Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review: Good Girls Don't by Victoria Dahl

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 pregnant and everyone thinks he's the father.

Tessa has her hands full, too. Her brother's playboy ways may be threatening the business, and the tension could tear her tight–knit family apart. In fact, the only thing that could unite the Donovan boys is seeing a man come after their "baby" sister. Especially a man like Luke Asher. But Tessa sees past the rumors to the man beneath. He's not who people think he is—and neither is she. 

After reading the (cliffhanger) short story "Just One Taste" in The Guy Next Door anthology, I was immediately ready for this series.  The wait was torture, I tell you. 

We're caught up in various lies when we are reintroduced to the Donovan clan.  Tessa feels the need to lie in order to keep familial harmony between her brothers, Jamie and Eric.  But the lies don't stop with the Donovans; Detective Luke Asher is experincing some heat as well from his department associates who believe he's gotten his partner of two years, Simone, pregnant.  When Tessa and Luke meet thanks to a robery at the Donovan Brewery, there's an instant spark, but Jamie and Eric still think of Tessa as their little (innocent) sister.  Plus, Jamie believes the lies he's heard about Luke. 

For all Tessa's "innocence," she's full-on potty mouth and eager to tell Luke what she wants from him in all aspects of their relationship.  Since this is Ms. Dahl, I know sexual tension and heat won't be lacking between the leads. 

Good Girls Don't was a quick read, as well as a fun and sexy one.  A great way to start a series!     

(A very special thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Good Girls Don't.)

1 comment:

Sarah (The Brazen Bookworm) said...

I loved this one too (reviewing it tomorrow!) and thought it was such a great start to the trilogy. My favorite part was when Jamie told Luke why he should stay away from Tessa early on in the book - so funny! Her reaction was great. I also love the clues for Eric's book - I'm super excited for that one! Great job on the review! :)

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