Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Review: Real Men Will by Victoria Dahl

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 own identity as the conservative Donovan. The “good” one.

But passion has its own logic, and Eric finds he cannot forget the sable-haired beauty with whom he shared one night of passion. When Beth discovers that Eric has lied, however, she knows he cannot be trusted. Her mind tells her to forget the blue-eyed charmer. If only every fiber of her being did not burn to call him back.

A strong finish to a lukewarm series, in Real Men Will we finally get the story of Eric Donovan from Eric's point of view.  Eric and Beth were first introduced in the anthology The Guy Next Door, and I must admit, when I read the short story, I was very disappointed.  I had assumed Ms. Dahl's contribution would be for a minor character, or a complete story rather than a prequel (and a teasing, cliffhanger prequel at that!).  

What really changed my opinion about Eric was the sex he and Beth have.  Shallow, I know.  Oh so shallow. 

Eric and his siblings are terrible communicators; I cannot believe they managed to have a relationship with one another after the death of their parents.  Eric and Beth have a Big Misunderstanding -- which is actually leftover from The Guy Next Door, thanks to Eric letting Beth assume he was Jamie Donovan and Beth's relationship with the Kendalls, the main antagonists of the series.  

But man, can Eric talk dirty.  (See? Shallow.)

(A very special thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley who provided me with an ARC of Real Men Will.)

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