Friday, August 30, 2013


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Things Good Girls Don't DoCategory/Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: 8/27/13
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
Source: Received from publisher
Rating: 4 Stars

Good girls don't steal.
Good girls don't visit sex shops.
Good girls don't have one-night stands.

For Katie Conners, being a good girl just isn't worth it anymore. It used to mean getting the life she always wanted. But that was before she got dumped and her ex got engaged to his rebound. So, after a bad day and one too many mojitos, Katie starts making a list of things a girl like her would never do, not in a million years . . .

As a tattoo artist with a monster motorcycle, Chase Trepasso isn't the kind of guy you bring home to mom and dad.

And when he finds Katie's list in a bar, he's more than happy to help her check off a few items. Especially the ones on the naughtier side . . .

Katie's more than tempted by Chase's offer, as long as they keep things uncomplicated. But as they spend more time together, she may just wind up breaking the most important rule of all: Good girls don't fall in love with bad boys.

So I'm sitting here wondering why I thought Things Good Girls Don't Do would be a dark and twisty story. My guess would be the cover. Never mind that it doesn't really fit the characters, it doesn't fit the tone of the story, either. What Things Good Girls Don't Do actually is, is a small town romance with a good girl-bad boy angle. Luckily for me, I'm a sucker for small town romance, and also of bad boys who only look bad, but definitely know how to treat a girl right.

I sometimes find myself getting tired of the naive, goody-two-shoes heroine. I'm sorry, I know I'm letting my gender down by being picky and judgmental, but it's true. In this book, though, I really enjoyed Katie. She's the town's good girl, treated like a doormat and ruled with a judgmental eye by her now-deceased mother. When Katie realizes she's still being confined by the rules, and that they've not gotten her ahead, she makes a list of no-nos that she wants to break, things good girls don't do.

So that is the heart of the story, Katie learning to come out of her shell and take complete control of her life, with the help of sexy newcomer Chase. I really felt for Chase, a good guy with a bit of a rough exterior. It's hard enough living in a small, judgmental town but when you're a newbie, it's ridiculous. People assumed because Chase had tattoos, owned a parlor, and drove a motorcycle that he was coarse and uneducated. Of course Katie and Chase's plan to not become emotionally attached, lasts about 2.5 minutes and everyone can see these two are more involved than they're letting on, maybe even falling in love. The only problem is, when with Katie and Chase realize and confess that they each want more?

Things Good Girls Don't Do had a great secondary cast that really helped move the story forward rather than just fill space. Katie great friends, Becca and Steph, who had her back and also provided a lot of comic relief. And in addition to Katie's journey, there's Chase's own issues and past with his mom. This sub-plot gave good insight into his choices and hesitation throughout the story.

This book had less steam than I was prepared for, but that's okay because what we got was really good. Chase was always flirty and (nicely) pushing Katie's boundaries. The two had loads of sexual chemistry, and the banter and innuendo between the two was a lot of fun.

Things Good Girls Don't Do wasn't the book I expected, buy I actually believe that it worked to my advantage. It was fun, charming, and sexy. I would definitely read more of the author's work in the future.

Favorite Quotes:

  Chase Trepasso had thought a city of 19,000 people was small, but the culture shock of Rock Canyon's barely 4,000 citizens was crazy. It was like Mayberry married the NRA and they had a baby: that would be Rock Canyon.   ~eARC, 5%

It was when she let go of the dryer and reached up to wrap her arms around his neck, arching against him as she came, that he wanted to come with her. Be with her.
  He wanted her to want to be with him too.  ~eARC, 29%

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About the author:
From the time I could put a Disney Book cassette into my little stereo, and read along, books have held a fantastic distraction. When I was eleven, I decided I wanted to be one of those magical people that brought stories to life. Devouring a book a day sometimes, my first romance novel stuck with me. I've always been a sucker for a happy ending (and the great romantic gesture)and that's what I try to put into my stories. I am so honored to be a part of Avon, and am so excited to have my own dreams coming true.

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  1. I also thought that this would be some dark story. Yeah it's because of cover. Anyhow I try to tell myself how I don't like good girl-bad guy stories but I always end up loving them :D This one sounds really good. Great review :)

  2. I'm glad this was a pleasant surprise, Andrea! I'm glad the good girl/bad boy trope was done well. Thanks for sharing a great review!

  3. Sounds like a sweet read, Andrea. Glad to see it pleasantly surprised you! :)

  4. Hmmm, I was a little misled by that cover too. I'm surprised it's a small town romance story. Glad you enjoyed it, Andrea! Great review!

  5. This book sounds like it would be super steamy. Oh well lol but it seems sweet.

  6. Hmmmm...I love these types of books! Great review.

  7. I love stories about girls who are baaad and this sounds mildly intriguing

  8. Sounds cute. I'll add it. I liked the quotes.

  9. Oooh, I got this one too a few weeks ago and I almost started it yesterday (I went with Unspoken instead) but I hadn't seen many reviews yet. I love Avon books but I think with all the super steamy NA books I've read lately, these are seeming kind of tame??? I still like them though. I need to work this one in soon, I think I would really like it :)

  10. Oh wow, this sound really good. I love small town romances to. I am definitely checking this out. Thanks for the great review.


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