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Good Girls Don’t by Victoria Dahl

Good Girls Don't (Donovan Brothers Brewery, #1) Good Girls Don’t (Hqn) by Victoria Dahl

Good Girls Don’t is the first of a trilogy of contemporary romances from Victoria Dahl about the Donavan Brothers Brewery. Below is the publisher’s summary:

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.

I was happy to have the chance via Harlequin and Netgalley to review Good Girls Don’t. I had started one of Dahl’s historicals, A Little Bit Wild, this winter, but couldn’t get into it. I think the author’s voice works a lot better for contemporary than historical settings. I enjoyed this book overall though the heroine wasn’t my favorite. I’m sure many others feel the same way about ponytail-wearing perky blondes (speaking as a non-perky blonde myself). I could definitely sympathize with Tessa’s efforts to be a peacemaker in her family and this made her more likeable. There was really nothing I disliked about the hero, Luke.

What kept me reading was the sizzling chemistry between the leads, as well as the quirky characters and witty dialogue. The mystery about the break-in at the brewery was solved in a way that kept the story moving without taking away from the romance. I already have the next in the series, Bad Boys Do, and look forward to reading it soon.

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