New Release Review: Things Good Girls Don’t Do by Codi Gary

things good girls don't doThings Good Girls Don’t Do
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Aug 27, 2013
ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Avon Impulse

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.

D.G.’s Rating: 3 skulls = C+

Things Good Girls Don’t Do was entertaining if unoriginal. First I thought it was going to be ‘New Adult’ (the woman in the cover looks young) but it turned out the heroine was in her 30s. That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing – New Adult is a hit and miss for me – but the behavior of the heroine didn’t seem to match her age. She was so hung up on what her mother wanted for her instead of thinking for herself that she seemed a person in the cusp of adulthood instead of a grown woman.

Katie has been a good girl all her life. Her mother had Victorian ideas as to the way a lady should behave and being a good daughter, Katie always tries to follow her precepts. This means that she’s always respectful of her elders – no matter how out of line they are – and pretty much lets people walk all over her. After she loses the man she’s been dating for 7-years, Katie makes a list of things ‘good girls don’t do.’ Chase – our tattooed bad boy – finds the list and offers Katie some help with checking some of the items.

Chase and Katie go about checking the items in a nonchalant way, which robbed the book of some of its spiciness. After the first one, the love scenes were all fade to black including some of the items in the list – why have a list in a book if you’re not going to have the main characters check the items? The plot became more of a ‘close minded town people gang up on tattooed bad boy’ which was so stereotyped and trite. Definitely nothing I haven’t seen better done in dozens of  other books.

I would have liked to know more about Chase’s life as a comic artist but that was barely glossed over. I also would have liked if Katie’s mother had been alive – I like characters that decide to live their lives instead of just changing when their mother is not around to disapprove.

Overall, not a completely waste of time but the romance lacked some depth. Picked it up only if you want something light to pass an afternoon.

Thanks to Edelweiss and Avon Impulse for providing a review copy of this book!

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

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