Thursday, September 15, 2011

Good Girls Don't - Victoria Dahl

Book Blurb:
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.

In My Own Words:
There are few things that Tessa knows for sure, but she would do anything for her brothers, and that is a fact.  When Jamie messes up a deal, Tessa knows she can't let their eldest brother find out about the mess until she can fix it.  She can't stand to see them fight, and they fight a lot.  The only thing her brothers agree on is, Tessa is something that needs protection, at all cost.

When the bar is broken in to, Detective Luke and his very pregnant partner Simone, come to secure the scene.  When Jamie realizes he knows the detective, Tessa is instantly intrigued.  When it turns out that Luke might be useful in her ploy to keep her family together, she befriends him.  One date turns in to two...When the brothers find out about her dating Luke, all hell breaks loose.  Not only is he not worthy of their "baby" sister, he has a ton of baggage and it appears he has a baby on the way.  Secrets have gotten Luke in to many sticky situations and his heart of gold isn't helping, if people would just see past the rumors, they would find out, he isn't what they expected....and neither is Tessa.

Notable Quote:
"You're just using me for my body," he joked in defense.  "I know." She sighed. "It's so great."

With all of the drama all around them, I wasn't sure there would be a HEA.  The book wasn't what I thought it would be.  There was a ton of family drama on Tessa's side, but when the chips were really down, she had a strong support system, those brothers would do anything for her.  One scene closer to the end where Tessa is crying in Eric's arms, literally brought tears to my eyes.  I thought the "if Eric finds out he will flip" was a little over played.  As for Luke, he was the kind of guy that you could bring home to mom, if you had a truck to carry all his baggage.  The chemistry between Tessa and Luke was great and their banter was funny and sexy at times.  I enjoyed reading the book, and each time I put it down, I would wonder what the heck she would think of next.

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