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Things Good Girls Don't Do

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38 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

** 3.5 stars ** So I'm sitting here wondering why I thought Thin

** 3.5 stars **
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 Gir...
** 3.5 stars **
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.

posted by Andreat78 on September 2, 2013

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2 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVRYONE THAT IS READING THIS I HOPE YOU HABE A GREAT DAY TODAY AND I HOPE YOU EAT GOOD I ALSO HOPE ALL OF THE PARENTS BOUGHT ALL OF YOUR KODS SOMETHING FOR CHRISTMAS

WELL I HOPE EVERY BODY IS HAPPY WE ARE EATING AT MY AUNTIE PIP HOUSE TODAY.I GOT A KARIOKIE MACHINE SOME PRETTY DRESSES I ALSO GOT MP3 PLAYER ALSO IT IS PURPLE LIKE MY HEADPHONES I WISH I COULD TALK TO TYRESE TODAY OR SEE HIM WHAT IS CHRISTMAS WITHOUT TYRESE HATINE

posted by Anonymous on December 25, 2013

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  • Posted January 12, 2015

    Just... ugh. I was really looking forward to this book since I

    Just... ugh.
    I was really looking forward to this book since I love most books published by Avon Romance, but man, I could not finish this one. It started out okay. I mean, the girl talked about church and stuff in the beginning and I kind of got worried, but then it wasn’t brought up again so I kept going. I wanted to like it, and I did kind of like the main character, but it was all so cliche and boring. I’m sorry, but I just didn’t buy that this guy was bad. He was guilty of owning a tattoo parlor. I didn’t finish, but I don’t even think he even had a tattoo himself… He also wrote a popular comic books series. And yet, he was supposed to be this rough, hard character, but he just whined all the time and called his motorcycle a chopper, which like, just no one would ever call a bike because it’s ridiculous.

    So here are some “things” good girls don’t do. And “things” is pretty much an indicator of just how creative and imaginative this book gets, by the way. But anyway, here are the things:

    1. Not ask ridiculous rhetorical questions. After a really stupid argument with her best friend about how she is “changing”: “She might have overstepped in a major way, but they had been friends for a long time. Was she ready to just give up on that? No, she wasn’t. Not yet.” Oh, god, I nearly fell asleep writing that sentence. How good of friends are you really if you’re rethinking that friendship after just one argument?? Ugh.

    2. Wear clothing that makes sense. At one point, she’s wearing sweatpants and a tank top. Who does this?? What weather requires winter on the bottom and summer on the top?? This is clearly not a big deal, and I’m sure lots of people wear sweatpants and tank tops, but it was just indicative of how little care and thought was put into this book.

    3. Use insults from this century. Katie says to an old bat who is mean to her for no reason whatsoever since in real life so many people are, of course. “I am not going to apologize for speaking the truth, you insufferable boar.” I mean, honestly? And look, if I got the sense that this insult was supposed to be ironically funny or tongue-in-cheek, I wouldn’t have a problem with it, but I really did not get that.

    4. Understand rebellion. In a fit of good girl rebellion, she buys a “rhinestone buckle that read ROCK.” Seriously? Seriously?? If I saw a human woman with a belt buckle that said ROCK on it, I mean, I probably wouldn’t do anything actually, but I would think she was decidedly un-ROCK-like. Again, not a big deal, but another illustration that I don’t think this author is in touch with, like, the reality of the world.

    I don’t want to be a total hag, the book wasn’t totally irredeemable. It had cute moments, like when Katie says, “Who in the name of Brad Paisley is that?” He was from my hometown, so it’s always nice to see him get some play, but it kind of didn’t fit with the rest of the story. I mean, we didn’t know she listened to country music, I think they’re in Idaho, so I don’t naturally associate Idaho with country music so it was just random.

    That said, there wasn’t enough good to make me finish it. Overall, it was just lame. Really, really lame. And that’s kind of saying a lot when talking about romance novels. It felt empty and cold, even though Katie was supposed to be so good and caring. Chase was seriously one-dimensional as well. Here’s the thing, characters aren’t automatically complex because you tell me he’s a bad guy tattoo artist, but also a sensitive comic book creator. You’ve just gotta show me something, you know, but all I got were lazy cliches and weird nicknames and forced humor. I’m not giving up on Avon or this author, but I’m definitely not coming back to finish this one anytime soon.

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