Monday, August 12, 2013

eBook Review: Things Good Girls Don't Do

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

While the premise was interesting I felt Gary a) relied on the repetition of Katie being a pushover and Chase having inferiority issues to push too much contrived obstacles and b) it was filled with one note secondary characters.

I wanted to like this book so much more then I did. Good Girl meets Bad Boy (or at least Tarnished Boy) is a well honed and loved trope for me. However Chase and Katie didn't feel genuine, passionate or interesting. What started as something intriguing--Katie writes up a list of things to do that her mom told her "Good Girls" don't do, which Chase finds and offers pointers on what would and wouldn't be a good idea--devolves into an angst fest.

Katie has issues ranging from inferiority to depression. Her boyfriend of more then half a decade dumps her, her best friend has started to become more like her mother, the townspeople alternate between pitying her for what happened and chiding her for not living up to her mother's sterling image and her prospects for a boyfriend never mind a husband aren't likely in her small town.

Chase meanwhile has issues even bigger. He definitely feels inferior (though doesn't admit that), is surly about how folk have always looked down on him for living in a trailer, strained relations with his mother due to a childhood of neglect, a poke the snake instinct when it comes to dealing with disdainful townspeople and a longing to belong that he won't admit to under pain of death.

The two together shouldn't have worked the way that the author wanted them to. But this is romance so they completed each other and made the others' darkness fade away. :rolls eyes:

I did like that Gary made it clear from the get-go that Chase needed Katie far more then she needed him. Katie was content, if not overwhelmingly happy, with her life. Likely in a year or two, after the sting of her ex's idiocy finally faded, she'd've moved on and found someone. Chase...well. He grows because of the protectiveness he feels for Katie. He's interested in her development and as such begins to see the dark spots he needs to fix in his own life. Regardless of what Katie's ex did she wasn't a moping violet. Chase helped her open up--because she liked seeing him glowing with approval at her actions--but it wasn't anything she wouldn't have found on her own one day.

I also found it amusing that when they got to the 'one night stand' portion of her life Katie told Chase that he couldn't be her one night stand because its supposed to be between strangers. Love'em and leave'em in other words, which apparently was Chase's MO, but which he got grumpy about when Katie told him it was best for them.