixing things and cleaning up after her brothers. Of course there's some worthy distraction this time: Detective Luke Asher.

Luke is an old friend of her brother's. He knows he should stay away from Tessa, after all his
3.5 stars

The first book in Dahl's DBB series. We get to know the Donovan siblings, Eric, Jamie and Tessa who all work in the family brewery business. This book is Tessa's story and we soon learn this gregarious young lady has a few insecurities and fears.

Tessa, the youngest sibling often finds herself as peacemaker of the family. When she was fourteen, both parents were killed in a car accident. Oldest brother Eric stepped up to the plate and moved back home to help care for his brother and sis
*4.5 Stars*

Once again, Dahl has managed to give me a winner. I had a few moments here and there where Tessa grated on me, but I really understood what was driving her, so I was able to be patient for the most part. My issues with her caused me to drop my grade a little, but I'll get into that more in a bit.

I know when I pick up a contemporary by Dahl that I'll get humor, well developed characters, and lots of sexy. And boy, does she deliver here. The sexy times were great, although a little less
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of steamy contemporary romance
4 stars, but only because I read this series out of order and already was familiar with the suspense part of the book (so I found it kind of boring). What I loved reading about was Tessa (what a great, funny, compassionate character, always trying to fix things between her battling brothers) and her romance with hunky police detective Luke. These two were probably my favorite characters of the series.

Fantastic series, highly recommended if you like steamy hot contemporaries with touches of humo
Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Susan Mallery
Good Girls Don’t begins a family/family business contemporary series somewhat in the Susan Mallery mode, but considerably spicier.

Everyone thinks that Tessa Donovan is an innocent “good girl” (why, I’m not exactly sure, since she seems pretty flirtatious and in-your-face to me.) Police Detective Luke Asher has a notoriety even less well deserved -- he’s popularly believed to be a ladykiller who dumped his wife when she had cancer and callously knocked up his partner. But there is some truth beh
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Meh. I was bored. Also, I might have a book hangover from The Kiss Quotient and am unable to see beyond that? And I didn't really like the heroine and her trust issues, despite being the biggest liar in the story. And I didn't really care much for what I saw of the rest of the Donovan family, so I think I'm done here.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
My search for a good contemporary romance isn't going so well. I DNF'd this at about 20%.

The writing was clumsy, I didn't care about any of the "conflicts" or the characters. The heroine was a compulsive liar, her brothers were paper-thin (and I disliked the one who was a fuckboi), and the hero is a divorced cop... not exactly dreamy IMO.

There is a bunch of nonsense such as the fact that the hero's partner (his police partner) gets pregnant and the whole town assumes he is the father, and he doe
It was a very sweet, very fun ride I had while reading this book.
I could go and rehash the plot. I could spoiler you all. I could ruin the fun.
I could, but I will not. I will only tell you the end result:
It did not disappoint me. I had faith in the pink girly cover and it proved to me, that yes, it was a super chick lit!
It is really hard to find good chick lit these days, is it not? Well, it is even harder to find a lite romance read that has any point at all. Mostly you feel like somebody told
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Quickly paced, good dialogue, lots of steam typical of Dahl.

A book that's brewery centric sounded awesome - I wish it would have been a bigger part of the story. In fact, the brewmaster is a wacky side character! Lame. I could've gotten down with a hot brewmaster. Missed opportunity there.

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Mandi Schreiner
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Mandi: Oh I love Victoria Dahl’s contemporaries and when I heard she had a new series coming out about siblings who own a brewery, it was a double win. Beer and smut wrapped up into one book? Along with many laughs and a little mystery, this book is definitely one I can recommend.

Before we discuss let’s do a little set-up. Tessa Donovan lost her parents many years ago in a car accident. At that time her older brother Eric took over the family and the brewery in Boulder, CO their father owned. Al
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good Girls Don't is about the Donovan family, two brothers and a sister who together work at their family business the Donovan Brothers brewery. Eric the eldest, is the serious, responsible one and took on all the responsibilities at 24 when their parents died. Jamie is the charmer, the bar-tender and Tessa(28) is the baby of the family who the brothers try to over-protect but in reality it is Tessa who works very hard to keep the family together and Eric and Jamie from clashing over Jamie's rec ...more
I love Victoria Dahl's contemporary romance writing style. This book doesn't disappoint but it isn't one of my all-time favorites. One of the things I especially love about Dahl is that I don't have to love love the characters and the story to love love the book. It's her dialogue. And the life philosophy that bleeds through her writing. I love it.

I was quite surprised about the way that Tessa's stories play out and how her 'issues' are addressed. Dahl makes a great point about Tessa and how she
Oct 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
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Very good start to a promising series. Victoria Dahl is an instant buy for me, I like her contemporary books the best. They are always sexy and quick moving with strong confident heroes and funny heroines and this one did not disappoint.
Sometimes you just want to read a romance that's not historical, doesn't involve dead people, or the hero and heroine being chased across the state/country/continent, and isn't chick-lit exactly, but isn't emotionally draining either. This book, provided by netgalley, does that for me.

The synopsis is pretty accurate, so I won't regurgitate the set-up, but I just want to say that (a) the characters really are completely normal, and (b) although some of the things that happen to them are a little
Susan (susayq ~)
Tessa Donovan is a bad girl hiding in behind a good girl facade. Her brothers think that she's a virgin (she's 27), yet she climbs right on Luke Asher and gives him a good time. Virgin? I don't think so ;) But Tessa has some problems. Deep down she is afraid of loosing the people she loves. That's why she lies to her brothers (not just about her dating habits, but big stuff like making a deal for their family brewery) and she isn't too forthcoming with information about her self and her life, AN ...more
My main problem with Good Girls Don't is that the conflicts are based in social mores that are not relevant in 21st century America. Who cares if an adult single woman is pregnant? What kind of brothers 'warn' away a guy from their 27 year old sister? These things would have made sense in the 50s or in a country with very conservative values but not in today's setting.

I also didn't care for the heroine at all. She has this idea that they were a close knit family but she's constantly lying to her
I didn't think I was going to like this book. The first half was really hard for me to take. The lying and scheming of the heroine, plus the strange plot, really annoyed me. I was just about to give up when I got really intrigued. Plus, my husband helped calm me down (strange, I know), and pointed out that I was taking it a bit too seriously.

In the end, I felt this was an extremely well done tale of Tessa growing up. I would almost call it a coming-of-age novel, except she's 27. It worked, desp
Anne OK
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Great beginning to Dahl's new series. Both Tessa and Luke frazzled my nerves to some extent. However, as the story went along, I found my heart being tugged at by both of them, along with their "baggage." I love family-centered stories. I especially enjoyed this one where the youngest sibling and only sister is so determined to keep the family and their brewery safe and thriving for reasons known only to herself. The brothers are so different from each other and I look forward to their stories i ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-chicklit
Victoria Dahl did it again. She writes the best heroes *sighs* and downright funny romances. It was a very quick read (I finished it on an afternoon) but it was a pure delight!

What I loved about this book:

1. The overprotective brothers
2. Hot brooding detective
3. Happy and completely hilarious heroine
4. The small town setting
5. And the clever mystery
Tessa Doesn't, But Should
When Tessa Donovan's older brother Jamie makes an error in judgement that threatens her family's brewery and the relationship between him and their eldest brother Eric, Tessa flies into damage control mode. She'll do anything to re-secure the deal that Jamie's impulsive behavior had blown, just to keep the peace in her family. Making her life more complicated is her attraction to police detective Luke Asher, the cop investigating the robbery of the brewery's computer and
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance
I became a quick fan of Victoria Dahl's when I read her novella in "The Guy Next Door" anthology earlier this summer. I was quickly grabbed into the Donovan Brothers series and was eager to move on to the first full length novel in the series. I will admit, I was a little miffed when I saw that Eric's story would not be featured first in the series, but I was quickly engaged in "girl next door" Tessa's story, whom I just couldn't help but like.

"Good Girls Don't" has all the things that I LOVE ab
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 STARS!

Why I read this book: I read Dahl’s prequel in the The Guy Next Door anthology and really enjoyed it. Deciding to continue the series, I picked up book one of the Donovon Brothers Brewery series.

What I liked about this book:The first thing that pops into mind about what I liked about this book is the fact that it’s based on a family in Boulder, Colorado who run a brewery together. I just LOVE series that are centered around families. They just add something extra in a romance, another
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tessa Donovan and her two brothers own equal shares of the business family; Donovan Brothers Brewery. A robbery at the place is what put Detective Luke Asher on Tessa's path. She already knew him, because he went to school with one of her siblings, but she didn't realize before how attractive he became. Both have a lots on their plates. Her, with constantly playing the mediator between her brothers and trying to find a way to save the business deal one of the sibling might have ruin, while tryin ...more
Lynn Spencer
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was really a mixed bag for me so I'd give it 3.5 stars or a B-. On the one hand, I liked the dialogue and the general flow of the story. It's light, sexy and fun, and yet the serious issues mixed in add to the book rather than feeling out of place. This resulted in something that I enjoyed most of the time while I was reading it.

But then there were the nitpicky things that drove me nuts. The biggest had to do with the Donovans' insane family dynamic. Tessa manipulating her brothers got
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
A good start to the series.

At the beginning of the book I did get a bit impatient and wanted to gee the story along a bit. Ms Dahl was setting the scene with the family and not really concentrating on the relationship between Luke & Tessa and in fact in the beginning I didn't feel the buzz between the two of them and was a bit worried that I wouldn't like the book.

BUT I needn't have worried as once it did get going I did feel the heat between the two of them and the sex scenes were hot and had m
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't know how to explain my feeling about this book because I found the story interesting and boring at the same time. It wasn't bad but wasn't great either. I liked Luke, but Tessa couldn't impress me.
It was nice plot. The romantic part was great and the sex scenes were hot so I ended up giving this book 4 stars.
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