Good Girl by Lauren Layne

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ New Adult/ Reviews/ Young Adult 30th March 2016
Good Girl by Lauren LayneGood Girl (Love Unexpectedly, #2) by Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #2
Published by Loveswept on May 17th 2016
Pages: 220
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two-stars

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.

The whole premise was unbelievable to start with: an accidentally famous singer renting a remote space, mistaking the filthy rich owner for a caretaker. ‘Good Girl’ has all the earmarks of a romantic comedy synopsis but none of ingredients that make this endeavour work, which I found quite unusual for a Lauren Layne book.

Having tried her Stiletto and Oxford series (to varying success), moving on to Ms. Layne’s NA books seemed like a natural progression. ‘Good Girl’ was unfortunately, was a first attempt that didn’t exactly work out – and a more laborious reading process than I’d expected. I thought the main characters trite and essentially stupid, behaving in a juvenile manner that induced more eye-rolling than laughs, even though I typically love the banter, the humour and the right amount of angst that are hallmarks of Ms. Layne’s books.

Clearly, from the high ratings given from various reviews I’m in the minority, but this one just didn’t work for me. ‘Good Girl’ clearly isn’t a deterrent; I’d definitely continue to see what Ms. Layne has in store this year, but I’m going to approach it all with a tad bit more caution.

two-stars

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