Review: Good Girl by Lauren Layne

Title: Good Girl (Love Unexpectedly #2)
Author : Lauren Layne
Genre : New Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date : May 17th, 2016
Publisher : Random House: Loveswept
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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.



If you know anything about me, then you know that Lauren Layne is my precious cinnamon roll that I will love for the rest of my life.  I’m trying not to be creepy—believe me, I am—but when you write like LL does, my love is going to find you and stick with you.  But here’s a book that’s a kind of game changer, and not in the best of ways.

Good Girl is an NA Romance about Jenny Dawson, famous country singer, seeking out a place away from civilisation and cell network in order to take a break from the pressures of Hollywood, and to look for new inspiration.  She ends up at a property in Louisiana where she’d spent a few days for music camp as a young girl, and there she meets the prickly caretaker of the property—Noah Maxwell.  Except he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of that estate.

Jenny was my favourite part of Good Girl.  She was a simple, no-nonsense type of girl whom I loved, but she was also of a kind and caring nature, which was brilliant to see.  Jenny, for me, represented that small group of celebrities today that I’d actually like to emulate.  Jenny was in the business to write songs and sing, not for the fame, not for the money, and I loved that she was actually making use of the talent she had.  Basically, Jenny was everything you want to see in an NA heroine, and maybe a little above and beyond.

Now, here’s a little thing you should know about LL heroes: They’re the best.  Whether they’re sweet and gentlemanly, or gruff and rude, or just assholes.  They all find a way to redeem themselves, and throughout the duration of their respective books, you see them change and become better people, better lovers,  and basically the most perfect book boyfriends there are.  But Noah Maxwell was…difficult.  I’m not even kidding.  He was a dickhead.  He was the I’ll say stupid, rude stuff and then apologise and it’ll all be okay type of hero, which is an attitude I hated.  You see, we’re not talking about kids here.  Or stupid, teenage horn-balls.  We’re talking about a twenty seven year old man, slut shaming a girl, then apologising, and doing it all over again.  Not cool.

Although I did end up loving the arc that the story took with both Jenny and Noah and their romance and the slow burn that it took to get to the happy end, Noah’s truly awful nature took away a lot from my experience.  I don’t get why he ended up with Jenny (she deserved much better, imo) but he did, so Imma have to put up with that.  I do know that the epilogue was super-cute, but it really doesn’t deal with the fact that the guy was a jerk for most of the book, and really, I don’t believe that he underwent a very life-changing experience during the book, enough to change him into a better person.

On a completely unrelated note, if Jenny ever tires of the dickhead that is Noah, I’m single and in love with her already.  AND India is beautiful, and she’ll love it here.  Just saying.

The writing is typical of Lauren Layne—amazing setting, fun secondary characters and brilliant banter!  I loved the two dogs in the story, and how the action in the story never slowed down.  And though this particular book didn’t exactly work out for me, I’d love to read a book on Noah’s friends, and man do I hope it happens because they were sooo much better than he was.  If you’re looking out specifically for an enemies-to-lovers trope, I suggest you try out Lauren’s Redemption series, or Only With You.  SO much better.






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