Series: Donovan Brothers Brewery #1
Published by HQN Books on August 30, 2011
Genres: Contemporary Series Romance
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Too much of a good thing
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 breakin 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.
Tessa has her hands full, too. Her brother's playboy ways may be threatening the business, and the tension could tear her tightknit 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. He's not who people think he is—and neither is she.
We see some interesting characters in this new series by Victoria Dahl about three siblings who inherited their family brewery while still in their teens when their parents unexpectedly died.
Tessa is a twenty-seven year old woman helping her two brothers run their family brewery, working primarily in the public relations aspect for their business. Eric, the oldest brother, is the primary business man and Jamie, the youngest brother, runs the bar.
Luke is a thirty-one year old man who moved back to the area after his divorce and tries to rebuild his life. He’s a great guy and is also a police detective. However, there are some bad rumors about him, like how he was his partner’s baby daddy, that he can’t really shake, nor really cares to, until he meets Tessa when he’s assigned to investigate the break-in at the brewery. They’re attracted to each other but it seems that her brothers don’t care for him and his “reputation” and the rumors.
When the brewery is broken into, Tessa finds out what Jamie’s done to a business deal that had the means to make or break the brewery and she rages at him, telling him to stop being so immature and think of the family for once. However, not all is as it appears. No one knows who would break into the brewery and that particular adventure is actually very intriguing. I certainly would not have expected the villains as, well, the villains.
I really loved Luke. I thought he was the stronger of the pair, with knowing where he is and that he’s much more grounded. He was also much more likable than Tessa. He wasn’t acting like a prima donna nor was he being a whiny brat when he deals with people nor in his thoughts. Also, Luke is hot, which helps a lot.
What really irked me about this novel, and gave this a three star rating, was Tessa’s inability to let her brothers figure out how to live their lives without interfering all the damn time, trying to avert and/or resolve fights and disagreements before they could *gasp* do so on their own. She’s really all up in their faces about that and it really took from the book. I felt as if she was an immature eighteen-year-old girl instead of the adult twenty-seven year old she really is.
She’s always after her brother, Jamie, about his behavior, but she never manages to realize she’s being a hypocrite at the same time. I understand that she wants to keep the status quo and keep her family all there, but to never have been confronted by her brothers about it was kinda beyond me. I mean, they never clued in that that was what she was doing.
I was really happy that Luke even got in her face about that, essentially telling her to grow the hell up.1 It made me intensely happy, though he did do so toward the end of the story.
Eventually, the bad guys get caught and Tessa does own up to her fears and goes forward with her life to include Luke into her heart and share her fears and hopes for their future.
I really wanted to say more, but then that would include spoilers. Augh!
- I would quote that, but it’s an ARC, so can’t. I will when the book is released. [↩]