Welcome to our Romance Rewind series where we highlight a finished series perfect for binge reading! Today we are talking about the Donovan Family series by Victoria Dahl. It’s the perfect read if you are after a smart and sexy contemporary romance series.

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Last updated February 2023

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Grab a brew with the Donovan Family by Victoria Dahl

It’s time to introduce you to the Donovan Family. The first book in the series was published way back in 2011, so this may be the first time you have seen it pop up. Or perhaps you know it better as the Donovan Brothers Brewery series (the previous series name). Which, makes sense as it’s a contemporary romance series based on three siblings who own a brewery.

If you are looking for more Victoria Dahl, check out our Tumble Creek series guide, and read all our Victoria Dahl book reviews.

What is the Donovan Family series about?

The Donovan family series by Victoria Dahl brings you into the lively and sometimes chaotic world of the Donovan siblings, who manage their family brewery while juggling their complicated love lives. Each book features one sibling’s journey through misunderstandings, steamy encounters, and heartfelt moments. From Tessa charming her way into a cop’s heart, to Jamie shedding his bad boy image, and their eldest brother turning a fling into something unexpected, these stories mix romance with a dash of humor and plenty of heat.

What tropes can we find in the Donovan Family series?

Victoria Dahl does an excellent job at writing romances that are not only a lot of fun, but sexy and smart as well. This is why I wanted to highlight this series, as I know you will love it. And if you are in the mood for these tropes, make sure you give the Donovan Family series a try:

  • Spicy read
  • Detective hero
  • Mistaken identity
  • Tortured hero
  • One night stand
  • Girl next door
  • Bad boy hero
  • Stoic hero

Donovan Family series books in order

  1. Just One Taste (in The Guy Next Door anthology) [prequel]
  2. Good Girls Don’t
  3. Bad Boys Do
  4. Real Men Will

Why we recommend the Donovan Family series?

The Guy Next Door by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan and Victoria Dahl

Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl

A sneak peek into Victoria Dahl’s Donovan Family series, Just One Taste serves up the perfect appetizer. Set in Colorado’s brewery scene, this steamy prequel introduces Eric Donovan and a sexy encounter that sets the stage for the series’ irresistible romance and family drama. Plus, their full romance unfolds in book 3, making this prequel a must-read! This prequel was released as part of The Guy Next Door anthology including 2 other spring fling novellas by Lori Foster and Susan Donovan.

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“You’re walking around here with a smile on your face, Asher. It’s freaking everybody out.” 

Good Girls Don’t by Victoria Dahl

Tessa Donovan is a fun loving heroine you’ll fall in love with. She torments her brothers and wants to do her job at their family Brewery right. When there’s an incident and someone breaks into the Brewery that’s where Luke comes in. Small town cop and tortured hero, who doesn’t think sweet Tessa is a good fit for his bad self.  But Tessa is just the right kind of girl to make him putty in her hands.  This one is fun and don’t let the covers fool you, it’s also steamy!

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“Do you have a French maid outfit just lying around?”
“No, it’s pressed and neatly folded.” He stood, picking her up as she threw her arms around his neck with a shriek. “Shhh. I’m just trying to liven up this boring sex for you.”

Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl

Yes, bad boy Jamie.  The newest edition of this book also contains a bonus prequel story for the series.  Jamie works as the bartender at the Brewery and his thing is to wear a kilt while doing it.  He’s the black sheep of the family and the public face of the company.  His reputation always precedes him. 

So when he meets Olivia while she’s in for her book club meeting, he has to fight against that reputation if he wants to be seen as someone she can have a serious relationship with.  Olivia is divorced and she ends up as the teacher on a class that Jamie is taking which allows her to see a side of him that he doesn’t often show others.  But lets not forget the fact that Jamie is sex on a stick, right?  This book is another fun and sexy one!

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“He thought she was nothing more than a walking, talking sexual adventure. The irony of it was like a dull knife in her heart. She’d been real with him. For once, she’d been a real person in bed.”

Real Men Will by Victoria Dahl

Here comes the book about the stick in the mud brother.  By the time you get to this point you will hate him as he’s he’s acted like a judgmental ass.  But have faith and give it time.  Don’t be fooled by the khakis and polo shirts because the boy can be sexy, especially when it comes to the woman he has his sights on.  A one night stand and case of mistaken identity really made this one memorable.

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  1. I haven’t read them, and I also prefer the old covers; they stand out more. Knowing that the fabulous Victoria Helen Stone is Victoria Dahl makes this review even more interesting for me. Thank you!