Series: Love Unexpectedly #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 17, 2016
Format: eARC, 220 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.
Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.
I enjoyed this book so freaking much. I requested it from NetGalley before even realizing what it was about, I just knew Lauren Layne wrote it and I had to read it. Once I started it, I was even more excited about it. Country music star in the middle of a scandal because of a misconstrued photo and a couple attention-seeking jerks? Yes, please. Give it to me! Good Girl truly was of the unputdownable variety. I literally carried my iPad to the kitchen with me so I could fix lunch and read at the same time. So, yeah.
I loved Jenny. No question. I sympathized with her over what she was going through and appreciated how she opted to deal with it. I mean, sure, she ran away but I thought it was the right choice. It gave her time to focus on her and her music and I think that was the best thing she could’ve done in the situation she was in. Sometimes the best way to avoid the tabloids is just to totally stay out of their way, right? Especially when it seemed like everyone desperate for another few minutes of fame was bent on using her to get it. Of course, I’m also going to think she did the right thing because it put her directly in Noah’s path. If I’m honest, I DIDN’T love Noah at times. I mean, hell, he had his swoony and sweet moments, but he also behaved like an utter ass every now and then. (So, normal guy, right?) I’m all for banter and whatnot – in the name of chemistry, of course – but he was downright cruel at times. That I struggle with. I mean, he had his reasons – mainly trying to keep things between them simple – but I hated when he was hurtful to Jenny. Then he’d turn around and do something super sweet or say something sexy AF and I was back to swooning over him. In some situations I’d write off a character like Noah as a douchebag, but not here. At the end of the day (er, book?) I found myself really liking him once I let go of the more frustrating part of his character.
Good Girl was a great read. It had humor, heart and hot times. The situations the characters were in seemed realistic (for them) and even with my conflicting feelings about Noah at times, I still wanted to see them work things out when it was all said and done. I liked how they helped each other grow and tackle their problems. The grand gesture made me swoon and there were definitely some serious feels when it came to one of Jenny’s songs. All in all? I loved this book.
So basically I’ve come to the conclusion that Lauren Layne is just amazing and I’m destined to fall head over heels with all of her characters and love everything she writes.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
You know that feeling you get sometimes? Well, ok, rarely. That feeling when you meet a stranger’s eyes and something inexplicable and intense sizzles between you That. That’s what happened between me and Noah Maxwell, at least on my end.
“You kiss different from the boys I know.”
“Well, maybe that’s your problem. You’ve been kissing boys.”
For a girl who has a reputation from getting plenty of horizontal action, she tasted a hell of a lot like innocence. And sweetness. And want.
Have you read any of Lauren’s books?
Which are your favorites?