It was meant to be a one-night stand. One night of passion. Scorching hot. Then Beth Cantrell and Eric Donovan were supposed to go their separate ways. That’s the only reason he lied about his name, telling her he was really his wild younger brother. Hiding his own identity as the conservative Donovan. The “good” one.
But passion has its own logic, and Eric finds he cannot forget the sable-haired beauty with whom he shared one night of passion. When Beth discovers that Eric has lied, however, she knows he cannot be trusted. Her mind tells her to forget the blue-eyed charmer. If only every fiber of her being did not burn to call him back.
Real Men Will is the final book in the Donovan Brother’s Brewery series by Victoria Dahl, and it’s a continuation of the novella, Just One Taste, in which we are introduced to Beth and Eric, who met at a convention, he gave her his brother’s name, they proceeded to get very busy, and then go on their separate ways.
Months later, she ends up at the brewery on a date and is on the lookout for “Jamie”. She does, of course, run into him and he acts so strange that she jumps to the conclusion that he’s taken. But of course, we know that he’s just anxious that the real Jamie will happen upon them and ruin his little secret. So, they go their separate ways, each relieved that their one night of passion was all they managed.
Then Beth decides to google “Jamie Donovan” and is confused by the results. This is not the guy with whom she had a night of passion. Then she stumbles across a picture of the Donovans with Roland Kendall, who, if you remember from the novella, she put in a good word to on behalf of Donovan Brother’s Brewery. Now she feels very guilty, due to the break-in, and her so-called involvement in it. So Beth feels she has to clear her conscious and confront Eric about his deception.
This book is basically about perceptions and living up to others expectations. Both Eric and Beth feel they are living a lie, in the respect that other people assume they are one way but inside, they’re completely different, or at least they feel that way. In the other books, Eric was made out to be a bit controlling and belligerent, but you finally understand why he feels he has to make everything perfect. He was a very sympathetic character and I really wanted things to work out for him. His and Beth’s relationship was initially about closure, but I loved that you could tell how he felt about her. You just wish he would realize it himself. Beth was very wary of him, understandably, and found it hard to trust him, but it was more her issues than it was about his deception of her.
This was a great ending to a very entertaining series.