Books by Victoria Dahl

B+
Harlot

This short novel/novella is the second in Victoria Dahl’s Bartered Hearts series. I have not read the previous one, so this can be read as a standalone. I am an absolute sucker for a well written romance set in the American West, so I was thrilled to see an author I associate with contemporary rom ...

B-
So Tough to Tame

There is a lot about So Tough to Tame that really is fresh and unique. There is also a lot about this book that makes a reader cringe. At least it made ME cringe. The result was sort of a mixed bag of potential that fell slightly short of the goal. Charlie Allington has come home t ...

B-
Too Hot to Handle

Victoria Dahl is a real hit-or-miss author for me. Some of her books I absolutely adore. Others I couldn't even finish, including Close Enough to Touch, the first in her new series. Her latest installment, Too Hot to Handle, probably would have headed down the DNF path, too, except that I had to fin ...

C
Close Enough to Touch

After reading positive reviews of Ms. Dahl's books by other reviewers, I requested Close Enough to Touch. However, after a couple of chapters, I still hadn't connected with the characters. One reason is that I found little to admire about the heroine. She is the type that goes around with gigantic ...

B+
It's Always Been You

My usual reaction when I see that a romance has a “reunited lovers” plotline is a resounding mental “Yes!” This is definitely a favorite plot device of mine. And couple that with a “woman in danger and on the run” angle and I am hooked. Adrian York was informed ten years ago that the ...

B+
Real Men Will

Ms. Dahl’s final book in her Donovan Brothers Brewery series tells the story of Eric, the eldest and least at ease of the Donovan siblings. He, like his brother and sister, has to learn to be his true self in order to find love and happiness. In Real Men Will, as in the other novels in the series, ...

B+
Bad Boys Do

Bad Boys Do is precisely the sort of contemporary I enjoy. Genuine characters, believable conflict, great love scenes. And not a small town sheriff in sight! Why exactly have I not read Victoria Dahl before? Olivia Bishop has resolved to have a little more fun. She starts her wild and crazy new l ...

B
Good Girls Don’t

Stephen King once wrote “Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.” Ms. Dahl’s latest heroine, Tessa Donovan, is a liar Mr. King would recognize. Tessa so loves her two older brothers — the three were orphaned years ago — she lies to them co ...

C+
A Little Bit Wild

A Little Bit Wild is truly a conundrum. The writing is solid, the story kept me turning the pages, and the characters, for the most part, are well written. But, my gosh, the heroine must be one of the most TSTL women I have ever come across. The poor hero gets the extremely short end of the stick wi ...

B-
Lead Me On

On the surface, Jane Morgan is stoic, prim, and proper - the perfect efficient office manager. But few people in Aspen, Colorado would guess that her façade is a desperate attempt to divorce herself from her shameful background and family. For ten years she has been a good girl, dating only white-c ...