Published by Loveswept on May 17th 2016
Also by this author: To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles, #1)
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Lauren Layne brings all the unpredictable heat of her USA Today bestseller Blurred Lines to an all-new cast of characters! Country music’s favorite good girl is hiding away from the world—only to find herself bunking with a guy who makes her want to be a little bad. 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.
Lauren Layne is an author who I’ve only started reading recently, but I think her books are very entertaining and enjoyable. Good Girl continued that trend with being fast paced and entertaining. It wasn’t my favorite, there were some troubling things that prevented me from falling in love with this. But I still thought it was good, not great though. I do plan on reading the next book in this series, though it’s a little confusing to me that none of the characters are connected in any way. I recommend this to those who are a fan of this author or who are looking for a NA with quite a bit of angst going on.
I thought Jenny was a well written character. She had some Taylor Swift to her personality for sure, but I think she also managed to be her own person at the same time. I really think it’s awful how the press was able to make something completely false pretty much ruin or at least taint her image. Layne did a nice job at exploring how damage the media can be when it comes to scandals. It also showcased how far social media can take and twist things as well. Jenny was a passionate and determined girl who didn’t let anything knock her down. She was able to bounce right back from the hit, and I respected that so much. I thought she was a strong and beautiful character who managed to leave a serious impression on me.
Honestly, it took me awhile to warm up to Noah, and even then he still managed to rub me the wrong way at times. I felt like he was such a jerk to Jenny from the start, and she didn’t deserve any of his attitude. It surprised me that she put up with his behavior without more of a fight, considering the fact that she seems like such a firecracker. I also didn’t really like the whole identity thing that was going on. In my opinion, that plot seemed kind of unnecessary. For whatever reason, it just didn’t work for me all around. I generally like the whole broody and quiet love interest, but in this case Noah crossed that line and was more of a douchebag than anything else. I definitely needed swoon from him, and I ended up getting basically nothing at all.
As already mentioned, I had some issues with how Noah treated Jenny. He kept doing and saying these horrible things, and she just continued tolerating and running back to him. It just didn’t match up with her personality that she would allow that. I get that Noah was struggling with who he was and his fairly recent love life, but that’s not a good enough excuse. It also bothered me that he wouldn’t kiss her on the mouth, like who actually does it? I love that Jenny pointed out that was like Pretty Woman level right there. Aside from these problems, I suppose they weren’t such a bad couple. Though Noah’s poor treatment of her shouldn’t be forgotten just because I found the rest of the romance to be okay!
I loved that Jenny was a country star who was struggling with fame and how the media was portraying her in such a negative and false manner. Layne did an awesome job writing this character and I sympathized and identified with her from the beginning. Good Girl was a decent book, I just feel like the hero was strongly lacking. And with that being said, I was unable to fully love the romance because of his broody and generally awful behavior. This wasn’t a bad book by any means, it still had a unique concept and was fast paced. I’m glad that I read it and I hope that I like Lauren Layne’s next book more than this one!