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Blog Tour Review: Good Girl by Lauren Layne

Good Girl (Love Unexpectedly, #2)GOOD GIRL
by Lauren Layne
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: May 17th 2016
Source: ARC received for review
Rating: ★★★★1/2
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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.

Will there ever come a day when Lauren Layne writes a bad book? I sincerely doubt it. She's not only a writing machine, but every book that she writes is better than the previous ones. For the romance lover in me who loves all things banter, strong characters and deliciously swoony scenes, her books are the absolute best and I'm always looking forward to whatever she has to release next. I plunged into Good Girl one evening and could not stop reading. If the word "book-crack" were to make it to the dictionary, then it should have a picture of Good Girl next to it.

Jenny Dawson is an up and coming country star loved by many around the country. When she is thrust into the middle of a fake scandal with false rumors about her involving herself with married men, she is forced to flee the limelight into a mansion in the middle of nowhere, Louisiana. I loved Jenny so much! Good Girl is told in the POV of both Jenny and her love interest, but Jenny was beyond question my favorite. She had such a bubbly, positive and loveable personality and I loved how she faced her scandal with her head held high instead of wallowing. Her confidence, sass and wit shone through Good Girl and it's so easy to want to root for her and her happiness. I honestly wasn't expecting her to be so lively and cheerful given her circumstances, but I was sure glad that she wasn't an angsty heroine.

Noah, her love interest, brought about much more conflicting feelings for me. I didn't know if I wanted to smack the heck out of him or rip his clothes off ... He was honestly a big jerk to Jenny multiple times throughout the story. He said hurtful and cruel things to her that will make you want to throttle him, but he almost always immediately regretted his words, but there were definitely times when it wasn't easy to forgive him and I needed him to grovel a bit more. Still though, there was something about this grumpy and gruff hero that I honestly found irresistible and so did Jenny. He had a lot of anger in him because of his past and it's hard not to want to feel anything for him when he opened up emotionally. I do think Noah is not going to be a hero who sits well with some readers, but if you're easily forgiving (as I am), you'll be able to see through his grouchiness because he certainly had his share of swoony scenes and dialogues.

Jenny and Noah's romance was hot hot hot! The lust and attraction between them was on fire since their very first meeting. The banter, the bickering and the swoons were my favorite part of Good Girl because Lauren Layne did all those so well. Things aren't always easy between them, but they made me ship them like crazy. When they did finally give in to their passions, wowzah! This has got to be the sexiest Lauren Layne book I've ever read - every time that Noah and Jenny would get together, I'd be red-faced and fanning myself non stop. Another bonus? The angst and separation was kept short and sweet, just the way I like it! Good Girl was also filled with so many funny scenes thanks to Jenny's little Pomeranian, Dolly and Noah's big horny dog, Ranger. I also loved Noah's friends Vaughn and Finn and their bromance and I'm crossing all my fingers and toes that we get to see them in their own books!

Good Girl was a really addictive book that I honestly couldn't get enough of. Soon after I finished reading the book, I went back and re-read some of my favorite scenes. This is certainly a book that I'll be re-reading over and over again. Good Girl is the perfect book for fans of antagonistic romances with plenty of banter, humor and sexy times.


Author Biography

Lauren LayneLauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


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