I won't lie. I'm not the biggest fan of contemporary romance. In fact, I stay away from them completely. With this book I just felt like I should give it a chance. I am a big fan of Victoria Dahl's historical romances and I have read them all. In fact I devour them. Now I've known for awhile that she also writes contemporaries, but since I don't read that genre I've never paid them the least bit of attention. Then I started following Victoria on Twitter and she cracks me up. Sometimes her posts have me in tears from laughing so hard because they are just so funny. Another thing, everyone is always telling me how great her contemporaries are. So when I was on NetGalley browsing and came across her ARC for Good Girls Don't, I figured, "Hey, why not?" I am so glad that I decided to give this book a chance.
Good Girls Don't is unlike any contemporary romance that I've ever read before. It's story is realistic and believable, has a cast of great characters, and there are no endearments like "Baby" and "Honey" inside. I found myself continuously turning the page wanting to know what was going to happen and then becoming sad when I finished the book. I just didn't want it to end. I felt a bond with this story and it's cast of characters. I can't wait to pick up not only the next in this series but all of the contemporaries by Victoria Dahl that I so foolishly passed up before.
I'm so glad I read Jaime's story first because if I read this one first I wouldn't have never continued with the series. I didn't like any of the characters here (odd because I liked them in Jaime's book). They were all hypocrites and annoying at that.
Tessa gets on Luke's (the love interest) case for keeping things from her but she does that to everyone, plus she lies a lot and acts like a 7 year old. If you want to be treated like a big girl than put on your big girl pants and don't try to hide your boyfriends or pretty much everything from your brothers / business partners.
Jaime (Tessa's brother) gets on Luke for his past playboy action yet he is upset because his brother and everyone else judges him unfairly.
Eric (Tessa's brother) gets mad at Tessa for making business deals without him but he does that to them all the time.
Luke gets on Tessa's case for not opening up and trying to make him open up.
Well, the list goes on. There was nothing endearing about these people and it was painful to finish the book. I really didn't care what happened to anyone. I forced myself to finish it because I had liked Jaime's book and was planning to read Eric's. Now I'm not so sure.