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Friday, September 2, 2011

Bad Boys Do (Donovan Brewery bk 2) by Victoria Dahl

I didn't think I could fall any more in love with the Donovan siblings than I already did in bk 1, Good Girls Don't, but while reading Bad Boys Do, I feel deeper in love with them...well Eric pissed me off, but I'm counting on a Ms. Dahl to make him rock my world in Real Men Will!!!

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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?

Naughty D's Review:
First thing the SEXXX is HOTTT in Bad Boys Do...I kept having to remind myself this is a contemporary and not erotic romance. WOW!!! 

This is one of those books that touched me on a personal level and I liked it so much I'm actually going to have a hard time reviewing it without spoilers.

Jamie, the middle Donovan sibling, we first met him in Tessa's book and saw how he has made a long line of bad decisions and mistakes, how he's the playboy, the flirt, just a happy-go-lucky guy, but we did get a glimpse of his desire to be treated by an equal and that just maybe he couldn't catch a break.  In BBD we learn that Jamie is trying, he wants to improve and be more of an equal partner in Donovan Brewery, but big brother Eric won't give him a chance.  I felt for Jamie, he reminds me of my life sometimes, you know when you try and try but you never can catch a break.   Olivia, well I identify with her as well, she's on the downside of thirty and at a point in her life where she feels the need for change, but is scared to make that change, not to mention she is insecure in her sexuality and personality.

When Olivia and Jamie meet there is an attraction, they then end up in a situation where they realize they can both help each other. They have an intense chemistry but are determined that their relationship is only on a helping each other basis, not a long term commitment.  It is quite refreshing to read a book where the H/h's main goal is NOT to fall in love or be in a relationship, they are both working on making themselves better. But along the way we get to see how their emotions towards each other develop and the smokin' hot sex.....good gawd there is a mirror scene that is 5 alarm fire hot!!!  IMO a lot of the sex scenes are erotic romance hot, Ms. Dahl writes emotions going through her H/h minds very similar to what I think some of us have in real life.

What I really loved about this book is we see a hero who is not confident and cocky, he's been knocked down in life and has made mistakes, but he's still sexy as hell and knows how to make love to a woman =)   We have a heroine who was in love with her husband and he cheated on her, she's trying to get over that, but is brave enough to fight her insecurities and have a fling with a younger man.   What really kept me turning pages non-stop was the fact that this wasn't a boy meets girl and they fall in love story, throughout this book Jamie and Olivia are dealing with their pasts, Olivia's ex-husband is still trying to win her back and Jamie is trying to prove to himself he is worthy of being an equal partner in Donovan Brewery. NEITHER one of them are even thinking about long term relationships.

We get to see more of the sibling interactions with Tessa, Eric and Jamie, plus Tessa's man Luke.  Eric really worked my nerves in this book, I wanted to slap him in the head and say "Give Jamie a chance, you ass!!!"  

I've looked at reviews of this book and can't figure out why some are written the way they are, there is humor, hot sex and tons of emotional turmoil in this book.  

To me the Donovan Brewery series isn't just about each sibling finding love, it's also about the Donovan siblings finding their way back to each other and strengthening the family bond. 

I can't wait to start Real Men Will and see how Ms. Dahl wraps up this wonderful series!!

Naughty D gives Bad Boys Do


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Titillating Thursday.....

Makes me think he's leading me straight to Paradise City ;-)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Are you gonna Cowgirl Up and Ride? Or lay there and bleed?

Thought I would share a little eye candy with this post....

I moved my only child into her freshman dorm, last Friday, it was a very emotional day for me. I'm a single mom and for the past 18 yrs it's been just she and I against the world (thank you Becky C for that phrase).  I am a loss now for what to do with myself, last night I realized I have never cooked for just one person, I don't even know how to cut down enough to where I won't be eating left overs for a week, lol.   Dating?? Hasn't happened in over 18 yrs, there has been an occasional FWB night, but few and far between....So NOW I get to figure all this out ;-)

BUT, first things first, I made it through getting college brat moved in her dorm. Moped around Saturday, when out of nowhere a line from one of my all time favorite books, Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James, came to mind "You Gonna Cowgirl Up and Ride? Or lay there and Bleed?" It was like a wake up call. I decided saddle up cause I'm ready to ride =) I got up and started doing things I've been putting off. I am feeling so much better and more excited about both of our futures, don't get me wrong, I still get misty eyed thinking my baby girl is grown and things have forever changed. I wonder if authors even realize how even just one line can have such a great impact on someone's life.  (I did send a message to Lorelei James letting her know how that one line opened my eyes, she replied thanking me for letting her know)

There is another quote in Saddled and Spurred by Lorelei James, that hit me hard when I read it:  "
Because as proud as I am of you, I need to do something that makes me proud of myself" (Harper)   This hit me because I am extremely proud of my daughter, have done everything for the past 18 years for her...now it's time to do something for me to make me proud of myself.....

Is there a quote or quotes from a book that made an impact in your life? I would love for you to share it in the comments.

I would really love to hear your empty nester, newly single, experiences?  How did you get back in the game?  How did you adjust to living by yourself or just you and your significant other? 

Good Girls Don't by Victoria Dahl

By time I finished the first chapter of Good Girls Don't, two thoughts ran through my mind, one - WHY THE HECK HAVEN'T I read anything by Victoria Dahl, two put her on auto buy NOW.   
With her long ponytail and sparkling green eyes, Tessa Donovan looks more like the girl next door than a businesswoman – or a heartbreaker. Which may explain why Detective Luke Asher barely notices her when he arrives to investigate a break-in at her family’s brewery. He’s got his own problems – starting with the fact that his partner Simone is pregnant and everyone thinks he's the father. The last thing he needs is a nice girl like Tessa getting under his skin.

Tessa has her hands full, too. Her brother’s playboy ways may be threatening the business, and the tensions 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.

Naughty D's Review:
Good Girls Don't is book one in the Donovan Brewery series by Victoria Dahl.  I was extremely pleased by this contemporary romance, besides being a great love story with steamy sex, humor and strong emotional battles, there is a mystery in GGD that honestly kept me guessing for most of the book, every time I thought I figured it out, I was wrong.

Tessa is the youngest of the Donovan siblings, Eric and Jamie are her very protective older brothers. Since the death of their parents, Eric has been like Tessa and Jamie's father.  Jamie is a playboy and somewhat irresponsible.  Because of their roles Eric and Jamie constantly butt heads and Tessa tries to hold them together.  Luke...I can't say much about him without spoiling the story, but what I can say is he is a total package, caring, sexy and alpha.  I would say too sweet for his own good in some cases, to the point that he has a reputation that isn't 100% accurate.

Luke and Tessa have an instant attraction and a HOT chemistry.  Eric and Jamie are determined to keep sweet, innocent Tessa away from "bad boy" Luck.  Luke tries to fight the attraction because of his long time friendship with Jamie, but Tessa isn't having it.  Luke and Tessa both go into this "relationship" as just for sex, nothing long term because they both have major issues from their pasts, that they just can't be honest about. 

Good Girls Don't is published by Harlequin.  I have to be honest during the past year, I've read mostly erotic romances so I haven't read many Harlequin published books.  I was pleasantly surprised by how steamy Good Girls Don't is.   This is a full length book with all the elements in it to keep me up all night long in order to finish it.

 I highly recommend Good Girls Don't to anyone who loves series about siblings, sexy cops and steamy smexin (IMO book will satisfy even my erotic romance reading friends).

I can't wait to read Jamie's story Bad Boys Do (October 2011) and Eric's story Real Men Will (November 2011).

Naughty D gives Good Girls Don't 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Death, Taxes and a French Manicure

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I JUST LOVE SURPRISES!!!!  Today I get a package and I think WTH is this???  I open it to find an autographed book, a travel coffee mug and a post card.  I've never spoke to the author, never heard of the author.  I look at the post card and find a note from the author, Diane Kelly, she let me know this is her debut novel and she heard about me from Christie Craig, THANK YOU Christie!!!   (BTW have Y'ALL bought your copy of Christie's DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS? I loved it. Here's the review I did for  DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS review by Naughty D on WTF Book Reviews)

So I take the book and goodies out of the box, realize besides being heavy, the coffee mug says Death, Taxes and a Skinny No-Whip Latte.  I open the mug and inside I find a little manicure set that says Death, Taxes and a French Manicure.  VERY CLEVER and USEFUL promo items.

After I played with all the goodies, I looked at the book, it's actually an ARC (Advance Reading Copy) of Death, Taxes and a French Manicure, book 1 in the Death & Taxes series, the release date is November 1st, 2011.  Death, Taxes and a Skinny No-Whip Latte is book two, release date is March, 2012.    The cover is super cute!.  There is a quote from author Gemma Halliday on the top of the cover "SMART, SASS, AND SO MUCH FUN! Tara Holloway is the IRS's answer to Stephanie Plum."   Intrigued I open to the first chapter which has in big print  "Some People Just Need Shooting"  now those of you who know me know this HAD to REALLY get my attention, so I read the opening sentence which is "When I was nine, I formed a Silly Putty pecker for my Ken doll, knowing he'd have no chance of fulfilling Barbie's needs given the permanent state of erectile dysfunction with which the toy designers at Mattel had cursed him."   Needless to say, this one sentence just got this book bumped up in my To Be Read pile....like I will read it before this week is over. I am really excited to read something new and something I don't normally read, which is first person and a continuing series where the heroine is the same throughout the book.  BTW color me flattered that Diane sent me her book to review =)

In the next couple of weeks check back here and on my sister blog  http://wtfbookreviews.blogspot.com/ for my review of Death, Taxes and a French Manicure.  AND if I'm lucky an interview with Diane Kelly and maybe a give-away =)

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