Real Men Will by Victoria Dahl

Title:Real Men Will 

Series: Donovan Brother’s Brewery

Author: Victoria Dahl

Genre: Contemporary

Eric Donovan has always been upstanding, responsible and very well behaved…except for that one night with his fantasy woman. So what happens when a one-night fling can’t be left behind?

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.

I have one word for this book – HOT!  I have to say that Dahl saved the best for last in this Donovan Brewery Trilogy.  Before you read this book, I would recommend reading the short story “Just One Taste”.  It’s found in The Guy Next Door anthology.  It is the set up to this book were Eric and Beth has a one night stand as strangers.

This book picks up 6 months after Eric and Beth’s one night stand.  Neither one of them can stop thinking about each other and then Beth runs into Eric at his bar.  First they need to deal with the fact that during their one night stand Eric let Beth believe he was Jamie, his playboy brother.   This book starts out with a bang, and really keeps running the whole way through.  I pretty much read it in one day.

Beth is the manager of local lingerie, sex toy shop and Eric is part owner in a brewery.  Throughout this book both are dealing with career/job changes.  The storyline with the brewery has an arc throughout all 3 books, and I would say everything is resolved nicely in this last book.

Beth and Eric agree to keep their relationship a secret – and I think this is what adds spice to their many love scenes.   Some fantastic, blow your mind love scenes are written in this book, and not just 1 or 2 of them.  I would say read this book just for the sex scenes alone.

I have to say after reading this book – I pretty much have Victoria Dahl fever.  I’ve been searching Amazon and her website for titles of her backlist books.  I’ve read some of her historical romances and liked them, but now I’m a huge fan of her contemporary books.  Don’t miss out on this trilogy!

Reading order:

#0.5 – Just One Taste (Found in “The Guy Next Door”) – it’s only 100 pages long

#1 – Good Girls Don’t (Tessa Donovan’s Story)

#2 – Bad Boys Do (Jamie Donovan’s Story)

#3 – Real Men Will (Eric Donovan’s Story)

Grade: A



  1. Pat L.

    I cannot wait to read all these books, I love this author.

  2. aurian

    I have read such mixed reviews about this series. But yours is the first to mention the anthology should be read as well. Thanks for that advice. And I really want to read this series.

  3. Misty

    I loved her Tumble Creek series. This one too was Hot!


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