Oct 7, 2011

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Review: Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl (Donovan Brother’s Brewery #2)

Contemporary Romance
September 27 2011
Mass Market Paperback
384 pages
HQN Books
Received from NetGalley

Yummy Man – Jamie Donovan
Kick Ass Chick – Olivia Bishop

From Goodreads –
Olivia Bishop is no fun. That’s what her ex-husband said. And that’s what her smart bob and glasses imply. So with her trademark determination, Olivia sets out to remake her life. She’s going to spend time with her girlfriends and not throw it all away for some man. But when an outing with her book club leads her to a brewery taproom, the dark-haired beauty realizes that trouble—in the form of sexy Jamie Donovan—may be too tempting to avoid.

Jamie Donovan doesn’t mean to be bad. Sure, the wild streak in his wicked green eyes has lured the ladies before. Now it’s time to grow up. He’s even ready for a serious romance. But how can that be when Olivia, the only right woman he has ever met, already has him pegged as wrong?


Bad Boys Do is the second book in Victoria Dahl’s Donovan Brother’s Brewery and this one I really enjoyed!  I didn’t hate the first book or anything, but I found this one to be just delightful.

This time around we follow Jamie on his journey to finding true love and a well deserved HEA.  Jamie is considered the screw up of the family.  Basically, after his parents’ death, he just acted up.  Mind you he was a teenager so he was entitled, but that is not how his older brother saw it.  Also, when he and his sister were old enough to take over in the running of the family brewery, Jamie decided that he didn’t really want a big part in it.  Well, that’s changed.  He’s older now (late 20s) and he wants to grow up and take on more responsibility.  But Eric, the eldest Donovan sibling, just can’t take Jamie seriously and dismisses almost every idea he suggests.

Poor Jamie.  Come on over here so Julie can give you a big long hug and a little inappropriate squeeze.

Then we have Olivia.  I loved her!  She reminded me so much of me, it was almost creepy.  Okay, I’m not a university teacher and I’m not recently divorced from a d*ckwad ex-husband.  But what we do have in common is our ability to get so stuck in a routine that becomes so comfortable that we just don’t want to do anything new.  And things that she and I may find fun aren’t your typical ‘fun’ things.  Jamie meets her in the Donovan Brewery bar and is instantly drawn to her.  After a few meetings (and one awkward dinner party that Jamie really handles like a pro) Jamie and Olivia strike a deal:  he is to help her be more fun and she is to help him present his plans for the Brewery to Eric and their sister Tessa.

On the surface, it looks like Jamie and Olivia are opposites, but I didn’t think so.  They have their basic values in common and that is enough to give them a good start.  Plus, they complement each other perfectly!  I love how Jamie took Olivia a little bit out of her comfort zone but never forcing her to do anything that would make her scream and run.  I love how Olivia let Jamie do the work for the Brewery and she only polished off his plans.  They made a great team, knowing what each other needed.  Can you tell that I really really liked them together!

I liked that there was no mystery sub-plot this time around.  There were a few bumps in the road, but overall this story was about Jamie and Olivia, how they dealt with their personal issues and how they meet and fall in love.  Sometimes that’s all you need in a contemporary romance to make it good.  Great characters and a solid boy-meets-girl, boy-falls-for-girl story.  *sigh*

Even though I didn’t love Tessa in Good Girls Don’t, I didn’t mind her in this book because she’s not the focus.  She seems to have mellowed out a bit…except for in one scene.  But that was just one scene and I was too busy focusing on Jamie and what he was feeling and too busy not really liking Eric that I didn’t let Tessa overly bug me.  Now Eric still rubs me the wrong way and because of that, I don’t see myself picking up his book – even though I’ve heard his is the hottest book.  But after reading Tessa’s book, I had a strong feeling that I would enjoy Jamie’s book and I was right.  I’m glad I read it.  It left me smiling and all giddy inside.  Jamie and Olivia make a wonderful match and their story bends really well to Victoria’s voice.  Overall a great contemporary romance read.

4.5 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“’Want a beer?’

‘No,’ she said.  ‘Absolutely not.’

‘I’ll take that as a yes,’ Jamie said, reaching for a pint glass.  ‘Try the hefeweizen.’

‘I won’t like it!’  she laughed.  ‘I’m sorry, but I don’t like beer.’

‘Everyone likes beer,’ he insisted, sliding her the glass.  ‘Look, this one comes with a lemon slice.’

‘Is that to mask the awful taste?’

Books in the Donovan Brothers Brewery series –
Just One Taste (part of The Guy Next Door anthology)
Good Girls Don’t
Bad Boys Do
Real Men Will (October 25th 2011)

  1. Poor Jamie. Come on over here so Julie can give you a big long hug and a little inappropriate squeeze.
    OMG, Julie, you crack me up. Great review!! I think to truly like Eric, you would have to read the novella from The Boy Next Door (I think that was the name of that book) where he was introduced without all the sibling angst.

    BTW, as I am sitting here typing this, I can see your flashes of New & Coming Soon. There are some amazing books coming!!!

  2. great review. I liked all three books, but this one was my favorite.

  3. Nice review, I am happy to see her brothers finding love too 😀 And with that, nope not gonna read it

  4. Christi – There are amazing books coming out! Too many! I don’t know how I’ll ever read them all! lol

    D – This one was great. 🙂

    blodeuedd – “nope not gonna read it” LOL!

  5. I agree with you Jamie is just too cute not to give him an inappropriate squeeze. I liked Olivia but at the end I wanted to shake her a little bit… Tessa I just want her to drown in Jamie’s jacuzzi and die! I know what you mean about Eric, but I feel he is more than this stuck up brother. I’m planing to read his book so we’ll see if I’m right (I hope to be).
    As always great review. 🙂

  6. Great review Julie! Now I know I need to read these books. I know you weren’t a huge fan of book one but I know Christi enjoyed it so I think I’ll give it a shot. I saw both of these at Target the other day and now I’m kicking myself for not buying them…I’ll do that soon. 😀 Olivia and Jamie sound so sweet…I really want to read about them! BTW…this part of your review made me crack up: “Poor Jamie. Come on over here so Julie can give you a big long hug and a little inappropriate squeeze.”

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