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Things Good Girls Don't Do

(Rock Canyon, Idaho #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,313 ratings  ·  192 reviews
Good girls don't steal.
Good girls don't visit sex shops.
Good girls don't have one-night stands.

For Katie Conners, being a good girl just isn't worth it anymore. It used to mean getting the life she always wanted. But that was before she got dumped and her ex got engaged to his rebound. So, after a bad day and one too many mojitos, Katie starts making a list of things a gir
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Avon Impulse
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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Things Good Girls Don’t Do is a fun, sexy, romantic story about living life on your own terms, even if it means disappointing those around you.

The Story:

Katie Connors has spent her entire life living up to everyone else’s expectations of what being a “good girl” means: Good girls don’t steal. Good girls don’t visit sex shops. Good girls don’t have one-
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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Things Good Girls Don't Do was entertaining if unoriginal. First I thought it was going to be 'New Adult' (the woman in the cover looks young) but it turned out the heroine was in her 30s. That wasn't necessarily a bad thing - New Adult is a hit and miss for me - but the behavior of the heroine didn't seem to match her age. She was so hung up on what her mother wanted for her instead of thinking for herself that she seemed a person in the c
Miranda Elaine
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved this book and the whole idea of the list of things that "good girls don't do". I could relate to Katie and the expectations in her life and Chase is very swoon worthy. I was rooting for them the whole time and was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if they could get past their differences.
Candis Terry
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I simply loved this book. Codi Gary delivers an unexpected hero who made me smile and laugh all the way through, a fun heroine I cheered on, and a perfect cast of characters. I absolutely fell in love with Chase and Katie. Add me to the Codi Gary Fan Club. I can't wait for more!
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Katie is a good girl; polite, respectful and she feels a little like a doormat. When she gets a wedding invitation to her ex-boyfriend’s nuptials she decides enough is enough and makes a list of all the things she wanted to do growing up that her mother said good girls didn’t do. When a sexy tattoo artist gets his hands on the list he decides that he is more than up for the job of helping this good girl take a walk on the wild side.

When we first meet Katie I must say, I didn’t like her. In fact
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Small town romance that has humor, interesting characters and pulls at your heart strings.

Katie has always been a good girl, the residents of Rock Canyon, Idaho can always count on her to do the right thing, put aside anything she was doing to make sure others were taken care of. Several months ago her boyfriend of seven years left her and she feels she has not moved on so she is reevaluating her life, making a list of ten things she wants to do but has always been afraid that she will disappoi
Mrs Giggles
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
The cover of Codi Gary's Things Good Girls Don't Do suggests that this is going to be another "good girl gone wild" erotic story, but it turns out to be a small town story instead. It is a story of a good girl wanting to go wild, but while such stories are usually a display of non-stop stupidity, this one is actually enjoyable. A big reason for this is the believable heroine and the author's wise decision to keep things down to earth and low key.

Katie Conners is living out her own country song.
This book picks up shortly after the events of the prequel story and features several cameos from those characters. Katie drove me crazy with all her harping about her mother's teachings. I get that she was raised to be a lady, but jeez, being a lady does not equal being a doormat, and that's how far she was taking it! Granted, this story was about her breaking out of that shell, and Chase helping her do that, but Katie ended up doing a lot of projecting that made it hard for Chase to get close ...more
Brunette Librarian
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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    I absolutely positively loved this book. Reminding me of an early Rachel Gibson, Codi Gary has created a lovely town filled with quirky characters, a great romance, hot sex and pure funny. The second in the series, Things Good Girls Don’t Do will make you smile, laugh out loud, and cheer on that bad boy fighting for the so-called good girl.

     Katie Conners is wanting to break out of her shell. Her mother has passed away, her bo
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any romance reader
Here are the benefits to reading Things Good Girls Don’t Do (and Codi Gary):

The premise. Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a good girl. The book title made me nervous. The book description made me excited (what good girl doesn’t make a list like that at some point). The story, as it played out, made me absolutely fall in love with Chase and the idea that at some point I might be humiliated into sharing my Things-Good-Girls-Don’t-Do list with the Bad-Boy-With-A-Heart-Of-Gold crush. Like I told Codi when I
Nicole D.
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katie is a good girl. Her mother drilled those qualities into her. But after her boyfriend of 7 years dumps her and is going to marry the girl he cheated on her with Katie makes a list of all the "bad things" (according to her mother's rules)she wants to do. When Chase the new owner of the town tattoo shop gets his hands on it he offers to help her out with the list. Katie takes him up on his offer. Will the Good Girl and the Bad Boy find they are each other's perfect match?

I loved Katie. Her pe
Anne Dirty Girls' Good Books
There were a couple issues with this book for me. A lot of them had to do with expectations

-Cover Mismatch leads to expectations - This cover says erotic romance to me, yet the heat level wasn't there

-Characters lead to expectations - maybe I'm stereotyping, but I expected our tattoo artist hero to swear more than he did. And I can accept that our good girl heroine doesn't like to swear, but for her to change career paths because of it? That just made me think she was wierd.

On the other hand, th
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I "met" Codi Gary during an Avon Facebook party and loved her sense of humor during the event. I picked up Things Good Girls Don't Do a couple of days later, and loved it from start to finish. The main character, Katie, was so easy to identify with as she nursed a broken heart after a seven year relationship and found herself examining her life. I went through something like that after a 6 year relationship, and know the feeling. Enter Chase- a tattoo artist who thinks of himself as a bad boy fr ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Every girl should read this. Lol
Lorralei Umbrell-hoerner
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to my girl Teri for getting this book for me :) I loved it!!
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love Chase as the bad boy with a heart
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Fun and sexy and I especially liked that Katie was just an ordinary kind of girl.

Codi Gary is on my radar!
Shh I'm reading!
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Super cute! Gary did a great job of creating multi-faceted characters that you could love an appreciate.
LaVonne Nimrick
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
loved it and loved Chase!
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Sometimes you read a book and it brings back memories good and/or bad. Such is the case with Things Good Girls Don’t Do. Growing up as a middle child, my older sister was pretty wild and my younger brother wasn’t much better and because he was a boy he got away with a lot. I was the “good girl” stuck in the middle or so most people thought, thing was I was probably wilder than both of them but
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
While the premise was interesting I felt Gary a) relied on the repetition of Katie being a pushover and Chase having inferiority issues to push too much contrived obstacles and b) it was filled with one note secondary characters.

I wanted to like this book so much more then I did. Good Girl meets Bad Boy (or at least Tarnished Boy) is a well honed and loved trope for me. However Chase and Katie didn't feel genuine, passionate or interesting. What started as something intriguing--Katie writes u
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 star love story that made me envious of Katie!

Katie Conners is a good girl. At least that’s the way everyone in town sees her. Because she’s such a sweet, good girl, it’s easy for everyone to take advantage of her, including her ex-boyfriend. But that’s all about to change. That is if Katie has anything to say about it – maybe.

Enter Chase Trepasso, monster motorcycle riding, sexy tattoo artist who seems to be the exact opposite of Katie. She’s noticed him but never imagines that he’s noti
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it

Katie is a really sweet person, although that seems like a bland and boring description of her personality. She is one of those people whose innate kindness and compassion are like the beam from a lighthouse guiding people towards her. It also helps that she is absolutely gorgeous without being vain.

Katie has lived her life following the rules her domineering mother laid out for her, always trying to please others rather than herself. However, she gets a dramatic wake-up call when she recei
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just recently discovered this author on Fresh Fiction. This is the first book I've read by her, and let me tell you, I am SO glad that I did! Reading it kept me up until 3:45 am to finish.

Katie is a good girl. She's well respected, always helps out a friend in need, and does the right thing. She's become tired of always biting her tongue and taking the high road. One evening she makes a list of all the things she wants to do if she could just step out of her good girl persona. Her mother raise
Michele Adams
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Such a cute story. I could see Hallmark Channel making a movie out of it because it is right up their alley.

Good girl Katie always says and does the right thing. Raised in a small town by a prim and proper mother, she is the epitome of what every parent wants and the idol every person in town wants to be. But when you are polite 24x7, you also become the mat that everyone walks all over. After receiving a spiteful invitation to her ex-boyfriends wedding to the girl he cheated on her with, Katie
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing


Katie Conner has lived in Rock Canyon all her life. She was raised by her single mother after her father left and never came back. Katie’s mom instilled morals, politeness and respect in her making Katie the town’s good girl. After her boyfriend of seven years leaves her for another woman, Katie makes a list of all the things she’s wanted to do, but didn’t because good girls don’t do such things such as get a tattoo or streaks in her hair.

“I have done what other people wante
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I'm not sure it's fully 4 stars, but I'll round up because it was a fun, brain candy kind of read, and exactly what I was looking for.

The story: Katie is a goodie-goodie. Everyone agrees. She's sweet, polite, volunteers for everything, runs her own business (a hair salon), and lets people walk all over her. But getting an invitation to her ex and his fiancé's wedding brings out her inner firecracker. Her feistiness bubbles over and tattoo/comic book artist Chase is there to see her as she furiou
 Shirin  Laturkar
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: na, chick-lit, romance, stupid
You can find this review on The Opinions Of A Bookaholic

I read this book for pretty much one reason only. In 90% of every book scenario, I am that typical good girl who everyone overlooks, blah, blah. Not that I’m complaining; I actually like being that good girl. But what I was really curious to see was her reactions to stuff in general, and see how similarly I would react.

This book has a list in it. As far as list books go, it wasn’t that bad. It’s definitely not a list I would make, but beli
Catherine Crook
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This is a first for me from this author, and I must say - I was impressed. I really enjoyed the small town antics involved in this story of an unlikely pair finding love. Katie wanted the typical things any girl wanted: husband, kids and a nice quiet life. When he boyfriend of 7 years leaves her, she is frustrated and makes a list of things she has never (but wanted) to do. Leave it to Katie to have the town's new resident bad boy offer to help her with this list.

Codi does an amazing job convey
Julie Salinas
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Romance stories are not my first choice of stories to read, but after reading Codi Gary's book, I will have to stop saying that. I so fell in love with the characters in this story. I have never read a book where the small town is in Idaho, but all small towns have similar issues; everyone knows everyone else's business. And, not everyone wants to leave the hometown which sometimes leads to less opportunity for a romance to blossom. But most of all I identified with the main character, Katie, as ...more
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