Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl

Title:Bad Boys Do

Series: Donovan Brother’s Brewery

Author: Victoria Dahl

Genre: Contemporary

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?

So far this is the best addition to Dahl’s Donavon Family Series.  I read Good Girls Don’t last week and really liked it and now I have to say that this book is even better.  I connected immediately to Olivia.  She’s 35, smart, conservative and joined a book club for fun.  I thought hey, she sounds just like me.  She had a little problem with playing the cougar to Jamie (he’s 29) but I was so glad that Dahl did not make this a big issue in the book.  I loved in the first chapter when she’s secretly checking him out while he’s bending over while wearing his kilt.  Yes ladies – this yummy man wears a kilt in the year of 2011!  LOVE IT!

Speaking of Jamie – WOW what a hunk of a man.  He’s gorgeous, fun, nice, has a bad boy felt and did I say wears a kilt?  Jamie is secretly taking a college course in restaurant development and guess who the teacher is?  Yep – smart, quit, glasses wearing Olivia.  Totally not his type – but he’s drawn to her immediately.  Jamie’s trying to turn around his bad boy rep by working on a plan to expand the brewery.  There is so much tension between him and his older brother Eric, that Jamie is keeping almost everything a secret.  How Jamie transforms in this book is so well written that I really couldn’t put down the book towards the end.

I’m looking forward to reading Eric’s book next.  He’s so quit, a recluse and he’s got some kind of secret that was alluded to at the end of this book.  I’m sure Dahl can redeem him, since in the last 2 books his been kind of a pain in the rear.   Check out this series – you won’t be disappointed.

Grade: A-

Other books in the series..

Good Girls Don’t

Real Men Do



  1. aurian

    Great review, I want to read this one! But why is that kilt not on the cover?

  2. Janon

    Actually in the book Jamie doesn’t care to wear the kilt and his sister kind of makes him for work. He doesn’t wear it much 🙁

  3. Pat L.

    Cannot wait to read this series.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend.

    Having a garage sale tomorrow with a neighbor and heading out now for yet again more oral surgery. Enuf is enuf already.

  4. Julie

    I agree with you that this book is the best so far. I loved Jamie and he with Olivia – perfect! Good review!


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