Bad Boys Do

Bad Boys Do

eBook - 2011
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While on an outing with her book club, newly divorced Olivia Bishop, who has sworn off of men, finds trouble in the form of Jamie Donovan, a sexy bad boy who may be too tempting to avoid.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : HQN, c2011.
ISBN: 9781459213876
1459213874
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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skyekilaen
Oct 06, 2018

A fun, sexy, but still emotionally real opposites attract romance between former bad boy bartender Jamie Donovan, who's struggling to get out from under his reputation and expand his family's restaurant, and restaurant management professor Olivia Bishop, who desperately needs to shake off her internalization of her cheating ex's judgment that she's no fun.

I adored how these two characters, both of whom desperately needed someone to take them seriously in very different ways, were able to connect and validate each other. There were plenty of realistic obstacles, because Dahl is great at taking characters who trip themselves (and each other) up due to their baggage, then giving them external factors that also interfere in their relationship. Love wins the day, though, because duh romance novel, and the unlikely pair turns out to be a perfect fit. My favorite thing about this is Jamie's emotional complexity and the journey he begins here to trust others and forgive himself. Ten out of five stars for the lack of a magic wand that fixes all his issues.

Content warning: There is a character who was (off-page, in backstory) raped by coercion, does not want to label it as such, and the character they tell about it very respectfully does not push the issue. It's clear to all characters, though, including the victim, what happened. I was pleased that the author treated the topic with such care.

hopkinscm72 Mar 10, 2013

This is a good read if you want a quick escape!

booklady1 Jan 26, 2013

book 2 in the series. I read book 1 and 3 and have to say they were way better. I was expecting Jamie story to be hotter...I mean he is the bad boy of the family, but Eric story make this one look like childs play. this book is a good read...but It should have been better. I love the family and the drama and the way they fight for love.

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jdatwell
Aug 18, 2012

good story of love no matter the age coming to find u.

even with a creepy ex olivia finds love.

can't wait for the next book. the family is finding and keeping love.

marilynnebooks Aug 05, 2012

Fun enjoyable romance.

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AOG77
Jul 03, 2012

Fun, fast read.

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bookworm48
Jun 01, 2012

Thrilled to discover a new author. A fun read that will make you neglect your real tasks.

sweetpea916 Mar 10, 2012

great series! This is the second in the series about a family owning a brewery. lots of romance and a happy ending!

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Jan 12, 2018

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Pollifax
Jul 20, 2012

Just how good can a bad boy be?

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?

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