Real Men Will by Victoria Dahl
Date Read: November 2011
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
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 identity as the conservative Donovan. The "good one." But passion has its own logic, and Eric finds he can't forget the sable-haired beauty with whom he shared a night of love. When Beth discovers that Eric has lied, however, she knows he can't be trusted. Her mind tells her to forget the blue-eyed charmer. If only every fiber of her being didn't burn to call him back.
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Series: Donovan Brothers Brewery #3
Read for Review (NetGalley)
Overall Rating 4.00
Story Rating 3.50
Character Rating 4.00
Romance Rating 4.50
Note: I didn’t think I could like Eric when I started this book and by the end I loved him. I truly believe it was because of Beth!
What I Loved: Beth is the best character in this series, IMHO! She was the most identifiable and down to earth leading ladies that I have read. She was also perfect for Eric. Beth brought out a side of Eric that had never been displayed in the series. I loved that she made him earthy, flawed, and unsure. Together their romance was sizzling and things were definitely hot-hot-hot.
What I Liked: I liked how Victoria made all the women in this series successful career women without distracting from their need of a family and love. Each of these women were smart, tough, self-sufficient, and yet very feminine.
Complaints: The family drama was a little much! So much could have been resolved with one honest conversation. While I loved Eric with Beth and Jamie with Olivia—I wanted to strangle Eric and Jamie when they get on the page together. Jamie was a jack *ss in this part of the story while Eric was a jack *ss in the previous one. I just felt that was dragged out a little long. It was why I dropped the story Rating.
Why I gave it a 4: This is ultimately a romance between two very good people. I bought the romance, loved the romance, and *swooned* at all the appropriate times.