Series: Rock Canyon,
Also in this series: Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars, Good Girls Don't Date Marines
Published by Avon on 27 April 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
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Also by this author: Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars, Good Girls Don't Date Marines
Place(s) Traveled To: Rock Canyon, Idaho
First Line(s): Its important to always be a nice girl, Katie. Otherwise, people won’t want to let their kids play with you.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with Codi Gary’s Things Good Girls Don’t Do but knew that it would involve a good girl meeting a bad boy story. This is a common theme in romances and one that I don’t usually mind but it has to be done right. When I read the first line of this one I almost put it down but I continued reading and in the end I was just meh on this one. Katie was an ok character but she was just too passive and overly concerned with what others thought of her for my liking. Now I know everyone worries about the thoughts of others but Katie does this to the extreme. As a result the town has a tendency to walk all over her and use this ingrained mantra that she must be super nice to everyone against her. Yet, at the same time her friends will chastise her for not standing up for her self. Or at least they do until she tries to stand up to them. The crazy standard that this main character was held to just made for an impossible life. It also didn’t help that Katie was a pretty judgmental character herself.
Fortunately for me, the reader, there was another point of view in this story, that of the bad boy hero, Chase. The guy who really isn’t so bad but because he rides a motorcycle and runs a tattoo shop the bulk of the town have labeled his as persona non-grata. All for very superficial reasons…most of which are based on his appearance. For the love of Pete! There were so many times when I just couldn’t get over the hypocrisy of this book. I also found it a bit hard to believe that Katie would go from trying to be a police office to running her own beauty salon as it was just such a strange and extreme change. And the reason was so very eye roll inducing.
Now it might seem like I didn’t like Things Good Girls Don’t Do but it wasn’t all bad. When faced with a mediocre read it is often easier to focus on the negative of a story and not the positive and there were things I liked about the book. I liked Katie and Chase together when Katie left all her hangups at the door. Chase was a grounded character and he helped Katie become a the person she was meant to be. I liked how Katie changed over the course of the book and while she will never be a bad girl she did grow more of a backbone. There was genuine chemistry between Chase and Katie and white there were parts of the story that annoyed me there were also a lot of things that I liked. I could have done without the 1950-eske attitude of the town but overall this wasn’t a bad story. While I don’t think that it will be one that I’ll re-read I don’t feel like my time was wasted. I liked Codi Gary’s writing and so will be reading the other books in the series and seeing how they compare to this one.