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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 own identity as the conservative Donovan. The “good” one. But passion has its own logic, and Eric finds he cannot 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 own identity as the conservative Donovan. The “good” one. But passion has its own logic, and Eric finds he cannot forget the sable-haired beauty with whom he shared one night of passion. When Beth discovers that Eric has lied, however, she knows he cannot be trusted. Her mind tells her to forget the blue-eyed charmer. If only every fiber of her being did not burn to call him back.


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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 own identity as the conservative Donovan. The “good” one. But passion has its own logic, and Eric finds he cannot 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 own identity as the conservative Donovan. The “good” one. But passion has its own logic, and Eric finds he cannot forget the sable-haired beauty with whom he shared one night of passion. When Beth discovers that Eric has lied, however, she knows he cannot be trusted. Her mind tells her to forget the blue-eyed charmer. If only every fiber of her being did not burn to call him back.

11 review for Real Men Will

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susanne

    I'm beyond happy! I've been reading this whole book with a big grin on my face. I savored every little bit. No skimming! It was exactly what the doctor ordered. Finally, I'm out of my reading slump! "The memory of those words filled Eric with such fierce triumph that he felt like he'd grown taller. He might be vanilla as hell, but maybe that was her favorite flavor. Or at least the flavor of the month." Eric was such a jerk in the previous books, but he was really lovable in this one. He was 24 w I'm beyond happy! I've been reading this whole book with a big grin on my face. I savored every little bit. No skimming! It was exactly what the doctor ordered. Finally, I'm out of my reading slump! "The memory of those words filled Eric with such fierce triumph that he felt like he'd grown taller. He might be vanilla as hell, but maybe that was her favorite flavor. Or at least the flavor of the month." Eric was such a jerk in the previous books, but he was really lovable in this one. He was 24 when his parents died in a car crash, and he gave up everything to care for his younger sister Tessa (Book 1) and Jamie (Book 2). Now he is 37, and burdened by all the pressure. Beth is the owner off a classy sex shop, but not the sex goddess everyone thinks... When these two meet, the sexual chemistry is off the charts. Some parts off this book are wowza hot! I laughed, smiled and cheered for them throughout the book. Eric was beyond hot...or maybe I just have a soft spot for that name xD And, as icing on the already delicious cake we got to spend plenty of time with Tessa, Luke and Jamie again! Victoria Dahl is one of my favorite contemporary authors and this book was the best in this series! Do yourself a favor and start from the beginning, and let yourself be charmed with the amazing Donovan family.

  2. 5 out of 5

    willaful

    In the previous books of this series, we saw Tessa Donovan and Jamie Donovan both struggling with their family image: Tessa trapped as the good girl, Jamie as the bad boy. As it turns out, their older brother Eric is also struggling with how he thinks his siblings see him: despite having been their mainstay since the death of their parents, he doesn’t feel like a real member of the family, and the recent changes in both Tessa and Jamie have left him feeling far less needed or useful. Meanwhile Be In the previous books of this series, we saw Tessa Donovan and Jamie Donovan both struggling with their family image: Tessa trapped as the good girl, Jamie as the bad boy. As it turns out, their older brother Eric is also struggling with how he thinks his siblings see him: despite having been their mainstay since the death of their parents, he doesn’t feel like a real member of the family, and the recent changes in both Tessa and Jamie have left him feeling far less needed or useful. Meanwhile Beth, the adult toy store manager Eric had a one-night stand with in the novella “Just One Taste,” continues to be uncomfortable with her image as an uninhibited sex expert. And she can’t forget Eric, the only man who's ever gotten her out of her own head during sex. When events bring them back together, they find it impossible to stick to the one night they’d originally agreed upon. But can they get past the false ideas they have about themselves and each other, and find the real people underneath? It took me a little while to get into this; the narrative voice seemed surprisingly rushed and unsubtle in places, and I hadn’t liked the short story much. What first won me over was Eric -- not only is it really interesting to find out what was behind his harshness in the previous books, but buttoned-down Eric is unexpectedly smokin’ hot. In fact, I’d say this is the hottest book of the series, mainly because there’s something very slow, serious and deliberate about Eric that’s really enticing: "He still didn't kiss her. She felt his whole hand curve around her waist, the edge of his hand restng on the curve of her hip, his thumb fanning slowly across her ribs. She opened her eyes to see him still watching his hand. 'You left too quickly last time.' 'I know,' she whispered. 'I wanted more.'" Damn, so do I! With additional background into her life, Beth also became much more understandable than she had been, and most of the elements that bugged me in the novella began to work. (The one thing that still nagged: the secondary characters with alternative lifestyles. They’re portrayed positively, but the way Eric and Beth think about them makes me think they see them as a circus act.) The intricacy of the themes in this series is notable, and this was no exception. Eric’s issues interweave with Beth’s in a compelling way, particularly the fact that neither feels “real”: “He though she was nothing more than a walking, talking sexual adventure. The irony of it was like a dull knife in her heart. She’d been real with him. For once, she’d been a real person in bed.” I also love that the titles in this series are all actually meaningful, and that all three books meld into one ongoing story about a family. Definitely read the whole series, in order, to get the full effect. (reviewed from e-arc provided by netGalley)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alp

    This book wasn't bad but wasn't great either. I was a bit disappointed, but not with the entire story. There were some parts that made me laugh but some parts got me so frustrated. I felt like I couldn't connect to the two main characters, didn't see what both Eric and Beth saw in one another. There were almost no chemistry between them. But honestly, I can always count on Victoria Dahl when it comes to sex scenes. They are always hot, sizzling, luscious, and sexy. Though this book didn't meet my This book wasn't bad but wasn't great either. I was a bit disappointed, but not with the entire story. There were some parts that made me laugh but some parts got me so frustrated. I felt like I couldn't connect to the two main characters, didn't see what both Eric and Beth saw in one another. There were almost no chemistry between them. But honestly, I can always count on Victoria Dahl when it comes to sex scenes. They are always hot, sizzling, luscious, and sexy. Though this book didn't meet my expectations, I was quite satisfied with the conclusion of the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Saly

    In Real Men Will, we finally get Eric's story, the eldest Donovan, the one who took on the Brewery business and his siblings upbringing when he was just twenty-four. Over the course of the two books Eric has been a jerk and come across as too controlling and critical and even in this book there is loads of family drama and fights with Jamie and his plans for expansion, with Tess playing referee. The thing is that Eric is pretty messed up and now he sees that his siblings don't need him, so he fe In Real Men Will, we finally get Eric's story, the eldest Donovan, the one who took on the Brewery business and his siblings upbringing when he was just twenty-four. Over the course of the two books Eric has been a jerk and come across as too controlling and critical and even in this book there is loads of family drama and fights with Jamie and his plans for expansion, with Tess playing referee. The thing is that Eric is pretty messed up and now he sees that his siblings don't need him, so he feels at loose ends plus combined with the fact that (view spoiler)[Michael Donovan was not his real father, (hide spoiler)] he always felt he had to be perfect and fell short. The best part of the book for me was when Jamie and Eric really talked without misinterpreting what the other had said. Beth is the manager of the Wild Orchid and she and Eric had a hot encounter in the novella that started the series. Though Beth works in a store that deals with sex stuff, she herself is sadly not that experienced or comfortable with the lifestyle. She likes plain vanilla but tries hard to fit in, hence her hidden encounter with Eric who she thought was Jamie. Honestly, I didn't like Beth or Eric much. These two were full grown adults scared to confront what they wanted though in the end they did finally figure it out. Beth is rightly mad at Eric for his deception with his name but soon they enter a sexual relationship which is hidden. They both have complications in their personal life, with Beth's father not knowing what she does. As a teenager Beth was made a laughing stock and since then she hasn't trusted men that easily. For the most part I wasn't satisfied with the book. These two don't get talking for a long time, Eric thinks Beth is all adventurous while she is not. The relationship just didn't work for me and this has to be my least favorite in the series. I didn't get Beth's obsession to be appear to be as cool as her friends and Eric's need to hide his personal life and the fights got too much for me. Still I did enjoy the Donovan series. ARC provided by Netgalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jae

    Yes, it's true. The quiet ones are very much the wild ones. And in this case, Eric was the absolute wickedness of the Donovans. The bedroom (or the wall, the hallway, the dining table, the office) scenes were totally on fire! I am gushing here, I know. Who knew Eric the proper preppy brother had all that rowdy blood in him. I was pretty bored during the first 50% of the book with Jaime and Eric constant fights. It got very old with the fights. But things picked up a bit after that and it's kinda Yes, it's true. The quiet ones are very much the wild ones. And in this case, Eric was the absolute wickedness of the Donovans. The bedroom (or the wall, the hallway, the dining table, the office) scenes were totally on fire! I am gushing here, I know. Who knew Eric the proper preppy brother had all that rowdy blood in him. I was pretty bored during the first 50% of the book with Jaime and Eric constant fights. It got very old with the fights. But things picked up a bit after that and it's kinda sad being that this is the last book about the Donovan siblings. It almost felt like I'm saying goodbye to close friends. I will miss all you crazy Donovans and your equally hot significant others. Will look forward to more VD's works.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Splage

    3 stars. Good story, well developed characters with scorching sex scenes, but I wish the brothers got along better. They had big fences to mend, not sure they really did it. I felt some good chemistry between Eric and Beth even though it started with a secret one night stand six months earlier. It took a long time for them to realize they needed each other, but once they got over themselves and let it go...magic.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    So, the series continues with the last Donovan brother, Eric. And just like last book, it's a contained novel but it has continuous references to things that have happened in the series so I'd recommend reading them in order. Sadly this was not my favourite of Dahl's books... mostly because I didn't like Eric at all; he has anger management issues and Beth (our main girl) is a doormat. Their relationship is ok, but there's a lot more drama than in past books which put me a bit off. However I wil So, the series continues with the last Donovan brother, Eric. And just like last book, it's a contained novel but it has continuous references to things that have happened in the series so I'd recommend reading them in order. Sadly this was not my favourite of Dahl's books... mostly because I didn't like Eric at all; he has anger management issues and Beth (our main girl) is a doormat. Their relationship is ok, but there's a lot more drama than in past books which put me a bit off. However I will probably read more of her books in the future!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Xan West

    This book is toxic to queer & trans &/or non-binary readers. DNF 4% This book alienated me very early with a blatantly queer hating line that draws on very old stereotypes. And as a second blow, the line made fun of the existence of non-binary people and that anyone might be attracted to us in the very same line. Pretty sure it was a throwaway line, too, which means my queerness and non-binary identity were trashed by this author for basically no reason.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Review posted:Happily Ever After - Reads Blog rating: 3.5/5 stars Eric…looked like a man who never bothered with flirting. If he wanted you, he wanted you; it was as simple as that. It’s finally time for us to get to know the oh-so-serious Eric. He had to grow up fast, taking over the family business and taking care of his 2 younger siblings after their parents were killed in a car crash. While it’s not necessary at all to read the short story that’s the prequel to this series, Just One Taste, Review posted:Happily Ever After - Reads Blog rating: 3.5/5 stars Eric…looked like a man who never bothered with flirting. If he wanted you, he wanted you; it was as simple as that. It’s finally time for us to get to know the oh-so-serious Eric. He had to grow up fast, taking over the family business and taking care of his 2 younger siblings after their parents were killed in a car crash. While it’s not necessary at all to read the short story that’s the prequel to this series, Just One Taste, it does give a tiny peek into Eric’s character. He lied to Beth letting her believe that he was his younger brother Jamie, but you could tell even during the short story that he just wasn’t happy being…Eric. Even though he’s running things, Eric’s trying to find his place in the brewery. He’s tried to do everything perfectly for years and when Jamie wants to try new things, including getting the pizza portion of the new brewpub up and running, Eric’s still resisting the change and that leads to many, many more fights between Eric and Jamie throughout this book. When he runs into Beth months after their one night stand, she still thinks he’s Jamie and when that truth comes out, saying she’s pissed is putting it pretty mildly. Beth’s had her own past drama to overcome. One incident in high school really destroyed her in all areas of her life. She quickly learned that trusting people, especially men, just wasn’t going to come easy to her, if it happened at all. So her life was all about doing what others wanted, and being the person they all expected her to be. She was only able to be herself during that one night stand and hasn’t been able to get Eric out of her mind. I also like the combination of Beth running a sex shop, the White Orchid, and even though that maybe comes with an expectation that she knows all of what she speaks (and sells) she's really a shy woman who needs someone to help break her out of her shell. A long time later, when they both came again, Beth didn’t scream his name. Instead, she sighed it so softly that he barely heard. And strangely, that was even better. Eric is a naughty, naughty man. The straight laced guy was able to let loose and just be for the first time in years with Beth. Once the truth came out about who he really was, Beth couldn’t let their attraction just fall away, so they start up a no strings attached relationship. These are two people who were able to be themselves with each other, and that’s something that nobody else was able to give them. That connection alone kept bringing them closer and closer together and while their sex scenes were crazy hot, the quiet moments when they were lying in bed, holding hands and just talking were the sweetest ones. I was a little surprised to find out how insecure Eric is in some ways. Actually, both Beth and Eric deal with this in different ways, but with Eric, he always comes off as so in charge, no fears in business, but deep down, he wonders and even worries about his place in the brewery. In his mind, it’s not really his business to be working at let alone running, but when their brewmaster Wallace is away, Eric takes over for him, and finds a renewed purpose at the brewery, away from his desk and office. The younger Donovan’s have a presence as well and Tessa is still trying to be the peacemaker, as always, between the brothers. The fighting did get a little old, but all the anger and fights came to a head for these two brothers and they finally clear the air. It’s a scene that’s been building between them since the beginning; the emotion was high and their exchange was really well done. All the characters, especially our hero and heroine, let lies and things go unsaid throughout the book. But what I enjoyed most was watching Eric and Beth not only become closer but seeing them both take control of their lives. That means changes in all aspects of their lives for both of them, and it was nice to see the weight finally start to be lifted off both their backs, especially Eric’s. I admit, he was on my “enough already!” list in the last book with how he was treating Jamie, but getting his POV made me understand him, and even better was finally being able to see the real Eric emerge. I really enjoyed the Donovan Brothers Brewery series and I wish we had more siblings to get to know. The books are fun and sexy with many sweet moments between all 3 couples. Even though there were plenty of tense moments between the brothers, the sibling dynamic in the series was great and while I loved getting to know each couple, it was equally enjoyable to get scenes with just the siblings, fighting and laughing together.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    I was a bit worried about reading this one because I didn't like Eric much in the previous books--especially the second one. I was so relieved to find that he was actually one of my favorite characters of the trilogy. He had a believable inner conflict and took strides to finally smooth things over with his siblings. I've come to realize that in this trilogy characters that seem reasonable and sympathetic in their own book come off as jerks in another sibling's book. It just confirms my impressio I was a bit worried about reading this one because I didn't like Eric much in the previous books--especially the second one. I was so relieved to find that he was actually one of my favorite characters of the trilogy. He had a believable inner conflict and took strides to finally smooth things over with his siblings. I've come to realize that in this trilogy characters that seem reasonable and sympathetic in their own book come off as jerks in another sibling's book. It just confirms my impression that their family relationship is very dysfunctional and they would probably be much happier apart. If they weren't partners in the family business then I'm not sure they'd ever trouble themselves to see each other again. The dynamic between them has been my least favorite part of this trilogy. Dahl still packs a wallop with the heat in this book. The sex scenes were very sexy and it was easy to see what was drawing Eric and Beth together. I wish there had been more scenes building the emotions between them, though. Eric took steps to open himself up to her, but she never did. It was until the very end of the book that she admitted to herself that she was the biggest liar of them all and that she was a hypocrite. Beth was my least favorite part of this book. I liked her, but I didn't like a lot of her decisions. Just like Tessa, Beth was never honest about the real her and it took something big to make her look in the mirror. I don't know why I enjoyed watching Tessa's growth more than Beth's, but I did. By the end of the book I had very little patience for her BS and I practically growled when Eric was cast as the villain in their last argument. The connection to the Kendalls was pretty weak and didn't serve a purpose that I could see. Couldn't something else have just as easily served as the inspiration for her to be honest? Other than that, I liked the book. If I wouldn't have been so frustrated by Beth toward the end, this would have ended up being my favorite of the trilogy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Badass

    Reviewed by Erika Grade: B overall, {A for the sex alone, it was smokin hot.} Check out Badass Book Reviews for more awesome book reviews When I first stumbled upon the Donovan Brothers–on twitter of all places, I was intrigued. Victoria Dahl is funny, and I like contemporary romance occasionally. So, when I saw that the trilogy was being offered on Netgalley, I snapped them up. The first novel is Good Girls Don’t and features Tessa and Luke. Book Two is Bad Boys Do, featuring Jamie and Olivia, an Reviewed by Erika Grade: B overall, {A for the sex alone, it was smokin hot.} Check out Badass Book Reviews for more awesome book reviews When I first stumbled upon the Donovan Brothers–on twitter of all places, I was intrigued. Victoria Dahl is funny, and I like contemporary romance occasionally. So, when I saw that the trilogy was being offered on Netgalley, I snapped them up. The first novel is Good Girls Don’t and features Tessa and Luke. Book Two is Bad Boys Do, featuring Jamie and Olivia, and the last book, Real Men Will, features Eric and Beth. I’m glad I did. They are a nice escape from paranormal, with interesting characters and thoughtful prose. The situations and emotions read real. Tessa, Jamie and Eric are siblings and are partnered at the Donovan Brothers Brewery. (Which, shouldn’t Tessa be a little mad about? LOL) Any ways, I have not read Tessa and Luke’s book as of yet, I read Jamie’s book first. I can tell you that Eric, the eldest of the brothers, and the one who took over raising Jamie and Tessa as well as running the Brewery when their parents died in a car crash when he was 24 and Tessa was 14, Jamie was 16—was an asshole. Stuck up, pretentious, holier than though, priggish asshat. In Bad Boys Do, I really wanted to jump through the pages and punch him in his “I am so much better than you, and always right—so do as I say—or else” attitude. He put a lot of pressure on Jamie, made him feel inferior and like a piece of crap. I hated his attitude towards everyone. In Real Men Will, we learn why Eric is the way he is. It doesn’t excuse his past behavior, but at least, we have some understanding. I felt sorry for his situation, and I admire the responsibility he shouldered. I was sad he ended up so resentful and bitter. I was glad when Beth bumped into Eric after their one night stand six months earlier… {Featured in the novella “Just One Taste” in “The Guy Next Door” Anthology.Let’s talk about Beth. I could really relate to her. Despite managing the White Orchid, which is an upscale sex boutique, Beth is really rather vanilla. Most people label or see her a certain way; sexually adventurous, and willing to try anything when in fact, she is very simple. She does however, have daddy issues. What I mean by that, is she is very conscious of her fathers opinion of her, and others opinions of her. She lives in a hell of her own making, always trying to live her life by everyone elses standards and beliefs. Her father believes she runs an undergarment store, not a phallic store :lol:Boy is he in for a shocker.We all have something in our past that we are not proud of doing. Most of this occurs when we are younger, and Beth is no exception. What happens to her is cruel, but true enough. Teenagers can be fucking mean, nasty and harsh. Her father was no better. Instead of trying to help, he…well shit, here I go giving away the plot. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happened when Beth was 17, what her father said and did, and then you will want to slap him too. You’ll also feel bad for Beth. Like I said, teenagers can be assholes.Anyways, onwards!Beth and Eric really LIT UP THE PAGES. Holy shit was their sex hot. I mean really, really hot. Who knew that the straight-laced, tight-wadded Eric had it in him to be dirty, dominant and delicious? Not me, but boy was I pleasantly surprised.Not to say that Eric still didn’t piss me off, he did. He can often be callous, and he often says shit before thinking, which makes his brother and sister, and Beth mad at him. But he was much more relate-able in Real Men Will. Readers will be satisfied six ways from Sunday with how the series ends! flag 3 likes · Like  · see review Feb 20, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: sexy-sexy-sexy, romance, library-has-a-copy Please note: this is an overview of the Donovan Brothers trilogy as a whole, not just this book.These were my first Victoria Dahl books. And they won't be my last. I overall enjoyed this trilogy. But what kept me from loving it is that the hero and heroine of each book had their own respective set of issues.Good Girls Don't.Tessa has the issue of youngest who tries to be the glue that hold the family together. Which leads to much lying and angsting on her part. I can see why she would feel like Please note: this is an overview of the Donovan Brothers trilogy as a whole, not just this book.These were my first Victoria Dahl books. And they won't be my last. I overall enjoyed this trilogy. But what kept me from loving it is that the hero and heroine of each book had their own respective set of issues.Good Girls Don't.Tessa has the issue of youngest who tries to be the glue that hold the family together. Which leads to much lying and angsting on her part. I can see why she would feel like that and it is explained why, but it's silly. One person can't try to be the glue that holds the family together. It doesn't work. I've witnessed it with my own family. It has to be a collaborative effort.Luke has the issue of I'm no good for her, her brother doesn't approve of me, I'm damaged goods, blah, blah, blah. His issues are among the weakest of the bunch.Bad Boys Do.Jamie has the issue of being the young and viewed as irresponsible brother. He made mistakes in the past, but now he has changed and he has plans. This lead to big fights with his brother. I think quiet and calm communication that involved actually listening to one another would have benefited these two a lot. And saved a lot of angst.Olivia has the issue of being six years older then Jamie. She's 35, he's 26. Hardly a huge difference. But she agonizes over it. Pointlessly. Her issues are perhaps the weakest of the bunch.Real Men Will.Eric has the issue of being viewed as the oldest and most responsible and how his place at the brewery is changing. How his siblings don't really need him as much anymore. And things are still tense with Jamie. I get that's he 37 and he's more or less devoted his life to the brewery and his brother and sister since he was 24. But his brother and sister both passed the point of being able to take more of the responsibility of the brewery a long time ago. He could have given over a little more responsibility and taken time for himself so he wouldn't feel so adrift. Beth has issues with her sexuality and her self image and she seems conflicted over the old world values she was brought up with which contrast with the fact that she runs a sex shop. Beth's sexuality issue is sad. Very sad. And it's the one issue that didn't seem overwrought. I really can see why it would effect her like that. I get that real life is very much like this. We all have issues and baggage, big or small, that we bring into a new relationship with us. And vice versa for the other person. But a little less big issues, which aside from Beth's don't really seem all that big to me and more fun would have probably lead to me enjoying this trilogy more. I don't mind angst and drama in my books, but in this case, it simply didn't work so well for me. There's also the complete lack of an epilogue. I wanted one! Issues aside, I enjoyed the characters a lot and Dahl nicely brought the brewery to life. And I definitely appreciated how realistically she portrayed sibling relationships, I'm an only child myself, but my mom and grandma and dad aren't, and it's pretty consistent with what I've witnessed over the years. And she can write a sex scene! I had no issue with those! Every one was very hot and very well written! And I noticed a progression of the steam level. Book one was very roasty and toasty. Book two was sizzling. And book three was volcanic! And there was a decent suspense subplot. And I enjoyed all the characters and seeing how Jamie and Eric do eventually patch things up was so sweet. I rate the trilogy as a whole four stars. flag 3 likes · Like  · see review Oct 02, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: contemporary-romance, review-copy-provided, a-re-read, own-as-an-ebook, favorites, humor Freak'n loved it!! I think it may even be one of my favorites! I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with Beth and Eric! Best one of the series in my lowly opinion. Summary:Stop, Warning! If you have not read Victoria Dahl’s novella “Just One Taste” in “The Guy Next Door” (authors: Lori Foster, Susan Donovan and Victoria Dahl) please stop now and go back and read it. It’s the “prequel” to this story and without having read that story you may not get some of this story. But don’t worry I really enjo Freak'n loved it!! I think it may even be one of my favorites! I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with Beth and Eric! Best one of the series in my lowly opinion. Summary:Stop, Warning! If you have not read Victoria Dahl’s novella “Just One Taste” in “The Guy Next Door” (authors: Lori Foster, Susan Donovan and Victoria Dahl) please stop now and go back and read it. It’s the “prequel” to this story and without having read that story you may not get some of this story. But don’t worry I really enjoyed “Just One Taste” so it is no hardship to read and plenty steamy.Eric had to take on the responsibility of raising his two teenage siblings and run the family brewery business at the age of 24. Always the serious responsible one just for one night he wants to let that all go and be free of his name and all the responsibilities that come with it. Beth is a fraud; she is the manager of the Wild Orchid, Boulders premier erotic shop that caters to women. She loves her job, but feels guilty that most of what she preaches and teaches she doesn’t follow herself. Anytime she is with a man she can’t let go, until a chance meeting with “Jaime” at a business expo. For one night she is going to forget everything and let go and just enjoy the one night “Jaime” has to offer. Eric knows this is one night and knows as Eric he can’t be what he wants to be so when the beautiful Beth assumes he’s Jaime his younger, more carefree brother he doesn’t correct her. Knowing if she ever found out all hell will break loose, but really how will she ever find out? Months later a party brings Beth to the Donovan brewery, months of thinking about “Jaime”, and remembering the one night she was free. Now, not is all that it seems, people keep referring to the young cute bartender as Jaime, but she knows that’s not Jaime, or does she??Review:I absolutely ADORE this book! It is now one of my new favorites. I’m telling you, it’s the quite ones you have to worry about! Who knew Eric had it in him, I sure didn’t. As this is the third in the series you come to know Eric only as the uptight always says “Hell No” brother. In this book, you get to see an entirely different side to him, one I like. A lot gets better explained in this book as to why Eric has been the way he is. Now on to Beth, who I adore! I was totally relating to Beth, I always said that if I had plenty of money and wanted to open a fun business it would be an erotica shop that catered to woman. So I was totally into that part of the book. There was just so much about Beth that I related too; she is definitely one of my favorite book heroines. Jaime and Eric finally kind of come to a truce, Tessa is still cute as a button and sassy as hell. I laughed a lot in this book; I cried in a couple of parts it and was plenty steamy. You get the full spectrum of emotions which is more then you can expect. I highly recommend this book and this series. In fact I’ll be checking out more from Victoria Dahl, I think she will become one of my favorite Contemporary Romance Novelists.*This book was provided to me by the publisher for an honest review through netgalley.com flag 3 likes · Like  · see review View all 5 comments Oct 09, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary-romance, slightly-smutty-beach-fluff, series, net_galley I have to admit, I finished this one a few days ago, and got behind with my reviews, but I have to say, this story, provided by netgalley, really finished off the series nicely. Eric is the typical buttoned-up exec running and stressing over the small family business he runs. Except that, well, is that really what he wants to do with his life? And I LOVED Beth. As in common with the others in the series Good Girls Don't and Bad Boys Do, neither the hero nor heroine is quite as they appear, and i I have to admit, I finished this one a few days ago, and got behind with my reviews, but I have to say, this story, provided by netgalley, really finished off the series nicely. Eric is the typical buttoned-up exec running and stressing over the small family business he runs. Except that, well, is that really what he wants to do with his life? And I LOVED Beth. As in common with the others in the series Good Girls Don't and Bad Boys Do, neither the hero nor heroine is quite as they appear, and it takes a long time for them to (a) find out what they want to do with their lives and (b) what they want for the relationship they find themselves in.I really liked how Beth wasn't exactly permanently scarred by an unpleasant experience from her school days, but at least largely influenced by it, and the experience itself, is something that is not sick or twisted or out of the ordinary. It's the kind of misadventure teens find themselves them, but as adults find themselves wondering at their stupidity.As a kind of wrap-up of the series, I particularly loved how all the heroes and heroines were wonderfully normal people, with relatively normal stories, but nonetheless still intriguing and interesting. I also loved how all the characters remained incredibly true throughout. The sibling sniping and manipulation and love didn't suddenly change - the relationships within the family remained realistic, and it just worked.I have to say though, that of all the three books, this one is probably the hottest. I don't know, it's something about those quiet types..4 stars. I really liked it. flag 3 likes · Like  · see review Aug 11, 2011 Dee rated it really liked it Shelves: 1, romance, book, also-book, 1-tl ★★★★Another good one from Ms Dahl. I have enjoyed all the Donovan series but found that I liked this one best of all.When we met Eric in the first book I wasn't too sure about him. I got really angry with him in the second because of how he treated Jamie. He cam across as a heartless pig and to be honest I was worried about reading this book but was glad that I did.Eric was only a young lad when the Donovan parents died and ended up moving back to the family home and raising his teenage siblings ★★★★½Another good one from Ms Dahl. I have enjoyed all the Donovan series but found that I liked this one best of all.When we met Eric in the first book I wasn't too sure about him. I got really angry with him in the second because of how he treated Jamie. He cam across as a heartless pig and to be honest I was worried about reading this book but was glad that I did.Eric was only a young lad when the Donovan parents died and ended up moving back to the family home and raising his teenage siblings. Now dealing with teenagers is hard enough on parents (I know as I have one!) but to be thrust into the situation when in his early 20's just when he had started to spread his own wings would be even harder.As well as his siblings there was also the family brewery which he instantly took over. To do this Eric had to give up his dream of becoming a Master Brewer and to add to this he never felt that he was good enough as he wasn't actually a Donovan. His mum had married Michael Donovan when he was 8 years old and Eric worshipped the man as he treated him like his own son and even adopted him. Taking this all into consideration you can understand why he seemed a bit uptight at times. He meets up with Beth again - (we read their short story in The Guy Next Door) and they decide to continue seeing each other for sex but neither want a relationship. The sex scenes were pretty steamy and Eric was certainly drool worthy. He had a butter wouldn't melt exterior but boy oh boy when we got underneath he was really hot! I am sad that this is the last book in the Donovan series. I loved reading about them and their friends and will miss them. flag 3 likes · Like  · see review Jul 21, 2011 Susan (susayq ~) rated it it was amazing Shelves: own, favorites, one-night-stand, 2012books, category-romance, contemporary-romance, hot-factor I can honestly say this was my favorite of this series! I went into it not really liking Eric...he had been really jerky and bossy and overly demanding in the other books. In this one, we find out why he was that way. And now I get why he had that personality. I feel the situation between him and his brother Jamie was rectified enough to show us that in the future things would be better between them...I have an imagination and can work that out and don't need it spelled out for me :)As for the r I can honestly say this was my favorite of this series! I went into it not really liking Eric...he had been really jerky and bossy and overly demanding in the other books. In this one, we find out why he was that way. And now I get why he had that personality. I feel the situation between him and his brother Jamie was rectified enough to show us that in the future things would be better between them...I have an imagination and can work that out and don't need it spelled out for me :)As for the romance - it was HOT. Like scalding hot. Beth and Eric were perfect for each other and brought out the best in the other. This is definitely a series I would read again :) flag 3 likes · Like  · see review View all 5 comments Dec 19, 2011 Keri rated it really liked it Shelves: 2010s-read, reviewed, romance-contemporary Ms. Dahl really turned Eric around for me on this one. Him and Beth really had chemistry for me. Once I got the rest of Eric's story, I could identify how he felt. I am not sure that I understood them wanting to keep their relationship a secret. They were single adults, but I guess it was more for a storyline. The love scenes were extremely sexy though and I felt that Ms. Dahl really shines here. I wasn't ready for the story to be over and I hope we get one more story...hopefully Simone's story. Ms. Dahl really turned Eric around for me on this one. Him and Beth really had chemistry for me. Once I got the rest of Eric's story, I could identify how he felt. I am not sure that I understood them wanting to keep their relationship a secret. They were single adults, but I guess it was more for a storyline. The love scenes were extremely sexy though and I felt that Ms. Dahl really shines here. I wasn't ready for the story to be over and I hope we get one more story...hopefully Simone's story. What about pairing her with Davis??? Maybe she wants to peek at a shaved Dragon tattoo...I know I do. :-) In the end, IMO this turned out to be the best book of the trilogy. flag 3 likes · Like  · see review View 2 comments Mar 27, 2012 Suzie Quint rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Shelves: romance I think this is my favorite of the series. It's certainly the only one I teared up over. The scene between Jamie & Eric at their mother's graveside just pushed me over the edge. They were both so wracked with guilt and Eric was feeling so lost and unsure of himself that when they opened up about the things that made them feel unworthy of their family I just lost it. Very emotionally cleansing. A great series. flag 3 likes · Like  · see review Oct 10, 2018 Leigh Kramer rated it liked it 3.5 starsI adore Victoria Dahl's contemporary romances! There was so much I loved about this story but there were a few elements that didn't age well. Still, Beth and Eric's romance was so compelling. I was really glad Eric's lie about his identity was addressed early on and it was quite fascinating to see how they responded to the truth and the ripple effect it has on their lives. I really appreciated how Beth combatted shame about her sexuality and her reasons for wanting to work at the White 3.5 starsI adore Victoria Dahl's contemporary romances! There was so much I loved about this story but there were a few elements that didn't age well. Still, Beth and Eric's romance was so compelling. I was really glad Eric's lie about his identity was addressed early on and it was quite fascinating to see how they responded to the truth and the ripple effect it has on their lives. I really appreciated how Beth combatted shame about her sexuality and her reasons for wanting to work at the White Orchid. Both Beth and Eric responded to events toward the end in ways that did not seem in keeping with their characters but overall, I really enjoyed this one. I'm definitely going to read the first two books in this series!CW: bullying, shaming about women living out their sexuality (it is addressed) flag 2 likes · Like  · see review Sep 21, 2018 Margo rated it liked it Shelves: icy-volcano-hero A lot of times the later books in a series can get a little stretched and crowded because there are so many characters and backstories from previous books. It's true in this case and it's a shame because the h and H are a really strong couple. The H in particular is one of those buttoned-down volcano types, which, I admit, is one of my faves. It's still worth reading if you liked the first two books. flag 2 likes · Like  · see review Aug 30, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: scorching-hot When the Donovan’s parents passed away tragically, Eric Donovan was put in control of not only the family brewery, but also of his two younger siblings, Jamie and Tessa. Eric was forced to grow up quickly at the semi-young age of 24, therefore trading in nights of partying and staying out late for making sure the business was taken care of and that his siblings were taken care of. Naturally, Eric fell into a role of control and was careful to not let that slip, basically meaning he didn’t have m When the Donovan’s parents passed away tragically, Eric Donovan was put in control of not only the family brewery, but also of his two younger siblings, Jamie and Tessa. Eric was forced to grow up quickly at the semi-young age of 24, therefore trading in nights of partying and staying out late for making sure the business was taken care of and that his siblings were taken care of. Naturally, Eric fell into a role of control and was careful to not let that slip, basically meaning he didn’t have much time for fun.When sexy Beth Cantrell, owner of the local erotic boutique, mistakes Eric for his younger brother Jamie, Eric decides to go with it knowing Jamie has quite the reputation for being a ladies man. He feels he’s been the “good one” for too long and takes what he wants. He and Beth spend one incredibly passionate night together and say their goodbyes, both understanding it was a one-time only occurrence.Imagine controlled Eric’s surprise when not only does Beth learn of his true identity, but also makes her discovery very known; in his ewery, in front of employees to be exact. He feels terrible for his dishonesty, but can’t deny that, even now after she’s learned of his lies, he wants her more than anything.Beth Cantrell is curvy, sexy, woman who, despite the fact she owns her own erotic shop and gives “fellatio” instruction classes, is quite insecure. Her friends consistently try setting her up with “artsy” men with tattoo’s and piercings. She harbors a secret attraction for clean cut, straight-edged men; specifically Eric Donovan. As hard as Beth tries to shut Eric Donovan out of her life, she can’t quite cut the ties and finally, she comes to the decision to overcome her insecurities, and enjoy what she wanted.This was my favorite book in this awesome series. I loved Eric from reading the short novella in “The Guy Next Door”, and I couldn’t wait to get his full book. Even though Eric is Mr. Control-Freak, he was deliciously sexy and extremely attentive to Beth in the bedroom. Don’t be fooled by his quietness, this man is a seriously HOT lover. There are several scorching moments in this book that had my toes curling!! Beth is a heroine to root for. Curvy and voluptuous, Beth is a “real life” heroine that loves what she does and tries desperately to overcome skeletons from her past.There is the usual bickering between Jamie and Eric, and it comes to a very touching resolution between the two of them that brought tears to my eyes.Overall, this was an excellent series and I am sad to see it ending. Hopefully Ms. Dahl will give us some peeks into how things are going with the Donovan’s!!!Four stars flag 2 likes · Like  · see review Mar 02, 2016 Sonja rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in-2016, romance-contemporary I really ended up liking this one a lot more than I thought I would. Eric was actually pretty great and I really didn't like him in previous books, so that's saying something. I LOVED Beth, I thought she was an incredibly relatable heroine and she was lovely. Eric/Beth were amazing, my only complaint is that they really figured their shit out much too close to the ending, there wasn't even an epilogue for them and I would have liked just a LITTLE bit more at the end. But, this was great, they we I really ended up liking this one a lot more than I thought I would. Eric was actually pretty great and I really didn't like him in previous books, so that's saying something. I LOVED Beth, I thought she was an incredibly relatable heroine and she was lovely. Eric/Beth were amazing, my only complaint is that they really figured their shit out much too close to the ending, there wasn't even an epilogue for them and I would have liked just a LITTLE bit more at the end. But, this was great, they were great, and surprisingly, the sibling stuff in this book was AMAZING, especially the resolution of Eric and Jamie's eternal fighting. SO GOOD. flag 2 likes · Like  · see review Mar 01, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: romance I had put off reading this one because I LOVED Bad Boys Do and didn't like Tessa in Good Girls Don't. For some inexplicable reason, that made me afraid to start this book. I worried needlessly. This book has all of Dahl's fun writing and snappy, interesting characters. She also does a really good job of integrating the sex scenes into the development of the relationship, rather than them just being there to have a sex scene.Not a full-five stars (unlike Bad Boys Do) because the family relationsh I had put off reading this one because I LOVED Bad Boys Do and didn't like Tessa in Good Girls Don't. For some inexplicable reason, that made me afraid to start this book. I worried needlessly. This book has all of Dahl's fun writing and snappy, interesting characters. She also does a really good job of integrating the sex scenes into the development of the relationship, rather than them just being there to have a sex scene.Not a full-five stars (unlike Bad Boys Do) because the family relationship didn't feel as strong to me. The intensity of feeling between Eric and Beth was so strong, the feeling between Eric and his siblings felt less-than.A lovely conclusion to the trilogy. flag 2 likes · Like  · see review Aug 31, 2011 Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in-2011 After the last book of loving Jamie and hating Eric, I seriously doubted I would like Eric at all.Boy, was I wrong Ms. Dahl did an excellent job rectifying Eric and his issues.as with the last book, Eric's story made me angry, cry, lust and cry and lust.I've got to say though, Jamie is still my man!!!Bravo to Ms. Dahl for a wonderful job! I will be pursuing her other books for sure!!! flag 2 likes · Like  · see review View 2 comments Sep 03, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: contemporary Highlights of the good times:Mandi: I was worried about how likable Eric would be since his constant fighting with Jamie and Tessa drove me insane in book two. I’m happy to say, I really enjoyed him. His quieter, serious side really appealed to me. And I love how he has insecurities when it comes to both the brewery and relationships. Beth jumps in and helps him overcome these things and I really liked that.- Beth is such a solid, mature heroine. I love that she works at a high-end sex toy shop. Highlights of the good times:Mandi: I was worried about how likable Eric would be since his constant fighting with Jamie and Tessa drove me insane in book two. I’m happy to say, I really enjoyed him. His quieter, serious side really appealed to me. And I love how he has insecurities when it comes to both the brewery and relationships. Beth jumps in and helps him overcome these things and I really liked that.- Beth is such a solid, mature heroine. I love that she works at a high-end sex toy shop. Because of her job, she has this reputation for being this wild sex machine, but in real life she is the opposite. Except when it comes to sexy time with Eric. And she has great chemistry with Eric throughout the book so the sex works really well. But wait, the sexy time in this book deserves its own bullet point.- I always say Victoria Dahl writes amazing sex, but I think the sex scenes in this one tip the scale. You think you are reading a really hot scene, but then the next one is even dirtier. I think we need an example:“I love your body,” she whispered. “I love looking at you. Take it out.”Eric stopped breathing entirely. There was no mistaking what she meant. Her gaze was locked on his hands as they reached to slide his zipper down. He pushed his boxer briefs slightly down, wrapped his hand around his cock and drew it out.Beth inhaled sharply, her breasts jumping with the movement. Her nipples were so hard that they’d drawn to tight peaks.“Stroke yourself,” she whisperedOh and he does.May - I will just say “uh huh” and ditto Mandi that Victoria Dahl knows how to get down and dirty while avoiding the pitfalls so many authors fall into. Her love scenes are always top notch.- Eric himself was the best main character of the series. I could completely buy his overcompensating for his insecurities and need to be good enough. Not only that, but I liked his mix of confidence and being totally lost and unsure all at the same time. “Real Man” indeed!- The portrayal of the “sex shop” and what Beth’s goals are for it was awesome. There are some funny moments, but I really liked the positive way the author showed us what is inside, and introduced us to the women who run it.- This story had a nice flow to it and the plot lines were all tied up nicely, but not too tight. As expected, Dahl did not have any sappy epilogues or sudden changes in character behavior to wrap it up too neatly.Highlights of the not so great:Mandi – Again, the sibling bickering made me want to bang my head against a wall. It really is the low point for me in this book and this series in general.- Beth is connected with the Kendall family who provide the main conflict throughout this series. Her involvement with them felt forced and weak to me. I didn’t like Beth’s part in this conflict which is finally wrapped up in this book.May - Ah yes, the siblings. I just really didn’t like how these three seem to stay together only because their parents are dead so they should. I never felt real love or warmth between any of them and that’s disappointing.- the Beth conflict was weak at best. By the time we found out what her ‘so awful’ secret was I expected a lot more. Oh it’s bad, but I didn’t see it being quite worth the freak out she does on Eric in the middle of his business over him saying his name was Jamie when they first met and hooked up.- I really didn’t like a lot of Beth’s choices and the plot line with ‘blackmail’ and her decisions there. But what really bothered me was that while hot, this novel leaned towards the erotic side of the romance fence and I found myself disappointed by a lack of great couple scenes that did not involve sex. There was not a lot of relationship or emotion strong scenes going on between these two unless they were getting it on.- What happened to the great scenes with the brewmaster? While Wallace is still around and has his own stuff going on, I missed the giggle-worthy scenes of book one! I wanted more brewmaster!Favorite Quotes:May:“Personally she wasn’t interested in a toy with a vibrating appendage shaped like a wolf’s head, but werewolves were popular right now. Whatever her personal likes were, Beth didn’t judge what got other people off. The dildos with chill-able inserts were especially in demand as well, and if people wanted to fantasize about cold vampire sex, that was fine with her. “You go girl,” she murmured as she hung the wolf toys up”“I’m pretty sure he waxes. Everything.”Beth must have winced.“What?” Cairo said. “Don’t tell me you’ve never been with a man who’s waxed?”She tried to keep her face neutral. She really, really did. But she obviously couldn’t hid her horror.“Oh Beth!” Cairo gushed. “I swear, it’s the best. All that smooth flesh. Nothing between your mouth and his skin… and with guy like Davis, you want to get as close as possible, don’t you?”“I… I…” she couldn’t imagine the process. Did he have to put his feet in stirrups for the waxer? “I’m sure it’s lovely.” Final Thoughts:Mandi: Overall I like this trilogy. I think Victoria Dahl gave us three very different couples with different dynamics and personalities. Although the sibling relationship didn’t always work for me, I’m glad this trilogy ends on a very sexy note with Eric and Beth.Rating: B May: This was a strong ending to the trilogy. While the relationship between the siblings was grating at best, this book had a nice blend of humor and heat and I enjoyed it a lot. With Eric and Beth though, I can’t help but be disappointed that we leave them as a couple just beginning a ‘more than sex’ relationship. Overall this was a memorable and well written book and finish to the series that satisfied.Grade: B flag 1 like · Like  · see review View 1 comment Jul 16, 2018 Susan Cliff rated it really liked it One of the hottest books I've read in a long time. Loved the short story prequel. A great end to a fabulous series, but I had to scratch my head at the last sex scene. They did it in his office with her parents outside? I don't know why it bothered me. Just kind of an off note in an otherwise spot-on series with consistent excellence in writing, characterization and execution. flag 1 like · Like  · see review Jan 31, 2013 Bookswithbenefits rated it it was amazing Best line: "I learned that boys can do whatever they want because no one expects them to behave any better than animals. And that my body is made for sex, but I am supposed to pretend to hate it so a nice man will love me."Worst Line: Nothing to report, folks. No humdingers.Synopsis: Beth Clantrell, manager of the erotic boutique White Orchid has near rock-star status in her small community. Everyone around her sees her as a sex goddess, but her lies about her life are starting to pile up. She h Best line: "I learned that boys can do whatever they want because no one expects them to behave any better than animals. And that my body is made for sex, but I am supposed to pretend to hate it so a nice man will love me."Worst Line: Nothing to report, folks. No humdingers.Synopsis: Beth Clantrell, manager of the erotic boutique White Orchid has near rock-star status in her small community. Everyone around her sees her as a sex goddess, but her lies about her life are starting to pile up. She has no idea how to write a sex column, sex toys sometimes scare her, and all the tattooed guys her wild friends pair her with leave her cold.  Eric Donovan, the managing owner of his family's pub, has always been the annoyingly perfect and predictable older brother. But, Eric feels like a fraud. He's not a good guy and  he might have no place at his family's pub. After all, he's not a real Donovan and the half-brother and sister he raised on his own after a family tragedy are all grown-up and past needing him. Will Beth and Eric find what they are looking for in one night of pure fantasy or can they find a way to make dreams come true and live happily ever after?The Good: Novels, of course, are so-called because they offer the novel, the new, the unique. Certainly this genre offers its fans the comfort of routine, but romance readers still want each tale to surprise, to be different than the tales read before--in a word, to be novel.Much of Dahl's story is the comforting ritual of boy-meets-girl, but she adds spice to our reading experience by toying with tropes. The red-hot Vixen so common in contemporary fiction is really just an ordinary woman, struggling with defining the lines between sexuality and shame, who feels a little like her stiletto heels and super-femme posturing is one big charade. The cool-logical Alpha-entrepenuer, too, finds himself considering if his entire life is one big performance. More than that, the cliched couple that is so often at odds, fighting (their egos, their businesses, their lives) in one kind of clash or another, is replaced with two people who share problems; instead of being in battle, instead of being the cause for a life-altering change, Beth and Eric are partners for their respective transformations. Beth and Eric need each other. This isn't to say that the novel is one big self-introspective meta-analysis. This is not fiction that is so obsessed with itself that it forgets the reader. Nay, this book puts your pleasure first. Ahem. Cough. Moving on.It's a good story. Period. But it is more than just that. It's refreshing. It's kinder for all its changes.The Bad: It might have been longer. It might have been better developed--particularly the characters. I like a wee bit more psychological realism. If you want more information about the characters, you can scratch your itch by reading the prequel to this novel or by reading the Books With Benefits review.The Ugly...This is usually the part where I would criticize the cover, but, really, I like it. So, here's another We've Got You Covered! This cover kind of does it for me. I enjoy the colors, the subtlety, the lack of nekkid. There are, of course, times when to read for the smexy, but most the time I (and most of the women I know ) read for the relationship. And this cover conveys that and, more, it echoes the questions that this story and others in the genre ask regularly: Is the woman in control? Is she on top? Is woman properly on a pedestal? Is it her job to raise man up? Will loving and making love with a man bring woman down? But, like the fictions we love, the cover and the book inside doesn't lose itself in analysis; wonderfully, the colors and fonts let you know that the story has got you covered: there will be heart, and humor, and a whole lot more.The only problem with this cover is the resemblance between photo-man and politico-Romney. What. A. Turn. Off. I feel sick. This is not sexy preppy. This is just a big ol' jar o' funk. Tears. Real tears are pouring down.As posted on http://bookswithbenefits.com flag 1 like · Like  · see review Jan 05, 2018 Monica rated it really liked it Shelves: 300-series 3.5 stars flag 1 like · Like  · see review View all 5 comments Oct 14, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary-romance, reviewed You can also read this review at Reflections on Reading RomanceReal Men Will is the third book in Victoria Dahl’s Donovan Brothers Brewery series, and while you can read it on its own, I highly recommend that you read the first two books in the series before reading this one. After reading all three, I think Bad Boys Do, the second in the series and Jaime’s story, is my favorite, but Real Men Will is by far the sexiest! (fans self) Whoa, mama! You’ll definitely want to have a glass of ice water You can also read this review at Reflections on Reading RomanceReal Men Will is the third book in Victoria Dahl’s Donovan Brothers Brewery series, and while you can read it on its own, I highly recommend that you read the first two books in the series before reading this one. After reading all three, I think Bad Boys Do, the second in the series and Jaime’s story, is my favorite, but Real Men Will is by far the sexiest! (fans self) Whoa, mama! You’ll definitely want to have a glass of ice water close by while reading this one.Eric Donovan is the oldest of the three Donovan siblings, and he’s been managing the family brewery ever since their parents died in a car crash. During a business convention, he decides to shed his staid demeanor and has a one night stand with Beth Cantrell, manager of a high end erotic boutique, The White Orchid. But because of a misunderstanding when they met, she thinks he’s his younger brother Jaime, and since Jaime has a reputation as a womanizer, Eric allows her to believe he’s Jaime. You can imagine Beth’s shock when she goes online and realizes that Eric is NOT Jaime, and when she confronts Eric, Jaime finds out, to the detriment of the brothers’ improving relationship. But circumstances bring Beth and Eric back together, and they decide to have a no-strings fling. Eric assumes at first that their chemistry is off the charts because of Beth’s job as manager of an erotic boutique, but he soon learns that appearances can be deceiving. Can the two find a way to trust each other when they’re both hiding secrets about their pasts?I absolutely loved the chemistry between Eric and Beth! When I first picked up the book, I read about a chapter, then put it down, because I wasn’t immediately drawn into the story, but once Beth and Eric get together, everything gets a LOT steamier! You might assume that the book is full-o-the-smexy because of Beth’s job, but the truth is that she’s a lot less experienced than you would assume. I think one of the reasons Beth is such an appealing character is because she’s willing to try new experiences with Eric, recognizing that the reason she hasn’t before is a lack of chemistry with and trust for her partners. I actually liked Beth’s character more than Eric’s in this book. She’s really engaging and personable, and frankly her scenes at the boutique show her to be a very open and accepting person, even as she acknowledges that a lot of what they sell at her store is not for her. The traumatic event in her past is really upsetting, and it’s easy to see why she has so many trust issues. She’s an intriguing mix of vulnerability and strength, and I really like that she recognizes her weaknesses and takes charge of her sexuality with Eric in a way she hasn’t before. The continuing family drama at the brewery could be a selling point or a problem, depending on the reader. I find it extremely believable that the three siblings would fall into patterns of behavior that prevent them from improving their communication. There’s never any doubt that they love each other, but clearly the deaths of their parents established roles for each sibling that have continued into adulthood. Jaime and Eric in particular seem to punch each other’s buttons, and while I found this believable, it also really frustrated me. I’m not sure that a reader who hadn’t read the other books in the series would have this reaction, but I thought that after Jaime’s book, his relationship with Eric would improve, which was not the case. The constant tension between the siblings, while realistic, grew distracting, and I think detracted from my enjoyment of the book overall. Seriously, at times I just wanted to scream at them, “Haven’t you people ever heard of therapy?!!?!” In spite of a few throw-my-book-at-the-wall moments thanks to all the family drama, I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I love Ms. Dahl’s voice in this trilogy, and I can’t wait to read more of her work. Definitely a keeper!I received this book for review from HQN Books through NetGalley. flag 1 like · Like  · see review View 2 comments Oct 18, 2011 Jess the Romanceaholic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Shelves: netgalley, 2011-read, angsty-read, blackmail, secret-identity, betrayal, contemporary, family-issues, series-better-read-in-order, steam-level-scorching This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.Expected Release Date: October 25, 2011 (Available Now)Publisher: HarelquinImprint: HQNAuthor’s Website: http://www.victoriadahl.com/My Source for This Book: NetgalleyPart of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Donovan Brother’s BrewerySeries Best Read In Order: YesSteam Level: HotEric Donovan is the “good” brother. Older, responsible to a fault, and a bit of a perfectionist, he never indulges in the same wild behavior as his young This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.Expected Release Date: October 25, 2011 (Available Now)Publisher: HarelquinImprint: HQNAuthor’s Website: http://www.victoriadahl.com/My Source for This Book: NetgalleyPart of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Donovan Brother’s BrewerySeries Best Read In Order: YesSteam Level: HotEric Donovan is the “good” brother. Older, responsible to a fault, and a bit of a perfectionist, he never indulges in the same wild behavior as his younger brother. Until one day, a simple case of mistaken identity spirals out of control into a combination of the most shameful and wonderful night of his life. Beth Cantrell, the notorious owner of a shop that specializes in racy lingerie and battery-operated marital aids, mistook Eric for his wild brother Jaime while at a business expo several months ago. Unable to deny the attraction crackling between them, they both knew that they could never have a real relationship — he couldn’t risk being seen with a woman of her reputation without possibly damaging the brewery, and she knew that being seen with a man as preppy looking as “Jamie” wouldn’t fit with her sex-goddess persona that drew customers into her store.After an incredible night of passion that neither has been able to forget, they both went their separate ways, determined to keep their tryst as a simple cherished memory. But now, Beth has discovered that “Jaime” isn’t Jaime after all — the man she’d had such a beautiful memory of had lied to get her into bed.Furious and humiliated, she confronts Eric in an explosive showdown that leaves him not only ashamed of his actions, but also at odds with his family. He’s broken Beth’s trust once, but neither can seem to get the other out of their minds…Overall, this was an excellent ending to a wonderful series.While I didn’t care for the fact that in order to get the full benefit of this story, you needed to read a novella from an earlier anthology instead of just the other books in the series, I still greatly enjoyed Beth and Eric’s story.Beth was exactly what Eric needed, and frankly, he was what she needed as well. Beth had spent her life “faking it” so to speak, and needed someone who was fairly normal yet aggressive to bring out her inner vixen without forcing her to overthink every move. For Eric, he needed someone who didn’t see him as the reliable, trustworthy part-owner of Donovan Brother’s Brewery and instead allowed him the freedom to make mistakes and simply be human for a little while.The love scenes were probably the hottest out of the entire series, and wowza, the steam and chemistry between these two was flat out insane (which of course means I loved it!).I do recommend that the series be read in order, simply because Eric has played such a large part in the previous novels and there is a lot of insight into his character to be had by reading the entire series.In the end, I really enjoyed this one. There’s a lovely wrap-up with the Donovan family issues, some side characters get their long-coming HEA’s without taking over the story, and the romance (and heat!) between Eric and Beth was absolutely wonderful.Recommended for fans of heroes and heroines with family issues, of heroines learning to trust not only others but herself, and of heroes finally finding their own identity.4.5/5 Stars flag 1 like · Like  · see review View all 18 comments « previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 … next »

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