Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Good Girl by Lauren Layne

Book Description

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.

AVAILABLE: May 17, 2016

Country pop singer (I'm thinking T. Swift type), American sweetheart, and overall good girl Jenny Dawson needs to get away.  After being accused of having an affair with a guy she's barely even met and being stalked by the paparazzi,  Jenny needs a break from the Hollywood spotlight.  She seeks refuge at a Louisiana mansion where she wrote her first song.  But when she arrives, Jenny gets more than she bargained for in the form of a very broody "caretaker", Noah Maxwell.  She's there to figure out her next steps and to complete her next album, not verbally spar with Noah.

Noah also needs to get away from his life.  After being torn in two different directions for years, Noah just wants to figure out what HE wants out of his life.  Is he more Preston Walcott, rich son and owner of Walcott International, or Noah Maxwell, son from a trailer park and wanter of a simple life.  But he does know he doesn't want a spoiled princess messing with him.  

But the longer they are forced to be in the same airspace, the more they discover that there is definitely more to the other than meets the eye.  Only will they be able to figure it out before the outside world comes crashing down?

The ONLY reason why Good Girl isn't a solid 4 rating (or higher) for me are the moments when Noah was just... intentionally cruel.  I can handle a jerk or even stupid MAN stuff, but there were a few moments when Noah was intentionally cruel to Jenny for no reason other than because he could.  Those moments really bugged me.  Jenny did call him out for those moments and after, Noah did (genuinely) apologize, but I thought they just made it hard for me to understand (and like) Noah.  

I loved Jenny.  I thought she had a good heart and was honest with herself.  She wasn't jaded or bitter about what she was going through.  AND she was a forgiving person (with Noah and her "situation").  I also loved Noah's two best friends, Finn and Vaughn ( I see future books!! YAY)!! 

Overall, I really enjoyed Good Girl.  I thought that the banter between Noah (when he wasn't being an a-hole) and Jenny were funny and kept the story an easy read.  

Rating: 3.5/4 out of 5

**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**

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