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This was one of those rare moments where 10 pages into the book and I was overwhelmed with sadness Sadness knowing that theI flip the pages the nearer I got to the end The story about the Donovan siblings just sucked me in and got me bewitched with their witty sibling antics Tessa was just the girl I really felt for her Being orphans at an early age had made Eric, Jaime and Tessa very close to each other And Tessa had made her ultimate priority to keep all three of them together no This was one of those rare moments where 10 pages into the book and I was overwhelmed with sadness Sadness knowing that theI flip the pages the nearer I got to the end The story about the Donovan siblings just sucked me in and got me bewitched with their witty sibling antics Tessa was just the girl I really felt for her Being orphans at an early age had made Eric, Jaime and Tessa very close to each other And Tessa had made her ultimate priority to keep all three of them together no matter what, at whatever cost A fast paced story with many secondary characters including the on and off boyfriend, his mother, his ex wife, his pregnant colleague, the brewery staff, their business associates and a brief appearance by Eric s secret one night stand I lovvit 3.5 starsThe first book in Dahl s DBB series We get to know the Donovan siblings, Eric, Jamie and Tessa who all work in the family brewery business This book is Tessa s story and we soon learn this gregarious young lady has a few insecurities and fears Tessa, the youngest sibling often finds herself as peacemaker of the family When she was fourteen, both parents were killed in a car accident Oldest brother Eric stepped up to the plate and moved back home to help care for his brother and sis 3.5 starsThe first book in Dahl s DBB series We get to know the Donovan siblings, Eric, Jamie and Tessa who all work in the family brewery business This book is Tessa s story and we soon learn this gregarious young lady has a few insecurities and fears Tessa, the youngest sibling often finds herself as peacemaker of the family When she was fourteen, both parents were killed in a car accident Oldest brother Eric stepped up to the plate and moved back home to help care for his brother and sister.Now all grown and each having a hand in the running of their late father s business, Tessa finds herself once again trying to keep the peace between Eric and Jamie Along with this endeavor, there is a robbery resulting in a mystery to be solved And that s where the best part of the book entersSexy as sin Detective Luke Asher There is definitely a strong attraction between these two With the rumors and gossip circulating around Luke, Tessa s brothers are against any type relationship While I do understand how they wanted to protect her, this part of the book was a major distration for me These two were OTT with their protectiveness They acted like she was 16 instead of a smart twenty eight year old But never fear, Tessa soon solves their interference into her love life And, WOW, the pages soon nearly combust The sex scenes between these two were HOT A pretty good start to this series and now I m off for the second installment, Jamie s storya bartender who often wears a kilt, a tight t shirt that clings to all those muscles and work boots Review posted Happily Ever After ReadsHis hand slid up to grip her hip as if he were afraid he d float right off the earth if he didn t hold on She loved that she was his anchor, if only for this one brief momentA series centered around siblings Stop right there, SOLD I love all kinds of romance in all different types of sub genres, but I have a huge soft spot for series that are centered around families, especially when each sibling gets their own book I love this element in the R Review posted Happily Ever After ReadsHis hand slid up to grip her hip as if he were afraid he d float right off the earth if he didn t hold on She loved that she was his anchor, if only for this one brief momentA series centered around siblings Stop right there, SOLD I love all kinds of romance in all different types of sub genres, but I have a huge soft spot for series that are centered around families, especially when each sibling gets their own book I love this element in the Rough Riders series by Lorelei James, the Brown Siblings series by Lauren Dane and my most reread favorite family series, the Travis family series by Lisa Kleypas If book 1 of Victoria Dahl s new Donovan Brothers Brewery series is any indication, it s well on its way to being at the top of my favorites list First up, Tessa Donovan Youngest of three siblings, her two older brothers Eric and Jamie, couldn t bedifferent but they re both protective of Tessa and love her fiercely They lost their parents years ago to an accident, Eric being the oldest moved back home to take care of Jamie and Tessa and start running the family brewery All the siblings now work at the brewery and tension is high between Jamie a lovable guy who finds himself messing up when he really does try to avoid it and Eric the strong, oldest sibling, shouldering the bulk of the responsibilities by his own choice and fighting with Jamie over pretty much everything Tessa feels like she s the glue that holds her family together and after losing so much already, she ll do whatever it takes to keep her brothers right where they are, in the family business and in her life After a break in at the brewery, Luke Asher is on the case Luke s old friends with Jamie and after spending time at the brewery gathering evidence, he notices Tessa and when she calls him up asking to meet for dinner, of course he says yes Jamie and Eric are irate that she s seeing Luke, they ve heard some unfavorable rumors about his past and his work situation Tessa has a few moments of doubt, but that doesn t keep her from getting to know Luke and after spending time with him she realizes what a caring, nice guy he really is and she wants to get to know him a lotHe had that bad boy aura she found appealing, and yet he was a polite police detective who had no problem working with women In other words, the guy was smoking hot She might have to break her third base rule for him Though it d always beenof a gentle suggestion than a hard and fast rule A girl had to keep her options open The mystery regarding the brewery break in goes throughout the story, with Luke tracking down clues and the thief ends up being a lot closer than anyone realized There s also the business deal Eric s trying to finalize with Roland Kendall that would help expand their business The deal gets thrown off track by Jamie and Kendall s daughter when they re caught the morning after by Daddy Roland Tessa starts telling little white lies, first asking Jamie to keep the incident from Eric, then by trying to salvage the deal with Roland on her own, behind Eric s back Her little lies turn into crazy, out of control lies and everything eventually comes to a head in a big family fight Tessa is a vibrant, loving person who just wants her brothers to be happy and get along and she didn t realize how much she also wanted to find love, in the form of Luke Having lost her parents at a young age, it s hard for Tessa to open up and risk herself again, but Luke doesn t make it easy for her to let him go Luke s also dealing with past hurt and anger, and while they re two stubborn people who refuse to open up about anything painful, they quickly realize that it s talk it out, or be alone It probably goes without saying that their scenes together were all over the chart passionate, sweet, tender, hilariousSorry, he said I just need one second Carry on You re hot in detective mode Oh, yeah Maybe I ll show you my handcuffs later She knew it was just a slightly distracted joke, but Tessa felt a shiver of nervous delight at the thought Maybe indeed I really loved all the little details that Victoria Dahl writes in that gives the story that extra charm, from the brewmaster Wallace who I can t wait to see again , Tessa twittering, Jamie s kilt, to the brewery s kickball team and Tessa s muttered cursing Also Simone, who showed Tessa who the true Luke really is Simone is Luke s pregnant work partner and it kills him that she won t share any details with him, won t talk about the baby or who the father is, she s shut him out of that part of her life It bothers Luke that she won t let him be a friend to her and help her through this and it just shows Tessa another side of Luke, and what a truly nice guy he is Victoria Dahl wrote about a family that I instantly fell in love with and created characters that I wanted to know Luke and Tessa are such a fun couple, their scenes had me laughing one minute and sighing the next I can t wait to see where Victoria takes us with Jamie and Eric Tessa Donovan really doesn t need this Not only was their family brewery robbed, but her brother managed to blow some important business negotiations by sleeping with the man s daughter and getting caught by her irate father She can fix this, after all she spent most of her life fixing things and cleaning up after her brothers Of course there s some worthy distraction this time Detective Luke Asher.Luke is an old friend of her brother s He knows he should stay away from Tessa, after all his Tessa Donovan really doesn t need this Not only was their family brewery robbed, but her brother managed to blow some important business negotiations by sleeping with the man s daughter and getting caught by her irate father She can fix this, after all she spent most of her life fixing things and cleaning up after her brothers Of course there s some worthy distraction this time Detective Luke Asher.Luke is an old friend of her brother s He knows he should stay away from Tessa, after all his reputation is in shreds There are some nasty rumors floating around he divorced his wife because she had cancer, he s the father of his partner s baby and he refuses to accept it But Tessa is amazing and he wants her badly.Luke is a great guy, always willing to help even if nobody asks him to , he does have some hang ups, but he deals with them Even when he says something harsh to Tessa, he apologizes He s charming and a great friend The things he did for his partner made me smile he actually read a couple of pregnancy books, and probably knewabout the risks than her.Tessa s parents died when she was young, and she and her brothers were left alone Luckily Eric, the older brother, was there to raise them and keep the family together But she has some issues and doesn t really trust her brothers to stick around, and because of that she acts in a way that irritates me.My problem with the book are Tessa s action She goes behind her brother s back, constantly I totally understand that when it comes to her private life, but when it s a business situation that involves the brewery And she lies constantly Now I know she has her reasons and that the fear of abandonment is the cause, but I simply couldn t like her There were times when she annoyed me so much that I had to take a pause in reading the book and calm down.Barring Tessa s behavior, the book is good I like Luke, Eric and Jamie I m looking forward to their books Bad Boys Do and Real Men Will and the mystery part of the book is OK view spoiler although I didn t like the way it ended, I would ve liked to see the perpetrator in jail, and not enjoying himself in Taiwan hide spoiler.Rating 2.5 starsARC received from NetGalley ( Free E-pub ) ☲ Good Girls Don't ♶ Too much of a good thingWith her long ponytail and sparkling green eyes, Tessa Donovan looks 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 4.5 Stars Once again, Dahl has managed to give me a winner I had a few moments here and there where Tessa grated on me, but I really understood what was driving her, so I was able to be patient for the most part My issues with her caused me to drop my grade a little, but I ll get into thatin a bit.I know when I pick up a contemporary by Dahl that I ll get humor, well developed characters, and lots of sexy And boy, does she deliver here The sexy times were great, although a little less 4.5 Stars Once again, Dahl has managed to give me a winner I had a few moments here and there where Tessa grated on me, but I really understood what was driving her, so I was able to be patient for the most part My issues with her caused me to drop my grade a little, but I ll get into thatin a bit.I know when I pick up a contemporary by Dahl that I ll get humor, well developed characters, and lots of sexy And boy, does she deliver here The sexy times were great, although a little less flamboyant than I saw in her last CR trilogy One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Tessa and Luke are getting hot and heavy and are close to having sex for the first time Luke ends up backpedaling because of bad information, leaving Tessa pretty ticked The whole scene was hilarious I seriously read it twice just so I could laugh through it again Tessa was a great main character She had some pretty serious flaws, but she was very likable and I enjoyed reading her POV My biggest problem with her was her lies She didn t do it maliciously, but it was hard feeling sympathy for her when she was digging her own hole I totally understood why she behaved the way that she did, since the author did an excellent job of setting up the motivation for each brother and showing how much that single event in their childhood defined the rest of their life, but after a while it got old Lie after lie piled on top of each other to make it work, but it was all crumbling around her I felt really sorry for her when it fell, but I m glad that no one let her convince herself that she was in the right She clearly needed an intervention and it was long overdue.Luke was such a fabulous hero I can t even think of a single thing about him I didn t like He wasn t perfect, he had his flaws as well, but it all combined into a compelling package The way he silently endured the rumors, no matter how much they bothered him, and the way he was willing to put reach out again and again hoping for a connection, both with Tessa and his partner, had my heart melting He was sexy and occasionally prickly, but he was so, so sweet and adorable I felt so bad for him when we finally learned about his marriage, but I could see how it all got to that point I liked that he was willing to be the one to apologize first, but that he took a stand when he was in the right and wasn t willing to smooth things over any Tessa had to be the one to make things right.I really liked the way the Donovan family was set up They seemed like an actual family, with fights and resentments mixed in with the happiness and laughter They each are slowly realizing that they needthan what they have had in their family roles so far Each needs to think about themselves and what will make them happy instead of just what they can do for the family I loved Jamie and Eric, but I thought their brotherly protection got a little smothering and it felt a little overdone I m really looking forward to the next books and seeing each brother fall in love 4 stars, but only because I read this series out of order and already was familiar with the suspense part of the book so I found it kind of boring What I loved reading about was Tessa what a great, funny, compassionate character, always trying to fix things between her battling brothers and her romance with hunky police detective Luke These two were probably my favorite characters of the series Fantastic series, highly recommended if you like steamy hot contemporaries with touches of humo 4 stars, but only because I read this series out of order and already was familiar with the suspense part of the book so I found it kind of boring What I loved reading about was Tessa what a great, funny, compassionate character, always trying to fix things between her battling brothers and her romance with hunky police detective Luke These two were probably my favorite characters of the series Fantastic series, highly recommended if you like steamy hot contemporaries with touches of humor Good Girls Don t begins a family family business contemporary series somewhat in the Susan Mallery mode, but considerably spicier Everyone thinks that Tessa Donovan is an innocent good girl why, I m not exactly sure, since she seems pretty flirtatious and in your face to me Police Detective Luke Asher has a notoriety even less well deserved he s popularly believed to be a ladykiller who dumped his wife when she had cancer and callously knocked up his partner But there is some truth beh Good Girls Don t begins a family family business contemporary series somewhat in the Susan Mallery mode, but considerably spicier Everyone thinks that Tessa Donovan is an innocent good girl why, I m not exactly sure, since she seems pretty flirtatious and in your face to me Police Detective Luke Asher has a notoriety even less well deserved he s popularly believed to be a ladykiller who dumped his wife when she had cancer and callously knocked up his partner But there is some truth behind each of their reputations Tessa is the Donovan family peacemaker, willing to go to any desperate lengths to keep her two brothers happy and away from each other s throats, and so committed to rescuing her family that she s never had emotions left over for a real relationship And Luke carries a lot of shame about his relationships that colors his view of potential future ones.This is a mature, intelligent story with believably flawed, realistic characters i.e., not a whole lot of typical romance novel drama It s set in an absorbing backdrop of small business concerns and a related crime that Luke and his partner are working on there s also a moving subplot involving Luke s partner, mysteriously pregnant and all alone The sex scenes are hotter than typical mainstream romance and though the tone of the book isserious than breezy thank God, there are some lighthearted moments between the lovers that made me smile I m looking forward to the rest of the series reviewed from e arc provided by netGalley Meh I was bored Also, I might have a book hangover from The Kiss Quotient and am unable to see beyond that And I didn t really like the heroine and her trust issues, despite being the biggest liar in the story And I didn t really care much for what I saw of the rest of the Donovan family, so I think I m done here. My search for a good contemporary romance isn t going so well I DNF d this at about 20%.The writing was clumsy, I didn t care about any of the conflicts or the characters The heroine was a compulsive liar, her brothers were paper thin and I disliked the one who was a fuckboi , and the hero is a divorced cop not exactly dreamy IMO.There is a bunch of nonsense such as the fact that the hero s partner his police partner gets pregnant and the whole town assumes he is the father, and he doe My search for a good contemporary romance isn t going so well I DNF d this at about 20%.The writing was clumsy, I didn t care about any of the conflicts or the characters The heroine was a compulsive liar, her brothers were paper thin and I disliked the one who was a fuckboi , and the hero is a divorced cop not exactly dreamy IMO.There is a bunch of nonsense such as the fact that the hero s partner his police partner gets pregnant and the whole town assumes he is the father, and he doesn t deny because reasons Even the woman says she tells people he isn t the father, and he should do the same, but apparently he thinks that by not denying it at least she won t be seen as a fallen woman who had a baby with an unknown man What He is really obsessed with finding out who the father is, even following her to the ultrasound clinic to see if there s a guy with her, in spite of the fact that she specifically tells him it s none of his business Creepy There is also a really weird scene where the heroine s brother tells the hero to stay away from her because she s a virgin I actually laughed aloud at that one The woman is like 27 btw WHY is her brother so concerned about the state of her hymen What kind of Lannister realness is this And even if she was a virgin, why is it any of his business who his sister decides to date and possibly sleep with At that point I had already decided to DNF, but I skipped ahead just to see if the author really DID write the heroine a virgin she didn t, at least, but the way the hero freaks the fuck out about it is not a good look I don t want to deflower an untouched innocent Gross Stop fetishising virginity It s not even a real thing If you re that worried about it, talk to the woman like a grown adult man