Title: Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl
Donovan Brothers Brewery #2
Publisher: HQN Books
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 384 pages
Book Rating: B+
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley
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?
With Bad Boys Do, Victoria Dahl brings us Jamie Donovan’s sexy, but emotional story. Despite Jamie’s efforts to prove otherwise, his brother and sister persist in viewing him as the irresponsible bad boy of the family. To help dispel that image, he strikes up a deal with college teacher Olivia Bishop. In exchange for teaching her to have fun and loosen up, Olivia will help him with his presentation to expand the family brewery business.
Hidden behind Jamie’s flirtatious and good natured exterior are a wealth of doubt, uncertainty and guilt. He is simmering with anger at his brother Eric’s inability to see view him as anything but the immature partying playboy he was in his younger years.
Olivia leads a controlled and rigidly scheduled life. She always does the proper thing even if it is not what she wants to do. Now divorced, she is attempting to bring some much needed fun into her well ordered world. And Jamie is just the man to help her.
Jamie and Olivia begin an intensely passionate relationship that becomes much more than either imagined. There is plenty of hot sex and fun but it does not take long before their emotions become involved. It is absolutely delightful seeing the growth of each character as they step out of their defined roles and change their families’ and friends’ perceptions of them.
Bad Boys Do is an engaging read with unexpected emotional depth. Jamie and Olivia are well developed winsome characters that will capture your heart. The chemistry between them is blazing hot and their sex scenes are scorching!
The last novel of the Donovan Brother’s Brewery trilogy is Real Men Will featuring Eric Donovan. Eric’s behavior towards Jamie was pretty reprehensible in Bad Boys Do, and I am looking forward to seeing how Victoria Dahl pulls off redeeming his character.