Review: Good Girls Don’t by Victoria Dahl

Good Girls Don’t by Victoria Dahl
Series: Donovan Brothers Brewery (# 1)
Release Date: August 30,2011
Publisher: HQN
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley

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.

Review: I am rather on the fence on how I really felt about Good Girls Don’t. I’ve enjoyed Ms Dahl’s contemporaries in the past, so I was excited to read this one. But something fell a little flat for me. There was lots of chemistry between Tessa and Luke, so that wasn’t it. I loved Luke and Tessa grew on me. And most of the plot was interesting. But something didn’t gel for me and it’s hard to put my finger on it. I think when it comes down to it, Tessa ends up being the weak link.

Tessa and her brothers own a brewery and are looking to expand. But one of her brothers has an affair with the daughter of the man they hope will partner with them. So, Tessa begins to work behind her brothers’ backs to try to fix the situation. Then there was a break-in at the brewery which brings Luke, a local police detective, on the scene.

The mystery is actually quite interesting with enough twists to keep me happy. Tessa and Luke’s involvement is smoking hot. And the development of their relationship (and the obstacles they face) works. But still, Tessa’s insecurities and controlling nature made it hard for me to like her and in the end, I think she’s the reason I’m not giving Good Girls Don’t a better rating.

That said, I am interested in reading the next stories in the series to see how her brothers fare is finding love.

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