#MissionBBA Review: Good Girls Don’t by Victoria Dahl (@NetGalley)(Rating 3.75 Wine Glasses)

Posted September 8, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 12 Comments


From Goodreads: 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.

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Overall Rating 3.75
Story Rating 3.75
Character Rating 3.75

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NOTE: This book spurred me on to visit an attached to a restaurant brewery while on vacation in Wisconsin. Though the one I visited was in a separate location it still kind of set the mood for the book. The whole business is quite fascinating and a perfect setting for a romance.

What I Loved: I loved the idea of siblings being owners in a business. The idea that you are just sure of what your brothers and sisters are thinking/doing/feeling is both funny and a recipe for disaster. Both of which happened in Good Girls Don’t! All 3 of the siblings: Eric, Jamie, and Tessa tend to lean on assumptions about their siblings and this does cause several problems for them! I loved Luke! He was a scrumptious leading man. He had his own set of issues but he handled them well. His protective instincts with his partner Sophie just made me love him more.

What I Liked: The story of the break-in and the mystery surrounding it was really well done. I wish a little more time had been spent on that part. I also liked the setting of the brewery and all the interaction that goes on between the patrons, staff, and owners.

Complaints: I found that while the initial sibling assumptions were intriguing, the story leaned to hard on that (especially with Jamie).

Why I gave it a 3.75: I found this to be a good beginning to the series and I look forward to reading the rest of them. I am really wondering how Eric and Jamie are going to work out their issues.

Victoria Dahl

Books in Series:
Good Girls Don'tBad Boys Do (Hqn)Real Men Will (Donovan Brothers Brewery, #3)

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12 responses to “#MissionBBA Review: Good Girls Don’t by Victoria Dahl (@NetGalley)(Rating 3.75 Wine Glasses)

  1. Amused

    I love the idea of a female series set around a brewery business, kind of an unusual twist. Sounds like it might be a fun read.

  2. Melissa (Books and T

    I need to read a book by her. I haven't yet. Oh and how was the beer? Hopefully it was a good one! *cheers*

  3. Blodeuedd

    It really bugs me that I did not like this one more 🙁 But then I always feel like that with books other like

  4. Jade

    I've been wondering about this author so I'm glad to finally read a review on her book. I know all about sibling assumptions having a brother and sister myself. Luke sounds divine, love protective men. Nice review, I'll have to put her on my TBR list.

  5. Missie

    Why have I not read a Victoria Dahl book yet? I know I'd want to visit a brewery too if I read this one. I'd call it reader research. ;)Luke sounds yummy. I love a protective man.

  6. Jenny

    I really like that this one focuses on a family run business, that just sounds like such a great premise for lots of hilariousness and drama. Thanks for the review Felicia:)

  7. Amanda

    I love the brewery idea. Kyle and I visited a vodka distillery in Wisconsin that was run by siblings. Somehow I don't think their story is probably as interesting as this book, though. 😉

  8. Twimom227

    This is great: "This book spurred me on to visit an attached to a restaurant brewery while on vacation in Wisconsin. " (BTW – I too visited a brewery while in WI, wonder if it was the same one!) Any book that influences your restaurant choice is a good one!