Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review: Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl

Olivia Bishop is no fun. That’s what her ex-husband said. That’s what her smart bob and glasses imply. And 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 trouble – in the form of sexy Jamie Donovan – may be too tempting to avoid. 

Jamie Donovan doesn’t mean to be bad. Sure, the wild streak in his wicked green eyes has lured the ladies before. But it’s time to grow up. He’s even ready for a serious romance. But how can that be when Olivia, the only right woman he has ever met, already has him pegged as wrong.

We pick up with the second of the Donovan Brewery series which features Jamie Donovan, kilt wearing bartender and well-known flirt.  He and his older brother, Eric, were way too over-protective of their younger sister, Tessa, in Good Girls Don't, so I really enjoyed getting to see the three Donovans from another point of view.  And, man, do they still have some issues with one another!  

Eric and Jamie were constantly at each other's throats.  Jamie wants to add to the brewery's atmosphere; Eric sees it not as a step up or good for business but as an act of all-out war.  Tessa plays both sides, as she did in the previous book.  What bothered me most is that this is a family who communicates via shouts and slamming doors.  There's no clear moment to listen and process, even when one of them apologizes.  I liked seeing and getting to know Jamie through his own eyes rather than what Tessa or Eric thinks.  

Olivia and Jamie have some very nice moments of sexual tension.  He helped her realize (or remember) fun, and she kept him grounded in his desire to better the brewery.  Is it enough to base a long-term relationship on?  That's the kicker -- I just don't know.  I  think they are a very cute couple and balance each other well.  There just wasn't enough emotional oomph between them for me to sigh happily and believe they'll be together forever.  

(A very special thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley who provided me with an ARC of Bad Boys Do.)

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